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News from Today’s USICH Call
HUD Officials Visiting Citygate Network Members
The REVIVE! Event Is a Go!
Facilitator Training for Acclaimed Abuse Recovery Program
FINDINGS FROM OUR SURVEY: Ladies Are on the Move
The survey findings are fascinating. We will share much more of that with you in the days ahead. By the way, the Amazon gift certificate winners were Jason Bull, Medford Gospel Mission; Steve Sparks, Wichita Falls Faith Mission; Tom Clapsaddle, Toledo Gospel Rescue Mission; and Rosolyn Eatman, San Diego Rescue Mission. The iPhone 11 went to Jeffrey Dashner, Mel Trotter Ministries.
Members Weather the “I” Storm
DOJ Awards Grant Money for Human Trafficking Victims
Public Reading of Scripture for Member CEOs
Special Census Weekend to Count Homeless
Looking Down the Street
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Lending Programs Extended
Humanitarian Prize Awarded to LA Organization
Churches Help with Altered School Scenarios
Study Shows COVID-19 Infection Rates Higher Among Minority and Low-Income Children
Gallup Poll Reveals How Americans Feel About Current Police Presence
New Tool Tracks How Recession Affects Households
Montreal Camp Forms in Response to Scaled Back Services
Grocery Store Sales Boom During COVID-19
New Homelessness Numbers and Plans
Business Director, Coachella Valley Rescue Mission, Indio, CA
Business Operations Director, Kitsap Rescue Mission, Bremerton, WA
Camp Bennett Maintenance Manager, Central Union Mission
Care Support Specialist, Light of Life Ministries, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
CEO/President, Bay Area Rescue Mission, Richmond, CA
Chief Administration Officer CAO, Rockford Rescue Mission, Rockford, IL
Chief Operations Officer COO, Rockford Rescue Mission, Rockford, IL
Cook, Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Counseling Program Manager, The Rescue Mission Tacoma, Tacoma, WA
Development Director, Home of Grace, Vancleave, MS
Development Manager, Bread of Life Mission, Seattle, WA
Director, Open Door Mission, Rochester, NY
Director, Rescue Mission Alliance, Oxnard, CA
Director of Operations, Fairhaven Rescue Mission, Covington, KY
Director of the Women & Children's Center, Helping Up Mission, Inc., Baltimore, MD
Driver, Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Executive Director, Fairhaven Rescue Mission, Covington, KY
Executive Director, Geauga Faith Rescue Mission, Chardon, OH
Executive Director, Stability First, Martinsville, IN
Executive Director - Gospel Rescue Mission, Bridge Street Mission, Abbotsford, WI
Family Recovery Program Director, St. Matthew's House, Naples, FL
Food Service Support, LifePath Christian Ministries, York, PA
Guest Relations, LifePath Christian Ministries, York, PA
Guest Services Manager, Shelter KC, Kansas City, MO
Lead Recovery Coach, Shelter KC, Kansas City, MO
Major Gifts Officer, Union Rescue Mission, Wichita, KS
Men's Shelter Director, Great Falls Rescue Mission, Great Falls, MT
Mental Health Counselor, The Rescue Mission Tacoma, Tacoma, WA
Nonprofit Management Department Chair (online), City Vision University, Kansas City, MO
Part-Time Counselor (Youth-Focused), Seattle's Union Gospel Mission
PRN Residential Care Mentor, Shelter KC, Kansas City, MO
Program Manager, Jubilee Ministries, Lebanon, PA
Recovery and Addictions Pastor/Lead Instructor, Cookeville Rescue Mission, Cookeville, TN
Residential Coordinator_Cornerstone Manor Facility, Buffalo City Mission, Buffalo, NY
Resource Advocate, Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Safety Coordinator, Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Safety Team Member, Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Shelter Monitor, Kitsap Rescue Mission, Bremerton, WA
Short-Term Living Coordinator Men's Ministry, Lebanon Rescue Mission, Inc., Lebanon, PA
Social Work/Clinical Manager, Denver Rescue Mission, Denver, CO
Tech Support/Student Services (work from home), Techmission/City Vision University, Kansas City, MO
Women's New Life Growth Manager, Portland Rescue Mission, Portland, OR
Patient Persistent Pursuit (The original PPP!)
I’m thinking “pre-Rock” Peter probably cursed. I bet he had a temper to match his impetuousness. It wouldn’t surprise me if he had a reputation for spouting impassioned opinions among his fellow fishermen, and his wife likely weathered her fair share of rants. I wonder if the other disciples had begun to learn his triggers and tiptoe around some of the hot buttons to avoid potential fireworks.
All of us interact with people who challenge us – sometimes it’s a family member, a spouse, or a child; sometimes it’s a friend or co-worker. Do we respond by getting irritated and letting them know it? Do we pull back and withhold our love when they don’t measure up? Or do we follow Jesus’ example with Peter?
How did Jesus not get frustrated with Peter? Did he ever roll his eyes or heave a large sigh in response to Peter’s words or actions? Throughout their time together, Jesus patiently continued to love, encourage, and pour into Peter in spite of the brash or rude behavior he continually displayed. He certainly didn’t coddle Peter, and often challenged him to “man up,” but never in an exasperated way that indicated he wanted to give up.
Even knowing that Peter would doubt, disappoint, deny, and desert him, Jesus looked beyond the rough “pre-Rock” Peter and saw the solid Rock he would become. Sometimes it might seem easier to just quit on someone whose behavior doesn’t measure up. But what if you practice looking beyond the irritating conduct to see the man or woman as Jesus does – redeemed and restored, whole and complete – and just keep pouring in?
Love is large and incredibly patient.
Written by Alice Gifford, Citygate Network
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