This Easter will be an important milestone at Shepherd’s Gate. For the children staying with us, it may be their first time receiving an Easter basket or attending an Easter service. For the moms, it may be their first Easter clean and sober. Or their first holiday free from violent abuse. But the real power of Easter is its message. Because Jesus died on the cross and rose again for all of us, homeless moms know that God loves them and that no situation is without hope. They too, can “rise again.” A second chance means so much for moms like Rose, who was literally enslaved her whole life – first by her sister and brother-in-law, then by food disorders, depression and addiction. If you didn’t have a chance to read Rose’s testimony from the recent newsletter. One of the things Rose told us when she so joyfully related how happy she is today, is that “Our God is a God of second chances.” Knowing that, has given her joy and confidence in the future for the first time in her life. I am grateful for so many caring people in our community over the past 27 years, all of them have helped make this life-changing message possible for more than 10,000 women and children. Please keep everyone at Shepherd’s Gate in your prayers this Easter.