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November 19, 2012

One thousand to be served

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Niagara Gazette — Driving to the Buffalo Mission alone that day, he remembers praying for God's guidance. During the meeting, the then City Mission director, Tom McLaughlin, pointed to him and said "maybe God wants you to start a mission in Niagara Falls."

Smith, who is a professional photographer, was blown away by McLaughlin's words, and remembers "feeling numb" on the drive home. "But within six months we started a steering board," he said, noting the board was comprised of members of his church, Forestview Church of God on Saunders Settlement Road. 

The mission has since been serving a wide age range of men, he said, noting about half of the men served are fairly young. "I've got 19-year olds coming in here with needle marks all over his arms," he said.

"They come in here very broken. We get them stabilized, three hots and a cot," he said. In addition, those who come into the mission hear about the faith of its volunteers. "I talk to them a little bit about the Lord because they need supernatural help beyond what we can give them."

Over the course of the past two years, the mission's organizers settled on the "Feed the Falls" moniker, because, Smith noted, "we feed them spiritual bread too."

"I talk to them a little bit about the Lord because they need supernatural help beyond what we can give them."

Currently, the mission has 13 beds, serves about 1,700 free meals a month to any and all who come, and also offers a regular bible-based church service each day.

The mission also has a discipleship program for the homeless men who demonstrate they want to change their lives. There are currently three men in the Niagara Mission's discipleship program. In addition, there are four employed staff members who have been through similar discipleships in other mission. 

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