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Mason spent years running. Running away from grief after his mom died when he was only a freshman in high school. Running away from feelings of failure after his time in the Army ended. Running away from broken relationships. “I’ve struggled with my identity, my purpose....

Last spring, Jon, 55, was living down in Texas—in a tent by railroad tracks. He’d lost everything due to his addiction. In his words, he was “in a deep, dark place.” He describes homelessness as “loneliness . . . a huge amount of loneliness. You’re always...

When Jericka first came to Hope Ministries in 2019, she was in stage 4 kidney failure. She was using a walker, had recently been living in a nursing home, and she’d been told she had the liver function of a 65-year- old who had been...

Kelsey was only a teenager when her family got the tragic news that would change their lives forever: Her father had terminal lung cancer. It had already spread to his brain, and he was given a prognosis of six months. He lived for another six months...

There’s an old painting most likely familiar to anyone who’s spent time in church. It was painted by artist Warner Sallman and depicts Jesus standing at a door and knocking. “The thing about that painting,” says Steve, a recent graduate of our life recovery program, “is...

It was a 150-year-old book—The New Life by Andrew Murray—that initially inspired David to change his life. And he found it, of all places, in a dumpster behind a thrift store. He’d been looking for clothing. First, he read the preface. Later, he read the whole...

There was a point in Cindy’s life where it seemed she had everything. A marriage, a new house, a convertible, a camper, even a motorcycle. From the outside, her life looked nearly perfect . . . Until a relapse into drug addiction stole everything. “Because of...

Tiffany had struggled for years. From abusive relationships to living in her car to eventually trying to survive in a tent in the woods—a situation that turned dangerous when her tent was vandalized. “I was lost. Running from my pain and trauma just led me to...

In the summer of 2021, Shay faced a life-changing crossroads. “Basically,” he remembers, “I was going to die, or I was going to get help.” No stranger to grief, he’d used drugs and alcohol to numb the pain of one heart-wrenching loss after another. As a...

This is a story of three Christmases . . . and the gift of a family restored. Prior to Christmas of 2020, Brooke went through a season of turmoil. Earlier that year, she faced a severe domestic violence incident, and because two of her three children...