Lupton’s sixth and final oath in charity work is a tip of the hat to the Hippocratic Oath: Above all, do no harm.Read More
On October 12, we’ll be hosting our annual banquet with author and speaker, Robert Lupton. The stories and data presented in his book “Toxic Charity” were both convicting and inspiring. I became committed in those early days to not only help the hurting, but to do so in a way that treated them with dignity, where I could play my part in calling people higher; reminding them that they still have purpose and something to give — in spite of their current need.
After years of on-the-ground ministry and international missionary experience, Lupton crafted “The Oath for Compassionate Service”...Read More
After nearly four years under my VRM belt, I’ve heard all of the criticism regarding our services and programs — “the Mission is just a band-aid or you’re just enabling people who won’t change.” And most recently, “Those people are too far gone. We should just focus on the next generation.”Read More
There’s a famous Bible story about a homeless man, which is usually something we know a little about at Visalia Rescue Mission, but in this case, he was homeless, naked, living in a cemetery, and was possessed by demons called, “Legion.” We don’t know how long he had been living this way, only that it was a “long time.” We do know, however, that this man at one time had a family.Read More