Thanks to you…
Matthew has been given a life-changing gift this Christmas.
“Anything I have is because of God and his grace.”
Matthew was exhausted and scared. He didn’t want to go back to prison… and being homeless was taking a major toll on his health.
“I didn’t trust the people out there, so I was using drugs to try to stay awake at night. Trying to fix my problems with my own strength,” he says.
Matthew first turned to drugs as a teenager. At the time, he was a strong athlete who was celebrated for his talents.
“I couldn’t believe that people were clapping and cheering for me. I felt that same euphoria when I tried drugs, so I kept using to experience that feeling.”
But the good feelings became harder and harder to sustain. And Matthew lost everything – family, friends, work. After struggling to survive on the streets, Matthew decided to come to Union Gospel Mission.
“I had been here 16 years ago but only stayed three months, so I knew what it was going to take. The only way I thought I could live was by coming to the Mission.”
“I knew that if I didn’t come to the Mission, I was going to die out there. I had to make a drastic change.”
Matthew committed himself fully to his rehabilitation and reconnected with his Savior, Jesus Christ. He eagerly studies the Bible and discusses what he reads with our pastors and residents.
“The Mission is a sanctuary in the midst of the storm. I just had to surrender and, like the Bible says, God will renew us.”
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)
Today, Matthew serves at the Mission in our laundry, joyfully washing clothes and blankets so guests will be welcomed in comfort. He plans to go to Bible college so he can serve others.
“I just have to get myself out of the way and trust God. He’s molding me to be whatever He wants me to be. To help people who are broken, like I was.”
It’s going to be a Christmas filled with joy for Matthew – and he is so grateful to you for this wonderful gift of a new life. “The Lord blessed me tremendously… giving me joy and a purpose. Now my life belongs to Christ.”
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