This family describe “coming to the Mission with nothing”.
“We were blueberry picking for 12 hours a day and sleeping in our car.
I remember discovering the Mission… it was amazing to get a shower, eat supper and sleep in the emergency shelter,” they added “The Mission was a ‘lifesaver’. It got us back on our feet. We’ve been clean a year and we’ve just had a baby!”
In my role as Chaplain to Guests who come in nightly for supper, I have especially of late, had to deal incidents involving extremely angry and irrational people (shouting, swearing name calling…).
I remind myself that anger is a ‘secondary’ emotion coming from hurt (and it’s simply not about me!). People come to a Mission with depths of abuse. A gentle answer turns away wrath’ Proverbs 15:1
The challenge in dealing with rage is twofold…
1. Damage Control – angry words can amount to verbal abuse especially around hurt & broken people. Angry accusative outbursts are not tolerated in Mission.
2. Internal Response – as Staff at the Mission we cannot allow ourselves to respond to anger, insults and verbal abuse with anger. (A fruit of the Holy Spirit is ‘self control’)
PLEASE PRAY for our front line staff who directly deal with these challenging interactions. GOD is our strength and shield.