To the Rescue

Shivering men, shoulders hunched against the chill, standing in line at a rescue-mission door. Rag-wrapped drunks, unsteady on their feet, sitting down to hot soup and a sandwich. Evening prayer services with one basic message: Jesus saves. The picture hardly seems to belong in an affluent society where Jesus has moved up to Broadway and popular myth has people growing fat on the largesse of the welfare state. But it is a contemporary reality—as some 450 rescue missions across North America, to say nothing of...

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