She was working so hard.... So dedicated to her kids.... Working 50+ hours a week, to provide for her family. Emotionally and physically, Sheri was a maxed-out mom.
But then her own mother was diagnosed with a grave illness; one that required serious care. Nobody else in the family was in a position to step up and Sheri couldn’t let her mother suffer alone. So she made the sacrifice and added “caregiver” to her list of responsibilities – but it was too much...
“I kept it hidden as best I could from my family. But methamphetamine makes you crazy. I would constantly instigate fights with my boyfriend, everything was broken in our house. I was out of control.”
But although Rosanna’s family didn’t see it, God knew that Rosanna needed help.
It’s not fair, but we all tend to do it....
When we see someone missing teeth, we tend to “label” them... We somehow tend to think of them as unintelligent... unprofessional... even untrustworthy. No, it doesn’t really make sense, logically. But most of us do it.
That’s what happened to Jonathan. He was still just a young boy when he fell in with the wrong crowd. He started putting substances in his body. Soon he was a full-fledged addict. Year after year, he battled his addictions ... and lost.
The support of our donors, volunteers, and staff helped Pam find sobriety and salvation, but it didn’t end there...
Through the hard work of our counselors and staff they helped him overcome his addiction and the depression that drove him to it. They even helped him unlock his hidden potential. Through our Career Development Center, Eric discovered a love for numbers and math. His aptitude was off the charts and their loving support helped him not only earn his GED, but also connect him to the federal grants and college courses he would need to realize his dream of becoming an accountant.
But most importantly of all, they gave Eric a gift of eternal significance – a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. Eric was baptized on February 7th of this year.
If someone were to ask, "What’s the best thing about a traditional holiday meal?" At first, some might think, “The food.” But really, when you get right down to it, no matter what the menu is ... the best thing about it probably isn’t the food ... It’s the love.
It’s the people around the table, who love you. It’s the sharing. The chatter. The laughter. That “full feeling” — not just after a big meal... that feeling that life is good... it’s complete... it’s full of God’s blessings.
Some folks haven’t felt such a feeling in a long, long time... folks that maybe made some bad decisions along they way and ended up in a tight spot. That's what happened to Art, but things were going ok he thought. He was living with his daughter and her husband. Then, one night, there was a conflict...
Philip Pierce, former homeless guest of Gospel Rescue Mission, wins AZCEH Outstanding Achievement in Overcoming Homelessness Award
When they take your children away from you, it’s agony. For you, and for your kids.
That’s the day you wake up and say, “I’ve got to change.”