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2019 Annual Appreciation Banquet

Please join us for a time of celebration and appreciation for another year providing food, shelter, and hope in Michigan's capital area!

Thursday, 10.10.2019
Begins at 6:30 PM

Maranatha Baptist Church
2300 N Waverly Rd.,
Lansing, MI 48906

There is no charge for this event, as it is our way of saying “thank you” for the support you give throughout the year, though you are welcome to provide a donation if you choose. Please remember that space is limited and we need to know in advance how much food to prepare, so we cannot guarantee seating will be available for those who call after the RSVP date. Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to the opportunity to fellowship with you.

Please RSVP by 10.4.2019

to 517.485.0145 . info@BEaRESCUER.org

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A Message from Mark: willing hearts meet the need

“You give them something to eat.” Mark 6:37a

I can’t imagine what type of response the disciples gave Jesus when He instructed them to feed the crowd of over 5,000. The books of Mark and John clearly identify that the disciples were obedient and found a donor willing to surrender “five loaves and two fish” for the cause. The boy and the disciples definitely wondered how such a little donation could make much of an impact, considering the number of mouths that needed to be fed. “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?” In the same way, I know that people often think that their gift won’t make a difference when compared to the great need.

However, Jesus clearly knew what He was instructing them to do. It reminds me so much of how God provides for the needy in our community. He instructs us, “when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing…” (Matthew 6:3). God has always instructed His children to be His “hands and feet” to help the needy. When the need for shelter and food increases in our community, God provides a way to meet that need through willing people like yourself. Your gifts work towards the good, and they are collectively multiplied to be sufficient for the day!

I suppose that is exactly the point. We do not give because we, on our own, can meet every need. We give because we trust that God will use our gift for His glory. That glory includes meeting spiritual and physical needs for the nearly 200 people that come each night. Sometimes, simply looking at the problem can be a daunting task. However, it doesn’t have to be despairing when God is in it! Thank you for being willing to give of your loaves and fishes in order that God would be glorified in the ministry of rescue. Thank you for being a rescuer!

To God be the Glory,
Mark Criss
Executive Director

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"Rescue" News: Where does your gift go?

We are so grateful for your gifts. You truly do make a difference to the thousands we serve every year. Below is a breakdown from our 2018 Annual Report of exactly how your gifts were used to raise awareness and assist in the ministry of rescue.

Administration = 6%: keeping the Mission running by overseeing monetary donations, paying bills, helping with human resources, and coordinating volunteers.

Communications = 9%: providing information through the website, social media, the newsletter, giving reports to donors, and more.

Programs and Services = 85%: meeting the needs of guests by providing food (~100,000 meals a year), shelter (~140 per night), and hope (counseling, casework, and more).

The good we do happens because of you. You can find more information, including our audited financials, on our website: BEaRESCUER.org. Thank you for all you do to be a rescuer!

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Cook's Corner: Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken

Family Size: 6 Servings
1/4 cup Butter
1/3 cup Ketchup
1/4 cup & 2 TB Brown Sugar
1/4 cup White Vinegar
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Soy Sauce
1/2 tsp Worcestershire
1 (9oz) can Crushed Pineapple
3 lbs cubed Chicken Breast (cooked)
2 tsp Cornstarch

Mission Size: 144 Servings
6 cups Butter
8 cups Ketchup
8 cups Brown Sugar
6 cups White Vinegar
1/2 cup Salt
1/2 cup Soy Sauce
1/4 cup Worcestershire
24 (9oz) cans Crushed Pineapple
72 lbs cubed Chicken Breast (cooked)
1 cup Cornstarch

Melt butter first. Whisk cornstarch into vinegar. Add all ingredients, except pineapple and chicken, into a saucepan. Heat on medium/low heat until sauce thickens, stirring as needed. Then stir in the pineapple and chicken. Serve over white rice.

During the month of August, the Mission began seeing increased numbers of those coming to the public dining room for the evening meal. We are so grateful for the gifts that have helped us meet this need.

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