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Don’t Look Back

May 19, 2010

Jerry Sandvig, President & CEO of Phoenix Rescue Mission

“Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.”

This is a quote from Satchel Paige, a famous baseball player in the early 20th century.

I hadn’t given this saying much thought until the early part of this year. Throughout the years, I have enjoyed keeping you updated on the matters of the Phoenix Rescue Mission. I have enjoyed it because the reports on God’s blessing on this ministry of His are exciting and because His blessings typically flow to us through the donors and volunteers that make up our Mission family.

Everyone is aware of the difficulties generated by this present economic downturn. It seems few lives have been spared from its effects. Since the Mission provides food, clothing, shelter and many services based on care for those we serve, the demand for these basics of life have continued to grow beyond any expectations. As we look forward through our doors, we see ever-increasing crowds of men, women and children in need. We see the same crowd, yet, different faces. And, as we look back something is indeed gaining on us, the human wreckage of this economic condition.

We feel the costs of serving “gaining on us.” The last thing we ever want to do is reduce services because what we do is what God has called us to do.

I thank you for your faithful support since you have allowed the Mission to grow to serve so many people in need. I appeal to you at this time for your continued help and increased help where you can.

When all is said and done, our greatest asset and path to provisions is prayer. We hear everyday from many people who keep this work bathed in prayer. For that we offer our profound thanks.

I’m not sure about the theology of Satchel Paige’s saying , but there is wisdom in what he says. “Don’t pray when it rains, if you don’t pray when the sun shines.”

May you experience God’s continued blessings in your life.

Peace and Joy,

Jerry Sandvig
President & CEO
Phoenix Rescue Mission

One Comment
  1. Thomas Murray permalink
    May 19, 2010 9:44 am

    For those of you who have never had the pleasure of meeting Jerry Sandvig, he is a loving man, God-driven and inspired, and he needs our help in ensuring that the work of the Mission is carried out.

    Please direct your prayers to financial abundance for the Mission – the men and women and families that the Mission serves are the least of these in the Kingdom and God, and our Savior commands us to help them!


    Thomas Murray
    Kansas City

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