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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. They learn that no matter who they are or what they've done, Jesus paid the price for their sin and can set them free. The Holy Spirit draws them and convicts their heart. Hot tears stream down dust marred cheeks.
An invitation is given to pray and ask Christ to come in and take over their broken and shattered lives. Many pray. Many are sincere. The Bible says that "if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." (Romans 10:9 ESV)
In an instant, they have changed the DIRECTION of their life. They are saved by grace through faith in Christ. But that's just the beginning. They are as vulnerable as a newborn baby.
What would happen to a newborn child born at home if her parents walked out the door when the baby was placed in the crib? Who would feed her? Who would change her diaper? Who would care for and raise her? She would be doomed.
The same is true of the spiritual newborns we serve. They need nourishment, care, and someone to walk with them as they begin a new life. That's why we have our New Life Program for men and the Women's Center of Hope. They are residential programs where a decision to go in a new direction matures into a brand new way of living.
For up to two years, men and women learn how to live free. Women discover their incomparable worth. Men begin to dream again and find their purpose. Family relationships are restored. Their lives are healed - body, mind, and spirit. And from that place of healing, they learn how to work, serve, and love others. To live well.
It costs Steelbridge $74 a day per person to do this work. It costs our guests $0. Jesus said, "Freely you have received, freely give." (Matthew 10:8 NKJV) It costs taxpayers up to $137 a day for a homeless person to live on the streets. We think we're a much better deal!
We need 1000 partners to say "I'll give $19 per month to fight homelessness and addiction in Albuquerque." That's only 63 cents per day.
Today we have to turn away about 60 people per month because we lack funds. 60 people who want a new life. Every month. Back on the streets.
We are looking for 1000 monthly partners by May 31st. Or we will have to cut back even further. Are there at least 1000 people in Albuquerque who believe Christ is the answer to homelessness? Are there at least 1000 people in Albuquerque who are willing to do something about it?
We believe there are.