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Harbor Light – December 2019

Letter from the Director

Preparing for a Season of Thanksgiving.

Dan Skoglund Executive Director

The holiday season is here. Filled with family gatherings, dinners with friends, church events, community service opportunities, Christmas shopping, and running from place to place.  At Muskegon Rescue Mission it is no different, we are preparing for our Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Thanksgiving Basket Give-away, Community Christmas Luncheon, and Toy Give-away.  All the events, gatherings and shopping are good things, but amongst all the noise of the holidays we often forget to take the time to slow down.

Psalm 51:10-12 says, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirt within me.  Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.  Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”

During our moments of rest we pray for the guests who are coming to us broken alone and weary.  We pray they may find the rest and which can only be found in Jesus Christ.  We pray for our caring staff and devoted volunteers who need renewed strength and health during the busyness of the holidays.  We also pray you, our generous and faithful donor.  May you have a joyous holiday season with your loved ones.

Will you take the time to pray with us?  Will  you prayerfully consider a year-end gift to MRM, maybe even the largest year-end gift to MRM you have ever given?  For 112 years, MRM has been the “last resort” for the hungry, hurting and homeless in our community.  The needs are greater than ever and we must continue to be ready to serve each precious person who comes to our doors.

year-end gifts are especially important and have year-round impact as we faithfully continue to serve the homeless.  Much of our annual budget is received in the last few months of the year.  Gifts are crucial and help us plan for the entire year.  Please pray about what you can do and know that your gift will be received with joy and deep appreciation.

In His name,

Dan Skoglund

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