In Luke 19 there is a story about Jesus’ encounter with a man named Zacchaeus. Many Christians are familiar with the story that goes like this:
Jesus is riding into Jericho and people are lined up and down the street to see Him pass. Zacchaeus, a chief tax collector, wants to see Jesus but he is too short to see over the crowd so he climbs up a tree in order to see Him walk by. Jesus looks up and sees Zacchaeus and He asks him to come down because He must dine with Zacchaeus at his house. This causes a stir of unrest in the crowd. The crowd doesn’t understand why Jesus would choose to eat with a chief tax collector, presumably a thief and swindler, and not one of His faithful followers instead. Zacchaeus hears their mumblings and tells the Lord that if he ever cheated anyone on their taxes he will repay them four times as much as they owed for his mistake. In response to the grumblings of the crowd and Zacchaeus’ plea for grace, Jesus says, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
Jesus came to save the hopeless and heal the sick in both body and soul. Zacchaeus’ story is such a great reminder of what Jesus’ mission was and still is: to share the Good News with as many people as possible. Jesus knew He could not accomplish this by always eating and preaching with His disciples, He needed to eat and speak with the sinners and the unsaved.
Haven of Rest Ministries has modeled their purpose statement after Jesus’ mission: The purpose of Haven of Rest Ministries is to serve and glorify God through Christ-centered, life-changing programs of love and compassion that respond to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of disadvantaged men, women, and children without regard to their race, color, creed or social standing.
Haven of Rest serves many different people as they come to the Mission for help and guidance. It is through Jesus’ love and His example that the Ministry is able to keep their doors open 365 days a year, twenty-four hours a day. Please pray that Haven of Rest will continue on the path that God has planned and that the Mission stands firm, in unwavering faith, on the love and promises of Jesus Christ.