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					                                            providing a beacon of hope through your support
february 09




              arbor Light
vol. 9 issue 1 m u s k e g o n r e s c u e m i s s i o n




                                                                         Love
                                                                         makes the
                                                                         difference
                                                                         See how God uses your




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                                                                         generosity to spread His
                                                                         love to the poor and
                                                                         homeless.

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4        God’s Kitchen
         Get a sneak peek
         at our new facility.        5         Comedy Event
                                               Christian Comedian,
                                               Anita Renfroe coming
                                               to the Frauenthal.
                                                                         9          Staff Focus
                                                                                    Meet Joe and
                                                                                    Sandy Galy.
                                letter from the director




                               Dear Friend,
                                                                                                              Surely goodness and love will
                                   Can you imagine a world without love? What a terrifying thought!            follow me all the days of my
                               Think for a moment about all the hurt, struggles and pain that exist in            life, and I will dwell in the
                               this broken and sinful world. People’s lives are filled with challenges that      house of the Lord forever.
                                                                                                                                       Psalm 23:6
                               cause fear, anxiety, heartache and helplessness... wounds that they may
                               carry with them for a lifetime. When I see the hurt and pain in the eyes
                               of a mother; or look into the face of a hungry child; or see the sag of a
                               man’s shoulders in dejection, I again realize that without love, life would
                               be impossible.
                                   Love makes the difference! The love of God, expressed to us

      Carla Skoglund
                               through the gift of His Son, is where real hope begins! It is a love that
      Executive Director       reaches out and touches hearts like nothing else can. Knowing that God
                               loves you is the starting point on the path to repentance, salvation, righ-




      Love
                               teousness and obedience.
                                   Love makes the difference! Love extends hope, peace and help; love
                               is patient and kind even when it seems that all is lost... love reaches
                               down and pulls us up. Scripture says that “love never fails.” As we share

    makes the                  the good news of the Gospel, we see lives changing and hope beginning.
                               Loving others “in Jesus’ name” produces lives that are filled with hope,
                                                                                                              Today, Ashley understands the power of a parent’s love. Thank you for helping her experience God’s love and grow as a mother.


    difference                 encouragement and purpose... lives that are no longer impossible.
                                   Love makes the difference! When believers express God’s love with          Building a
                                                                                                                                                        and structure plunged Ashley into
                                                                                                                                                        harmful relationships and drug use.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   program, I’ve been able to deal with
                                                                                                                                                                                                   a lot of my past – problems that I
                                                                                                                                                            A few years later, Ashley got          needed to get out of the way.”

                                                                                                              home with
                               love and actions of their own, that is when they are most Christ-like.                                                   married and had her first child – a            Ashley is also close to regaining
                               Thank you for loving others through your prayers, your support and                                                       daughter who is now 10 months              custody of her daughter. Right now,




                                                                                                              LOVE
                                                                                                                                                        old. Her marriage, however, was            she is able to see her on weekends
                               your volunteering at the Muskegon Rescue Mission. You are such a                                                                                                    and eagerly awaits a permanent
                                                                                                                                                        marked by domestic violence, lead-
                               blessing and so important to the kingdom work that is being done here                                                    ing to separation and her daughter         reunion.
                                                                                                                                                        being taken away.
                               each day.                                                                                                                                                           A Hopeful Future
                                                                                                                                                                                                        “I have hope today,” Ashley
                                                                                                                                                        Healing from the Past
                                                                                                                                                                                                   says. “My whole life I’ve been
                                                                             Love makes the difference!                                                     By this time, Ashley knew full         my own boss and lived the way I
                                                                                                                   “My life started to crumble.”
                                                                                                                   That’s Ashley’s response when        well that her life was falling apart       wanted to live. But this program
                                                                                                              asked why she came to the Muskeg-         one difficult situation at a time.         has helped me in so many ways.
                                                                             Blessings,                                                                 That’s when she contacted the Mus-
                                                                                                              on Rescue Mission last year. But her                                                 It’s brought me closer to God, given
                                                                                                              life was far from stable long before      kegon Rescue Mission.                      me peace and given me direction to
                                                                                                              she was old enough to realize it.             Because of your loving support,        become a better parent.”
                                                                                                                   Growing up in the foster care        Ashley enrolled in our women’s                  As Ashley continues to prog-
                                                                                                              system, Ashley missed the joys of a       long-term program. Though she              ress through long-term recovery,
                                                                                                              normal childhood. She never had a         knew that her current circumstanc-         please keep her and her young
                                                                                                              permanent home and felt the void          es were unhealthy, Ashley also be-         family in your prayers. Thank you
          “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”              of a family she could call her own.       gan to see the patterns of dysfunc-        for your compassionate heart for
                                                                                    —2 Corinthians 13:13           Eventually, Ashley was adopted,      tion that permeated her childhood.         women like Ashley and helping her
                                                                                                              but at the young age of fifteen,              “I knew I needed to change,”           build a new home filled with love.
                                                                                                              she ran off. A lack of guidance           Ashley acknowledges. “Through the          She is ever-so-grateful for you!

