A CHRISTIAN MISSION
October 2018 Newsletter
A Word From Our Director ~ Pastor Andrew Pistone
“Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.” Psalm 71:3
As I'm writing this article, we just commemorated 17 years since the horrific events of September 11th, 2001. The tragedy is still especially fresh in the minds of many - especially those who have friends and loved ones who were murdered that day.
That morning, Stanley Praimnath was working on the 81st floor of the South Tower. He knew that the first tower had been hit, but he had been told that his building was safe. Then, he saw an airplane fly past the Statue of Liberty and suddenly appear larger and larger through his office window. He saw that the plane was headed straight toward him.
Stanley prayed a quick prayer as he dove under his metal desk for protection: “Lord, I can't do this! You take over!”
The nose of the plane crashed through the tower - just a few feet from his desk. The ceiling collapsed and things around Stanley began to burn. When he saw that he was trapped, he started yelling for help. As he prayed and cried for help, Brian Clark, a worker from another office, heard him and came to help.
The two men began to navigate through rubble and darkness, and they found their way down 80 flights of stairs to the ground floor and out of that building. It seemed miraculous.
In the Bible, King David also encountered terrible threats and asked God for help. He wanted to be assured of God's nearness as he faced his enemies in battle.
In a heartfelt petition - David said, “Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go…Do not be far from me, my God; come quickly, God, to help me.” Psalm 71:3, 12.
As followers of Christ, we aren't promised quick solutions to every difficult situation we face, but we can be confident that God will walk with us through everything we encounter.
Here, at the Mission, we are on the frontlines – as we see that the enemy of our soul continues to attack….and the struggles seem overwhelming at times. We see those struggles very clearly in the lives of some of our guests – as they work to shake their addictions. We know that the mercy and the power of God can overcome anything, and we continue to direct people to the study of God's Word, and encourage them to trust Christ - so that they can have changed lives - with freedom and peace that He can give.
Sometimes, God may choose to bring a miraculous change in your circumstances for His glory – as He did in Stanley Praimnath's escape from the South Tower; but if you are in a difficult situation, and He doesn't take it away…He may choose to be glorified through your steady faith – when you love Him, trust Him, and depend on Him in the middle of your pain.
If we have put our trust in Christ alone, we can have confidence that He is at work in our impossible circumstances – for His purposes, and His glory…even if it isn't in the way that we desire on this earth.
“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:17-18
Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go…Do not be far from me, my God; come quickly, God, to help me and those to whom we minister - that they would understand that YOU are THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE.
Prayer request for October 2018
Please pray for our guests here at the Mission, as God works in their lives to help free them from their addictions.
Funds / Donations Needed
Your financial support will help us provide hot meals, a safe place to sleep and shower, and exposure to the truth of God's Word through Bible study and counseling to those who struggle with addictions. Many come to know Jesus as Savor because of the work God is doing here at the Mission.
There are a few ways you can give:
#1: PayPal Giving Fund:100% of what your gives goes to the Mission. Paypal does not keep a processing fee when you use this service. If you would like to make a direct financial donation you can go to the PayPal at the link below.
#2: Use our Website http://www.doorofhopemission.com/donate.html
#3: Mail a Check to Door of Hope Mission PO Box 1789, Odessa, TX 79760
#4: When you Shop at Amazon or Ebay, just add us as your preferred charity, and a portion of your purchase will go to the Door Of Hope Mission.
With Amazon: Visit to Amazon Smile www.smile.amazon.com, then login to your account then you need to select Door Of Hope Mission Odessa TX so we will receive donations from eligible purchases when you shop.
If you have any questions please call us 432-337-8294.
The Door of Hope Mission is supported 100% by DONATIONS and our thrift store. We do not take money from the government because they would restrict us from preaching about the freeing power of Jesus to those we help.
All donations are tax deductible.
DOOR OF HOPE THRIFT STORE UPDATE
We are in need of good furniture and antiques that you might want to donate to our ministry, and of course - we continue to take ALL donations with grateful hearts. We could not do this without your help.
We can also accept cars, trucks, RVs and boats.
If you have items you wish to donate, please drop them off at the store. If you need us to pick them up, please call the Mission at 432-337-8294.
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