Hi Greetings in Christ name. My name is Rey Rios and I work at the Garland Thompson Men’s Center. I just want to share my experience of what it is to work here at Open Door Mission. First of all, let me say this is an intense ministry. Approximately 16 percent of the adult homeless people suffer from severe mental illness. It is also estimated that 30 percent of homeless single adults suffer from abuse and addictions. Countless many experience the pain of rejection, abandonment and loneliness.
This is a population of people that are not only generally ignored by society but labeled as outcasts. However, at Open Door Mission I can see the evidence that God has not forgotten them. I believe the Garland Thompson Men’s Center is a piece of The Kingdom of Heaven’s Property located here on earth. I see how God is always changing the lives of these men everyday. I have seen many men cry in brokenness, repent and give their lives to Christ.
Great unsung miracles are happening everyday here and I have seen these miracles flow out of the mighty instruments of God like Mr. McKernan, Mr. Powell, Mr. Lindsay, Lopez and Mr. Janssen. These men provide wisdom, support, guidance and most of all; the staff team offers the most important ingredient that the emergency population does not see anywhere else. LOVE!
I Corinthians 13 teaches you can have the greatest talent, greatest gifts, unmatched wisdom, and incredible knowledge in the entire universe but if there is no love; it means absolutely nothing (less than zero). “But the greatest of these is love.” I am excited to be apart of the most fruitful team in all of Omaha. A place where hungry and homeless men, women, and children’s lives are being changed on a daily basis. I want to keep coming to the one place Jesus loves to dwell. The Open Door Mission.
Garland Thompson Men’s Center