30 March 2018

Character Fuels Calling

"I don't think God has these expectations for us to be grand in our life.  He will give us big assignments, yes that is true.  But I think God is much more interested in developing our character than He isn't the specifics of our calling. 
     I think we define ourselves to be successful if/when we accomplish something big for God.  But God is saying no let me accomplish something big in you.  We stand before God saying "whatever my assignment is for today, I know your main goal is to create character in me that pleases and honors you."  My great desire for God is to develop my character which will fuel my calling."

--Lysa Terkeurst, "Thriving Beyond Belief" Podcast

     There are many verses in scripture to back this up.  Character is important to God.  I was listening to this on my way to work today and was so encouraged!

     Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.--Colossians 3:12-14

     Your question may be what is good character?  Here are some examples via google--integrity, honesty, loyalty, respectful, responsible, humble, compassion, forgiving, authentic, courageous, kind, loving, the list can go on.... the Bible verse notes the same qualities.

     Sometimes living in this world, we can start to believe maybe we don't need to have good character because that person over there obviously doesn't.   But that is not what scripture says.  Scripture says since we are God's chosen people, we need to make good character central to our life.  It speaks volumes of whose we are!  That we have good character because of Jesus.  It can be one of our greatest testimonies to each other, because we look different than the world!  And like Lysa says our character fuels our calling.  We don't have one and not the other: both are necessary.

     I pray that we would be people that would take this to heart.  That we would be known by our good character that would point to Jesus!  I pray that even if we have fallen short and messed up that we would humbly come to Jesus' feet and ask that He would give us character and that He would give us opportunities to develop it in new ways.  I pray we would be people whose character fuels our calling!  Be encouraged today!

Trudy Woodward
Lydia House Director

29 March 2018

A New Chance at Life

     My name is Daniel Christopher Harder. I started using drugs when I was 18 year old. I used meth on and off for the next 20 years while racking up felony charges and deteriorating into hopelessness. This led me to almost dying back in May when I jumped off of a bridge. That incident led me to Open Door Mission's New Life Recovery Program. 
     I am so glad I came to this program as it has totally transformed my life. I have been shown that I no longer need my old behaviors and hangouts. I can be a man of Christ that my Father in heaven wishes me to be. 
     I joined life changing discipleship called Marked Men for Christ in which I attend church every Sunday and attend at least one bible study a week. 
     I also will be starting a job soon and wish to live here at the Mission after graduation because of the accountable environment, the help with affordable rent, and my fellow brothers in Christ. 
     I have plans on getting back into my children's lives again with the help of programs such as Father's for a Lifetime and the support team I have in the discipleship of Marked Men for Christ.
     There are too many things to be thankful for that I can't really list here, but the most important thing is that the Holy Spirit has helped me through the program every step of the way. I could not have done it without Him and all of the staff here at Open Door Mission. 
     My favorite bible verse that gives me so much hope is: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. - John 3:16 

Daniel Harder
New Life Recovery Program Graduate 

28 March 2018

A Fresh Perspective

     Omaha can be an incredibly difficult city to get around in without your own transportation. I never understood this to be an issue until I started working at Open Door Mission. I admit I have always had access to a reliable vehicle.
     Working here at the Mission, we are humbled on an almost daily basis, and this instance was of no exception. Like most of my humbling moments here, understanding the value of self-transportation came as an accidental discovery. 
     A New Life Recovery Program graduate happened to stop by the kitchen one day, exhausted from his new job. He came to say hi to the staff and tell us how his new job was fairing. His main struggle was waking up early enough to catch the bus. I said (in my own ignorance) "Well, at least you have the bus, it's better than walking!" Was I right? Sure. Does it mean I should have said that? Looking back, I would admit that these were not my wisest words. 
     He kindly explained to me that he had to wake up three hours early in order to catch the right bus, make the connecting buses, work for a full day, and then catch the bus home. This would take him almost two hours each way.  
     I am not saying every commute is that intense, and he sure was not saying that the bus system is bad; nor was he complaining. He simply wanted to give me perspective. We all began talking about the struggles a single mom would face who relied on transportation that was not her own. Or not being in control of the transportation that gets you to your job, the job that provides a place to live, food to eat, and/or a place to sleep. 
     Since that moment, I have seen first-hand at Open Door Mission what transportation can do for a man or a woman who is starting over, who is asking for a second chance. I have seen vehicles take our graduates back to college. I have seen vehicles help moms and dads get custody of their children back because they have reliable transportation. I have seen vehicles get men and women to their new jobs (on time). I have seen vehicles give our graduates hope. 
     I pray that this gives you a fresh perspective. That you know every car that has been donated goes to someone who will truly appreciate what they have been given. That we continue to have vehicles donated and that they continue to be a piece of transforming lives.  

