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I was a drug addict for 19 years and a heavy drinker for 6 of those last years.
I started rebelling against anybody and everybody of authority when I was 13 years old. By the age of 14 I had a miscarriage and
already spent some time in a drug treatment center.
I continued my drug lifestyle into a violent relationship with a man that lasted ten years and three children. It was more drugs
and illegal activities, including growing marijuana for a living.
I was still in this rela- tionship the first time I checked into the Gospel Rescue Mission
in March of 2000. I was pregnant with my daughter Autumn, and had my two young sons,
James and Tristan, with me. During my stay, all I wanted was a “better” place to be so I
did not pay attention to what was said in Bible studies nor did I care. All I wanted was a
place to be while I sought different arrangements. It only took a few weeks before I
found somewhere else to go.
It was a few months later that I ended the relationship I had with the children’ father. I
had my opportunity when he was in jail so I called my mom and she sent my sister to
pick up my family and me and take us to California.
I was offered help from my family to get on my feet and I thought for a moment I
would accept that help, but instead I decided
to not only continue “During Bible study one doing drugs, and now
drinking daily, but move morning I was not only away again so my
family did not see that I was not a “good
mother” like they
hearing but understanding thought I was. Since I
had alienated myself everything that was read from my family for
many years, except for from the Scripture.” the occasional visit,
they did not know I was still a heavy drug
user.
It was about a year after returning to Oregon I met Paul and saw something in him I
wanted. I saw the spirit of Christ living in him and I fell in love with him.
We eventually moved into the Fikso Family Center because we were homeless. This time while living at the Mission I was very
self-conscious. I knew Paul was a Christian but I didn’t believe that I was. I paid attention in Bible study but I still did not under-
stand it; I did not feel like I was a child of God.
I was asked to take a random drug test. Knowing I had THC (Marijuana) in my system I refused to take the test and once again
left the mission.
Paul and I found a place to live for a year or so and this is where I did some drugs that almost killed me. I ended up in the hospi-
tal so Paul called the Mission and asked if I could be checked back into the Mission; they allowed me to come back as a resident.
It was this time for which I am eternally grateful. I had been here for a couple months when during Bible study one morning I
was not only hearing but understanding everything that was read from the Scripture. During this realization of who Christ is and
what God did for me because of His great love for me, I had an enormous flood of conviction of my own sin fill my whole being. I
wept hard, but it was good. God had mercy on me. I now know what it is to be a child of God.
Paul and I are now married and have our four children at the Fikso Family Center. Everyday we are learning how to live and
grow in a Christian life. I look forward to growing spiritually with the church of which we are members.
Our children are learning what it is like to have a Christian based life which is more than I would have sought out on my own.
God directed me here, God used the people of this place to show me the truth. There is nothing greater that could have come
from staying at the Fikso Family Center.
Please, read Paul’s testimony, found on p. 5
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Commemorative Gifts
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s From: Marjorie J. Allison

Arden Dietz
From: Bernice W. Dodd
Keith & Carol Heck
Johnny Eygabroad
 When Carol and I had the privilege
From: Sandra Scales
of serving in Thailand we were ex-
posed to a new song, to us, that re-
minded us, “How good is the God we Daun Keith
adore, our faithful, unchangeable From: Carmelle Keith
Friend, whose love is as great as His
power and knows neither measure Byron Neilsen
nor end.” We continue to walk in our From: Albert & Ann Gronewold
faltering faith but in confidence as we
consider Him.
Ivan Sanders
 Wagner Hall will be finished, and I From: Christian Men’s Fellowship
trust that we might see great progress Albert & Ann Gronewold
made to that end by December. I Jerome Prairie Neighbors
cannot put it more simply than this:
we need money. God has raised up so
many to meet the need for new
buildings. Now another dear soul has Marjorie C. Schwartz
boldly stepped forward with their From: Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. Ervin
$50,000 Matching Gift. May we see
that quickly met. Jim Veritch
From: Sandra Scales
 In Josephine County we live in exciting
times. Exciting because Christ’s Church
is challenged to meet many more
needs for compassion and care as the In Tribute to:
government is backing away. May
our Father of grace move mightily “In honor to those I love”
during this time and do so through From: Anna M. Beeler
the Mission.

