John and his identical twin suffered extreme physical abuse at the hands of their stepdad. The boys began lashing out. In third grade, their self-esteem was even more deeply damaged when their teachers said they were “mentally retarded.”
However, both of them graduated from high school with high GPAs. Still, the darkness from their past followed them.
Trying to find an escape, John began smoking marijuana when he was just 10 years old, which led to drug and alcohol abuse… and finally prison time.
After he was released, John and his brother were homeless, sleeping in a Wal-Mart parking lot. Finally John’s brother had enough and said that the Mission was their best option. The brothers arrived hungry and will never forget the first warm meal they ate.
When John first got to the Mission, he was angry and says he would “snap on the dime at people.” He shares how the program at the Mission helped him: “All the classes open up my mind, my heart and my soul.” Through them, God gave John a new mindset. “God is willing to help you if you let Him do it.” He has learned how to pray, “every hour of the day,” and help others by putting them first.
John praises the Mission staff, volunteers and especially the donors.
After John and his brother graduated from our program, they worked part-time in our GFRM Thrift Store. Today, they have moved forward into other employment opportunities and are thankful for the preparation and encouragement the Mission provided. “I’m a firm believer in helping people out the best I can, and that’s what I will do,” John says.
Through everything, John has comfort in Christ. “I always knew God was out there and that God was there to protect me,” he says. With a heart of thanksgiving for his new outlook on life, John shares these words:
“All I need is God and my brothers and sisters in Christ.”
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