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AGRM Announces Convention Scholarship Grant
While registrations for the AGRM Annual Convention continue to flood into the office, we recognize that there are some members who need a bit of assistance to be able to attend this biggest event of the year for rescue mission professionals. Great news: Just last week, AGRM received a check from a foundation that will allow 70 or more people to attend this year’s convention in Dallas May 31–June 3. The scholarship includes money for registration, partial lodging costs, and even some transportation expenses.
These scholarships are intended for full-time member mission staff members whose mission operating budgets are under $2 million. The grant allows for up to three people to attend from the same mission.
Primary consideration will be given to those who have never attended a convention before. Secondary consideration will be given to those who have not received scholarship assistance in the past two years. Available remaining funds will be given to those who did receive assistance last year and/or who may again need a partial scholarship.
If you are interested, click here for full details and to apply for the scholarship. Don’t delay, as these will go quickly! The deadline to apply is March 17.
Convention Registrations Continue to Roll In
Speaking of the Dallas convention, have you registered yet? Made your room reservations? Registered others on your staff?
Check out this map and consider whether your mission might be within driving distance of Dallas. Instead of a few folks attending by flying in, load up a van with staff members and drive to the event.
Visit www.agrm.org/convention to check out the full program. Be sure to click on Seminars to see the tracks and titles of this year’s education offerings that will apply to multiple members of your staff. Ready to register? Just use our online registration page.
90 Days of Prayer Shines Spiritual Spotlight on Convention
Petition HUD to Support Sobriety Programs for Homeless Individuals
At this time of tremendous change in the Capitol, there are a lot of opportunities for calling attention to some of the concerns of past government programs. A California organization called Solutions for Change is behind a drive to communicate to the administration and lawmakers the fact that sobriety is a critical step in getting homeless people going in the right direction.
In the past, it could be argued that HUD’s approach penalized programs that prioritized sobriety, generally pulling their federal funding. While most rescue missions do not take government dollars, there is still an opportunity for missions to weigh in on this. Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) has joined with Solutions for Change and is committed to carrying the signed petitions to HUD. If you would like to go on record saying that you believe breaking addictions is an important step in the journey to end homelessness, click here.
Looking Down the Street…
AGRM Member Benefit: Certification Program
View of the World Might Depend on Your Social Class
Millennials Like Evangelicals as Much as Those Representing Other Religions
A Pew Research Center survey released Wednesday has found that Americans as a whole are warming up to Muslims and atheists in society, with younger people saying they like them as much as they do evangelical Christians, reports The Christian Post.
The survey found that overall, Americans like Jews and Roman Catholics the most in society, giving them 67 and 66 percent favorability ratings. Muslims and atheists remained the most distrusted, but not as much compared to their scores in 2014. Atheists went from 41 percent likeability in 2014 to 50 percent now, which was the biggest jump in the poll, while Muslims rose from 40 to 48 percent. Evangelical Christians remained at 61 percent, just above Buddhists and Hindus, although Mainline Protestants scored higher, at 65 percent.
There were significant differences when it came to respondents by age groups and religious affiliation, however. Older Americans generally disliked Muslims and atheists more than younger Americas, with the 18-29 year olds rating those two groups higher than any other age group. Millennials gave Muslims 58 percent likeability, with atheists 59 percent—the same as evangelicals and Mainline Protestants, who were also rated at 59 percent. Young Americans liked Buddhists the best, at 66 percent, and Mormons the least, with 54 percent.
Existing Home Sales Grow at Fastest Pace in a Decade
Americans shrugged off rising mortgage rates and bought existing homes in January at the fastest pace since 2007, reports U.S. News and World Report.
Home sales rose 3.3 percent in January from December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.69 million, the National Association of Realtors said Wednesday.
Steady job gains, modest pay raises and rising consumer confidence are spurring healthy home buying even as borrowing costs have risen since last fall. Some potential buyers may be accelerating their home purchases to get ahead of any further increases in mortgage rates. Buyers are snapping up homes, with the typical house for sale remaining on the market for just 50 days, compared with 64 days a year ago. Strong demand is pushing up median home prices, which jumped 7.1 percent from a year earlier to $228,900.
By some measures, the housing market has fully recovered from the bust that began in 2006. Yet its newfound health is creating its own set of challenges. The number of homes for sale remains unusually low, forcing buyers to bid up prices, especially in sought-after cities such as San Francisco, Seattle, and Nashville. Just 1.69 million homes were on the market nationwide in January, near the lowest level since records began in 1999.
U.S. Life Expectancy Lags Behind Other High-Income Countries
Life expectancy in the United States is already much lower than most other high-income countries and is expected to fall even further behind by 2030, new research published today predicts, reports CBS News.