Lauren Catlett
Communications Specialist

27 March 2018

I Am With You, Always

     Hi there, my name is Holly Hannan and I am a 38 year old mother of five beautiful children. I have twins that are fourteen, an eleven year old, a six year old and a four year old. I was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska.  Before coming to Lydia house, my life was chaotic.  I was broken, strung out on meth, and abandoning my children; leaving them in the care of my mother. I was in a relationship with a man that cheated on me all the time, leaving me to feel worthless and unloved.  I was sent to jail on serious charges and with those charges I was federally indicted. While I was incarcerated I was introduced to my savior Jesus Christ through Good News Jail Ministries. I was released on federal pretrial and that is where my journey truly began. 
     I came to the Lydia House July 25, 2017 and since being here, I have been discipled from day one. See, this is a spiritual program and every lesson is a 'bring your bible' type of lesson.  There have been numerous volunteers and staff that have shown me the way of the Lord. By being obedient to the Lord, I have been able to earn the trust of my family, obtain godly friendships, and give full trust and faith to God. None of this came easily. There have been trials and tribulations and the Lord has sent waves of destruction into my life until I gave up and let him lead me. 
     I would like to share a verse with you: So do not fear, for I am with you: do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you: I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 - This verse is special because I am nothing without God.  Let me tell you today looks very different for me than when I came into the Lydia House a broken mess.  Today I have been blessed with getting over obstacles that I thought never possible. One of those that is dear to my heart is earning the trust of my children and mother again. Bonds of addiction no longer hold me down and I get to watch miracles happen all around me letting me know that God is with us. 
     I would like to thank all the staff and the volunteers that make Lydia house and Open Door Mission possible, because without them, none of this is possible.  They have helped me get my life back and one that is even better than I ever imagined. Thank you especially to Felicia, Meredith, and Angela for helping me to see the kind of woman in Christ I would like to be. Their examples have helped me in ways they will never know.  I would also like to thank my mother Anna McNew for never giving up on me and helping me with my family. Without her I am also nothing.  Thank you very much for coming to help us celebrate this awesome day. 

Holly Hannan 
New Life Recovery Program Graduate

26 March 2018

Compassion is Key

Not all homeless are alcoholics. Some missed one payment and are kicked out onto the streets. Some are afraid to go home. Some are afraid to ask for help from shelters that are already stretched. Some are afraid because of how they are seen. Do not judge by what you see. 

Liam Moore
New Life Recovery Program Graduate

23 March 2018

God is LOVE

     As a child, I had all that I needed, but did not have what I wanted: my fathers love and attention. He was always there physically, but he wasn't mentally. When he came home from work we were told, "Your father is tired, don’t bother him right now." Or he was watching TV "So don’t make any noise." I never heard my father tell me he loved me. As a young boy, my father was my hero and I was devastated that was how he treated me. 
     I soon learned how to get attention from my father. He had no problem disciplining his son. All I had to do was act up and I got plenty of attention from good ole Dad. As a young boy starved for his dad's touch, even a spanking seemed like love. This sparked a lifelong perversion of the concept of a loving relationship for me. I began to equate abuse and mistreatment with love. I believe this caused me to look for the wrong things in relationships from there on out. This added to my feelings of worthlessness and started a long career of self-destructive and self -defeating behavior.
     My wife Debbie and I have a child named Rhianna. About three months after Rhianna was born, it became apparent that her mother could not handle a child. We were divorced and I took my child to raise on my own. I wanted to join the army, so my mother and father adopted my daughter.     
     My life has been a roller coaster of good times and bad. My self- destructive lifestyle has caused me to move from job to job and rehab to rehab. With my daughter moving to Omaha, I have one more reason to get my life together once again.   
     That is what brought me to Open Door Mission. I am so glad there is a place that I can come to get my life back. This means a safe place to take the time to reconnect with the Lord and let him work some good back into my life. I can also get sober and learn how to stay that way. Having a father's love and feeling that love gives me the inspiration to love myself and others. I did make peace with my earthly father before he died, but it took my heavenly father to show me how to LOVE. God Bless every one of the people who work with me here at the Mission and thank God I found this place.  
     My favorite scripture is Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.    

