At the Gift of God Street Church
We take care of people in need, including those who are disabled, confused, addicted to drugs, or just displaced. We also take people who have no place to go from hospitals, Police or Prison / jail.
We are a non for profit mens shelter, rescue mission and soup kitchen. We do not accept government assistance and rely on the donations of friends and supporters of the ministry. Not only do we supply meals, shelter and clothing, but also hope through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Ed Kannapel spent 12 hours a day on the streets. He searched under bridges and in abandoned buildings for the people who had fallen through the cracks. Some of these people had been kicked out of rescue missions for various reasons. Ed’s goal is to catch them before they fall through the last crack into hell. The streets are a familiar territory to Ed. After two traumatic years in Vietnam and a stint in a military mental hospital, Ed hopped a freight train and spent the next seventeen years on the road. Recovery gave him the opportunity to think about his life. When he happened upon a Christian television program, he decided to call the number. He told the woman he didn’t think Christ wanted a homeless bum. She told him that she used to be a prostitute. “What I’m saying is that if God can save a hooker, He can save you!”, she said. Then she read verses from the Bible showing how Christ Himself insisted He had come to save the ones that need Him most. On Groundhog Day, Ed likes to say, “I don’t know if the groundhog saw his shadow, but I saw the light of Christ that day.” God helped Ed connect with a group of Christian Street ministers. They trained Ed to be a street preacher and evangelist. Ed went on To Graduate from Slidell Baptist Seminary. Now he operates out of his home, post office box, and van. Ed has led street people to the Lord, even creating new church ministers. He has been God’s instrument to save prostitutes who now are married and have families, but Ed takes no credit. “I’m street-wise, but other than that, I’m no one special. ”In 2008 God sent Pastor Ed to Kankakee, IL. To start “The Last Door Gospel Rescue Mission” under the umbrella ministry of “Gift of God Street
Mitchel DeYoung came on staff in the fall of 2014 and was ordained in October of 2015.
As a full time IT Professional, a student at Christian Leadership Institute and the Director at The Discipleship Center, my greatest aspiration is in teaching the Word of God to those that need to take that first step in following Jesus. I want those who are still in darkness to know that we may not all sin the same, but we are all in need of a savior and that puts us in the lifeboat.
If I were to use a passage in the Bible to describe Pastor Ed and Myself it would be Acts 4:13, paraphrasing, "When they saw their boldness, and perceived they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished, and they recognized that these men had been with Jesus." We don't have to be anybody special to be ambassadors for the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Coming alongside Pastor Ed to serve the homeless in Kankakee has been my most challenging commissions yet, but I'm happy that God has sent us here.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How many men stay at your shelter?
We normally have between 4 to 25 men at any given time, but we may take more as needed.
Do you have to be in a program to stay at the shelter?
Our program is designed for people who are interested in being Discipled. We do take in people on an emergency night-by-night basis which allows for one free night per season and $5 cash up front for each additional night.
Are there any prerequisites to be able to stay at the shelter?
Yes there is. We administer a drug and alcohol screening, a bag check when you come in and when you leave, and a criminal background check. This is for the safety of our staff and the men in our program.
Do you receive any government funding?
We do not receive any government funding so we can remain free to proclaim the gospel. We rely on donations from friends and supporters of the ministry to fund our operation.
How many people have you seen saved through this ministry?
Many find their lives changed and go on to lead productive lives, find new jobs or return to their families.
Are you able to find jobs for the men?
We are not a job placement agency, but we do work to help people to become self-reliant and responsible. We do occasionally have job opportunities come to us for people looking for small jobs or part time work. We also refer people to temp agencies and encourage them to look for work every day.
Are there laundry facilities available for the men?
Yes, there is a laundry schedule available.
How many meals do you provide each day?
We provide at least two meals a day during the week and brunch on the weekends. These meals are available to men, women, and children. Meal times may vary but will be posted or announced.