 Do pray for physical and spiritual


safety for the Staff as well as for the
residents. It is always too easy to think
that we are indispensable to this Thank you for blessing us
work, forgetting that He is the One in this wonderful way.
who makes all things have value.
Pray for a sense of eagerness as we
look to our God to use us to confront
the shocking and seemingly over-
whelming needs. "And it comes to my attention as we bank into the sun,
 May all of us rejoice and give God the Creation's a confession of a love that's just begun."
glory due His name for His work in
the lives of Paul & Lori, Shawna and
Michel. What a Father of grace He is.
Michael Kelly Blanchard, "Coast To Coast", 1981 ASCAP, Gotz Music
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Our 24th Annual Mission Banquet

Great food! Thanks to E & I Catering

Shawna Spooner blessed us


with a wonderful testimony!
And Michel Pare’ allowed us to see the
fruit of familial reconciliation as a result
of God’s great grace.

Our Large and Small Business Awards for 2006

NEEDS FOR OUR LARGE BUSINESS AWARD


RESIDENCES
Gooseberries. This company donates high quality, organic foods to the Mission
Needed Food Items
every day. Each week hundreds of pounds of high quality food items are able to
Luncheon Meat - Eggs - Mayon- be enjoyed because this company truly cares for our residents. Thank them too,
naise - Ketchup - Oil - Soup - Salt - won’t you?
Butter - Pepper - Crackers -
Mustard - Milk
SMALL BUSINESS AWARD
Paper Products
Siskiyou Insurance Marketplace. This group of dear folks has been a true blessing
Sandwich Bags - Paper Towels
Napkins to us through Godly wisdom and support.
Kevin Maloney, Director of Operations,
As many are aware, the insurance maze is presenting the plaque to Bob Norland.
Other Items
one in which it is easy to get lost.

Bleach [Always needed] - Razors


Deodorant - Foot Powder
Truly, the Mission would not be able to
Shampoo - Bar Soap - Laundry conduct our caring ministry if many local
Detergent -
Businesses, like Gooseberries and Siskiyou
Insurance Marketplace, were not daily
stepping up and helping us show mercy.
Toilet Paper
This is an on-going need! We are
averaging 96 people per day stay-
What a place to live and work!
ing with us. Your kindness is truly
appreciated! To God be the Glory

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My name is Paul Kompas. My wife and I were asked to write our testimonies. What I felt after I read what my wife
had written about seeing the Spirit of Christ in me is inexpressible.
I first learned of Christ years before and saw the evidence of Him in other people. I myself wanted what I had seen
in other Christians.
My conversion to Christ was similar to Loretta’s. One day, Pastor Heck was reading the very words of God and I
knew the Spirit was talking to me. After more than two decades of drug addiction and an entire life of ungodly living
I was baptized. For Loretta to say she knew I was a Christian is something I would say about others, not myself. I
was living against God’s will in my life. Loretta and I were married August 8th of last year. That is when I realized
that, again, He was strong in my life. The day we were married I knew we both would serve the Lord as a Christian
family.
The living out of this Christian life has brought us to a church that we call “ours”, where we look forward to at-
tending Bible study and Sunday services
with other believ- ers.
Our children have benefited from
our lives in ways that are evident to all
around us. We have a basis for our
lives and the way we are to live is ac-
cording to the Word of God.
This is directly attributed to the will
of God in our lives through His means,
the Gospel Rescue Mission. I can only
live my life as a re- penting and repented
sinner and as God’s Word says, “If you
love Me, you will obey Me.” I pray for
His continued work in our lives. As we live
our lives unto the Lord, loving Him and
obeying Him, this is the thank you I can
demonstrate to all who contribute to this ministry through their support, time and prayers.
I have been a witness to the power of God through His Holy Spirit working in the lives of residents at the Mission
both today and before. I thankfully am privileged to be a part of this ministry.

