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WHY IT MATTERS

We have told you that Team Hope matters because it will reduce homelessness in our city and will enable hundreds of men and women to move, from poverty to employment, permanent housing and an opportunity for a sustainable future.

But the biggest reason it matters is God’s glory and the stories of lives changed by hope.

Here’s just one of those stories of hope - check out more below.

Nate Wheeler’s story of hope started with worldly abundance that led to his overdose death on the floor of a fast-food restaurant bathroom. It transitioned to a whole new definition of prosperous for him during his recovery.

Nate Wheeler’s story of hope started with worldly abundance that led to his overdose death on the floor of a fast-food restaurant bathroom. It transitioned to a whole new definition of prosperous for him during his recovery.

One of the most inspirational people at Peoria Rescue Ministries (and we have many inspiring stories here!) is Nate. While many people can feel dead in their sin, Nate actually was dead. He had overdosed on heroin in the restroom of a local fast food restaurant and was dead for 8 minutes. God, however, was not going to give up on Nate.

When he regained consciousness at the hospital, he found that a paramedic had given him 5 doses of the opioid overdose reversal drug Narcan. Typically they administer three doses and stop there, considering the subject to be irreversibly dead. After the third dose, neither God nor the paramedic were going to give up on Nate. Five total doses later, and Nate was revived enough to continue treatment at the emergency room. Nate is a living, breathing testimony to miracles happening when we follow God’s lead and don’t give up.

Later, Nate discovered Peoria Rescue Ministries and came here. Through a lot of people working and loving Nate, a lot of Nate’s own hard work, and God overseeing every bit of it, Nate’s life is dramatically different. No longer using and with a bright future ahead of him, Nate is helping others discover they have a profound worth to God.

Not all of us have a witness that powerful to give to a world of brokenness. What we do have is the ability to help.

In the end, poverty alleviation is what God sees as true worship (Isaiah 58:1-12), and what a community sees as authentic Christianity.