“I have to thank our Heavenly Father for answering my prayers to keep me safe and healthy and from any other illnesses that would prevent my recovery from cancer and heart issues. For the past two and a half years the Lord has made it possible for me to rent an apartment on the property of the Anchorage Gospel Rescue Mission.
I want to thank the staff for continuing to make this environment a safe place for me and the other residents. I certainly would not be where I am today without the love and care of our Heavenly Father demonstrated through the kindness of this Rescue Mission.” – Bob
Our friend, Bob, is an Anchorage senior who has faced some health struggles and continues to be seasonally employed while being affordably housed. It is always a joy to get to share with Bob because God is showing Himself faithful in Bob’s life.
Alyssa Olgin was in one of the first groups of women sheltering at the Mission when I became Director. Alyssa was using the Mission as a base of support while applying for employment. Upon getting to know her, it became evident that the Mission could use her office and computer skills. We hired her to work in our front office processing client information and helping with donations.
She now runs our computer lab and helps our clients and program people to secure computer skills and to apply for employment online. She has been invaluable to me in creating and updating videos and brochures.
Alyssa was able to move into her own apartment and has generously opened her home to her mother. She is a trusted and valued employee we are fortunate to work with. Alyssa is currently working on a new database and says she is getting up to speed on topics she had no idea she would need to learn about but enjoys it because there are few things she enjoys as much as discovering new things.
“She tells me that is how she knows God put her here; there is always something new to figure out. I feel the same way.” – Pastor John
Patricia was sheltered by the Mission and even had her wedding in the Mission Chapel. She got her job after painting in the art class and coming to the happy conclusion that,
“The person who painted this picture can ask for work!” – Patricia
“I walk with Him
in respect, love and honor
A warrior in prayer
beside Him I will stand
I worship and praise
his glorified Name with
wisdom, faith, hope
My love will hold a strong
heart and mind for the King
whose words I will
I will be as a queen of
In Jesus’ Name”
–Psalm by Patricia
Rightly dividing the word of truth. We know it makes the Holy Spirit happy when someone applies himself to study the scriptures. Charles and his end times study certificate.
“I just wanted to thank you guys for being there for me in 2016 when I desperately needed a place to stay! I was in great hands with you and was able to obtain housing due to having a secure place to stay.
I was encouraged to apply for housing while I was there and was even able to get my disabled Mother into housing as well. I love you guys with all my heart and I thank you for your continued support for so many others who have many other success stories from Anchorage Gospel Rescue Mission and all your positive programs. You Rock.
Thank you, Lord, for The Anchorage Gospel Rescue Mission.” – Laura Gregory
Meet Jerome, a current client of the Anchorage Gospel Rescue Mission. Jerome says he feels blessed to be able to be here with us during this precarious season where everyone is required to hunker down. He shared a feeling of gratitude that he is able to be in a safe and warm environment where the food is always good, the beds are clean, the laundry is done, and that there is a chapel service each evening to look forward to where the Lord is lifted up.
He expressed appreciation for being able to hear the Bible teachings and to view those videos by speakers highlighting the possibilities for hope-filled life changes. He says staying here at the Mission during this time has allowed him to be able to interface with those offering assistance in obtaining a housing voucher, as well as other agencies who are helping to resolve life issues.
“As a struggling college student, I stayed at the Anchorage Gospel Rescue Mission (when it was located in Downtown Anchorage) for about 10 days in 1967. I received two meals and a bed in exchange for attending a morning and evening worship service.
Breakfasts were oatmeal with toast, and dinners were chicken soup. I didn’t realize it then, but the real nourishment I received was in the prayers and discussions I had with the Pastor. These encounters were important building blocks in my faith journey.
Today I am a retired construction engineer living in State College, PA. I am an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church where I lead an ecumenical group of mountain bikers. I also volunteer at the local St. Vincent Thrift Store.
The work closest to my heart is volunteering with the local “Out of the Cold” program. This is a program that my late wife helped organize. Local churches work together providing meals and lodging for homeless folks for two week periods during the cold weather months.
This is my way of thanking God for the positive influence of the Anchorage Gospel Rescue Mission on my life.” – Karl