John Addyman
New Life Recovery Program Graduate

22 March 2018

Accepting the Gift

     I met with Dorsey Taylor for discipleship tonight and he has been embracing the New Life Recovery Program. He is working on the first two packets we give to the program men and women when they are in basic. As we spoke, it was clear that he did not have assurance of the saving power of Jesus in his life. I was able to share the gospel and he sincerely prayed and asked Christ into his life and to be forgiven of his sins. Hallelujah! Please keep Dorsey in your prayers. 

Greg Johnston
Health Care Case Manager

21 March 2018

Let Go, Let God

     Before the New Life Recovery Program (NLRP), I had previously gone through a few treatment centers. Although I learned some ways to battle my addiction, I realized if my mindset about my addiction did not change, it would always have a hold on my life. 
     My problem was I believed only I could win the war of addiction without help. I single-handedly lost that war. I could not get sober.
     I turned my life over to God and started the NLRP and my life has blossomed into a joyfulness that I haven't experienced since I was a young boy. I surrendered myself to my Almighty God and have the unconditional love of Jesus Christ to mold my life into the son, brother, and father that He has planned for me to be. I have no fear of what life gives me because God will always provide a path for me. 
     When given the opportunity to share his blessings, I do so happily and with so much love, knowing God's will is working through me. 
     What I plan to do after graduation is continue my fellowship at Empty Tomb church. I will be living here at Open Door Mission amongst my brothers in a loving and safe environment. I will be giving back to the Mission by volunteering and caring for others just as they have done for me. With solid recovery support and accountability, I plan to achieve goals that were unachievable to me previously and flourish in my quest with God my Lord and Savior. 

New Life Recovery Program Graduate

20 March 2018

Wisdom and Understanding

The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom.

Though it costs all you have, get understanding.

     Have you ever found yourself providing "solutions" for situations you know nothing about? For instance, "if this is their life, why don't they just (insert solution) to change things?"
This is a question I often hear and don't pretend to have the answer to.  It is easy for us to provide solutions when we have never been in other people's shoes. Our "solutions" or "advice" is limited by the extent of our own life experiences. 
     Serving on the Streets Ministry gives me an opportunity to build relationships with people and introduce them to one of the most powerful weapons we have, prayer. 
     It is an honor to utter the words, "can I pray for you," and be answered with a reluctant, "yes." Why? Because the Holy Spirit fills me to pray the perfect words over each individual who accepts. I get to witness a release of tears, offer an embrace and the words that God is always with us no matter what "mess" we are in. Not only that, I get to remind them every time I see them how much God loves them! I also get to celebrate with them when they tell me how God has moved in their lives. Those are my favorite testimonies! :)

God is so amazing in how He works through us!

Misti Mitchell
Streets of Omaha Volunteer Coordinator

19 March 2018

New Life for Karlie

     My name is Karlie Leigh and my first encounter with drugs was in the third grade. From then on, I spent most of my school years abusing drugs and binge drinking. While still in school, I had three children and also managed to graduate high school on time. 
     In 2005 I was in a terrible car accident and suffered immense memory loss, but never forgot I was a drug addict. In 2009 I was arrested and sentenced to three years. While on parole, I again went back to using. On January 28th 2016 I was arrested again for assault. I sat in DCC for 5 months. I was facing a lot of time and would have been losing my son Easton forever. A week before sentencing, I hit my knees and asked God to please help me. Sitting in the court room, the judge dismissed the charges. I knew I was given a second chance. I knew this was all an answer to my prayer.
     I called the Lydia House and was able to get a bed right away. Joining the New Life Recovery Program not only saved my life, but taught me to grow within myself. I’ve learned that instead of trying to forget I have an addiction, I can gain tools to stay sober. 
     Having my Christian faith I have found a church home, am with a good Christian family, and have been baptized. I am one year clean and have baby Easton in my life. I am very grateful to the Open Door Mission for all of these things. 
     The bible verse that I’ve taken from DCC to today is Isaiah 54:17 "No weapons formed against me shall prosper, every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me," says the Lord. I will always remember the experience I've had here at Open Door Mission. 

