Youth Group Touches Lives at Local Mission

The Gospel Rescue Mission (GRM), which shelters more than 120 homeless men, women and children in Grants Pass, Ore., has shown remarkable vision, godly dedication and unconditional love. It has also made an incomparable impact on the Grants Pass Church youth group. Nine young people, ages 12–19, along with seven adults took on a mission trip to their very own city on Sabbath, April 14.

The youth group quickly welcomed the task of serving supper at the GRM and visiting with shelter residents.

Following supper, the boys and men led a worship service at the men's residence, while the girls and ladies played with children at the Fikso Family Center. "The kids absolutely loved playing and reading with us," recalls Lexie Wheeler, one of the youth.

Then the group grabbed sleeping bags and began a most unique experience — spending a night at the mission. "I realized how fortunate I am to still have a home," says Darla Day, youth leader.

The next morning, they prepared breakfast for the residents.

Throughout the visit, the youth listened to hurting women, played with love-thirsty children and prayed with searching men, but all along they were ministering to Jesus Christ Himself.

The homeless residents did not receive the only blessing. "Our prayers with them moved us to tears," says Christian Martin, Grants Pass associate pastor. "We were deeply blessed."

"Can't wait to go back!" Day declares — a sentiment shared by the entire Grants Pass youth group.

September 01, 2012 / Oregon Conference