Denver Rescue Mission Posts

Break the Cycle // Soaked to the Bone

I live and work on a farm spending most of my days outside in the weather. I spent yesterday soaked to the bone by the same rain that God provides to give life to our crops and feed our cattle.

Brian

The work at Harvest Farm is not possible without the help and support of our sponsors and the many donors who keep the lights on and the tractors running. The Farm is a place where men come to join the New Life Program. But it’s more than that, they come to better themselves and change their lives.

The Break the Cycle team riding from Reno to Seattle is amazingly diverse and yet united in the mission of the gospel. Everyone who struggles to reach their goal finds adversity, aches and pains, joys and disappointments; the road has ups and downs for all of us. This ride has given me time to remember that some things are the same for all of us.

 

I am thankful that we can all be part of what God is doing through Denver Rescue Mission every day.

Check out Brian’s training video for Break the Cycle.

Break the Cycle 900 Miles Against Hunger 

Mission President and CEO, Brad Meuli, is leading a team of employee cyclists and one board member in Break the Cycle II. A group of six cyclists from the Mission will spend 10 days pedaling more than 900 miles from Reno to Seattle. Their goal is to raise $48,000—enough money for 25,000 meals. Support the ride here

Do Not Lose Heart

Griff Freyschlag, VP of Development

First of all, I want to thank all of our sponsors and donors for supporting Break the Cycle ll. They are: QBQ!, 1st Bank, Russ Reid, US Foods, Venture Sports, Polar Bottle, Speedpro Imaging, BOA Closure System, and Red Rocks Century. Without your support, our efforts on this ride would be in vain!

I woke up this morning with a text from my lovely wife that summed up not only the ride itself but our day-to-day journey in our relationship with Christ.

“Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.” – 2 Corinthians 4:16 

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Today I experienced what so many of our employees at the Mission do everyday….serve others! Because I am the slowest rider in the group, one our “good riders” Brian Newman, from Harvest Farm, would ride along side of me and actually push me up the hill. It seemed a little humiliating at first but it was a huge blessing and something that Brian just wanted to do.

Oregon

This ride has been a real challenge for me, but it will end soon. For those that come to the Mission for emergency food and shelter each day are also hopeful that there situation will improve soon as well. We believe that real change in someone’s circumstances begins with meeting their physical needs through a meal, shelter or simply someone listening to help solve an immediate problem. We hope that the next step for men, women or families is to enroll in one of our long term programs with the goal of becoming self sufficient. This is where our participants and staff both experience Changed Lives in the name of Christ.

Thanks again for allowing us to ride in Break the Cycle ll.

I’m dirty and I stink

Kyle

Kyle Petrie is Director of Operations at Denver Rescue Mission

Most of the day I’m dirty and I stink (so does everyone else with whom I’m riding – I swear it’s not just me), but I’ll get a warm, muscle soothing shower in a few minutes.

I’m hungrier than you could possibly imagine, but I can open the doors to our support van and find bagels, cream cheese, granola bars, and fresh fruit anytime I want. I’ll likely eat dinner in a restaurant most evenings on this trip. I won’t be wondering about where my next meal is coming from.

I will be in an unfamiliar motel room bed this evening, but I won’t be trying sleep in the doorway of a downtown business, hoping to wake up before the sun does – sneaking away before employees show up for work and kick me awake.

It doesn’t always feel safe on the roads and streets. Speeding cars, distracted drivers, stray dogs, and road debris are a constant concern. I know that I am not alone. I have six other riders and two support team members looking out for me.

Not ironically, these #RescueRiders are the same guys that serve the poor and homeless in Denver, too. They cook meals, provide shelter and safety, raise money, and ensure medical care for the most vulnerable every day. But, it’s not just them. There’s another 170 employees and countless volunteers back in Denver offering all of those things 24/7. Help us, help them—Break the Cycle!

Break the Cycle 900 Miles Against Hunger 

Mission President and CEO, Brad Meuli, is leading a team of employee cyclists and one board member in Break the Cycle II. A group of six cyclists from the Mission will spend 10 days pedaling more than 900 miles from Reno to Seattle. Their goal is to raise $48,000—enough money for 25,000 meals. Support the ride here