Karlie Leigh
New Life Recovery Program Graduate

16 March 2018

We are Enough

        I was listening to one of our student's in the New Life Recovery Program (NLRP), Veronica, talking to another student about God. She explained that she has done so much bad in her life, that there was no way God would want anything to do      with her. 
        I immediately had to stop what I was doing to let her know that God loves her. I shared some verses with her proving that Jesus came for the sick and hurting like her and God doesn't make junk. I was able to pray with her at the end and she asked Jesus to be her Lord and savior. Please be praying for Veronica as she begins this new chapter of her life. 

Shawn Bartlett 
Receiving Clerk

15 March 2018

Reading the Bible With our Hearts and Minds

     When I wasn't a Christian, I used to think the Bible was a "how to guide to life."  It was basically a manual of how to live life.  That if I'm stressed, I'll read a Psalm.  If I feel anxious, I'll look at verses speaking to that.  I never read from the Old Testament because "it didn't make sense."  I'm not saying that is wrong, because it was good I was in the Word of God...but I wasn't really understanding the Bible.  As I grow in my faith, I see how everything in the Bible is connected! 

     I started to read this book "Women of the Word"--how to study the Bible with both our hearts and our minds.  I wanted to share what I read today because it spoke volumes!

Looking at Moses in Exodus 3 and the Burning Bush:

11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

12 And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you[b] will worship God on this mountain.”

13 Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”

14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am.[c] This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’”

15 God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord,[d] the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’

    “This is my name forever,
    the name you shall call me
    from generation to generation."

     "Moses asks "who am I?  What should I do?"  God responds by completely removing Moses from the subject of discussion and inserting himself.  He answers Moses's self-focused question of "Who am I?" with the only answer that matters: "I am." 

     We are like Moses. The Bible is our burning bush--a faithful declaration of the presence and holiness of God.  We ask it to tell us about ourselves, and all the while it is tell us about "I am."  We think that if it would just tell us who we are and what we should do, then our insecurities, fears, and doubts would vanish.  But our insecurities, fears, and doubts can never be banished by the knowledge of who we are.  They can only be banished by the knowledge of "I am."  We must read and study the Bible with our ears trained on hearing God's declaration of Himself.

     The knowledge of God and the knowledge of self always go hand in hand.  In fact, there can be no true knowledge of self apart from the knowledge of God.  So when I read that God is long suffering, I realize I am not long suffering.  When I read that God is slow to anger, I realize that I am quick to anger. Seeing who he is shows me who I am in a true light."--"Women of the Word" by Jen Wilken

     I can get caught up into this and read the Bible with a Me-centered focus, instead of a God-centered focus.  I start sounding like Moses saying “who am I God? Answer my question.”  Where God is speaking "I am."  then get frustrated that “the Bible isn’t helping.”  When I humble myself and confess my pride of wanting to be in control, that is where God can soften my heart and open my mind to see Him! 

     When we see ourselves in relation to God, we realize how much we need Him every single day.  The beauty is even if we have not read with a God-centered focus, it’s never too late to start.  The Good News of the Gospel is God sent His only Son to die for our sins so we would have eternal life.  That our doubts, fears, insecurities can be banished by knowing God deeply and intimately.  The world tells us, if we know ourselves better, insecurities would go away.  But the truth of the Gospel is insecurities go away by knowing God!! 

     I pray we would be people who would read the Bible with both our hearts and mind.  That would be people not just content with checking off our to-do quiet time everyday, but would let scripture transform our life in word and deed. 

Be encouraged today!

Trudy Woodward
Lydia House Director

14 March 2018

Determination to Break the Cycle

     Celebrate with us, Casey is beaming! Her smile is contagious. She passed her GED math test today! 
     Casey has one more test to go in order to obtain her GED and with God all things are possible
     Next to the GOSPEL, Education is the ticket out of homelessness and into self sufficiency. WE are so proud of Casey's hard work and determination to break the cycle.

