The best Christmas gift there is…

William has a new life, thanks to you!

“I was lost, broken and in need of Jesus…”

“So I’m thankful for the scars/‘cause without them I wouldn’t know your heart/And I know they’ll always tell of who you are/So forever I am thankful for the scars.”

Those lyrics, from a song by I Am They, mean a lot to William. They describe the story of William’s life.

William suffered a turbulent childhood. Abandoned first by his mother, then by his father, he was severely traumatized. As his trauma increased, William emotionally shut down. He started cutting, or carving, himself with paper clips, razor blades and knives – just to feel something. Anything. Later, he added methamphetamines to his self-destruction. 

He spent his youth and adulthood cycling through youth homes, juvenile hall, jail, mental institutions, rehabs and even Union Gospel Mission.

“I was lost, broken and in need of Jesus,” William says. “When I came to the Mission, my entire arms, my back and my legs were covered in scars.”

William’s third visit to Union Gospel Mission was life-changing as he began to understand Jesus’ scars and how Christ’s wounds could set him free. “I dug into the Word and studied books,” he says. “I knew that if I was going to live right and serve the Lord, I needed a closer relationship with Him.”

William’s transformation was so profound, the Mission hired him to serve as their night chef, and today he’s thriving and living independently.

“The wonderful thing is that I get to work at this place where I can talk about Jesus all day and encourage men who are going through what I went through,” he says. 

He is no longer embarrassed by the scars that cover his body, because it was those very scars that led him to Jesus.

“Thanks to Union Gospel Mission, I have a foundation now that cannot be shaken,” he says. “I encourage people to support the Mission, because their support will lead to miracles like mine. It’s amazing.”

“The wonderful thing is that I get to work at this place where I can talk about Jesus all day.”

William is excited to celebrate the restored hope he has been given this Christmas – and wants YOU to know just how grateful he is. “Your support made the miracle of my life possible,” he says. “Thank you!” 

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