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Has your life, job or ministry ever become so overwhelming and difficult that you felt like giving up? Before I began working at the Topeka Rescue Mission, I endured some great challenges that caused me to want to throw in the towel and walk away from it all.

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November 30, 2017, Newsletter Features, Post a comment

I started at the Mission seven years ago as a volunteer and helped answer phones in the office. I spoke with all the people who had missed the community deadline to be adopted for Christmas. All of them were disappointed to hear they had missed the deadline.

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This allegory, portrayed as God might describe it, is based on an actual account a victim of human trafficking shared with us. This dear sister explained how she had suffered the hideous abuse of modern day sexual slavery for many years. Until one afternoon, during unspeakable suffering and hopelessness, she experienced the comforting presence of God. This encounter would change her life forever.

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WE NEED APOSTLES who can embody the Beatitudes, check judgment at the door, see with a Jesus lens and show genuine affection and love to the least of these. Through the Power of the Holy Spirit we can conquer suffering, abuse, neglect, trauma, hopelessness, worthlessness, and loneliness and in doing so lift the oppression of all types of poverty!

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September 1, 2017, News, Newsletter Features, Post a comment

As a nation, we have now spent more than $22 trillion to combat poverty. Best estimates of the number of people in poverty today include at least 10 million more people in poverty, then 1964. We’ve gone from about 36 million people in poverty in 1964 to more than 46 million people in poverty today. Poverty among Americans between ages 18–64 has fallen only marginally since 1966, from 10.5% then to 10.1% today.

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