I apologize for the lack of updates, but the last couple of months have been a whirlwind of blessings and challenges, triumphs and disappointments, highs and lows. And yet through it all, our God has been faithful.
My last post was about the dire circumstances of Union Gospel Mission. We let our donors and the general public know that we were willing to close our doors unless God, through them, intervened in a miraculous way.
Over the past two months (June and July) we received almost $45,000. Normally, those two months are the worst. If we receive $12,000 during the regular slump, we have a pretty solid summer. This year donations were more than three times that amount.
Please understand, we are not completely out of the woods financially. But response to our appeal is overwhelming. God definitely is making it known that we will be staying open and that HE IS FAITHFUL!
In coming days we will be laying out plans. There is an overwhelming need for the services that Union Gospel Mission has provided for more than 60 years, and we intend to do everything we can — with God’s direction — to continue to provide for those needs.The following passage has been a source of strength for me:
1 Corinthians 16:13-18 Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong. Let all your things be done with charity. I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,) That ye submit yourselves unto such, and to every one that helpeth with us, and laboureth. I am glad of the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus: for that which was lacking on your part they have supplied. For they have refreshed my spirit and yours: therefore acknowledge ye them that are such.
We were determined to follow God’s leading in our valley of despair, to stand fast in faith in God regardless of the ultimate prognosis. There were so many donors who stepped up and gave over and above their normal support; there were those who had never given before who stepped up and gave; and there were many former donors who who renewed their support for Union Gospel Mission. These folks “refreshed my spirit” and through them God’s plan is made known.
I want to personally thank all of you who have given, prayed, supported the Union Gospel Mission. Please stay faithful and together we will watch God do GREAT things.
— Rev. Jon Rector, 423-752-4998