The Welcome Mission

THE WELCOME MISSION


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About Us

 

We supply women with a home to live in free of charge, where we help them get on their feet to live independently as productive members of society. We help them obtain jobs, childcare and education if needed, while teaching them basic life skills. The goal is to empower women to be able to provide for themselves and their children. We want to help break the cycle of welfare and poverty.

Most young women today have so much shame. Shame from what they’ve done or shame from what’s been done to them. So they think they’re ugly and unworthy of love. So, they cut and they numb themselves with drugs or alcohol and sex. They live recklessly because they’re worthless anyway, right?

But Jesus also experienced horrendous shame. On the cross. He was naked and exposed for all to see. Bruised and beaten. Spit upon. Laughed at and mocked. He did that to take away our shame! He did that because He VALUES YOU. Shame doesn’t have to be the end of your story. Jesus makes all things new.

What People Are Saying

“If you build it; we will fill it.”
– Guardian Ad Litem for Wake Count

The Board

 

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CEO Marcus Rench & Executive Director Holly Rench

Marcus is a graduate of Southeastern Oklahoma State University and Reformed Theological Seminary (Jackson, MS). He was a craftsman before becoming a church planter and pastor.

Holly and Marcus have been married for thirty-four years and together have four daughters and one son. Raising teenage girls opened Holly’s eyes to the challenges women face in this world and the need to show unconditional love to them in their struggles. Inspired by the lives of Amy Carmichael and Elisabeth Elliott, she began taking the first few steps to do something about it.

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Laura Jacimore

Dr. Jacimore is a Radiation Oncologist practicing in Rocky Mount, N.C. She graduated medical school from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas, and completed her residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. She is also President of the Medical Staff at Nash General Hospital in Rocky Mount. When not working, Laura enjoys mentoring young women, sports, especially football and college baseball and cooking! She’s a master at making cheesecakes!

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Louri Hunt

Louri Hunt is a Patient Care Coordinator for a Urology Practice in Raleigh NC.  She is originally from Carencro, Louisiana but moved to the beautiful state of NC 12 years ago, where she met and married her husband, Preston and became step mom to Dalton and Paris, 10 years ago.  For me, the Welcome Mission started in 2001, when I met Marcus and Holly Rench and Laura Jacimore, through them, God changed my life and I am forever grateful.

Gail Barnes

Gail Barnes

Gail has been a whole-hearted Christ-follower since the age of 19. Several years after high school, she spent a year in Germany and England studying at Torchbearer Bible Schools and Child Evangelism Institute in Switzerland. Married in 1978, she became an “executive” homemaker. She and her husband, Ken, have raised and homeschooled 7 children and now enjoy 9 grand children. For the past four years she has cared for her parents in her home till her daddy, at age 90, went to be with the Lord and she continues to care for her mom. She serves the Lord at Sovereign Grace Church in Apex.

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Dick Bowser

Advisor to The Welcome Mission

Dick Bowser is a graduate of Grove City College, Westminster Theological Seminary and Campbell Law School.  He practiced law in Washington, DC and then joined the faculty of Campbell Law School in 1992. He has taught a rather wide range of topics including constitutional law, legal philosophy, non-profit law, wills and trusts and estate planning. He also serves as an elder of Grace Presbyterian Church (Fuquay-Varina, NC) and as the chairman of the board of trustees at Covenant College.   He and his wife, Marta, have two adult children.

Our Mission

 

1. Our vision is that all young women would flourish in faith and life.

2. Our mission is to rescue young women in need from homelessness, drugs, prostitution, and abuse and then establish them so that they flourish in a relationship with God, the Church, their families and their communities.

3. Our values that guide everything we do are the following:

  • We are made in God’s image with worth and dignity.
  • We have been affected by the Fall and are sinners.
  • Christ became a man so that He might rescue us from our sin.
  • Christ was resurrected so that He might restore us to an abundant life.