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    your gifts change lives                                                                                                                                                                                                                 mission needs


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    “Faith Expressing Itself Through                                                                          Galatians 5:6b
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           locations. Thank you for expressing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           God’s love to the poor and homeless
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           in Muskegon!




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             any of the men and women                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ministry Office
             who visit the Muskegon                                                                                                                                                                                                        n laptop computer with flash
             Rescue Mission are                                                                                                                                                                                                            drive accessibility for food
    wonderfully surprised by the                                                                                                                                                                                                           pantry and clothing voucher
    incredible love they receive here.                                                                                                                                                                                                     programs
    Because of caring friends like you,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Household Items & Personals
    they receive nourishing food, warm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           n Bed sheets
    shelter, and faith-based direction
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           n Blankets
    for their lives.Men, women and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           n Towels
    children hear of God’s great love
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           n cooking pots (s, M, l)
    for them and see that love in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           n Fry Pans (s, M, l)
    action through your generous
                                                                                                                                    pAs the kitchen was being completed, our dining room was also given a facelift.                        n Deodorant (men’s and
    support and kind donations.
                                                                                                                                    Thank you to Susan Sparks who painted our dining area and to Shiloh Tabernacle                           women’s)
    Thank you for expressing your
                                                                                                                                    who donated the paint and new curtains!                                                                n Razors
    faith by serving others with the
    love of Christ!
                                                                                                                                                                                                  tFor the poor and                        upcoming events
                                                                                                                                                                                                  homeless, getting
    In addition, men, women and                                                                                                                                                                   back on their feet
    children hear of God’s great love                                                                                                                                                             requires having
    for them and see that love in                                                                                                                                                                 time to focus on
    action through your generous                                                                                                                                                                  emotional and
    support and kind donations.                                                                                                                                                                   spiritual healing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           n All Area Businesses are Invited!
    Thank you for expressing your                                                                                                                                                                 and growth. But
                                            p This winter season, the Muskegon Rescue Mission collected and distributed                                                                           the healing doesn’t
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Tuesday, February 17th
    faith in God by serving others          over 250 warm coats to area families in need. Many thanks to all of our ministry                                                                                                               11:30 am -1:30 pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                  stop there. Your
    with the love of Christ. It certainly   partners, including Family Financial Credit Union and WSHN 1550 AM, for their                                                                         gifts allow the                          LC Walker Arena Annex
    is what matters most!                   generous donations!                                                                                                                                   mission to address
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           FREE Soup and Bread Luncheon
                                                                                                                                                                                                  the deeper issues in
                                                                                                                                                                                                  their lives through                      provided by Grand Traverse Pie
                                                                                                                                                                                                  godly counseling,                        Co. Cash Dessert and Coffee
                                                                                       tTo honor our goal of providing a clean,                                                                                                            Bar provided by Starbucks
                                                                                                                                                                                                  teaching, and an
                                                                                       safe and comfortable environment for
                                                                                                                                                                                                  introduction to the                      and Grand Traverse Pie Co.
                                                                                       the people we serve, we recently gave our
                                                                                                                                                                                                  wonderful hope                           Donations to support the
                                                                                       Women and Children’s Shelter kitchen a
                                                                                                                                                                                                  found in Christ.                         Muskegon Rescue Mission as we
                                                                                       long overdue upgrade. The kitchen was
                                                                                       completed on November 21, 2008 and is                                                                                                               help the homeless, helpless and
                                                                                       a wonderful improvement to our facilities.                                                                                                          hurting in our community.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           n A Night of Christian Comedy
                                                                                       A special thanks to our project                                                       tAs part of the Muskegon Rescue                               Featuring Anita Renfroe
                                                                                       contractor, Mills Construction, who                                                   Mission’s calling to “Rescue, Redeem,                         Thursday, April 16th, 7:30 pm
                                                                                       did an excellent job and donated                                                      Restore & Rebuild,” men and women in                          Frauenthal Center
                                                                                       material and labor! We’d also like                                                    long-term care engage in Bible study
                                                                                       to thank the following donors who                                                     and participate in daily chapel services.                     Tickets are $15 and $20 and are
                                                                                       contributed to this much-needed                                                       What a joy to see residents find                              on sale at all Startickets locations,
                                                                                                                                                                             redemption in Christ and mend                                 including Meijer. Order online at
                                                                                       project:
                                                                                                                                                                             brokenness in relationships through                           www.startickets.com or by phone
                                                                                                                                                                             God’s Word!
                                                                                         • E.B. Caraway                                                                                                                                    at 1-800-585-3737. All proceeds
                                                                                         • Phyllis Nygaard                                                                                                                                 benefit Muskegon Rescue Mission.
                                                                                         • Shirley Mergan Memorial
                                                                                         • Herman Miller
                                                                                         • Mission Women’s Sewing Circle
                                                                                         • Dale Tuttle
                                                                                         • Johnson Controls
                                                                                         • Dale & Susan Twing

