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September 2019 Newsletter

Speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love. – Ephesians 4:15-16

 

The apostle Paul penned those words about 2,000 years ago, but what he said was timeless. We function best in community and only thrive if we work together for the good of each other. We could live on an island by ourselves, but we could never truly live well, alone and without the collaboration of others. God in His sovereign wisdom created us with unique talents and gifts to benefit others, both in practical life and spiritually.

There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.  There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. – 1 Corinthians 12:4-6

Is everyone a builder, a doctor, and also a teacher? Of course not. We’re each uniquely talented and equipped for the job God gave us to do. In the church (the Body of Christ), we have some who preach, some who care for those in need, some who pray much, some who contribute financially, and so forth.

At Bridge Street Mission, it’s a blessing to see employees, volunteers, and our guests working and serving together for each other’s good. At our best, we function in unison, as one body. No matter the task, someone is always better gifted towards that responsibility, and as they step forward to help, the whole mission is positively affected.

We’re thankful for your role in this ministry, in the Body of Christ.
Jeremiah Zeiset

 

August 29th, 2019|

August 2019 Newsletter

By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. – 1 John 3:16-18


The above scripture is a challenge. It’s easy to look good, to say the right thing, and to be kind to those who are kind to us. But Jesus laid down His life for me, and for you, even when we were still sinners: God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). And as Jesus laid down His life for us, so we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren (1 John 3:16).

The challenge to be like Jesus is real. The challenge is to not only love in word or talk but also love for real, in action: by lending a helping hand, sharing an encouraging word, and giving as needed to those in need. And this is not only to those who are kind to us, but also to those who aren’t able to pay us back – and even to those who at the moment don’t appreciate what we’re doing for them. It’s what Jesus did for us.

It’s easy to tell people we’ll pray for them, or to direct them to someone else whom we think will help them. It’s much harder to give to others our favored possessions or the money we worked hard to earn. But Jesus said we’re supposed to give without expecting to be repaid, and He meant it: But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil (Luke 6:35).

The best news is that scripture tells us we’ll be rewarded if we serve the Lord in this manner. The end of the story is that both we and the ones we helped will be rewarded, both now and in eternity. The Bible says clearly, Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life(John 6:27).

I was both challenged and inspired as I read these scriptures: challenged to be more like Christ; and inspired because of the promise of an eternal reward. Whatever we might gain in this life pales in comparison to what we stand to gain in heaven. God is incredibly good to us, and does not fail to follow through with His promises. To have salvation through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross is an incredible blessing, and to live for Him is only our reasonable service. I hope you are challenged and inspired to live life in boldness for Christ!

Blessings,
Jeremiah Zeiset
Bridge Street Mission

Thanks to all who joined us for music night in July!
August 6th, 2019|

July 2019 Newsletter

Happy Independence Day! We are certainly blessed to have liberty in our land.  Even better is having been set free from bondage through Christ. Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage (Galatians 5:1 KJV).

July 1st, 2019 was day 1 of our sober-living program, the Fresh Start Initiative. Thank you for your prayers and support to make this sober-living program possible. Peer-to-peer accountability and Christ-centered teaching will help the men and women in the program grow in their sobriety, relationships, and faith.

Resident Highlight


Dan Bacholl has been living at the Bridge Street Mission since April 2018. When Dan moved into the Bridge Street Mission residential facility, he was working with his team of helpers from Marathon County and was just trying to get a place to call home.  Dan has excelled, and during the 15 months that Dan has been with the mission, he has been an amazing help to many people by being a friend, giving rides, and donating his time to help Chaplain Ben at the mission. This year alone, with the help of another volunteer, Dan has put in more than 100 hours picking up and distributing more than 100 grocery carts of food. Dan is living out our mission: “Christ-Centered help for Those in Need!”

Volunteer Opportunities


Thank you to all who pray, volunteer time, donate food items, and help pay for the expenses of serving our community and helping homeless and addicted men and women.  Through your generosity, you have served meals, given rides, taught Bible studies and devotions, offered basic life-skills training, and helped in many other ways.

This year alone, more than 2,000 hours have been donated by volunteers, thousands of meals have been provided, and countless lives have been touched. Thank you for serving those in need in our community.

Would you consider giving $180/month to support someone entering the program so they can focus on being discipled, participating in Bible study, and learning to become a contributing member in the community of Wausau and in the body of Christ?  Thank you for all your support, and as always, we appreciate and ask that you keep our staff, residents, and guests in prayer.

In God’s Amazing Grace!
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July 11th, 2019|

June 2019 Newsletter

Greetings, friends.

We are sending our mission update early to encourage you to join us for 40 days of Prayer. On July 1st, 2019 we are starting our sober living program at our 43-room residential housing facility. We plan to use this time to encourage prayer and prepare for improved housing options and relationships. Please pray with us as we prepare for this pilot program and staffing the mission with employees and volunteers.

As we look to God’s Word we can find over 200 examples of prayers in the Bible. We will be sharing some examples and want to encourage learning more about prayer during this time. We will share from prayers from Genesis to Revelation. Recently a testimony was shared from a gal who was asked how she overcame her drug addictions. Without hesitation she responded it was because of her mother’s prayers. Her mother was faithful in prayer.

Consider this acronym P.U.S.H. Pray Until Something Happens. This mother’s example was to be faithful in prayer and continued until there was a result. Another acronym we can use is to help with types of prayer A.C.T.S. Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication. Let’s begin our 40 days of prayer with the Lord’s prayer together:

The Lord’s Prayer: Mathew 6:9-13
After this manner therefore pray ye:
Our Father which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give is this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into Temptation,
but deliver us from evil:
for thine is the Kingdom,
and the power,
And the glory, for ever
Amen.

God has been so good and is worthy of all our praises! Thank you for your help and support – AND PRAYERS!

In Gods Abounding Grace!
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Heath

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June 11th, 2019|