Candace Gregory

13 March 2018

Journey to God

     I was born in Biloxi, Mississippi to Shirley Ann Dankof Page. When I was young, we moved to a small town, Hamburg, Iowa. I started to attend school which I learned quickly I needed to fit in, and found that drinking and using drugs would help. 
     I worked many jobs and lost them all due to my substance abuse and lack of self-discipline. I blamed most things on my speech impediment, even though that really wasn't the problem. I was the problem. 
     I soon found myself feeling alone and abandoned from most of my family. I knew deep down that I needed a change, and it needed to happen fast. 
     One day I found myself in detox, and was told all about the New Life Recovery Program at Open Door Mission. I joined the program, and from this I learned a lot about myself and others. I have learned that I do not need alcohol or drugs to have a good time or to deal with life's problems. I also learned I was being self-centered, scared, and shy. Now I don't have to be scared or need other people's approval. I know that I need God and the Holy Spirit in my life. 
     From myself or to anybody else, we all have so little time on this Earth and what we do with that time is so important to us all. 
     My favorite scripture is Colossians 3:13 "Put up with each other. Forgive the things you are holding against one another. Forgive, just as the Lord forgave you." Amen. 

Jeffrey McCoy Dankof
New Life Recovery Program Graduate

12 March 2018

Dance, Dance

The lobby of the Lydia House was filled with fun and laughter a few evenings ago with an impromptu dance party! We danced to Cupid Shuffle and the Cha Cha Slide and had so much fun! Everyone was laughing, dancing, and having a good time! It is nice to see the ladies smiling and enjoying themselves. 

Lydia House Staff

09 March 2018

One Man's Response to Responsibility

     A couple of nights ago, a young man came to me to talk about getting a hold of his parole officer. He said he wanted to go back to Lincoln and work to get a job and be with his family. 
     We talked, and I shared with him if he was paroled here in Omaha, he needed to fulfill the requirements of his parole. 
     As I spoke with him, I told him that I would talk to him as a father would to his son. I explained to him that when I was 20 years old, as he is, I had difficulty staying put. I explained to him my testimony how I came to God. He was listening intently and nodding his head in agreement to what I was saying. He knew he needed to surrender to God. He asked the Lord to forgive him and to help him live for God. 
     It is an amazing thing to see people come to faith. Please pray for our friend. Pray he would do the next right thing, one moment at a time.

Greg Johnston
Health Care Case Manager

08 March 2018

From Anger to Love

     Before coming to Open Door Mission's Lydia House, I was always in trouble. Every aspect pertaining to my environment was dark and violent. I used to drink a lot of alcohol to get away from myself and
others, which eventually became a huge problem for my mental and physical health.
     When I went to prison, I was not changed for the better, but became severely angry. My entire life, I felt I had to fight in one way or another to exist. This logic led me to find the biggest and toughest people to fight, which landed me in many institutions. This is the life I grew up in, thinking this was how life was. I was filled with anger and hate. 
     'What happened?' You may ask. Well, Jesus Christ happened. 
     It's not easy, but my life is better and brighter. I still struggle with "playing well in the sandbox with others" and my anger issues shine at times, but i'm in a more positive place. Being here at the Lydia House has helped me cultivate skills for both positive peer relations and applying self-discipline. Being held accountable has saved my life. I still have many obstacles and setbacks, but I am only human, and will be the best I can be.
     More importantly, I have a real purpose and desire to live now. That is due to God's grace and having Jesus Christ as the absolute love of my life. The Holy Spirit keeps me in check in my behaviors. I have the choice to do right or wrong and without God I wouldn't have that chance. For me, it took being open to obtaining a relationship with God and then asking Him to help me deflate my ego/pride. I'm grateful always that we have Jesus Christ as our King and Father.
      I'd like to thank the staff, the donors, and God for making this day possible. 

