When my children were born, I gave them all names from the Bible. I watched them grow and learn, and I realized how smart they were. I wanted to be the best father I could be for them. But I shut God out of my life, and even though He was always with me, I was not with Him, and that hurt the relationship I had with my children.
Joe and his son Jonathan have a relationship again
Their mother and I separated, and I was not around as much as I needed to be. I became depressed after the separation and felt helpless and lonely. I didn’t even know my sons’ address to send them the letters I wrote to them. I became lost in this world.
I began using drugs and alcohol, thinking I had everything under control — after all, I had a good job, money and friends. But my addictions overcame me, and I was overwhelmed. I lost my job, had no money, no friends and nowhere to live. If I’d had a dog, I think he would’ve bitten me.
I knew I needed help. In my deeply depressed state, I cried out to Jesus and begged him to help me. I was ready to change my life. Now, the evidence of the power of prayer lives in me today.
He heard my cries and was there with me the day I walked into the Jimmie Hale Mission. Of my successes since coming to the Mission, finding the Lord was my greatest.
I now know why I wake up every morning. Since being here, I’ve learned that I have something to offer. I was made Head Mentor in the program here at the Mission, and I enjoyed helping others. I have also recently found a full-time job. All of this, thanks to the strength of God.by Mission Staff
I was 8 months pregnant when the father of my children left me – left me to care for our unborn child and 11-month-old daughter. I felt alone, depressed, confused and lost whenever I thought of our situation…me, with no help in caring for my daughter and another child on the way.
Brenda's son, whom she was pregnant with when she came
to Jessie's Place, is now a happy 4-month old.
When I first came to Jessie's Place I was exhausted, especially in dealing with my little girl who was having a hard time adjusting to her new surroundings and to living in a shelter. However, as a rule at Jessie’s Place, it is a requirement to attend church every Sunday and Bible studies every Tuesday – it was then that I realized that it was God’s word that my exhausted spirit needed.
As I received my daily dose of Christ, I noticed that each time I found comfort, happiness and rest. After six months, God and his Spirit became stronger and brighter inside me. Although I was unwed and caring for two children, homeless and with no job, the teachers at Bible study told me they noticed peacefulness in me that had not been there before. I knew it was Christ.
After much praying, God blessed me with a full-time job that provided me with insurance and benefits to care for my family. It was even conveniently located near a daycare. He has also blessed me with the opportunity to move out of Jessie’s Place and into my own 2-bedroom apartment.
Brenda and her daughter, Nicole
I thank God every day. I can do all things through Christ!!
When Alfred first came to the Jimmie Hale Mission, he was illiterate. But now .... see the rest of Alfred's story.
Ryanna was struggling as a single mom ... until a friend told her about Jessie's Place, our shelter for women and children. Now she and her son look forward to a brighter future.
Ryanna and her son Alex