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    memorial & honor gifts                                                                                                       memorial & honor gifts

    Our heartfelt sympathy and       Delbert A. Bean               Helen Coffman                  Richard Drzewicki              Richard Groeneveld           Ben Stehouwer               Mr. & Mrs. Bryon Lovell      Harvey J. Myers
    prayers are with the family       Ruth Bean-Bodell              Denise Erickson                Francis & Judy Bryant          Diane Hall & Family         Bob & Betty Casemier         Mr. & Mrs. David Lovell      Peggy Jensen
    and friends of those remem-                                                                                                                               Bob & JoAnn Bower                                         Gerald Nehra
    bered below. These gifts are     Carol Skeels Berghuis         Robert Collinge                Leslie Eacker                  Helen Grevel                 Jon & Lisa Bratt            Minnie Lubbers
    a special legacy offering hope                                                                                                                                                                                      Doreen Squire
                                      Ken & Carolyn Rop             Donna Collinge Martens         Eva Eacker                     Walter & Peggy Goetz        Steve & Barb Katt            Charles & Beverly Baker      Anne E. Olson
    to those in need.
                                                                                                                                                               & Family
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mr. & Mrs. Ronald B. True
                                     Mildred Blakely               Laurin G. Comer                Jim & June Ernvall             Mrs. Frances Haken           Marshall & Dorothy Teunis   William J. Luhman
    In Memory of:                                                                                                                                                                                                        & Family
                                      Anita Messner                 Elizabeth & John               Jack & Julie Timmer            Susan Ochs                  Jan & Chip Bialik            His Family
    (gifts received Sept.12, 2008
                                      Steve & Teresa Rogers          VonSprecken                                                                              Dennis & Mary Katt &
    through Dec. 31, 2008)                                                                                                                                                                                             Bill & Irma Olsen
                                      Anonymous                                                   Richard Faulkner               Ella Hansen                  Family                      Paul M. Matthews
                                                                   Skip & Jen Cottrell             Bill & Carol Cross             Philip & Rhonda Cok                                      Ted & Pat Zimmer             Jean Gerbig
    Norma & Russell Agard
     Janice Agard                    Frances M. Brink               Bob & Connie Cottrell                                                                    Darlene D. Kidner             Tom & Loretta Sieffert
                                      Anamae Valk                                                 Al & Jo Fongers                Lila B. Harvey               Third Ave. Family Clinic     Don & Millie Roelofs        Clarence Oostmeyer
    Ida & Harry Anderegg, Sr.                                      Estelle E. Cousineau            Bob & Connie Cottrell          Susan Ochs                                               First Ref. Church Chancel    Robert Rottman
     Harry & Marva Anderegg          Sally Broersema                Pastor Bill & Avis Randall                                                               Marvin & Betty Klassen         Choir
                                      Jim & Doris Goudzwaard                                      Robert L. Forsythe             Mark Havermans               Richard & Marva Tyler        Mr. & Mrs. Phil Brower      Darryl D. “Pete” Peterson
    Ralph F. Anderegg                 Lois Culver-Stevens           Bob Cain                       Muskegon Chronicle             Ken & Dolores Baldwin                                    Hazel Uplinger               Friends at Child Protective
     Lowana Anderegg                                                Fred Holland                     Friends                                                 Bill & Pauline Knevitt        Marcia Dykstra                Services
                                     Alice Brown                    George and Myra                Richard Wilcox                Rita Helmer                  Carl & Sharlynne Fuller                                   Jack & Elaine Belinger
     Mr. & Mrs. Paul Anderegg                                                                                                                                                              Joan & Darl Purdy
                                      Helen Travis                   Douglas                       Jim Stariha                    Russell Helmer                                                                        Theresa & Ted Maniurski
     Harry & Marva Anderegg                                                                                                                                                                Jerry & Dee Meyers
                                                                    The Crafton family             Wilma Seng                                                Elizabeth Kozal                                            Northern Precision
