Four years of misuse of pain pills coupled with use of meth had my life way off track. My priorities got all turned around. It got to the point where I was focused on me and only me. I was a very selfish person. Because of my selfishness, my wife and children suffered. I lost the woman I loved, my children, and my home. Through all my addictions, I lost the most important thing – my dignity and my self-respect. But, thank God, Heaven has a lost and found.
God had brought me to complete brokenness. He brought me to my knees and He brought me to a place I’ll never forget on September 1, 2012 – Gospel Rescue Mission.
I came into the shelter and soon after I entered the GRM’s work program. This program allows you to stay for an extended time, as you do work assignments while living there. I assisted in the kitchen and enjoyed helping prepare meals for the residents. I knew I needed to get clean and sober and get some healing in my life, in order to get my life back on track and was waiting for a bed to open in the recovery program.
I had known the Lord for years, but had turned from Him while I was chasing my addiction. I knew restoration of my relationship with the Lord was a priority for me to find successful recovery. I attended the evening chapel services, daily Bible classes, and also attended Calvary Chapel church twice a week and was learning how to apply the Bible to daily living.
In addition to the spiritual focus, I attended GRM life skills classes for co-dependency, budget, writing, and healthy relationships. I also had computer learning classes and career development education. Using the Christian based Genesis counseling program, I received individual and group addiction counseling.
I enjoyed volunteering on many GRM community outreach events such as the Mobile Kitchen to cook and serve food at various homeless outreaches and other community activities. It gives you a good feeling to be able to give back and help others in the community…not just receive help yourself but to help others. I also liked doing neighborhood cleaning projects. We always told those who were living in the park to come to the GRM for help.
God has slowly restored all the things back to me that I lost to my selfish addictions. I have my kids back in my life, a good full time job at a construction company, and a car. I have been clean and sober now for about 2 years and I thank God every day for my transformation. It was hard being away from my children while living at GRM and going through the recovery program, but it was worth it. I went to court and after the judge heard about how my life was changing at GRM, he granted me visitations with my children. I look forward to sharing the love of Christ with my three children.
I still have a lot of fines, medical bills, and child support to pay before I can afford to live on my own, but I look forward to finding my own place to live. I eventually would like to go into missionary work or work in a Christian ministry.
Thanks to the donors who support this ministry, the volunteers and the loving staff, I have been given a new perspective and a second chance on life. Gospel Rescue Mission does save lives…it did mine. Through Christ all things are possible and my life is a living example. Thank you, I love you all…Jeremiah 29:11."