I previously cited Anne Sullivan who said, "People seldom see the halting and painful steps by which the most insignificant suc-
cess is achieved". Paul & Lori are a wonderful demonstration of the perseverance of the Spirit in the lives of His own people.
Often were the times when we experienced deep soul-grief over Paul’s current situation. But there was never a question as to
the truth that God had begun a good work in him. And now we can truly rejoice in what He is shaping into a Godly, Christian
man who is a living epistle to his wife and children of love and hope. Paul omitted that he has been fully employed for several
years. He is regarded as a trusted employee and can anticipate promotions within the company. How is it all possible that a
previously lost Takilma soul has now been found? God is good. God is merciful. God will have mercy and compassion
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upon whomsoever He will. Praise be to His name for the family of grace!
Gospel Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 190, Grants Pass, OR 97528 www.gospelrescuemissiongp.org

GREAT BUILDING FUND NEWS!

$50,000
An anonymous donor came in and gave us a matching gift. Is this something
to which you might respond? What a wonderful way for Phase II, Wagner
Hall, to close the funding gap even faster!
$50,000

Included in the Newsletter is a flyer talking about the Phase II fund. If


An update on Derrold and Tammy - you would like a presentation of the project, or would desire materi-
als, please contact us at 476-0082 and we will either get it to you or
God has richly blessed them through you.
Many of you contributed to their financial present it to you - either way it is our blessing.
needs brought about because of his several
medical issues.
Wagner Hall will meet a massive need in our community. We simply
They have been humbled by your care. You must have this facility. Today, we had 53 men staying with us in a
have allowed them breathing room as their 2,700 sq/ft facility having 2 showers, 2 stools and 2 sinks. The need of
rent is now caught up. Some of the bills that
had accumulated, because Tammy couldn’t our facility is great; the need for a facility is massive. Wagner Hall will
work due to her care for Derrold, have been safely and soberly house up to 80 men. Dream with me, won’t you? By
taken care of.
His mercy may we soon see the structure of Wagner Hall getting un-
They are not out of the forest yet but the der way. Let’s satisfy this $50,000 Matching Grant as quickly as we
trees have gotten a little thinner! They thank can. All of us thank you!
you for your loving hearts.

YOUR DONATIONS GOSPEL RESCUE MISSION


MEETING OUR NEEDS Facts & Figures
March 2007
Men’s Shelter Ray Allen Center
244 NE E Street 243 NE D Street  Meals served …………………………… 5,917
Phone: 479-8869 Phone: 476-3399
For Men wanting drug  Beds Used [Daily Average].....…………… 96
and alcohol recovery  Ray Allen Center [Daily Average] ……… 21
Fikso Family Center 2nd Chance Thrift Store [This is our drug & Alcohol Recovery Center]
530 SW Foundry Street 6th & J Streets  Chapel Attendance [Daily Average]..…… 65
Phone: 474-7774 Phone: 479-9748
For Women & Children M-F 9:30 - 4:30
Sat 9:30 - 4:00 Your active participation through prayer and finances has
accomplished much for many needy and hurting people.
CURRENTLY CLOSED
RE-CONSTRUCTION HAS BEGUN On behalf of each resident, thank you so much!
SCHEDULED FOR OPENING - May 31st!
Community Recycling Center
1010 SW Foundry
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Mr. & Mrs. Paul and Lori Kompas

2. Lori’s Testimony
3. Memorial Gifts
3. Some Thoughts
4. Banquet News
5. Paul’s Story
6. Kinzel’s Update
6. Building Fund Match-
ing Gift News