     James White                                                                                                                                                                           Chris & Jean Matthews
                                     Dora A. Buck                                                  Parmenter O’Toole             Dan Hesske                   Richard Kozal                                              Products
     Edna Sherburn                                                                                                                                                                         Langlois Stores, Inc.
                                      Carole Fuhr                  Arend & Della Cramer            Tom H. Linck Family            Priscilla Hesske
     Ken & Karolyn Rollenhagen                                                                                                                                                             Len & Marilyn Hartman        Linda Pyle
                                                                    James & Adele Bozeman          Glen & Gloria Howard                                      Harold & Gwen Kramer
     Patrick & Cynthia McGurk                                                                                                                                                              Joe & Sandy Galy             Vernetta, Chris & Brenda
                                     Joseph & Evelyn Buck                                          Nancy Hornacek                Marjorie Hitchcock           Kathryn Vaandering
     Marie Kordecki                                                                                                                                                                        Tim & Barb Carr               Eilers
                                      Jim & Kathryn Buck           Charles & Margaret              Timothy Bott                   Sharon Bolema
     Bob & Marcia Johnson                                                                          Tom & Karen Blais                                         James Kuypers                 Rich & MaryAnn DeJong        Joyce Bayle
                                      Margaret Pressey             Crawford                                                                                                                                             Mr. & Mrs. Larry
     Kim Foster                                                                                    Carl Munson                   Blanche Hoffman              Marie Kuypers                Eric & Julie Liniarski
                                                                    Marvin & Carolyn Reinertson                                                                                                                          Fessenden
     David & Jacquelyne Cribbs                                                                     Williams, Hughes & Cook        Linda Roberts & Family                                   Gary & Sharon
                                     Art Bunce                      Eric & Julie Reinertson
     Ralph & Marva Carlson                                                                         Michael & Marti                Frank LaPres               Loren Kuypers                  VanLeeuwen                  Tim & Michelle Peterson
                                      Mike & Nancy McBain           Gary & Laura Reed
     Thelma Bergman                                                                                  Youngdahl                    Dean Kamhout                Marie Kuypers                Steve & Valerie Westrick     Bob & Rita McConaughy
     Ted Barrett                                                    Scott & Lisa Little            Rudolph & Patricia             Jim & Doris Goudzwaard                                   Margaret Tietze              Anonymous
                                     Margaret Bunker                Amy & Paul DeYoung
     Richard & Donna Rose             Gloria Carney                                                  Chmelar                      Don & Wilma DeKuiper       Nicholas Paul Lachman         Cheryl & John Kimball        Gary & Jaci Busscher
     Richard & Barbara Langlois                                     Cambria & Josh DeHoag          David & Nancy Price            George & June Dean          Nancy Wittkopp               Evans, Portenga & Slater     Christopher Donley
     Dona & Ardis Dahlquist                                         Jean Crawford                  Todd Michalski                 Karen Alphenaar                                          Carolyn & Michael
                                     Mr. & Mrs. Clifford Bunnell
     Borema-Blohm Agency              Mr. & Mrs. David Lovell                                      Art & Vivian Rude              Thomas & Janice Smith      Ben Lane                       Hummel                     David Pineda
     Darlene Wojton                                                Patricia A. Crevier             Muskegon County Bar            Muskegon Comm. College      Mary Lane                    David Matthews               Darlene Pineda
     Don Lehr                                                       Jacque Crevier                   Association                    Clerical Unit                                          Fremont U.M.C. Chancel
                                     Mona Byrnes
     Greg & Diane Zadel               Marie Greenwald                                                                             Carolyn & Tom Selander     Salli Bluhm Leonard            Choir                      Manny Pressey
                                                                   Juan Cruz                      Delores Foster                  Greg & Patricia Dean        Doris Sieplinga              Tom & Linda Jensen
     MaryJo Waugh                                                                                                                                                                                                       Margaret Pressey
