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Christmas 2017 Video

For men experiencing homelessness, the holidays can be a hard. The Mission family wishes to extend a great big THANK YOU to everyone who gave to make this Christmas special for the men of the Whosoever Gospel Mission and their families.

Check out this short video that gives you a taste of our Christmas celebration.

 

Thank You for a great Christmas!Thank you to everyone who donated to make Christmas special for the men of the Mission!

Posted by Whosoever Gospel Mission on Friday, January 12, 2018

 

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The Mission family is thankful for much!

Enjoying the fellowship at our 2016 Thanksgiving Day Feast

Enjoying the fellowship at our 2016 Thanksgiving Day Feast

When asked what they’re thankful for, this is what our men shared:

  • The opportunity to get myself together
  • Peace
  • Being clean today
  • Joy
  • God’s love
  • A place to be while I deal with my health problems
  • Grace and mercy
  • That Christ forgave me
  • Life
  • Peace of mind
  • Being clean and sober
  • A Savior that loves me no matter what I do
  • Having good people around me
  • The opportunity to come here and reestablish who I am
  • A place to call homes
  • The opportunity to interact with people here at the Mission
  • Everything!

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.
Psalm 118:1

Thank you for helping to make these blessings and so many others possible.

From our family to yours,

Happy Thanksgiving!

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From the Director ~ Thanksgiving 2017

unknown001115Dear Friend of the Mission,

Homelessness, drugs and alcohol really beat up the men who come to the Whosoever Gospel Mission. When a man first arrives at the Mission, he looks like he is carrying the weight of the whole world upon his shoulders. He is hungry, tired, depressed and downcast. Quite often his face bears the physical scars and missing teeth of violence from the streets or even from staying in the City shelters. But when one of our counselors meets him and welcomes him into the New Life Program, he is told that everything can be different, that God can give him a new life, a fresh start, a chance to start over, a new beginning. We also provide him with clean clothes, brand new underwear and socks, a delicious meal, clean bedding, and toiletries so he can get a hot shower, brush his teeth, put on clean clothes, and no longer feel the gnawing pangs of hunger. An amazing transformation begins to take place as all of these good things happen – our new resident begins to believe that a better day has arrived, he feels safe, and he is able to experience a good night’s sleep for the first time in a long time.

Your kind and generous support keeps our doors open, our lights on, our kitchen cooking, and our staff offering a warm welcome to each and every man who comes to the Mission. And with a full array of wrap-around supports and services such as counseling, tutoring, life skills classes, job readiness training, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, access to medical care, case management, and daily chapels, the broken and hurting men who come to the Whosoever Gospel Mission begin to rebuild their lives one brick at a time. Their frowns are turned upside down, and they begin to taste and see that the Lord is good. Our men begin to enjoy the refreshing still waters and the good green pastures of the Lord, even as the 23rd Psalm declares.

Our men are poorer than poor and could never pay for all that we provide them. Your financial support, though, makes it possible for us to give our men a hand-up (and not just a handout) at this Thanksgiving season and throughout the entire year. We are really looking forward to our annual Thanksgiving Feast. The enclosed handout shows some great photos from our 2016 Thanksgiving Day Feast. And on Thanksgiving Day, we will be sure to give thanks to the Lord for you! You are the ones who keep the Mission going as a safe haven of hope and help, not just on Thanksgiving Day, but every day. Our men thank you, and so do we.

Your partner in giving hope,

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Robert A. Emberger, D.Min.
Executive Director

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Video: Toy Giveaway

Christmas is coming! Now is a great time to start collecting new, unwrapped toys so homeless dads working hard to rebuild their lives can gift them to their children!

2014 Toy Giveaway! from K2 Media on Vimeo.

Giving gifts is a big part of the Christmas season and every year hundreds of gifts are given away at the Whosoever Gospel Mission. This year over 1,000 brand new toys were donated and distributed to the men of the mission, giving them an opportunity to bless their kids and grand kids!

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From the Director ~ September 2017

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Executive Director Bob Emberger teaching Professional & Vocational Development Class

Dear Friend of the Mission,

As we come to the end of our fiscal year on September 30th, first and foremost I want to thank you for your friendship. Through your support, the lives of broken and hurting homeless men were touched and transformed by God’s amazing grace. Here are only a few of the many ways that your support made a huge difference in the lives of our men and their families:

  • Our men enjoyed over 80,000 nutritious and plentiful meals and snacks this past year.
  • Over 100 of our men received free eye exams from Great Faith Vision; this wonderful non-profit also provided free prescription eyeglasses to any man who needed glasses.
  • Carson Wentz, quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles, and Chris Maragos, a safety on the Philadelphia Eagles, shared powerful words of encouragement with our men.
  • Thousands of items of good used clothing and brand new underwear and socks were given without charge to our men.
  • The Mission provided over 1,648 new toys at Christmas to 317 needy children including the children and grandchildren of our men as well as a number of other needy children.
  • Several of our men were able to recover from surgeries and serious illnesses while living at the Mission. Residents were medically treated for and/or recuperated from a hip replacement, a knee replacement, diabetes, stroke, heart disease, congestive heart failure, an irregular heartbeat, painful abscessed teeth, painful body abscesses, COPD, severe edema in a leg resulting from a clot, dehydration, high blood pressure, gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD), asthma, HIV disease, AIDS and life-disrupting mental illness.
  • The Mission helped over 45 of our men secure a good job outside of the Mission and 6 men enroll in an off-site education or training program.
  • Over 75% of our men increased by at least one grade level in reading, writing and math.
  • A multitude of our men experienced for themselves the peace, hope and joy of the Lord. Our loving Lord brought life out of death, hope out of despair, and joy out of sadness.

We have also had many financial challenges this year. Please give an extra generous gift before September 30, 2017 and help us end our fiscal year financially strong. Thank you!

With warm regards,

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Robert A. Emberger, D.Min.
Executive Director

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From the Director ~ August 2017

Bob Emberger, Executive Director

Bob Emberger, Executive Director

Dear Friend of the Mission,

You often hear me say that the Mission provides homeless men a hand-up and not just a handout. You can never go wrong with compassion, and there is nothing wrong with handing out food to a hungry and homeless man surviving in downtown Philadelphia. But it is always far better to equip and help a homeless man get a job and become self-supporting so he can buy his own food instead of depending upon others for his next meal. Equipping and empowering homeless men to become self-supporting is one of the main things that we do here at the Whosoever Gospel Mission.

At the beginning of my Professional and Vocational Development Class which I teach on Monday nights at 6:00 p.m. (you are always welcome to sit in!), I always ask our men who has gotten a job since last week. After a man shares about his new job, our men always give up a hearty round of applause and cheers. Thank you for your kind and generous support that helps us give homeless men a hand-up and not just a handout. Your faithful giving is used by the Lord every day at the Mission to make life-giving and life-changing differences in the lives of our men. Our ministry is a ministry of transformation, restoration, and best of all, celebration!

Please accept my special thanks for helping us out with some extraordinary expenses this summer – an expensive air conditioning repair and a very large water bill resulting from the Philadelphia Water Department under billing the Mission for over 7 years (they incorrectly programmed the new water meter they installed in 2008 shortly before we reopened after being closed for almost three years after our catastrophic arson fire of 2006). Your kind and generous gifts are a great encouragement to us. It is comforting to know that when difficulties and problems come our way, we are not alone. We have a multitude of friends and supporters who fervently pray for us and who also give generously to us. Because of your kindness, our water bill is paid off and our men are enjoying cool temperatures in our dormitory building. We found out that we still need additional work on our AC, but for now it is working, and our men are comfortably cool. I hope your summer has been a good one thus far.

With much thanks and appreciation,

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Robert A. Emberger, D.Min.
Executive Director

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Come and Rest ~ Robert’s Story

Robert Jessie is a New Life Program graduate as well as a current Mission staff member

Robert Jessie is a New Life Program graduate as well as a current staff member

“Come unto Me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
Matthew 11:28

When Robert Jessie first came to the Mission in 2012, he desperately needed to be still and listen.

After making some poor choices in his teen years, Robert ended up incarcerated at the age of 19. Five and a half years later, when he was released from prison, he worked hard to get established. He went to school then found a job in Scranton, PA where he worked while raising his daughter. After 13 years, that job dried up and Robert began to flounder.

Robert thought relocating to Philadelphia would offer more opportunities and better jobs. But it didn’t work out that way. Up until this point in life, Robert would say that he knew the Lord, but he relied upon his own strength, wisdom and ability to make life work. There was one big problem – all his self-reliance wasn’t working any more. He knew he needed help.

Robert shares his testimony with the men as he graduates from the Mission's New Life Program

Robert shares his testimony with the men as he graduates from the Mission’s New Life Program

That’s when Robert, frustrated and tired, came to the Mission. The Lord met him here in a very special way. Although he already knew the good news of the Gospel, it was at the Mission that Robert began to really hear it for the first time. He began listening to the message of hope in Christ – the One who forgives our sins, heals our brokenness, and restores far more than we have ever lost.

Robert admits it was difficult at first to accept help as a grown man. It was humbling. But as he began to allow the Lord to speak into his life through Scripture, chapel messages, and discussions with his counselor, Robert finally began to find the rest his soul had always longed for. The weight of the world and all its problems no longer needed to rest on his shoulders!

