2012 Posts

Around the World…

Can you imagine fleeing from your country? Or arriving to a foreign land not speaking the language or knowing what to do with the dishwasher? It’s not easy, and I know that today because I’m an intern at Denver Rescue Mission’s Refugee Services Department. A big part of my job is coordinating the refugee mentoring program in partnership with Lutheran Family Services.

As an intern, I don’t just sit back behind my desk, but I help mentor refugee families. Currently I am mentoring an Iraqi refugee family with the help from others including Nepali teenagers who are also refugees. One of the highlights of this relationship between the mentors and the refugee family is that we are all from different cultures, but we come together to support each other. That’s especially meaningful to me.

My internship at the Mission allows me to travel the world without stepping onto a plane. I am able to sit in their apartments, experience their cultures and give them guidance as they try to start a new life here in Denver – heck, I think that’s better than visiting museums overseas!

When I decided to pursue a full-time internship at the Mission, I knew that I would be giving up a few things: a paying position, cooking my own food and living in a nice apartment. However, these are small sacrifices in comparison to what I am gaining – learning more about God through different cultures, and making friendships with refugees and other interns. I’ve even found joy in sharing a meal with people who speak another language. To say the least, I am getting pretty good at talking with my hands!

>>To learn more about internships at Denver Rescue Mission, visit www.denverrescuemission.org/internship.>>

-Post written by, Michael Josten. Michael has been a Refugee Services Intern with Denver Rescue Mission since August 2012. He is from Ventura, Iowa and graduated from Taylor University in May of this year.

 

Graduation at Denver Rescue Mission: A room filled with JOY

Written by: Rachel Greiman, Writer/Editor

I’ve been to probably 20 graduations in my life. Some were my own, most were my siblings. We all graduated from kindergarten, then grade school, then middle school and so on, up until college. The ceremonies quickly lost their appeal and we collectively dreaded going to them. The graduator stopped being celebrated at some point along the way. It was more of an expectation than anything else.

I didn’t walk or attend my college graduation. I graduated a semester after most of my peers and there was little sentimental value of walking that aisle in their absence. I don’t regret the decision but I do wish I had something to mark the occasion with. A photograph, a date circled in an old calendar, something to remind me that I did it. That I had accomplished what I set out to do.

Today, I got to watch many program participants at Denver Rescue Mission graduate. Some received GEDs and some had completed a program. The goal is that DRM has prepared each individual to return to the world as self-sufficient, confident citizens. I know some of these incredible people never envisioned themselves in that position. Maybe because they never saw themselves needing a place like the Mission. Maybe some thought they would never get to that point where they were ready to get back out there. But the fact is that they did it. They entered the program. They attended classes, weekly meetings, Bible studies, community meals, and many other required events. They set a goal for themselves and they achieved it.

photo taken by Rachel Greiman

Each name was read and applause followed. Every person that walked on the stage exchanged smiles, handshakes and hugs with one of the people that mentored them. The audience clapped, yelled, whistled, and wiped away tears. The absolute joy that filled the room was indescribable. Each person graduating was loved and cared for. It was a clear testimony of passion: the staff were seeing their investment pay itself back in full and the participants were seeing their years of hard work come to fruition. This was not simply an event on a calendar; lives have been changed and this was that celebration.

I’m glad I didn’t go to my college graduation. It would have paled in comparison and I got my diploma anyway. But Denver Rescue Mission graduations? I wouldn’t miss one for anything.

It’s more than a turkey…

For most of us, the holidays are a stressful time: full of activities, shopping for gifts, cooking large meals and lots of family time. But for Denver’s needy, the stress is far more than what most of us can imagine. Sometimes a daily meal is difficult to find, let alone a holiday feast. This is where Denver Rescue Mission tries to alleviate some pressure.

We provide more than 136,000 meals throughout the holiday season, most of which involve a turkey. We have gotten requests for 18,000 turkeys this year. There are only 500 in our freezers. Our community is the only way we can deliver a true Thanksgiving meal to these thousands of families. We need your help. Please consider donating a turkey today. It will change someone’s holiday.

Provide hope this season! www.DenverRescueMission.org

{written by, Rachel Greiman. DRM Writer/Editor}

 

 

 

 

I want to see people’s lives changed

What’s my anything? What is something I want more of? What has God planted in my heart? [in response to the last post: http://blog.denverrescuemission.com/?p=378]

I want more than anything is to be able to look back at my life and see that I have loved people well, that I have embraced the other even when it took every ounce of my being to do so. Something I want more of is to see people’s lives changed, not from political policies or governments doing the change, but from the change that comes from experiencing true love.

God has planted on my heart to help, love, and struggle with others in community. The one phrase that jumped out at me immediately was ”I want to be taught by those I teach.” I hope that in my position here at the mission I will do just that. That falls in with helping, loving, and struggling with others and I believe it is something we forget we need.

 

What do you want more than anything…?

Written by: Brad Meuli, Denver Rescue Mission President/CEO

With all that we have going on at Denver Rescue Mission it’s sometimes easy to lose sight of just what Christ has called us to do.

Recently my wife, Cary, shared a book with me written by Jennie Allen, entitled Anything. In the book the author quotes Katie Davis’ blog, a committed teenage Christian who gave up her affluent old life to live in Uganda with 13 orphaned girls she adopted off the street.

I was moved by Katie’s comments as they remind me of just what God has called me to at the Mission.

Katie writes, “You know what I want more? ALL the time? I want to be spiritually and emotionally filled every day of my life. I want to be loved and cuddled by 100 children and never go a day without laughing….I want to be challenged endlessly; I want to be learning and growing every minute.  I want to be taught by those I teach. I want to share God’s love with people who otherwise might not know it. I want to work so hard that I end every day filthy and too tired to move. I want to feel needed, important, used by the Lord. I want to make a difference and I want to follow the calling that God has planted deep in my heart. I want to give my life away, to serve the Lord with each breath, each second. I want to be here.  Right here.”

It is a blessing to serve with each of you at the Mission – staff, donors and volunteers. Right here, right now. What we do matters for eternity, we are making a difference. The calling that God has planted deep in all your hearts is an encouragement to me. You are needed and you are important. I pray that we will never forget why He has called us here.