                                                                    Maria Mancilla                 Ronald Roster                  Michael & Terri Forward     Lois Bluhm
     Wally Ochs                      Hugh & Peg Campbell
                                      Craig & Peggy Elliott                                                                       Janie Brooks                                            Rev. D. Michael Maurer
                                                                   Marvin Davison                 Virginia Gibbs                                             Leo L. Linck                                              Eugene Raugh
    Russell H. Anderson                                                                                                                                                                    Bob & Joan Jansma            Yvonne Raugh
                                                                    Joyce E. Davison               Joyce Oosterhart              Agnes Horness                Gary & Mary Jeanne Silvis
     Gene Hathaway                   Lyle Christenson
                                                                                                                                  Irene Woodrow               Sid & Rita Miller
                                      Evelyn Christenson                                                                                                                                  Patricia Miller
                                                                   Marge Dennis                   Clarence “Pete” Gilmore, Jr.    Dessie Spoelman             Dr. Richard Kozal                                        Jack Redmond
    Glen A. Bailey                                                                                                                                                                         Doreen Squire
                                                                    Doris Ducey                    Colleen O’Neal                                             Brian & Dixie Bender                                      Jim & Jo VanderWeele
     Greg & Patricia Dean            Ned Claytor
                                                                    Lawrence Dennis                Tim & Kerry Ludlow            Lucille Jensen               Greg & Sylvia Cruthers
                                      Darleen Claytor                                                                                                                                     Raymond Mjovig
                                                                    Leo & Kay Deuster              Don & Judy Livingston          Marine Mayville             Doug & Sharon Egner                                      Walt & Marie Reinertson
    Howard C. Bailey                                                                                                                                                                       Karen Hutchins
                                                                    Betty Pastoor                  Ray & Betty DeLore             Diana Case                  Jerry & Lorraine Potter                                   Marvin & Carolyn
     Carty & Marcie Rood             Charles Clover
                                                                    Lowell & Sandy Baars           Betty & Jack Fischer                                       Dan & Kathy Thelen                                         Reinertson
     Marjorie Horness                 Judith Minty                                                 Marilyn & Mike Palkowski                                                               Cora Mjovig
                                                                                                                                 Margaret Joslyn              Sharon Spilka                                             Eric & Julie Reinertson
     Wayne & Mary Erickson            Tom & Sally Jones            Robert J. Dodge                 Elaine Danielson               Gene Joslyn                 John & Marty Gerencer        Jordis Hutchins
     Jerry & Lois Wiersma             Phyllis Laurin                                                                                                                                       Leroy & Helen Mjovig         Gary & Laura Reed
                                                                    Brian & Patty Dodge            Sally Cooke                    Maurice Joslyn              Marti & Bruce Bourdon
                                      Roy & Harriet Kroeze                                                                                                                                                              Scott & Lisa Little
    Barbara J. Barr                   Ray & Rosemary Baty          Shirley Dornbos                Col. Donald J. Godfrey         John & Christine Kadelsik   Jim Lindback                 My Parents and Son, Rick      Amy & Paul DeYoung
     Jean Vandenberg                  Kathaleen Gardner             Thomas Montambo                Doreen Squire                  John Kadelsik, Jr.           Ted & Dee Ankeny            Robert Stone                 Cambria & Josh DeHoag
     Hackley School of                Bob & Shirley Wickland                                                                                                                                                            Jean Crawford
       Nursing Class of 1949          Michael & Lois Coston        Lee Drelles                    Francis “Pete” Graves          Edwin Katt, Sr.             James L. Lindback            Ed Monte                      Wilma Jeanne Swartz
     Richard Barr                     Irene Pierson                 Nancy Ellen Legatz             Carolyn Bickmeyer              Jane & Ken Darwin           Lois & Earl Westervelt       Phyllis Monte                Wayne & Mary Erickson