He heard the beautiful call of Jesus to “Come unto Me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Robert & his wife Shannon celebrate his graduation from the Mission's New Life Program

Robert and his wife Shannon celebrate Robert’s graduation from the Mission’s New Life Program

Robert has been listening to, relying on and following the Lord ever since. It’s been a sweet journey. Along the way the Lord has blessed him with a good and godly wife and a wonderful church with a loving pastor who has taken Robert under his wing.

One year after graduating from the Mission and moving home, Robert returned to join the Mission’s staff full-time. Now, he freely shares his testimony with the men he works with in our thrift store. He prays that if nothing else, each man really hears one thing from him: come to Jesus and find rest.

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What can I do?

Pray – Ask the Lord to help our men find their rest in Him.

Share – Share what you know about the Mission with homeless men you meet.  Invite them to reach out to us for help.

Give – Invest in a man’s life – give financially.

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A Family Restored ~ The Robinson’s Story

Video: The Robinson’s Story

Watch this video as Ed and Jasmine share how the Lord used the Mission to bless and heal their family

Watch this video and hear firsthand how the Lord used the Mission to bless Ed and bring healing to his family

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From the Director ~ April 2016

Bob at Colorado Monument

Bob at the Colorado Monument

Dear Friend of the Mission,

At the end of March, my wife Marcia and I visited our son, daughter-in-law and 4 precious granddaughters in Grand Junction, Colorado. My son Jason is an Assistant Pastor of a church in Grand Junction. We certainly had a wonderful time with our son’s family – we can never spend enough time with our granddaughters!

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Bob’s son Jason with his wife Tina and their four daughters

Grand Junction, Colorado is a very beautiful part of our country. On one side of the Grand Valley where Grand Junction is situated is the Grand Mesa, a majestic 11,000 ft. high flat mountain. On the other side of the Grand Valley is the Colorado National Monument, a beautiful national park filled with amazing rock formations, ravines, and breathtaking panoramas.

As beautiful as this scenery is, the amazing grace transformations that take place in the lives of our men are even more beautiful.

A view from the Colorado National Monument

A view from the Colorado National Monument

On a daily basis, we have the joy and privilege of seeing God rebuild and transform shattered lives that have been damaged and destroyed by addiction, childhood trauma, street violence, the terrible consequences that come from poor choices, incarceration, serious health problems, unjust treatment from others, a poor education, and deep poverty that is impossible to escape apart from someone giving you a hand-up. Through our life-changing ministry, we have seen God bring beauty out of ashes, turn mourning into joy, give hope to the hopeless, and even put Humpty Dumpty back together again – doing the impossible for our men.

Your kind and generous support keeps the Mission going as a place where every day the Lord makes happen these wonderful transformations in the lives of our men. Thank you in advance for your financial support. Please also take a look at our enclosed Spring and Summer Needs List. Whether you give cash or items on our needs list, your gifts will be used to help our men rebuild their lives brick by brick. And most exciting of all, the Lord will use your gifts to transform the lives of our men so that they truly become masterpieces of God’s amazing grace.

Joyfully working together wtih you,

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Robert A. Emberger, D.Min.
Executive Director

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Join Us April 9th!

Come hear New Life Program graduate Ed and his wife Jasmine share their story April 9th

Come hear New Life Program graduate Ed and his wife Jasmine share their story

A Family Celebration!
Celebrating 124 years of God at work building & restoring families

When God changes a man’s life at the Whosoever Gospel Mission, the change does not stop with just that one man. Each man is connected to a host of other people – mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, brothers, sisters, wives and friends. God’s good work in one man’s heart has a way of rippling out and blessing his entire family.

This year, we’d like you to hear first-hand from a couple of families that have been blessed, built up and strengthened by the grace of God as men have bowed their knee to Christ and begun to live for Him.

We trust you will be encouraged.

Join us for an evening of celebration and praise as we thank God for His faithfulness in restoring men to their families over the past 124 years!

Enjoy first-hand testimonies, joyful singing, and an update on what God is doing in the life of the Mission.

Stay for a time of refreshments following the service and share in some fellowship with Mission residents, staff, our board of directors, volunteers, supporters and friends! We hope to see you April 9th!

Date:
Saturday, April 9, 2016

Time:
Service begins at 6:30 pm
Refreshments to follow at 8:00 pm

Location:
Calvary Presbyterian Church
405 Easton Rd., Willow Grove PA 19090
(On Rt. 611 heading north, on the right just above where Routes 263 & 611 separate; or on the left heading south on Rt. 611 from the PA Turnpike Willow Grove interchange)

Cost: FREE
A free-will offering will be taken during the
service. All proceeds will go directly to the
ministry of the Whosoever Gospel Mission,
to offer a hand-up rather than a hand-out
to homeless men.

Parking:
Calvary Presbyterian Church has a wonderful,
large onsite parking lot.

No RSVP needed:
Invite friends, family, church family & anyone
you would like to introduce to the work that
God is doing at the Mission!

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