Demetria Kalodimos—This is my Mission story.
“Every time I go to Nashville Rescue Mission, I am blessed by the stories of hope I hear from the men and women in the Mission’s Life Recovery Program.
Several years ago, I developed an awareness video for the Mission, along with my crew at Genuine Human Productions. The story that resonated most was that of a young, physically-fit father, whose back injury led to a reliance on prescription pain medication. A “normal guy” you’d talk to over the backyard fence. Through prayer and study, running and lifting weights, he was regaining his body, mind, and soul. He told us his youngest daughter thought of the Mission as “God’s Hospital”—a place where daddy was getting good medicine, and needed just a little bit more. If indeed the Mission is God’s Hospital, then we can think of ourselves as the staff—doctors, nurses, orderlies, counselors, and through street outreach—the MASH unit. We might not be wearing scrubs (okay, maybe the occasional hairnet) but we are all helping do the healing work. Our cure rate may not be 100 percent, but it’s getting better every day.”
Josh Wilson—This is my Mission story.
“We are all in need of Christ’s love, and Nashville Rescue Mission is a place where that love is given freely.
I have lived in Nashville since 2002, but it took me eight years to really see Nashville Rescue Mission, despite attending college at Belmont, just a few miles down the road. I was writing a song in response to the May 2010 flood and praying for God to send help to our devastated city. After a few days, I realized I was praying for God to send help, but I wasn’t doing anything to help. God challenged me to give my own time and resources to show His love in my city. I wrote a song called “I Refuse” that summed up what I learned from the situation, and its basic message was that while I can’t do everything, I must refuse to do nothing.
As I opened my eyes to the needs in our community, I began to see many ways to serve. I came across Nashville Rescue Mission online and signed up to help. Not knowing much about the Mission, I assumed its primary functions were to provide food and shelter for those in need. After the first five minutes of my tour of the facility, those presuppositions were blown away. Yes, the Mission provides food and housing, but it also goes abundantly beyond that. I recently met one man who was nearing the end of the program, and he told me God and the Mission saved his life. Over the years my wife and I have been back to the Mission to serve many times. Each time, I experience Jesus in a new way. If you want to see God at work, look no further than Nashville Rescue Mission.”
So what’s your Mission story? We’d love to hear all about it.