Staying true to your Mission:

Sorting through a labyrinth of political weeds to help the most needy in our community.


The Atlantic City Rescue Mission continues to strive for positive outcomes for people in need. But the price has been heavy as a variety of policymakers continue to provide conflicting direction to this charity-based institution.


We suddenly find ourselves in interesting hot water for trying to do what local leaders request at the ire of other policymakers. This video report provides a glimpse at how we are continuing to trying to juggle between the various political groups and representative across the state yet maintain our Christian duty in serving the most needy of society.

Please keep us in prayer that we will listen to the still small voice of our God in all things. Pray that obstacles in serving the needy will for the first time, come together in unity and support over a need to work together rather than faulting an institution that offers grace instead of judgment or condemnation.

The bottom line is we are the last lifeline people have after government institutions and public policies fail them.

Until everyone in government can come together to solve this, we have to maintain our Christian purpose as stated in (Matthew 25) and do the right thing for people that show up at our door. But it would be far better if our political leaders would stop taking advantage of charitable agencies like the Atlantic City Rescue Mission and then berating them in front the press


Watch Ocean County Homeless No Longer Taken at AC Rescue Mission on PBS.

The disconnect remains centered on a the lack of coordination between county leaders, their government services and roles as first responders vs. the role of a charity that is only offerering a lifeline to people who have fallen out of government those programs. These government roles and responsibilities vary from county to county. The debate need to remain focused on a unified policy for how County Governments and services like Unemployment, Welfare, HUD, etc. interact with eachother and provide a little dispensation for Individuals, church groups and charities who are just trying to assist people in crisis.

Until that happens, charities like this Mission must remain true to their core principals. 

There will always be misunderstandings. It's the nature of humanity. But God calls us to share in a far bigger vision–one that involves us in His plan for the care of all creation with a spirit of love and tolerance. Together, we can make a greater difference and have a far broader impact than apart.

That's what I am holding out for.

~ Bill


Matthew 25/35-37
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

 

MORE: Press of Atlantic City Article explains government benefit gaps for homeless at the Mission

 

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