Mike’s life is changed forever and he wants to thank YOU!
“God brought me here and made me spiritually strong.”
Mike was a gifted college athlete, earning him a tryout with the NBA, but he didn’t make the team.
“It hurt me. I hid it, but underneath I was weak and vulnerable,” he says. The disappointment of the people in his hometown further magnified Mike’s feelings of failure.
“They acted like it hurt them. So I went away and didn’t go home for 20 years.” Mike was homesick and struggling with his feelings of failure when he began numbing his pain with alcohol.
“I was self-medicating my low self-esteem, loneliness and depression,” he says. “I had a good job and a nice place to live, but I was just existing. I wasn’t living.”
Then Mike entered our Life Builders Program, where Bible studies, Christian counseling and chapel services led him to surrender his life to the Lord. “I discovered that there was somebody greater than me who could help me,” he says.
Mike graduated from the program and went home, where he was doing well, collecting disability after two hip replacements and sharing a home with his brother. Then, after six years, his brother married and moved out without telling Mike. “I couldn’t keep the house by myself,” he says. “My brother is my best friend and I was really hurt and angry.”
Instead of turning to alcohol to cope with his feelings, Mike remembered the Rescue Mission, where he knew he’d find the support to process his anger. “The counselors helped get me back where I needed to be. I’m happy and content again.”
Mike has a part-time job now, and is looking forward to getting his own place and continuing to grow in his faith.
Because you gave from your heart to help Mike, his life has been changed by your goodness and God’s love forever! “God brought me here and made me spiritually strong. The Rescue Mission changed my life.”
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