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    memorial & honor gifts                                                                                                                                                                   staff focus
                                                                                                                           gifts continued

    Kyle Ritcheske & Chad         Richard & MaryAnn          Marguerite Wierenga              n 50th Birthdays             Larry & Brenda White           Jack & Mary Butterick
    Mersman                        DeJonge                    Harvey & Lois Wierenga          Grifka Family Members          Alan & Sandie Wolffis          Evan & Jaime Burt
     Mary Jo Mersman              Jan Jungwirth                                                Chris & Dena Jansen-Yee
     Mark Mersman                                            Sarah Wilson                                                  Mr. & Mrs. Mike Fizgerald      Bob Bytwerk
     The Koekkoek Family          William L. “Bill” Thomas    Thomas Montambo                 n 63rd Wedding Anniversary                                    Dr. Robert Packer
                                   Allan & Elizabeth                                          Art & De Burkall             Mr. & Mrs. Steve Fritschen
    Maynard Roat                     Thompson                Marian Wiseman                    Jean Wolffis                                               Tom & Valerie Gillard
     Harold & Margaret Roat        Esco Chemical              Carl & Ruth Moreen                                           Mr. & Mrs. Tom Van Hall          Each Other
                                   Michael & Cynthia                                          n In Appreciation
    Alice Rosegrant                  Thomas                  David Wolf                       Marguerite Boyd              Mr. & Mrs. Don Van Zee         Kurt Holmstrom
     Ralph & Joan Gustafson        Jesse Keller               Catherine Butterfield            Nancy Ellen Legatz           Larry & Eileen Van Hall         Larry & Laurie Mason
                                   Marva & Terry Sisson
    Freda Rule                     Marie Puffer              William V. Wright                Beverly Ann Hughes           Rev. Lewis Glick               Chris & Jen Cordle
     Jonathan & Carol Penn         Bertha Newall              Dan & Julie Olson                Phil & Rhonda Cok             John & Amy Smith & Girls
                                   Mr. & Mrs. Dennis          Earl & Donna Forton                                                                         Kim & Astriana Cordle
    Vern Scholl                      McDowell                 Dick & Sandy Olson              n Christmas                  Linda Hawes                      Lois & Ferrel Cordle
     Peter Damm                    Carol Kuiper               Don & Patricia Hooker           Ron Pimpleton                  Dr. Christopher Donley
                                   James Howard               Phyllis Swieringa                Sharon Freiburger                                          Evelyn Eastman
                                   Deana Hanes Family         Dick & Carol Bonter                                          Michael Moore                    Diane Eastman                    Rev. Joe Galy, Manager of Men’s Ministries & Mission
    Esther K. Schuur
                                                                                                                             The Staff at MOKA                                               Kitchens, and his wife, Sandy Galy
     Jacquelyn Stark               Janis Hamill               Gary & Donna Burns              Bill & Pat Roof
                                                                                                                                                          Tammy & Earl Beam
                                                              Paula Hooker                     Ron & Joy Nelson
                                                                                                                                                                                               Loving the Lord
                                   Jim & Lola Fitzgerald                                                                                                    Milton McMillan
    Mr. & Mrs. Randall O. Seifers Dave & Betty Boes                                                                        Alison Bass



