Columbus Rescue Mission ▪ 1471 25th Ave. ▪ Columbus, NE 68601 ▪ (402) 563-1096
Living Water Rescue Mission ▪ 701 S. Lincoln Ave. ▪ York, NE 68467 ▪ (402) 362-0127
Helping the Hurting and the Homeless in the Name of Jesus Christ!

May 2020
The Columbus and Living Water Rescue Mission - "Helping the Hurting and the Homeless in the name of Jesus Christ!"
See What’s Happening at the Columbus and Living Water Rescue Mission
Nathan Joslin
Executive Director
Columbus and Living Water Rescue Mission
May, 2020

“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?

Chaplain Nathan


Columbus & Living Water Rescue Mission
Columbus:  (402) 563-1096   York:  (402) 362-0127


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.

1)           FIRST AND FOREMOST:    2   nd   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.”
2)           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.
3)           CLOTHING DISTRIBUTION:   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.
4)           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.
5)           PUBLIC EVENTS:   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

6)           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.
7)           QUARANTINED GUESTS:   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.
8)           Jail Ministries:   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.
9)           OTHER PRECAUTIONS:   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.”

Chaplain Nathan
And the Meals Continue ...
New Life Disciples Allen and Troy prepare a wonderful hot lunch at the mission. We continue to make sure that our guests are well fed, both physically and spiritually. Thank you to our amazing donors who continue bringing us groceries and food during this season. PRAISE THE LORD!

If you wish to receive all of our View Spark clips (about once a month) please call the Columbus Rescue Mission at 402-563-1096 or the Living Water Rescue Mission at 402-362-0127.

Upcoming Events Calendar

Friday, June 5th - Living Water Rescue Mission Masters Golf Tournament 12:00 p.m. - York Country Club - York, Nebraska (Updated information to be released in the near future)

Friday, June 12th - Columbus Rescue Mission Masters Golf Tournament 12:30 p.m. - Elks Country Club - Columbus, Nebraska (Updated information to be released in the near future)

Thursday, May 14th - Prayer Meeting at the Living Water Rescue Mission at 7:00 p.m. - CANCELLED

Thursday, May 28th -
Prayer Meeting at the Columbus Rescue Mission in Columbus at 10:00 a.m. - CANCELLED

2020 Columbus Rescue Mission & Living Water Rescue Mission Statistics - March 2020

Men's Beds Provided = 329
Women's Beds Provided = 133
Children's Beds Provided = 12
Total Beds Provided = 474
Meals Served = 1,128
Non-Guests Assisted = 128
Chapel Attendance = 402
Total Inmate Contacts = 84
Special Invitation to Pray

Prayer meetings will be cancelled until further notice due to the Corona Virus outbreak. We encourage you to set aside time each day to pray for our nation, our mission, our donors, our volunteers, our overnight guests, our disciples, and the end of the virus scare. Praise the Lord, especially in these difficult times. GOD IS IN CONTROL!
1 Samuel 12:23 Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by ceasing to pray for you, and I will instruct you in the good and the right way.
Would You Please Consider Volunteering at the Columbus and Living Water Rescue Mission?

"Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and truth." 1 John 3:18

With busy lives it can be hard to find time to volunteer, however the benefits of volunteering can be enormous to you, your family, and the Rescue Missions
in Columbus & York. We are currently in need of evening chapel leaders – ½ hour a month or weekly blesses us greatly. We also have some nights available on our calendar to bring in an evening meal. On occasion we need people to drive guests to an appointment or job interview. We can always use painters and fixer-uppers. Finally, there is a need for translators for our Spanish speaking guests. 

If you would like to be blessed and also be a blessing, please call Karen in Columbus at 402-563-1096 or LaVerna in York at 402-362-0127.
Doug Phillips
Director of Development
Please allow me to begin by telling you all how much we appreciate your food and financial donations during this season of the COVID-19 virus. Because of your generosity, we continue to glorify God through the work that we do here at the Columbus and Living Water Rescue Mission for our guests and disciples.
As restrictions are being lifted, we are taking a "better safe than sorry approach," with the Lord's leading. At this point in time, our clothing and furniture shopping is closed and we are not accepting any clothing or furniture donations as our sheds are currently filled to capacity which, or course, is a great thing.
Most donors have been incredible about agreeing to wait until we open up things again here at the mission, telling us that they will hold onto their donations and bring them to us when we are back to "normal." THANK YOU!!! If everyone could PLEASE adhere to this request it would be GREATLY appreciated.
We are here to honor and serve the LORD by being good stewards of the gifts that you bring to the mission. "Helping the Hurting and the Homeless in the Name of Jesus Christ."
As we are a 501 c 3, we accept no state or federal assistance. Please consider Him as you consider helping us.
Columbus Rescue Mission 
Living Water Rescue Mission