Our Story and Purpose

Through a span of 5 decades (over 40 years), the Smithfield Rescue Mission has been dedicated to helping those in need find answers to breaking the cycle of poverty. Helping women, women with children, and men in need, our approach is balanced, reaching the person physically, emotionally and spiritually.

The Smithfield Rescue Mission has been a proven organization dedicated to helping those in need find answers to breaking the cycle of poverty.

The Mission was established in 1977 by Paul and Margie Olsen. With its first donation- a ten dollar gift and many prayers, the Mission doors were opened in an old mill house on Brogden Road. Over the years God has grown SRM,  and has met the needs of people where they are, through the rescue mission. SRM is a vibrant and growing ministry located in Johnston County that meets the needs of those who are hurting in the surrounding areas. The mission is on the cutting edge of innovative thought in helping those in need through short and long-term programs.

Our Mission

The Smithfield Rescue Mission exists to proclaim the love of Jesus for those who are homeless and in crisis by providing shelter, life necessities, and life changing programs to break the cycle of poverty.

Our Vision

We partner with individuals, churches, and businesses, uniting the local church to care for those hurting and in crisis, thus practicing an integral part of our faith in Jesus Christ- care for those in need.

Our Statement of Faith

Bible – The Bible is God’s written revelation to man, inspired by the Holy Spirit directing human authors, and is infallible and ultimately the authoritative Word of God. (Matthew 5:18; 2 Timothy 3:15-17).

God – We believe there is only one true and living God, eternally existing as one in essence, in three Persons- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the creator and sustainer of all things (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 3:15-17; Genesis 1:1; Colossians 1:15-20).

Jesus – We believe Jesus, as the second Person of the Trinity, is coequal, coeternal, and one in essence with the Father, and that He was born of a virgin.  We believe that we are redeemed by His atoning death through His shed blood, that He was bodily resurrected into heaven, and is now seated the right hand of the Father, as our mediator and High Priest (John 10:30; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23-25; Romans 3:24-25; 5:8-9; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2).

Holy Spirit – We believe the Holy Spirit, as the third Person of the Trinity, is divine and coequal with the Father and Son, that He was active in creation, the incarnation, and the work of salvation.  The Spirit glorifies our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus, convicts of the world of sin, the agent of regeneration, indwells the believer and baptizes them into the body of Christ.  The Holy Spirit also bestows  spiritual gifts, empowers the believer for service, and seals them until the day of redemption (Genesis 1:2; Matthew 28:19; 1:18; John 3:5-7; 16:7-15; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13,14;Titus 3:5).

Man – We believe man was created in the image of God, affected by the fall; unable to save himself therefore can only be saved by the grace of God, through faith, because of the shed blood of His Son Jesus (Genesis 1:26,27; Roman 5:12-19; Ephesians 1:2; 2:1,2,5,8-10; 1 Peter 1:18,19).

Salvation – We believe we are saved by grace through faith, and that it is a gift of God and not something we can accomplish on our own.  To be saved one must repent of his/her sin, place his/her faith and trust in Jesus by confessing Him as Lord, believe that He took our place and paid the penalty for our sins, and believe in his/her heart that God raised Him from the dead. We believe salvation to be experiential, rather than suppositional. For the Scripture says, “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”  (Matthew 4:17; Ephesians 2:8-10; Romans 5:8; 10:9-13).

Church – We believe that the Holy Spirit unites all true born-again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, and that together they form one body, the Church, of which Christ is the head.  Jesus, will return to remove the church from the earth, and also the promise of eternal rewards and blessings for the believer (John 3:8; 1 Corinthians 12:12, 13; Ephesians 1:22; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18; John 3:16; 14:1-3; Romans 6:23; 2 Corinthians 5:10).