For over twenty years, I struggled with a crack cocaine addiction. Today, through the teaching of God’s Word, I have learned that my addiction was sin. At the core of addictions is selfishness and self–centeredness. Through the spiritual program here at the Mission, I have learned that through the application of the Word of God, God Himself leads me from sin on a daily basis.
On February 20, 2009, through the progress of spiritual growth, I became an apprentice at the Durham Rescue Mission. During my time at the Mission, I have completed the Victory Program, several computer classes, earned a diploma in Theology from Cedar Grove Bible College, and last summer, I completed the 13-week Dave Ramsey Financial Peace course.
February 21, 2011, after being the Head Encourager during my Apprenticeship, I became a full-time permanent staff member as a chaplain.
My wife of 28 years and I have reconciled since I have been at the mission. When I had completed my apprenticeship and became a staff member, I moved back home.
I describe myself this way — thankful for what God has done for me through the Mission, but not impressed with myself. Paul said it best, ‘Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.’
In September 2011, Mr. Cole, Director of the Men’s Division, became ill. During his sickness and until his death, I was able to serve the Durham Rescue Mission as acting Director. In February 2012, during my one-year evaluation, I was officially named Chaplain Preston Jones, Assistant Director.
My wife and I attend Lighthouse Baptist Church where I have been attending since 2008. I have now earned an Associate in Theology, and I continue to work on my NANC counseling certification. I thank God daily for the Mills, the staff here at the Mission, and all of my new associations in the ministry.