                                                                                                                                                                                                   together
     Mr. & Mrs. Randall            Phyllis Bianchi-Dawson    Rev. Father Steven               Elsie Schillaci                Ann Marie & Michael
                                                                                                                                                          Shane & Lisa Newmyer
       Seifers, Jr.                William & Charlene        Yankopoulos                       Leora Schillaci                Kernan
                                     Thompson                 Ann Yankopoulos                                                                             Brad & Krista Selent
    Harold Sorensen                                                                           Dr. Peter Rick & Staff       Anne Kershaw & Richard           Ron & Jean Weihl
     Thomas Montambo              Kristina Thomsen           Carolyn Zook                     Dr. Paul Christie & Staff    Peterson
                                   Wayne & Mary Erickson      Rich & Peg Baker                Dr. James DeHudy & Staff       Stan & Marjorie Peterson     Tom Selander
                                                                                                                                                                                                There’s a popular verse in the book of Ecclesiastes
    Luther Spalding                                                                           Dr. Randy Kovicak & Staff                                     C. Kern, S. Johnson,
                                                                                                                           Jim Humphreys                                                     that talks about the power of two people working in
     Alfred & Sylvia Paquette     Jane Timmer                                                 Drs. Guerin & Karen Pierre                                    S. Alexander, C. Barr,
                                                                                                                             Lakeshore Automatic                                             tandem with God. It reads, “A cord of three strands is
                                   Jack & Julie Timmer       Do you have a relative or         & Staff                                                      G. Washington &
                                                                                                                              Products                                                       not quickly broken.”
    Charles Swanson                                          friend you would like to          Bolthouse Dental Lab                                         Y. Lawrence
                                                                                                                                                                                                At the Muskegon Rescue Mission, we get to see such
     Cec & Jan                    Stan Tyler                 honor? A gift to Muskegon                                                                                                       a couple on a daily basis. Rev. Joe Galy and his wife,
                                                             Rescue Mission is an ideal                                    “Happy Hattitudes’s Red        Lewis & Judy May
     Don & Joyce Ferguson          Tyler Sales Co.                                            Molly & D.J. Hammingh                                                                          Sandy, have been serving the less fortunate together for
                                                             way to remember a birthday,                                   Hatters”
     Joseph & Amber Hammond                                                                   Sarah & Tim Ketchum-                                                                           nearly 10 years here at the mission.
                                                             anniversary or other special                                                                 Tony & Carole Crosser
     August & Joy Swanson         John Vandenboom                                               Krovel                                                                                          While Joe’s tenure as a staff member extends beyond
                                                             occasion, or to acknowledge                                   Young Family                     Paul & Mary Ann Page
     Walter & Sonja Draeger        The Crafton Family                                          Mom & Dad Ketchum                                                                             20 years, he was initially on the receiving end of care. In
                                                             a loved one while at the same
     Randy & Therese Hansen                                  time helping those in need.                                                                                                     the 1980’s, Joe came to the Muskegon Rescue Mission as
                                                                                                                           Rick & Kathy Coppock           Michael Geoghan
     Marsha Stefaniak             Kathryn VanVoorthuysen                                      Dr. Robert & Jane Hylland                                                                      an alcoholic in need of help. Just like many of the men
                                                                                                                             Lewis & Judy May               Matthew & Tracy
     Harvey & Beverly Hammond      Henry & Minerva Fifolt                                      William & Sally Stewart                                                                       and women who come to the mission today, Joe had hit
                                                                                                                                                            Geoghan
     Jerry & Terri Carlson                                   In Honor of:                      Laila Wackernagel                                                                             rock bottom.
                                                                                                                           Catherine, Alex, Lindsay,
     Richard & Kathy Kuck &       Harry Vledder              (gifts received Sept. 24, 2008                                                                                                     “I came here homeless,” Joe remembers. “I had a ter-
                                                                                                                           Chris, Kyle & Mike             SAF Holland
       Family                      Gayle, John, Lindsay &    through Dec. 31, 2008)                                          Gary Neal & Chris              Quality Tool & Stamping          rible drinking problem. No job. Divorced. Nowhere to
                                                                                              Gene & Diane Borgert
     Harry McCallum                Nick Jones                                                                                                                                                go. It’s the story our men deal with every day.”
                                                                                               Michael, Jeanne, Kate,
                                                             n Birthdays                                                                                                                        As a former resident of the mission, Joe has a unique
                                                                                               Jonathan & Alex Borgert
    Sam Straus                   Cornelia Wagenmaker         Rev. Michael Borgert                                                                                                            perspective as he counsels and pastors residents. He
     Bette Vanderwerp             Gloria Bruinsma             Ron & Donna Kuiper                                                                                                             shares, “I think the reason I have good Bible studies
                                  Gertrude Robarge                                            Erica Wisdom                                                                                   and relationships with the men is because they know I
                                                                                              Brendan Sullivan                                 When you send your memorial or “in honor
    Allan Swartz                  Nancy Robarge Harma        Michael Geoghan                                                                                                                 can relate to them. I’ve been where they are now.”
                                                                                               Susan Wright                                    of” gift to Muskegon Rescue Mission, you
     Wilma Jeanne Swartz          Kathleen Waun                Matthew & Tracy                                                                                                                  At our Mission Thrift Store, Sandy is likewise a bright
                                                                                                                                               will receive a tax-deductible receipt and
                                  Cathy Tejchma                 Geoghan                                                                        a card will be mailed promptly to the be-     light to guests of the mission. With nearly ten years of
    Delphine C. Taylor                                                                        Eugene Cole                                                                                    experience, she has met and helped hundreds of fami-
                                                                                                                                               reaved family or the friend being honored,
     Ron Taylor                  Verna K. Wagenmaker         Marion Richter                    Richard & Linda Miller                          telling them of your gift. Please mail your   lies find great deals and affordable household items.
                                  Lois & Earl Westervelt      Maureen Hall                                                                     memorial and “in honor of” gifts to:             We want to thank Joe and Sandy for their service to
    Ethel “Marge” TenBrink                                                                    Jim & Linda McLaughlin                                                                         the Muskegon Rescue Mission. We also hope that their
     Rodney TenBrink             Selma “Sally” J. Weichner   Doris Blanchette                   Bob & Jean Schouman                            Muskegon Rescue Mission                       example of serving Christ together inspires many to do
     David & Lizabeth Ogborn      Elaine McCulloch            Bill Blanchette                                                                  1691 Peck Street                              the same!
                                                                                                                                               Muskegon, MI 49441
     Nellie TenBrinke             Eva Ackerberg                                               Joe & Donna Saladin
     Dick & Terry                 Eugene & Arlee Bodnar      De Burkall                         Tom & Gayle
                                  Ron & Florence Carlson      Jean Wolffis                        Mroczkowski
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                                              a changed life




