Lives Restored: Durham Rescue Mission Testimonies

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Victory Program Student

I’m so thankful for the way God has blessed me through the Durham Rescue Mission and for giving me another chance at life. I am so grateful for all the people involved with the ins and outs of this program.

Victory Graduate, Currently at Navy’s Recruit Training Command

I would recommend the Mission for anyone that wants to change their life because it is somewhere that you can use as a grounds to build a foundation.

Victory Program Student

When I first started the victory program I was so nervous about everything, but those six months went by so fast. You learn so much in those classes.

Victory Graduate, Currently a Student at Duke

Alex started working as a sorter of donated clothing, but as he gained victory in his addictions, he began working for the director of education, and then the donor relations office. He discovered his strength, ambition, and dignity returning.
…the Durham Rescue Mission became my refuge. I have now been at the Durham Rescue mission for six months. After two months I was taken off all psych meds. Now I’m finishing up the classroom part of their Victory Program.

Tywone’s Testimony

On a cold December morning of 2017, I walked into the front door of the Durham Rescue Mission and turned over my own self will; and in a small office off from the chapel, I surrendered my body, my mind, and all that I was in repentance to God.
I knew that it was God all along who had spared my life, but I never could figure out why. Now, I know that He just had a different plan for my life.

Former Director of Men’s Division

In October 2002, I got saved for real. God mended my shattered life, and I am happy to share with you that my family has been restored.

Victory Graduate, Currently Employed as a Tax Assistant for the Durham County Government

I went through the Victory Program, and that was truly a blessing. I have given my heart to God, and he has blessed me enough for the rest of my life.

Victory Graduate, Currently Employed as a Deli Assistant at Costco in Durham

I have graduated from the Victory Program and I’m employed at Costco in Durham as a deli associate. I thank God every single day for what he has done for me. My life has been transformed in a miraculous way.

Victory Graduate, Currently Employed at the Durham Fire Marshal’s Office

Because Dr. and Mrs. Mills listened to God and cared enough to “lend a helping hand”, people like me are able to once again get their lives back. I now have a great job working for the Fire Marshall’s Office and I have moved out of the Mission and I own my own home in the community.

Victory Graduate, Currently Enrolled at North Carolina Central Studying Early Childhood Education

I thank God for all He has done for us and I want to thank the many donors who give their time and money to a place that has helped us learn to live and lead better lives with the Lord’s guidance.

Victory Graduate, Currently Employed at Durham Coca-Cola Bottling Company

The Durham Rescue Mission has helped me become spiritually whole and gainfully employed. God Bless the Durham Rescue Mission.
When my husband and pastor dropped me off at the Durham Rescue Mission I was crying because I didn’t want to stay. When my husband came to pick me up, after I finished the Victory Program, I was crying because I didn’t want to leave. However I did leave, and today the Lord is allowing me to help others using some of the same lessons that I learned at the Durham Rescue Mission.

Counselor for the Durham Rescue Mission Men’s Division

When I arrived at the Durham Rescue Mission and enrolled in the Victory Program, I soon learned that drugs and alcohol were symptoms growing out of the root of my problem and the root of my problem was sin. Once I knew what the problem was, I finally found the answer in Jesus.

Victory Graduate, Works with Builders of Hope, First-Time Homeowner

In July 2007, Michael took his first step toward mending his shattered life. He came to the Durham Rescue Mission and joined the Victory Program. After completing the Durham Rescue Mission’s Victory Program, he was placed in a temporary job with Builders for Hope for a probationary period of one year.

Purchasing Agent

I was injured and homeless. One of the doctors knew about my situation and recommended the Durham Rescue Mission. With no place to turn, I came to the mission. Here I found people who really cared for me.

Director of Education

In August 1994, at the Durham Rescue Mission, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. The Durham Rescue Mission helped me make Biblical changes that were needed in my life. Now at peace with God, and my addictions removed, I have no desire for drugs.

Assistant Director of Men’s Division

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.

Victory Graduate

Through God’s grace and mercy, and the help of Rev. and Mrs. Mills and all the staff at the Durham Rescue Mission, I have become a reborn man in Christ. I am ready to serve Him in any way I can. Praise the Lord!

Durham Rescue Mission Development Department Senior Office Clerk

learned to take it one day at a time and do what I can for God. I am truly grateful for the Durham Rescue Mission and for Dr. and Mrs. Mills to have the heart to help others like me.

Victory Graduate/Works in Development Data Entry Office

I came to the Durham Rescue Mission on April 14, 2007 and accepted the Lord in my life that following Sunday, April 15, 2007. I struggled to adapt at first, but then I entered the Victory Program and graduated in October of 2008. Things have not been the same since.

Victory Graduate, Maintenance Director of the Good Samaritan Inn

It is such a blessing to work at the Mission because every day, I can see the Lord working in the lives of others. It is so inspiring as I see the lives of people who were struggling with addictions, as I did, change.

Durham Rescue Mission Thrift Store Manager

The Mission has provided not only an opportunity to work and save money, but also much needed spiritual guidance that will help me make good choices, and be a contributor to society, not a burden.

Victory Graduate

Being at the Mission, I became a supervisor and an encourager working with the ladies and just trying to be faithful to the Lord, to stay on the path He had for me.

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