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Lasting Change

 Don WorrellThe kids at the Nashville Rescue Mission are growing up in circumstances I can somewhat relate to. My mom died when I was 3 and my dad traveled a lot, so some nights I wasn’t sure where I was going to sleep. If not in my own bed, at least I knew it would be at my grandmother’s house or a close family friend’s house. Thankfully, it wasn’t on the streets.

These kids are facing some very difficult situations, like having to be “the grown-up” while their mom falls apart from substance abuse. Or having to attend several different schools in the same school year, trying desperately to make friends despite worn-out clothes.
Remember how brutal kids can be to anyone who doesn’t “fit in”? It absolutely breaks my heart, and I can see that the staff and volunteers feel the same. That’s why we do our best to give the kids living at the Mission new backpacks, school supplies, clothes and shoes so they will feel a sense of belonging and love.
“Your Father in Heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost.”
– Matthew 18:14, NIV
When they come here, we’re given a unique opportunity—to reach them now, equip them now, heal them and show them a better future now. If we can do all that, we can actually prevent many of them from following their families into dead-end jobs, poverty, homelessness and addiction.
This is why I’m asking you so earnestly right now, what can you do to equip a child at the Mission for success? Can you give some of the school supplies listed on page 5? Can you make a donation so we can buy more of those supplies in bulk or fund vital services?
Please reach out a helping hand as we prepare to send them back to school. There is no greater gift than a future, and that’s just what you can give them today!
Don Worrell
President and CEO
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