Astoria Rescue Mission

Changing Hearts...                                         ... Saving Lives

My life before Christ was hectic. I’ve had a few run-ins with the law and am currently going through yet another legal battle.

I recently came to a point where I began to suffer from depression after a falling out with my step dad.

I finally realized I could no longer continue living my life by my own accord. I began praying to the Lord and He answered me in the form of the Astoria Rescue Mission. I know it was the Lord who guided me to the Mission so that I could find the guidance and strength that I couldn’t get in the world. I’ve been here for about 2 months and am learning a lot about

coming close to God. I am being fed both physical and spiritual meals. The Mission provides me with a safe comfortable place to stay where we have daily Bible Studies. It’s a place where lost souls can come and get the help they need. I thank the Lord for bringing me to the Astoria Rescue Mission where I am finally finding peace (His peace) and my depression is slowly but surely being replaced with His love and joy. Joshua McBride

Before coming to the Astoria Rescue Mission I had reached the lowest point in my life.  I felt my life was at an end and there was nowhere to turn. I arrived at the Mission on March 9th. At that time I didn’t even know the Lord, but I have no doubt that I was Him who guided me here. God, through the Mission, rescued me in my time of desperation. The next morning during morning devotions Robert, the office manager, handed me a Bible.  It was with that Bible, that my new life in Christ truly started.  24 hours later I gave my life to the Lord.  I thank the Lord for saving me and I thank the Astoria Rescue Mission for helping guide me and teach me in God’s truth.


All my life I have been constantly trying to do things on my own. I was plagued with violent tendencies that only caused me to get into more and more trouble.

 

When I turned 18 I was fresh out of Riverside Juvenile Hall. Soon after, my mom passed which caused me to finally take a long look at myself and realize I needed to change my life and better choices that wouldn’t result with me winding up in jail. One day while I was hanging out at a gas station, I called the Sheriffs department where they informed me of past warrants that needed clearing up and advised me to turn myself in. At the very moment I hung up the phone a youth pastor pulled into the station and we struck up a conversation. He convinced me that I should do the right thing and turn myself in to the authorities. I took his advice and he was there when I went before the Judge.  The Lord saw fit to give me lenience and the Judge completely dropped my probation. The Pastor took me to church right from the court house where I gave my heart to the Lord that day.

 

I was on the streets and homeless and I tried everything, always trying to avoid the Mission, but God closed all other avenues and brought me to The Astoria Rescue Mission. I now praise God that He brought me here where I am learning a lot more about how to manage my anger, have a relationship with others and be obedient to God’s Word.  Logan

Hello my name is Daniel.  I came to the Mission 2 months ago and in that time my life has changed dramatically.  I have found a new relationship with Jesus Christ and a way of escape from drugs and alcohol.  I have found new friends at the mission and a good church family that helps keep me accountable. I am getting into God’s Word and am learning to trust in Him in all things.  I look forward to the day when I will be able to transition back into society and have a job without the worry of relapse. I praise God for the Astoria Rescue Mission and the teaching I get there.  I thank everyone who is reading this for your kind donations and prayers in helping the Astoria Rescue Mission and people such as myself.

My time at the Women’s House of Hope has been a sincere life-changer.  I arrived here is pain and need of a cane, and at times a walker to get around.  In December I received a new hip and I am now pain-free. It is amazing how fabulous God has been in my life and the transformation He continues to make in me.  The Lord took cigarettes away from me and I haven’t had a cigarette in 14 months.  I have been clean and sober for 2 years now. By Christmas I will have completed my, court ordered, probation.  I have complete 12 Bible enhanced study books during my stay here.  I am enjoying the Bible studies, evening chapel services and the fellowship of a good Home Church along with the wonderful my wonderful sisters at the Astoria Rescue Mission.  The Greatest relationship I have now is, of course, the one I have with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  I know that every good thing I have received is from Him. 

I can now say that I am a truly blessed and joyful child of God.  By Christmas I will have completed my, court ordered, probation.  I have completed 12 Bible enhanced study books during my stay here.  I am enjoying the Bible studies, evening chapel services and the fellowship of a good Home Church along with the wonderful my wonderful sisters at the Astoria Rescue Mission.  The Greatest relationship I have now is, of course, the one I have with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  I know that every good thing I have received is from Him.  I can now say that I am a truly blessed and joyful child of God.

I have been at the ARM once before and wound up walking away for worldly reasons. The Lord, however still had plans for me and brought me back here. I suffer from drug addiction and would have surely died, had He not led me back to the Astoria Rescue Mission. 4 days after arriving back, I received a phone call telling me that my best friend for the last 15 years had died from an overdose.  That was truly a tragedy for which I am still grieving. However, it also opened my eyes to the path I was headed down. It could just as easily have been me, leaving my little girl without a father.  I thank the Lord that He has allowed me to return to the mission where I know I should have remained in the first place.  There are people here who truly care about me and will hold me accountable. I don’t know what the future holds, but I know that no matter where I go that I want the Lord to do the leading and not myself.    

Casey Graham

I moved from Washington State to Astoria 6 months ago. I needed to move away from my old surroundings and get sober.  I had  been using for 18 years and no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t do it on my own.  Someone in the community, knowing it was a Christ centered ministry, recommended that I come to the Astoria Rescue Mission.  I knew what I was doing wasn’t working. I needed God’s guidance. Since I’ve been here, I have accepted God into my life and I am doing a lot better.  I am so grateful for the Astoria Rescue Mission and the support I get from Lori and Amy, along with all the other ladies at the “House of Hope.”

                                                 Renee Packer