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Ashmen to Address Attendees at NAEH
EVENT REGISTRATION REMINDERS
CEOs Invited to Gathering in Buffalo
District Meetings Offer Staff Members Inspiration and Education
Rescue Missions Represented at Capitol Hill Panel on Charitable Giving
Late last month, AGRM President John Ashmen took part in U.S. House of Representatives panel discussion in Washington, D.C., that highlighted the importance of charitable giving for local communities and the sensitivity of such giving to potential changes in the tax code (see next paragraph). John provided a distinctly faith-based perspective on the event’s panel, explaining the presence of rescue missions and other religious ministries in local communities, and highlighting how a drop in giving could have a significant effect on how many people such groups can serve. Others on the panel were representatives of the United Way and the League of American Orchestras.
With the tax reform plan, as it now stands, the number of Americans who itemize could be reduced from 33 percent to 5 percent. A new research project out of Indiana University (funded by Lilly Endowment) shows that without the incentive for charitable contributions found in the current tax codes, Americans will likely give $13.1 billion less per year (every year). And faith-based giving (to churches and rescue missions and other ministries) will suffer just as much as giving to the arts and sciences. While that is roughly a 5 percent decrease in giving, it could have a significant effect on ministries that operate on break-even budgets. AGRM is seeking to get a universal deduction for all taxpayers.
AGRM Member Benefit: Discounted Planned Giving Services
ECFA Warns GuideStar on 'Hate' Labels
NAEH Critiques House Committee’s Proposed Spending Bill
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.
Advanced Relations Officer (Major Donor Rep): City Gospel Mission, Cincinnati, OH
Assistant Director - Ventura County Rescue Mission: Ventura County Rescue Mission, Oxnard, CA
Care Support Specialist: Light of Life Ministries, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
Case Manager - Men's Center: Everett Gospel Mission, Everett, WA
Chief Executive Officer: Union Gospel Mission of Salem, Salem, OR
Christian Life Recovery Program Supervisor, F/T: Open Door Mission, Rochester, NY
Christian Life Recovery Program Supervisor, P/T: Open Door Mission, Rochester, NY
Cook: Light of Life Ministries, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
Detail Supervisor Technician: Union Gospel Mission (Spokane)
Development Associate: The Path of Citrus County, Beverly Hills, FL
Development Director: Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Development Director: Home of Grace, Vancleave, MS
Development Officer: Good News Rescue Mission, Redding, CA
Director of Development: Rockford Rescue Mission Ministries, Inc., Rockford, IL
Director of Development & Community Relations: Good News Rescue Mission, Redding, CA
Director of Finance: Jimmie Hale Mission, Birmingham, AL
Donor Relations Coordinator: Jimmie Hale Mission, Birmingham, AL
Driver, Food Pantry & Distribution Center: Bay Area Rescue Mission, Richmond, CA
Executive Director: Career Cross Training for Open Door Mission, Rochester, NY
Facilities Maintenance Associate: The Bowery Mission, New York, NY
Facilities Manager: The Bowery Mission, New York, NY
Faith Community Nurse - Guest Services: Good News Rescue Mission, Redding, CA
Guest Services Assistant - Women's Shelter: Good News Rescue Mission, Redding, CA
Health and Wellness Center Manager: San Francisco City Impact, San Francisco, CA
Hearten House Director: Hearten House Gospel Rescue Mission, Auburn, IN
Kitchen Manager: Bread of Life Mission, Holbrook, AZ
Lead Cook: Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Night Supervisor: Bread of Life Mission, Holbrook, AZ
Overnight Supervisor: Hope Gospel Mission, Eau Claire, WI
Program Director/Associate Director: King's Gospel Mission, Hanford, CA
Recovery Program Coordinator: Westminster Rescue Mission, Westminster, MD
Rescue Mission Director: San Francisco City Impact, San Francisco, CA
Resident Advisors: Hope Gospel Mission, Eau Claire, WI
Resident Assistant, Center for Women & Children: Bay Area Rescue Mission, Richmond, CA
Residential Coordinator_Cornerstone Manor Facility: Buffalo City Mission, Buffalo, NY
Shelter Desk Manager: Jericho Road Ministries, Inc., Brooksville, FL
Thrift Store Supervisor: Central Coast Super Thrift, Santa Maria, CA
Vice President of Finance & Administration: Milwaukee Rescue Mission, Milwaukee, WI
VP of Advancement :Water Street Ministries, Lancaster, PA
VP of Women and Family Programs: Los Angeles Mission, Los Angeles, CA
Women's New Life Recovery Program Case Manager: Good News Rescue Mission, Redding, CA
God’s Kindness Leads to Repentance
Do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance? (Romans 2:4).
Unfortunately, most of us know parents who want to be their children’s best friends. They let their kids get away with everything or give them whatever they want, and observing that might even make us mad. We look at the child and call him or her “spoiled.” We might say, “He sure will be in for a shock when he gets into the real world,” or even that “the child should be more grateful and learn that when he does wrong he won’t be rewarded.” The parent’s kindness toward the child isn’t helping him at all. On the outside it might look like kindness, but in actuality, it is hurting the child.
Many in the world expect God to act like this parent we all question. They look at the hurt in the world or catastrophic events and ask, “Where is God?” They hold the belief that this God cannot truly be a loving God when these devastating events occur. Yet, when good things happen—when there’s money in the bank and food on the table—there is no change in their lives, no repentance. They continue to live in sin.
Romans tells us that God’s kindness toward us should lead us to repentance, not continual sin. When we truly understand how the God who made the world gives every good gift to us, then we will desire to live a life that is pleasing to him.
Examine yourself in this light. In good times and bad, repent of your sin and delight in the riches of God’s kindness.
Used with permission from Daily Devotionals, www.shortdailydevotions.com.
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