After a lifetime of drinking . . . of losing everything dear to me . . . and of not being able to think clearly about much of anything, I have finally chosen to allow God to take control of my life. And the first step toward that new life was coming to the Durham Rescue Mission in May of 2011.
For years I lived with nothing but noise in my head. I was a lost soul. But today I can say I’m like that lost sheep that was found. I’m learning what it means to have
a relationship with Jesus. Lies kept me in bondage . . . but God’s truth is setting me free.
For me, one of my strongest motivations for staying sober and living God’s way is my granddaughter. She was 3 months old when I first held her. That was also the last time I held her. Since then I’ve graduated the Victory Program, with my family present at the ceremony! I now have reconciled and I have a great relationship with them. I want to be a good grandpa . . . and with God’s help I know I will be.
After graduation I worked for Temps to the Rescue, a temporary employment agency that partners with the Durham Rescue Mission to help the residents of the Mission find employment in the community.
Marcus Deese, the Temps to the Rescue director, approached me, in October 2013, about working at Durham Coca-Cola Bottling Company. Through the Temps’ service I worked at Coca-Cola for 5 months and after that period I was hired full time on March 19, 2014. All of this is truly a blessing from the Lord!
The Durham Rescue Mission has helped me become spiritually whole and gainfully employed. God Bless the Durham Rescue Mission.