As most of you know, two or three times a year we turn our attention to somewhere in the world where people are hurting, and we can make a difference. We call these projects Initiatives for the Poor or Generosity Initiatives.
For example, over the past three years, we have dug water wells in Africa, launched a new home for abandoned baby girls in India, and sponsored pastors from war-torn Sudan to attend Bible school in Uganda. Last Christmas we raised almost $200,000 to build a new home for at-risk girls in Uganda where they can be safe, grow in their relationship with Jesus, and prepare for their future.
This Christmas, for our next Initiative for the Poor, we are turning our attention closer to home to meet an important need in our own backyard.
Let me give you a little bit of background.
The Rescue Mission Alliance is a fantastic Christian organization which runs several rescue missions in our area. One of these is The San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission where many of our people from Rocky Peak serve on a regular basis.
This year they are launching a new ministry to rescue homeless men here in Los Angeles. They recently acquired three properties in East Hollywood and one of these will be used as a residential center to start a new program called Renewed Hope — a 10-month biblically based recovery and work therapy program to help homeless men who are dealing with life controlling issues and substance abuse at no cost.
To start this new program, it will cost $50,000 to complete the initial repairs so they can open the new center and start using it. Then, it will cost an additional $280,000 to complete the renovations for this building.
Our goal this Christmas is to raise at least the first $50,000 so they can open this new center and start rescuing men off the streets. Of course, if we can raise more, we can speed up the renovation process for the entire building.
We are so excited about this opportunity. We believe God has brought it to us, and we are especially thankful that this year we have the chance to make such a difference right in our own backyard.
If you would like to give to this initiative, you can give through our Rocky Peak mobile app, online at rockypeak.org (click “online giving” under “resources”), or in our weekend services. We will provide special cards and envelopes in the program between now and Christmas.