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Testimonials

Kari’s Story

I was one night away from being on the streets — homeless. My bank account was overdrawn, my car was repossessed and all my stuff was at a friend’s house. I was at the end of my rope.Why would it be worth getting up and calling for help after I had made a complete fool of myself and completely failed? I had done the worst!

It took being at my lowest point in life that He saw me at my highest. My heart began softening and opening up to His love. He brought the idea of messaging Holly for a place to stay.I had two options that night, to continue to live in sin or be faithful to God as He has called me to be. I put down the pride and got help for me and my son. As soon as I told her I was homeless and that I would be a burden and making excuse after excuse she replied with two words, “Come here.”

The next day I was welcomed with loving arms into The Welcome Mission. He put such beautiful people in my life!

I have learned about the beautiful gift of grace and there is nothing in my past that I have done or anything to come that if I don’t repent God will not forgive me. Jesus loved my son and I so much that He gave us a beautiful gift that I will never be able to repay but because Jesus died for us I don’t have to. He just wants my heart my obedience and faithfulness.

Erin’s Story

Erin came to us in the middle of the night. Her dad was at wits end. Erin was a typical teenager that felt misunderstood and wanted to be free from authority. Her home life seemed fine from the outside. She came from a large family and for many reasons Erin felt unloved and overlooked. So, she began to search for meaning and contentment from other places. She began sneaking out at night to meet guys and to get drunk. When her parents discovered this, they tried to discipline it out of her. When this didn’t work, they nailed her window shut. When this didn’t work and the home was literally being turned upside down, they called us.

“Bring her”, we said.

Erin came to us quite angry and distant. But it only took a few days for her walls to come down and she began to open up about what was happening at home. An authoritarian father that didn’t have affection or even time for his children. A mother that was too busy with the younger children to notice.

She needed unconditional love.  She needed to be heard. She needed to feel intimately attached to her family or she would find it elsewhere. During her stay with us, she found it. She found it in Jesus. It was the first time I’d ever had the honor of leading someone to Christ.

She returned home and continues to live for Jesus.

Our Facebook Feed

I posted a few weeks ago about a need for a 21 week pregnant girl for housing. I got some feedback and interest but I wanted to throw this out there again because even if someone can help temporarily, that would be great. A very caring person has given her a place to stay until Saturday, but then we need something else.

So, maybe someone might want to buy us a second house or help temporarily with this gal. 🤣

I guess I might have to set up military cots.

But seriously, if there is ANY way you can help, let me know. Maybe even a few nights at the Quality Inn here in Fuquay.

Thank you!
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Everyone assumes we start out in the same place. We don't.

I started out (as did most of you) with many chances in life, to get ahead and to have a good education, good family, loving support.

But often times, the girls we work with started out waaaay behind that ideal.

So how do we see those people? With judgement? How horrendously sad that is. Some might say, "That person is a drug dealer and look how they live! I want nothing to do with them!" But what if they were born into a "family" that has no father or father figure? Or perhaps has never even SEEN married couples...or maybe they have no way to get an education that will earn them anything more than minimum wage...Who can live on that? So, they do what they know...what everyone is doing to get by. Honestly, I am quite sure I'd be doing drugs too had I grown up like so many people do.

I think the first step in how to love them is to see them differently.

When you look at someone that seems to have grown up quite differently than you have, see the image of God. Don't look down your nose at someone that is the very image of God. That's saying, "That's a bad person, but I'm such a good person." Do you know that any good in you is not even from you? We get no credit. It's God that is good. We are blessed if we have any good in us. So, why do we boast? How can we judge? I'm just as guilty...

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Good Morning!

I have a need of housing for a 29 year old girl that is 20 weeks pregnant. She's in desperate need asap. I've met her and gotten to know her some. She has benefited from the generosity of so many of you through our food pantry and she is a really sweet girl that I would love to see get some help and receive some love.

Message me if you have something to offer her. She does have her own transportation.

I'm actually home today, catching up on some work, so I am available to respond!

Thank you
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Email

info@thewelcomemission.org

Phone

Holly:  (919) 381-7660





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