     One
     Big                 an even
                         bigger
                         heart


     Guy
     If you saw Chris on the street,
 he’d catch your attention. Standing
 at 6 feet, 5 inches, Chris has had
 plenty of opportunity to leverage
 his size. In fact, he used to work as
 a bouncer in Detroit nightclubs.
     However, when he returned to
 Muskegon and watched his living
 situation with his brother deterio-
 rate, Chris was the one kicked to          “The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks
 the curb. “We have a very check-            at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
 ered past,” Chris says of their
                                                                                                              — 1 Samuel 16:7
 relationship. “But with my father
 not around, I wanted to know my
 brother.”                                 want to hear that. I just want to eat.’”   Maybe it was God.’”
     With nowhere else to turn,                But as Romans 10:17 promises,
 Chris came to the Muskegon Rescue         faith began to bud in Chris’ heart         Persevering to the End
 Mission for help. “I heard you could      as he heard the word of God. And               Chris admits he’s never fin-
 get a nice meal,” Chris recalls. “And     pieces of his past began to come           ished many things in his life. But
 once I got here, I started volunteer-     together. “One of the guys said the        today, thanks to your commitment
 ing in the laundry and helping clean      Lord is always with me, and that           to him, Chris is close to finishing
 up after meals.”                          made me think about the past and           our long-term program. He’s dealt
                                           some of the things that could’ve           with the abandonment he felt as a
 Softening of Heart                        happened to me that didn’t,” Chris         child and has learned how to be a
      While Chris came with a willing-     remembers. “And I always won-              man of God. He’s even restored his
 ness to serve, he didn’t come with        dered why.”                                relationship with his brother.
 faith. “I didn’t believe in God,” Chris       “I got to thinking... ‘Maybe               Over the past months at the
 states. “I thought it was all science     that’s why, when I was in situations       mission, Chris has truly become a
 fiction or a fairy tale. When I lis-      in those night clubs and some-             gentle giant in the faith. And while
 tened to what the chapel speakers         thing bad happened to everyone             his stature is certainly large, his
 were talking about before meals, I        around me, I came out unscathed.’ I        heart for God and serving others
 thought, ‘This is nonsense. I don’t       thought to myself, ‘Maybe that’s it.       has become even bigger.


                             Muskegon Rescue Mission            Our Board
                             1691 Peck Street                   Joe Masvero, President             Bryan Betten
                             Muskegon, MI 49441                 Dan McKinnon, Vice President       Dr. David Dora
                             (231) 727-6090                     Karen Buie, Secretary              Ivory Morris
                             FAX (231) 722-7030                 Larry Dobb, Treasurer              Dave Parnin
                                                                Doug Amstutz                       Cedric Scott
                             www.muskegonmission.org                                            Harbor Light is a publication of
                                                                                                Muskegon Rescue Mission and is
                                                                                                produced quarterly.




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