“By this we know love, that He laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.” 1 John 3:16
“Would you ever have thought a man dying on a cross was the definition of love?” asked Michael Reeves, the author of an excellent little book I am reading. A striking question, worthy of our meditation. We have all just experienced a very strange, socially distanced Easter where we missed the somber Good Friday service, the joy filled Resurrection Sunday service, we couldn’t share in the Lord’s Supper with the gathered saints, we didn’t get to see all the kids and grandkids in their special dresses and suits, there was no family feasts or egg hunts. Truly Easter 2020 will be one to remember for its lack of memorable events!
Amidst everything that we were forced to skip this Easter I hope we didn’t skip meditating upon the cross. Because, as the same author said, “There on the cross is displayed the glory, the wisdom, the righteousness, the love, the justice, and the power of God . . . hanging there He is crushing the head of the Serpent, tying up the strong man, driving out the prince of this world, and destroying death.” Therefore, the Apostle Paul said, “I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2). This is our message at the Columbus & Living Water Rescue Mission because this is the message of the Bible and it is in the embracing of this message that lives are transformed.
In this trying time, we continue to serve the hurting and the homeless in the name of Jesus Christ. We thank you for your unwavering support and ask that you continue to pray for the ministry of Rescue in Columbus and York, Nebraska. We could not do this without God moving upon your hearts to give. Would you please prayerfully consider supporting the Columbus & Living Water Rescue Mission monthly?
COVID 19 UPDATE
Columbus & Living Water Rescue Mission
COVID-19 RESPONSE PLAN
Maintaining Rescue Ministry for Columbus, York and surrounding Communities
The Columbus and Living Water Rescue is committed to those in need in our communities. During this time of heightened concern over the Covid-19 Coronavirus we remain steadfast as we trust God’s sovereignty and goodness and trust that by His mercy and grace He will see us through this difficult time. In keeping with the mandates of our Governor and the recommendations of the CDC, we will take the following precautions to assure that our donors, guests and staff at the Mission are safe and cared for.
FIRST AND FOREMOST:
Timothy 1:7 tells us that; “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
We will be vigilant but we WILL continue to serve the
“hurting and the homeless in the name of Jesus Christ.”
FOOD SERVICE: There will not be any disruption of food services at this time. We will continue to serve three meals a day to those in need.
If anyone needs specific clothing items, they can call the Mission and we will make those items available for their selection. We will NOT have open door distribution during virus transmission concerns. Please call if you have a need and we will gladly serve your needs if we can. We do not charge for any of our services including clothing.
CLASSES AND CHAPELS:
Discipleship classes and Chapel services will continue at this time. If there is a local outbreak we will reassess at that time. Teachers and Chapel leaders are encouraged to make decisions about their participation according to their personal health concerns.
Our public events scheduled in the near future; graduation ceremonies, etc. will be postponed until we can safely congregate. The Mission is dependant up donations received during events like the Ladies Brunch. If you planned to attend the Ladies Brunch and have set aside a donation for that day, please consider sending it to one of the following addresses:
Living Water Rescue Mission
PO Box 328 York, NE. 68467
Columbus Rescue Mission
PO Box 1604 Columbus, NE. 68602
DROPPING OFF DONATIONS:
At this time we will not be accepting clothing or furniture donations. Once the virus restrictions have been lifted, we will continue accepting these donations as usual.
We are accepting and encouraging food and financial donations.
We do NOT have any guest in quarantine at this time. We do however have a plan in place to provide for that potentiality. We will work closely with local hospitals and other health providers to deal with anyone that has been exposed or is showing any concerning symptoms of the virus.
Jails and prisons are not allowing access to the inmates at this time. We will continue to pray for the inmates and corrections officers and look forward to returning as soon as they feel it is safe to resume services.
We are using recommended protocols; cleaning commonly used surfaces in the Mission and as availability allows, providing gloves, masks, hand sanitizers, etc...
Please remain in prayer for our nation, the state of Nebraska, our communities, and for the Columbus & Living Water Rescue Mission as we seek to serve the “Hurting and the Homeless in the Name of Jesus Christ.”