2017 Thanksgiving Newsletter
YOUR GENEROSITY IS AN INSPIRATION
“You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in Thanksgiving to God.”
2 Corinthians 9:11
Summer is almost over, and before we know it the Thanksgiving season will be upon us. We all have so much to be thankful for – our families, friends, good health, fulfilling jobs, the opportunity to enjoy our retirement years.
That’s why I am humbled by the gratitude expressed to us every day by the people you help serve at The Ottawa Mission – people who have endured much and have little to be thankful for.
Almost every day I get the chance to speak with some of the people who require the programs and services of The Mission. A couple of times a week, I usually cross paths with David and we have the chance to banter back and forth about the latest sports scores and where we see our teams heading into the playoffs. I realized one day that David’s sports experience is far different than mine. When he can, he listens to the games on a little radio he carries in his pocket.
Another thing that is different about David is that he needs to come to the Mission every day for his meals – without which, he says, he’s not sure how he would survive. But for David, it goes beyond nourishment – the fellowship of the staff and other clients at The Mission is equally important to him. As he said, “I don’t like to be alone…I need to share a meal with someone.”
In that moment I had a renewed sense of all the people who walk with us in faith as we extend the hand of love and compassion to people who are homeless, hungry and hurting. And I thank God, because He has provided us with all of you.
THE OTTAWA MISSION
At 55, Chris is beginning a whole new life – one he could never have imagined even a year ago.
Chris’s adulthood was marked by addiction and trouble with the law. Although he was college educated and had a good job, a number of influences – including a troubled relationship with his father, the sudden death of his mother, and failed personal relationships – led him to a life of drugs.