Springfield Rescue Mission

Board Member: Jody Hart

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The Springfield Rescue Mission continues to honor God by serving the less fortunate members of our city. This has been a difficult year ministering to the community due to the restrictions placed upon all public facilities due to Covid 19. Even though members of the city were unable to enter the facility for the free breakfasts, the SRM was able to adapt by binging the breakfasts, prepackaged, outside to those in need. Even though this was not ideal, God was still glorified by the mission’s generosity. For a few months, they had to go without the help of their volunteers due to the concerns of Covid.

They were also forced to pause “Operation Sonshine,” the program that brings lunches throughout the city on Wednesdays for a few months. Unfortunately, Covid was able to find its way into both of their facilities this past year. SRM was able to close the Taylor Street facility and move the men into offsite housing while they were quarantined this summer. Just before Christmas, Covid made its way into the Mill Street location. This caused the mission to postpone its Christmas dinner and gift giveaway until mid-January of 2021.

CPC has been a longtime supporter of SRM by providing dinner once a month. There are two teams, led by Elizabeth Tongue and Amber Haywood. While they were unable to serve meals in person, they still prepared meals and delivered them to be served by the staff and residents. CPC also has members volunteering on a regular basis, but their opportunities were paused as well. I (Jody Hart) will begin serving on the Board of Directors beginning January 2021.

Even though this year made serving those most in need more difficult, God has shown Himself faithful. The SRM saw the retirement of Ron Willoughby who served as Executive Director for nearly 40 years. They welcomed Kevin Ramsdell to the position in early October.

 
Unreached People Group of the Day

Arab, Tunisian

Population
10,917,000

Primary Language
Arabic, Tunisian Spoken

Primary Religion
Islam

% Evangelical
0%

Mission Fact of the Day
Some 65-70% of the world's population live in religiously restrictive countries.
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