October 2012 Posts

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.

A hungry boy changed my life…

Guest post written by Laura Schroff, author of An Invisible Thread

Hello, my name is Laura Schroff and I am honored to be the guest speaker for the Denver Rescue Mission’s upcoming An Evening of Exploration, an event aimed at exploring what it means to be homeless.

My book, An Invisible Thread is the New York Times bestseller about my friendship that spanned more than a quarter century with Maurice Mazyck, a homeless, 11-year-old panhandler I met on a Manhattan street corner in 1986.

At that time, I was a successful 35-year-old ad sales executive for USA Today. Only one block separated my apartment from Maurice’s, but in reality we lived in different worlds—I lived in a luxury high-rise, Maurice in a violent welfare hotel, the Bryant. On September 1, 1986, I walked past Maurice on the corner of 56th Street & Broadway.

“Excuse me lady, do you have any spare change?” Maurice asked. “I am hungry.”

And I said no and walked right by him, like a thousand other people did every day. But then I went back.

I went back and said I wouldn’t give him any money, but if he was hungry I would take him to McDonalds. Then I asked if I could join him. The simple lunch we shared that day was the beginning of an amazing ritual—Maurice and I wound up meeting every Monday for the next four years, and hundreds of times after that. Today, more than a quarter of a century later, we are still great friends.

An Invisible Thread tells the story of how one small act of kindness—taking a hungry boy for a hamburger—changed both Maurice’s and my live forever. And now, perhaps most impressively, An Invisible Thread is inspiring thousands of readers to look more closely at their own lives and discover the hidden blessings of their own invisible threads and how they can make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.

The book’s title comes from an old Chinese proverb: “An invisible thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle. But it will never break.” That simple message—that we are all connected to someone somewhere who needs us—is resonating powerfully with the tens of thousands of people who have taken An Invisible Thread to heart.

Maurice and I are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring our story to life on Friday, October 5 at An Evening of Exploration event. We hope our story will continue to inspire the incredible people who support this wonderful organization who will be celebrating their 120th Year of Changing Lives in the Name of Christ!