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Our mission is to advance the kingdom of God through the gospel of Jesus Christ and to do missionary, relief and rescue work of all kinds.Meet Our Team Community Partners
Dependence on our God
We look to God as our source of vision, provision, and transformation.
Partnership with Community
We desire to team with others in caring for the poor.
Grace as our Model
We demonstrate God's love in the context of personal responsibility.
Service to the Church
We exist as a resource of and in service to the Body of Christ.
Authenticity in Relationships
We minister with sincerity to everyone because each is a priority to Christ.
In May 1905, Dr. Ezra Seiber and his wife began a small group for folks living in downtown Lancaster to gather together and talk about God’s redeeming story. They met in Ms. Sarah Kuhns’ row home on the southwest side of the city. During one of the Sunday evening meetings, Ms. Kuhns committed her life to Jesus Christ and began living a changed life.
In 1916, the small group grew and began meeting the needs of the homeless and hungry in Lancaster, with the opening of temporary shelter for families. Meals were 10¢ for those who could pay and free for those who couldn’t. This was also the decade when women were provided shelter at the Mission. In 1917, the state of Pennsylvania recognized Water Street Rescue Mission as an official organization. The charter was signed making the purpose of the Mission officially: To advance the Kingdom of God through the gospel of Jesus Christ by providing rescue and renewal service in the City and County of Lancaster, PA.
The roaring 20’s were a time of expansion for the Mission. While operating a Mission on Water St. a men’s dormitory was established on W. King Street in 1921. In 1926, the Lancaster Intelligencer Newspaper published an article profiling the positive impact of the Mission with this headline: “Lancaster’s Place to Go When There is No Other.” The U.S. stock market crashes in 1929 beginning the Great Depression.
Even more than in the first twenty years of service, this decade was marked by giving back to the City of Lancaster. The Mission began handing out baskets of food and other supplies to local families living in poverty in the city, and the first Christmas Dinner was served in 1937.
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