According to the most recent government figures, life expectancy at birth in the United States is 76.3 years for men and 81.2 years for women. Using a number of forecasting models, researchers from the U.K. predict life expectancy in the U.S. will improve to 83.3 years for women and 79.5 years for men by the year 2030.
But despite these modest gains, the United States is still lagging behind other developed countries. “The USA has the highest child and maternal mortality, homicide rate, and body-mass index of any high-income country, and was the first of high-income countries to experience a halt or possibly reversal of increase in height in adulthood, which is associated with higher longevity,” the authors write.
The findings predict life expectancy is likely to be highest for women in South Korea at 90.8 years, France at 88.6 years, and Japan at 88.4 years. For men, life expectancies will be highest in South Korea at 84.1 years, and Australia and Switzerland, both at 84 years.
The following job positions are currently open at AGRM member missions. Please visit www.agrm.org/careers to view full descriptions and to apply. Click here for instructions on using AGRM's Recruiting Center to post open positions for your mission.
Assistant Director: Rescue Mission Alliance, Oxnard, CA
Care Support Specialist: Light of Life Ministries, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
Care Team Leader: Light of Life Ministries, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
Case Manager for Women, Children & Families: Open Door Mission, Omaha, NE
Case Manager, Men's Ministries: Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Casework Services Supervisor: The City Mission, Cleveland, OH
Chief Financial Officer: Yakima Union Gospel Mission, Yakima, WA
Church Partnerships & Grants: The Bowery Mission, New York, NY
Counselor, Men's Ministries: Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Development Associate: The Path of Citrus County, Beverly Hills, FL
Director of Accounting: St. Matthew's House, Inc., Naples, FL
Director of Development: Rockford Rescue Mission Ministries, Inc., Rockford, IL
Director of Development: Union Gospel Mission of Salem, Salem OR
Driver, Food Pantry & Distribution Center: Bay Area Rescue Mission, Richmond, CA
Executive Director: Union Gospel Mission of Missoula, Missoula, MT
Health and Wellness Center Director: San Francisco Rescue Mission, San Francisco, CA
HR Manager: Rescue Mission Alliance, Oxnard, CA
Human Resources Manager: Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Maintenance Worker: Open Door Mission, Omaha, NE
Manager - Crossroads Men's Crisis Center: The City Mission, Cleveland, OH
Ministry Associate: Montana Rescue Mission, Billings, MT
Ministry Director: Campus of Hope Rescue Mission, Conroe, TX
President/CEO: San Diego Rescue Mission, San Diego, CA
Program Director/Associate Director: King's Gospel Mission, Hanford, CA
Receiving Clerk: Open Door Mission, Omaha, NE
Receiving Supervisor: Open Door Mission, Omaha, NE
Recovery Program Coordinator: Westminster Rescue Mission, Westminster, MD
Rescue Mission Director: Central Coast Rescue Mission, Santa Maria, CA
Resident Assistant, Center for Women & Children: Bay Area Rescue Mission, Richmond, CA
Residential Coordinator_Cornerstone Manor Facility: Buffalo City Mission, Buffalo, NY
Senior Marketing Coordinator: Buffalo City Mission, Buffalo, NY
Shelter Desk Manager: Jericho Road Ministries, Inc., Brooksville, FL
Sous Chef: Open Door Mission, Omaha, NE
Thrift Store Supervisor: Victor Valley Super Thrift, Hesperia, CA
Thrift Store Supervisor: Central Coast Super Thrift, Santa Maria, CA
Transitional Programs Case Manager, Part-Time : Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Vice President for People and Culture: Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Volunteer Coordinator: Open Door Mission, Omaha, NE
VP of Advancement: Water Street Ministries, Lancaster, PA
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him (Hebrews 11:6).
We can read these verses and be amazed at the faith of these people and maybe even dream of how we would respond to God in similar situations. However, God has called us today to have faith just as those in Hebrews 11. Their faith wasn’t limited to one particular instance or event, but it was woven through everything they did. For “without faith it is impossible to please God.”
Everything we do in life should be directly linked to our faith in the Faithful One. James even wrote of this as it pertained to prayer. He said that if we don’t pray with the faith that God will answer our prayers then we are unstable in all of our ways (James 1:6-8).
Do you go to church just because it is what Christians do, or do you go to church expecting in faith that God will move in a mighty way?
Our Christian disciplines can easily become routine and no longer be a part of our faith in God as they once were. Don’t let reading your Bible, praying, going to church be another thing to check off your list of Christian things to do. Do them with faith, knowing that a loving and powerful God will move in and through you as you do these.
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