The apostle Paul makes a statement to the Corinthians that without the resurrection our faith is empty. The resurrection stands as one of the most important events in history. Many apologists can defend the resurrection better than I can. My purpose is not to debate in favor of the resurrection – it is to explore the implications and hope the resurrection brings to the homeless and addicted.
When the resurrection happened, Jesus Christ fulfilled the plan of God to redeem (buy back from sin’s hold) all of humanity. On the resurrection hangs all of Christianity. On the resurrection hangs all of the hope addicted or homeless people have for recovery.
We improve a homeless person’s life when we provide housing. If we give them the message of Christ and the resurrection, we provide an avenue for a new life, not just an improved life. The effects of homelessness are so disturbing that new life becomes a necessity. Homelessness brings hopelessness and despair. If addiction is part of the homeless issue, the effect multiplies.
That is why the old must become new and hope must replace despair. Christ is the answer for the mental and emotional state created by addiction. Improvement alone will not suffice.
Union Mission understands the importance of a new life, and we offer it at every juncture of our ministry. We are fighting for transformation on behalf of our resident guests. We can only offer faith in Christ. We cannot force anyone to accept Him.
The dead in sin can live in Jesus Christ. In Christ alone, our hope is built. Union Mission is a ministry making a difference for those who come to us. Every friend, supporter, and volunteer shares in the ministry and the victories experienced by those we serve.
It is for the homeless we serve, with you by our side. We make a difference one life at a time. It is our joy to be at the forefront of homeless ministry with YOU!
George E. Batten