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THE REST OF JENNIFER’S STORY “I live at the Women’s shelter with my two-week-old Paul Harvey’s leadson Adalberto. in “Now you know the rest of the story” About fourteen years ago I certainly applies to accepted Christ. Jennifer. The local My family was not press and TV news well grounded in has recently rechurch or in their ported concerning walk with Christ. Jennifer’s situation. There was not a Jennifer is the first pregnant woman to leader in the family to lead in the way of God.” Consequently, Jenenter our shelter and nifer has not flourished spiritually. But God worked in Jennifer’s life have her baby while without her being aware of His effort. in residence. But here is the rest of the “Challenging circumstances presented me with a decision to either bring my family to the Mission or find another option void of spiritual story! influence.” The Lord awakened within Jennifer a hunger for more than what she had. “I soon realized that I had a hunger for a spiritual influence.” Therefore, along with her daughters, two-year-old Abigail, four-year-old Izabel and little Adalberto in her tummy, Jennifer came to the Mission. (Continued page 3)
F I N A N C E D E N T I R E LY T H R O U G H G E N E R O U S G I F T S O F I N D I V I D U A L S
New Technology for The Advancement of the Gospel??? Old Man Time keeps on ticking whether we like it or not. I don’t consider myself old at 71 when I am with my friend who is almost 93 years old. However, when our nation is beginning to talk about having a million people live to be 100 years old, then I realize I could live almost another 30 years. Then reality sets in, and I know that it is not the length of life but what we do with it that is important. My best friend Jesus did not live many years on earth, but He squeezed the best out of the few years that He had. Consequently, when I measure what I am doing with time in view of Him, I believe that I have spent too many moments investing in the “dung” pile. New technological innovations that come our way and scream for our time need to be used wisely for eternity. I have included a brief article that grabbed my attention about our use of time. The article is entitled: Social Media More Addictive Than Alcohol and Cigarettes Tweeting or checking emails might be harder to resist than cigarettes and alcohol, according to researchers who tried to measure how well people could resist their desires. According to a Fox News report, the researchers note that while sleep and sex might be stronger urges, people are more likely to give in to longings or cravings to use social and other media.
Donald James Porter Executive Director
A research team used BlackBerry devices to gauge the willpower of 205 people between age 18 and 85 in and around the German city of Würtzburg. Participants were signaled seven times a day over 14 hours for seven consecutive days so they could message back whether they were experiencing a desire at that moment or had experienced one within the last 30 minutes, what type it was, the strength (up to irresistible), whether it conflicted with other desires, and whether they resisted or went along with it. There were 10,558 responses and 7,827 “desire episodes” reported. The research team leader said, “Desires for media may be comparatively harder to resist because of their high availability and also because it feels like it does not ‘cost much’ to engage in these activities, even though one wants to resist. With cigarettes and alcohol there are more costs—long-term as well as monetary—and the opportunity may not always be the right one. So even though giving in to media desires is certainly less consequential, the frequent use may still ‘steal’ a lot of people’s time.” A solution could be using this new frontier of technology for the advancement of the Gospel of Jesus!
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January thru March 2012 Nights Lodging Men: 8572 Aver Per day 94
Nights Lodging Women/kids: 1809 Clothing Items 869
Community Clothing: People 1166 Items 10,423
Articles Clothing for Men: 3811 # Men 1080
Men Receiving Services: 319
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THE CONCLUSION OF
“Now the Mission has provided me with the opportunity to meet people of faith. I am receiving spiritual guidance and encouragement. I have begun to live as Jesus would want me to live.” Jennifer is thankful that her family’s immediate needs have been met such as diapers, clothes and hygiene items. But she points to the power of prayer as being most important.
When asked what the future holds, Jennifer points to the need for housing, a job, lasting relationship with faith-based friends and leading her family in spiritual walk with the Lord. Page 3
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