Below our some of our client stories. Names have been removed to protect privacy. These interviews were conducted by our board member Lex McMillan, and published in the Gettysburg Times.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

  • Special from the Adams Rescue Mission By Lex McMillan After 14 years struggling to make an abusive marriage work, she finally realized that she had to escape with her four children ages thirteen to four.  Under cover of darkness, she left her home and headed to Southcentral Pennsylvania where her sister lives.  Since arriving she [...]

  • Special from the Adams Rescue Mission By Lex McMillan He arrived at the Adams Rescue Mission on York Road a few weeks before Christmas on parole from the county prison.  Under the terms of his parole, he cannot return to his home in Maryland.  He is 55 years old, has no job and no place [...]

  • Special from the Adams Rescue Mission By Lex McMillan When she arrived at the Agape House last summer with her two small children, she wasn’t sure what to expect.  What she found was unconditional love from the moment she walked in the door.  “They swooped me up into life and helped me believe in myself [...]

  • Special from the Adams Rescue Mission By Lex McMillan He arrived at the Adams Rescue Mission in February 2018.  Now 61 years old, he shares his story with me in a manner that almost seems as if he’s telling me someone else’s.  He’s matter-of-fact, unemotional about experiences that were surely filled with pain.  As he [...]

  • Special from the Adams Rescue Mission By Lex McMillan Jim Zehall is certain that miracles happen at the Adams Rescue Mission.  When he found his way there in 1999, he had no job, no medical benefits, and no place to live. He had been through a recovery program and was “clean and sober,” but his [...]

  • Special from the Adams Rescue Mission By Lex McMillan As she shared her story with me, it was hard to believe she was only in her mid-40s.  She got married in high school and had her first child a week before graduating.  A second child arrived soon afterwards.  She divorced her husband after four years [...]

  • Special from the Adams Rescue Mission By Lex McMillan Until he was ten, he lived with his parents and three younger siblings in a tiny, two-bedroom house located in a tough, inner suburb of Baltimore.  His earliest memories include yelling and screaming, fighting, homeless men wandering the streets with a bottle in a paper bag, [...]

  • Special from the Adams Rescue Mission By Lex McMillan When she was 14, her parents divorced after her father went to prison for having abused her for years before her mother knew of it.  She was placed in a foster home where she remained into her early 20s.  Her foster parents operated a horse farm [...]

  • Special from the Adams Rescue Mission By Lex McMillan (Frederick Buechner, Wishful Thinking: A Seeker’s ABC, 1973). His excitement was evident as he reflected on the painful years of avoiding what was now perfectly clear to him: God took everything away from him so that he would recognize that only through complete surrender would he [...]

  • Special from the Adams Rescue Mission By Lex McMillan For more than 40 years, the Adams Rescue Mission has operated a store that is stocked by donations from community members.  It has clothing, household items, furniture, books, toys, and holiday items.  Now known as the ARM Boutique, its mission is “to carry the character of [...]