Pointed in the Right Direction
"I'd been living in chaos for so long and didn't know how to pull myself out of it. The staff and my peers here really have been a help to me," Jeremy says.
At 30 years old, Jeremy had little to show for his life.
He didn’t get along with his parents and moved in with his grandmother at 16. Then he began using drugs and dropped out of high school. He never married and his substance abuse and lack of education prevented him from holding stead jobs or building a career.
When his grandmother died, his family lost the house and he had no place to go. He moved back in with his parents, but they wouldn’t tolerate his drug use and asked him to leave. He came to Hope Ministries’ Bethel Mission emergency shelter, hoping only for a place to stay until he could find work and housing.
Instead, he found a new direction.
“I was sitting in chapel one night and heard a prayer,” he shares. He decided to dedicate his life to Christ. But a few days later, he was confronted with an opportunity to use drugs again. “I was at a crossroads,” Jeremy said. “But the Lord pointed me in the right direction. That’s when I really made the decision I was going to change.”
Jeremy has been in our long-term life-recovery program at our Door of Faith facility since October. “The spiritual aspect of this place makes me believe I’m on the right path,” he says. “The classes—especially Fundamentals of the Faith and Living in the Midst of Chaos—are really giving me [a map] to go by. They are focused on preparing people to be productive spiritually and in society.”
He’s also gaining food service job skills through work assignments in the kitchens at our ministry centers. “It’s a good way to build my way into a work situation,” he explains. “Right now it doesn’t feel as much like work as it does giving back for what I’ve been given here.”
God is also redirecting Jeremy’s relationship with his parents. “I know they’ve been praying for something like this to happen to me for years. My dad is constantly telling me how proud he is of me now,” he shares.
Jeremy feels it was a miracle that God pointed him to Hope Ministries when he had no place to go but up. “I can’t imagine myself anyplace else now. I also couldn’t have imagined myself being homeless and at the same time feeling more blessed than I’ve ever felt in my life.”
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