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OUR MISSION

To offer life changing hope through the Gospel

of Jesus Christ to homeless men, women, and

children through programs to deliver food, shelter,

counseling and discipleship


FROM THE

DIRECTOR

Rex Baker

P

aul Martinelli flunked out of high school with a severe stuttering problem. He then

bought a used vacuum cleaner and began a janitorial career. He scrubbed toilets nightly

until 3:00 a.m., emptied trash cans, and removed cigarette butts from urinals. Sounds like

a lot of people who might come to Gateway Rescue Mission when the bottom finally falls out.

But today, Paul Martinelli is a multi-millionaire, professional speaker, and corporate coach. I

heard him drive home the power of belief in a speech last month. Martinelli says “belief drives

behavior. You never out perform your own self belief.”

Allow me a moment of personal confession here. I think many who work in Christian charity

often miss the boat. At times, I’ve been in that group. Jesus fed 5,000 and loved the down and

out, so we feed thousands and love the down and out. But somewhere the conversation shifted

from transformation to “providing services.”

We live in a dumbed down society of dumbed down expectations. We preach that Jesus saves

but then accept mediocrity. I’ve about had it with seminars on how to “improve services” when

people really need to be challenged in love to get up off their behinds and do something with

their lives besides smoking dope and providing a living for the probation officer.

I’ve seen lives transformed at Gateway Rescue Mission. I can name numerous people who have

risen from the depths of despair to become beacons of hope. I also daily see the love of Christ

ministered to those who are unable to help themselves. But most of the people whose lives have

been transformed already had a work ethic before the drugs and booze took them down.

But among those who are able to help themselves and don’t already come to us with a work

ethic, frankly our record stinks. Granted, this can be a tough bunch to help. Which is why I

think we stress offering services rather than expecting life change. It’s hard work!!

“Some wish to live

within the sound of

church or chapel

bell. I wish to run a

rescue shop within a

yard of hell.”

—C.T. Studd

I did the math. When Paul Martinelli started scrubbing commodes in 1988, I was working on

my Master of Journalism degree. Today, Martinelli is worth about $40 million. I don’t even

have a paltry one million.

It’s not about the money. It’s about living out God’s purpose for putting us on this green earth.

But Paul Martinelli said some things that pierced my heart. He memorized Archie Campbell’s

Hee Haw routines to overcome his stuttering. He put in a 40 hour work week by noon

Wednesday. He made mistakes, took risks, and worked really hard. And it paid off.

So why shouldn’t we work equally hard in ministry? Lives are at stake. I came away from his

speech determined to flush down the toilet this idea that rescue missions exist primarily to offer

services. We exist to offer the hope of Jesus Christ to those who desperately need it. But we

are called also to do the hard work of mentoring and discipling and that includes modeling and

teaching how to work hard for a living.

“You don’t get what you want. You get who you are,” said Martinelli. That’s a piercing thought;

“who am I, really.” Truth is, we are all created and loved by God who wants us to live out His

destiny. And lest we forget, the sins of the millionaire and the mission worker are just as rotten

as the sins of the dope smoker and the lawbreaker. So, may we live out who God says we are,

and expect nothing less from those around us.

Rex Baker

Executive Director

Gateway Rescue Mission


FEATURE

VOLUNTEER

IT’S GOOD

FOR YOU

GATEWAY

Board of Directors

DANNY CAWTHON

President

C. GLEN BUSH

Vice President

F. ALLEN HOLIMAN

Secretary/Treasurer

LEE BUSH

BRAXTON CRUMPLER

HUGH L. (DAVE) DAVIS, III

JACKIE MECK

MIKE SARTOR

A

team of folks from Blue Cross Blue Shield Mississippi recently dropped

by our kitchen to help serve dinner, or as we call it where I come from,

supper. A recent study shows that people who volunteer experience

better mental health, and the more you volunteer, the more your mental health

increases. So, come on down and volunteer at Gateway Rescue Mission. It’s

good for you !!

With the summer winding down, we seriously need to restock our food pantry.

Summer typically drains our food supply, but in September the fall giving season

hasn’t yet cranked up. So, the time is nigh, and downright perfect for you, your

office group, your civic club, your Sunday School class, your bunco group, or

whatever to hold a food drive for our pantry. Donated non-perishable foods

ALWAYS get eaten at Gateway Rescue Mission!

GATEWAY

RESCUE MISSION

328 S. Gallatin Street

P.O. Box 3763

Jackson, MS 39207-3763

Phone: 601.353.5864

Fax: 601.353.9468

Website:

www.gatewaymission.org


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ours Truly (Rex Baker) and Gateway C.O.O. Ben Edwards (pictured to my left) recently fellowshipped with the good members

of the South Rankin Rotary Club. We shared some insight about Gateway Rescue Mission, reunited with some old friends and

made some new ones. And, we ate too much. And speaking of speaking, if your civic club, church group or whatever would

like to hear more about Gateway Rescue Mission, we have a trained, erudite group of elite speakers who will come to your location

and regale you with stories about rescue ministry; and we have some good stories. As a bonus, we’ll finish on time. As one rotarian

jokingly told me, “you can speak as long as you’d like, but at 1P.M., we’re all leaving.”

In closing, a big thank you to Southern Hills Missionary Baptist Church, who recently dropped of a monetary donation to Gateway

Rescue Mission. Just so happens we had some hymn books donated to our thrift store that their church needed, so we were able to

bless them with the hymn books. God doesn’t let things go to waste. May voices be lifted in praise to Jesus Christ at Southern Hills,

and may you praise Jesus in song through your life.

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