"The things I believed about life were simply not true."
"I came to the Gospel Rescue Mission in October 2004 only expecting to stay for a few days. I had been sober for a little over a year and working as a maintenance supervisor at some apartments here in Tucson. My roommate relapsed on crack cocaine and my boss and my co-workers were all actively using. I eventually relapsed one night and the next day I decided that I needed to do something different.
I had been struggling with addiction for more than 20 years and had never been able to string together more than 90 days of sobriety. As a result, I had a history of legal issues, had alienated a majority of my family and friends, and had experienced periods of homelessness.
In September 2004, I decided to quit my job; even though it meant I would also lose the apartment that I was living in since my job included housing. I did not want to be homeless again, but I was afraid of returning to active addiction. I remember praying to God to give me the courage to trust Him even though I didn’t know where I was going or what I would do.
I stayed on the streets for about a month and worked day labor and odd jobs. I managed to stay sober and even found a job at another apartment complex as a supervisor. I had met a few people on the street who told me about the Gospel Rescue Mission, so while I was waiting for my new job to start, I figured I might stay there until my apartment was ready to move in.
I slept on the chapel floor the first couple of nights and met a few of the students who were in the long-term program. One particular man I had known for some time was there, and we talked quite a bit. However, he did not seem like the same person I had known. I could not put my finger on it, but something had changed. He was different somehow!
I wasn’t sure exactly why, but I knew I was right where I needed to be, so I called my future employer and told them I had decided not to take the job. Instead, I enrolled in the Life Foundations Restoration Program at the Mission.
After spending a few months at the Mission, I realized that most of the things I believed about life were simply not true. I spent a lot of time learning and listening to people who seemed to be content in spite of their circumstances. I learned to trust God and those He placed in authority over me. I was introduced to a God who never changes and whose principles and truth never fails.
As God was transforming my life, I eventually joined the staff at GRM. I am now the Program Supervisor and I have the most awesome position imaginable! I now get to give back to God what was so freely given to me."
All testimonies are either written by or are from interviews with men and women who's lives were transformed during their time at Gospel Rescue Mission.
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