- Pr. Bill Gerber
On the Jericho Road
The Jericho Project is entering its 20th year of bringing the love and hope of Jesus to the "least of these" - the impoverished, former offenders, veterans, and men recovering from life long addictions. The Jericho House provided a safe place of 'reconciliation' to 18 men this year. Six continue in residency. Of the 12 men who transitioned, 10 successfully moved forward with jobs, their own apartment/residence, and new-found hope in a Church family of their choosing. This year we were blessed to continue our soup kitchen ministry, moving from the Emmanuel Mission House to Zion Lutheran Church in Rockford. We're now honoring the memory of Ruthie Fairchild, taking up her mantle of servanthood in the 7th Street corridor. Our Jericho House residents prepare a nourishing lunch for those that need a hot lunch. We thank the Lord for His continued blessings, for the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois for their grants to our work and ministry, and for you who support us through your prayers and financial support. Following the foot-steps of the 'Good Samaritan' on the Jericho Road, we know that we will continue to reach out to those lying there on the side of the road. Please keep us on your hearts, in your prayers, and your support! Blessings!