Sowing Seeds of Hope Banquet a Success!
When guests began to arrive for our spring banquet Friday, April 8, they were greeted by the Grants Pass High School a capella choir singing heavenly songs that set the tone for the evening. When our sound guy came into the foyer to check it out, he told me he got a little teary-eyed!
The buffet dinner was provided by Papa Terall’s BBQ, and our Food Service Manager here at the Gospel Rescue Mission, John Preston, opened in prayer. Ken and Val Emilio were our gracious hosts, and the program was underway. Guest speaker, David James, local gardening expert and newspaper columnist, ran with the theme of our banquet (sowing seeds) and shared his passionate love of gardening with us, and how he has helped the GRM over the years with our very own garden out back. He entreated us to share the bounty of our own gardens with our neighbors or church, by giving us as many tomato plant starts as we could take home, complete with directions on how to raise the fledgling plants, which was awesome! Thank you, David James, for your generosity and thoughtfulness in supporting the Mission.
Our focus then turned toward our amazing residents and their own personal testimonies. A special thank you to Kim, Karie, and Gary for sharing in such a raw and real manner. As a matter of fact, since the banquet folks have been sharing with us non-stop how much the testimonies touched them, and they gained a greater understanding of what we do at the Mission. Changing lives one at a time for the Kingdom of God through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. That is what it is all about.
Thank you to our volunteers who helped lovingly decorate, prepare the meal, and clean up. Thank you to our faithful, generous donors; we are grateful for your support of the Mission!