“I was empty inside. Only Christ could satisfy my soul.” Dave talks about his journey from homelessness to rescuing men from Albuquerque’s streets.
Length: 2 minutes 28 seconds (494 words)
Steelbridge serves hundreds of homeless and near homeless guests every week. They come from all walks of life. All of them precious. Every one a person Jesus died for.
They are welcomed and are fed. They hear the good news that God loves them and has a purpose for their lives. That no matter who they are or what they've done, Jesus died for them and can set them free. The Holy Spirit draws them and convicts their heart. Hot tears stream down dust marred cheeks.
But what happens AFTER the tears? After the prayer? Is that all we're called to do?
We held our Day of Honor Foot Washing Easter event on Saturday, March 31st and we wanted to let you know how it went.
Hundreds of people showed up. They were treated to haircuts and shaves, new shoes/socks, and hygiene bags of necessary daily items. Our guests heard the good news about Christ in song and in word.
These little things - things most of us take for granted - restore dignity. They make you feel human again. Imagine not being able to bathe or shower. Imagine having your feet ache while having to walk on pavement in the same socks you've worn for a week. Now imagine doing that with ruined footwear.
Later that day, we fed the hungry. All who came were given info about our long-term housing and life-changing men's and women's programs.
To every individual, family, church or company who gave financially, volunteered, or donated supplies for the Day of Honor - THANK YOU! You were there with us on Saturday. You washed the feet. You met physical needs. YOU were there sharing the good news about Jesus.
Kevin's smile charms everyone he meets. When you spend any time with him, you realize quickly how talented and intelligent he is. His eyes are kind.
Kevin grew up in the church. He listened to hundreds of sermons and church services, yet the message of Christ never penetrated his heart. He pursued pleasure and spent his money partying and doing drugs. He lived without purpose. "I could act as crazy as I wanted to. If something happened to me, nobody was there who would know" Kevin says.
"I was killing myself," Kevin says now. He had tried several rehab programs but they didn't work. He had come to Albuquerque to visit his daughter and heard about Steelbridge. He came to check things out and the staff invited him to enjoy the lunch being served.
That meal was the beginning of a new life for Kevin.
The beginning of 2018 has been exciting at Steelbridge! Lives are being changed every day with your help. Coming soon to your inbox, you'll get to watch and hear New Life Program participant, John, talk about the miracle God has done in His life.
We want to keep you up to date with what's going on in the ministry. Here are a few highlights:
You gave $12k in less than a week! Thank you!
The new ceiling is going up at the Women and Children In Crisis Center.
Because You Give (Jan/Feb 2018)
Meals Served: 35,071
Food Boxes Provided: 159
Pounds of Clothing Provided: 7,503 lbs
Nights of Shelter: 4,046
Day Shelter (Women & Children In Crisis Center): 150 women/children
Men in New Life Program: 50
Women in Women's Center of Hope: 17
John shares his incredible story - coming soon
On March 31st, we'll be washing the feet of hundreds of homeless guests. A feast will be prepared. New shoes and socks will be given out. As will haircuts and hygiene bags.
All of this serve as the backdrop as we present the good news of Christ and what Easter is all about with powerful music and ministry.
The Christmas decorations have been neatly put away. Almost all the cookies have been eaten. Just the sweet memories of the holidays remain. Toys unwrapped. Family memories made.
But today on the streets of Albuquerque, a man is sleeping on the streets in the same clothes he's had on for so long he doesn't remember. The sidewalk cold in ways that seep into his bones. Hunger gnaws at him. He is lost. He doesn't remember where he is, the day, or the date. His body is aching for another drink.
A woman is walking near downtown. Her feet hurt so bad. Beyond numb. Beyond ache. Pavement pounding on shoes with holes. And the same socks she's worn every day for weeks. She's cold and so hungry. She wants to just stop somewhere and cry. But she can't. She's a woman, alone on the streets. She can't afford to stop. Danger is everywhere. Grabbing. Lurching. Wanting her coat. Her blanket. And more.
The holidays are over. But need never takes a day off. Love doesn't either.
Your gift today is proof of that.
Steelbridge is a safe refuge from the storm. Nourishing food. Safe long-term housing. Life-changing programs. Warm clothing. A nurturing place for women and children. Compassionate care for anyone in crisis.
For only $25/month you can join the fight against homelessness and addiction. Help someone get off the streets and into a new life. If you can't do that, a gift of any size makes a huge difference.
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In January of 2017, the Albuquerque Rescue Mission became Steelbridge Ministries. This decision was made intentionally, strategically, and prayerfully. I want to take a moment to remind you of WHY we made this important decision and how it symbolizes our renewed focus on transforming lives through the power of God’s love.
We changed our name because we were perceived as a “soup kitchen!” We are not a “soup kitchen” and haven’t been for several years.
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If you met Victoria, you’d have a hard time believing how bad her life used to be. Today she’s poised and confident, with a bright vision for her future. But not long ago, she was using heroin and panhandling on the streets of Chicago. “I was very beat down and empty,” she remembers. “I had nothing—no life in me.”
Santana never had a chance. That’s what some people would have said.
Albuquerque’s Women and Children Crisis Center held an open house Wednesday to mark its one-year anniversary and to give the community an up close look at what they do.