Jennifer Moreno
New Life Recovery Program Graduate

06 March 2018

A New Venture for Council Bluffs

     Keiyona is our new Master's level Public Health Intern. She will be helping at our Council Bluffs Family Outreach/Donation Center, working with guests to provide healthy, nutritional food pantry boxes, listening to their health concerns, and guiding them through the healing process.
     She has past experience volunteering at the Timberlake Outreach Center, so she has a special connection with the working poor that we serve. Tuesday through Friday you will find her blessing our team and guests in Council Bluffs. I'm excited for this new venture, and know that it will increase our impact!
     Be sure to stop by our Council Bluffs location to meet Keiyona and our other wonderful staff members who serve families and individuals there.

Kate Fischer, LIMHP
Free Health & Healing Clinic Director

05 March 2018

Iron Sharpens Iron

     Thank you to Clark Osborn of Real Momentum for sponsoring 50 men with from the New Life Recovery Program to attend the Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conference! And thank you to the families at Calvary Christian Church for buying their lunches. God is good to allow these men to come to such an important conference.
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. – Proverbs 27:17
     Please pray that they things they learned this weekend will be sealed in their hearts for lasting change.

Candace Gregory

02 March 2018

God Cares For All

     Daniel’s childhood was ended at age 12. His parents were going through a divorce, and as a result, his Father committed suicide. What could a 12 year old have done? He blamed himself and decided that God did not care about him. Within months, his mother remarried and Daniel began trying to prove himself to his step-father. That was his motivation for being a football player and wrestler, and joining the Marines Corps.
  In the Marine Corps on his first day on the job in Lebanon, an incident occurred that took his entire platoon out, except himself. He was wrecked with survivors’ guilt and continued believing God didn’t care about him. He said, “I wanted to be the best Marine I could be, and I was. I won a lot of awards. While in the Corps., I was able to travel to 13 different countries, and serve my country for six years.”
  After the Corps, Daniel came back to Nebraska where he started his own business, met his beautiful wife, and had two children with her. However, the death of his father and Marine Corps brothers continued to cast a dark shadow, leading him to self-medicate with alcohol. His wife eventually divorced him due to his drinking habits. As a result, Daniel traded in his alcohol addiction for meth.
  “I started using meth because I can’t sleep when I’m high. When I don’t sleep, I don’t have dreams.” His continued use started a spiral. “I had nice possessions, money, my own business, wife, kids, and I flushed all of that away.”
  Daniel admits there were two turning points in his addiction. The first was when his first grandbaby was stillborn. Although it was another reason to believe that God did not care about him, he decided if his daughter could go through such an awful experience, he could sober up. The other half of his turning point came when Daniel’s daughter stopped allowing him to see his granddaughters, saying she didn’t want him to treat them how he treated her.
  Daniel was soon arrested for drug possession and put in jail. Through a series of experiences, Daniel found the Lord. “I didn’t know what was going to happen, but I was going to be okay. Through the rest of that time, I couldn’t stop smiling.”
  Daniel’s life was soon turned upside down. He was diagnosed with charcot foot (a condition that weakens the bones) at the same time that he was released from jail. He had nowhere to go and no idea how to take care of his diagnosis. He also knew that if he went to the streets, he’d start using again. The jail called Open Door Mission and soon he found a home.
     “I thought the Mission would be a dirty place with a bunch of people laying around.” He goes on to say, “I was so wrong. All I had was a pair of shoes, a shirt, and sweatpants. I lost everything, but most importantly I lost my pride. I wanted to be able to look people in the eye again. The Mission has saved my life. I cannot fully say what this place has done for me. They have given me food, clothes, a home, and medical care. Most importantly, I have a relationship with God.”
     At the end of last year, Daniel recognized he needed to be baptized. “I want a seat on the bus,” he said. He was baptized on December 3rd by the Mission’s own Pat McKernan. “I have never experienced anything like that. I felt lighter, and my sins were taken away.”
     Since then, his left foot will soon amputated along with his right leg, knee down. Daniel had a hard time understanding why when he was unsaved he was healthy, but as soon as he was saved, he became so unhealthy. He explained his frustrations to Pat McKernan who responded “Maybe God walked you to the Mission so God could go with you on this journey.”
     “Because of the Mission, I have been supported from day one. They trusted me when I doubted myself. I have earned trust and respect back. And, I can look people in the eye.” He goes on to say, “I hope and pray my story can somehow let people know there is a better way.” Thank you, Daniel for sharing your story with us.

Lauren Catlett
Communications Specialist