One evening, just a couple months ago, Reuben was walking near downtown Silver City and before he knew it, he was attacked by several men and a woman.
In an attempt to steal his backpack, they kicked him, hit him with a bat, tried to stab him and left him in a pool of blood, unconscious with multiple injuries.
The following two weeks were spent in the hospital and when he was released, he came down to the Silver City Gospel Mission for help.
As part of our mission to rescue lives, our staff began to minister to his physical, emotional and spiritual needs. Seeds of hope and promise of a future are being planted in Reuben through our hospitality.
Reuben found himself on the streets of Silver City after coming here from Seattle to help his sister through a bitter divorce. But alcohol, drugs and rage caused him to lose favor with his family and he was forced to leave his sister’s home.
When he came to the Mission, he put his head down, followed the rules and reflected on what had gone wrong in his life.
Reuben enjoys the security the Mission provides and says “it provides a buffer from the street.” While he sometimes feels embarrassed to be at the Mission, he is grateful that he has a safe place to go during the day and likes to lend a hand.
Further he says, “I really like the Bible studies. They help and for the past two days I have been starting to pray on my own.”
Reuben believes “all this crazy stuff” happened for a reason. “I am here for a reason,” he says. “This is where I am supposed to be; this is a chance to move up. Another thing I like about this place is that it gives me time to think, to clear my mind and to pray.”
Reuben is at a major turning point in his life. He is discovering that peace comes from Jesus Christ. He is examining his faith and he is talking to God. He is discovering the satisfaction of serving others. Day by day we have the privilege of planting seeds of hope and seeing him grow and become whole.
Jesus talks about this in Luke 13 where he tells the story of the farmer planting seed. Some, he says, “some fell along the path…some fell on rocky places…some among thorns…some fell on good soil…” In Reuben’s case the seed has fallen on good soil and it is beginning to grow and will “bring forth fruit” as we help him.
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