Thanks to you…
Patrick is so grateful this Summer.
You have given him new life!
“I was dead to the world, but the Mission saved my life…”
Patrick stopped going to school and started using drugs at age 15. Before long, his addiction got him in trouble and he spent nearly 20 years of his life in prison.
“When I got out of prison, I was working and had my own place. But then I started using again… I lost my place and had nowhere to go.”
Having already burned bridges with friends and family members, Patrick ended up homeless on the streets.
“I was living in my truck. I wasn’t able to shower and didn’t know where my next meal would come from. Then I lost my truck and ended up in rehab. That’s when they asked me if I wanted to go to Union Gospel Mission.”
Patrick knew he needed help staying clean and rebuilding his life, so he came to the Mission.
“Something was telling me that this was the place for me,” he says, smiling. “It was like God was talking to me.”
As Patrick started getting more into God’s Word and studying the Gospel, he felt something shift inside him.
“When I first got here, I could feel the presence of God. I’ve learned to trust more and when I don’t know something, I go look in the Bible and read up on things.”
Today, Patrick has graduated from our Men’s Rehabilitation Program. He has a full-time job and is working to restore the relationships with family members that were broken in his addiction. Now he finds his purpose in Jesus, and is content to let the Lord direct his steps.
“I don’t want to go back to where I was… now I give it to God and let Him deal with it.”
Patrick is thankful for the kindness and compassion of loving neighbors like you – and how you have given him peace and hope for the future. “We’re not promised tomorrow, but we have today. No matter what you’re going through in life, Jesus is with you.”
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