|Pacific Garden Mission
The mission has always coupled a simple evangelical Christian message with social outreach to the downtrodden, leading some to dub it the “ Hobo Church.” It has provided food, clothing, and the gospel to generations of Chicagoans. The famous “baseball evangelist,” Billy Sunday, was saved at the mission's doors.
A “harbor for wrecked and ruined lives” throughout the twentieth century, the mission added in 1950 a radio program, Unshackled! which reaches more than a thousand stations worldwide with sentimental stories of ruin and redemption. A bright neon cross proclaiming “Jesus Saves” still pierces the night sky, announcing the mission's continuing ministry to Chicago's poor.
Clarke, Sarah D. The Founding of Pacific Garden Mission: Over Thirty-Five Years Contributed to the Master's Service. 1914.
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