“I thank God for the Rescue Mission because it’s helped me out in a time of my life when I really needed it — because of the bad choices I made.
I believe God brought me to my lowest point in life, so I could realize and make a complete turnaround. If it wasn’t for this place, I’d be out on the streets. And for someone with my type of background, if nothing like this was available, I would have to adapt to what I was brought up in and taught, which is selling drugs and getting caught up in that.
[VRM] has given me a chance and I’m taking advantage of that.
I’m from Delano. My girlfriend kicked me out because of choices I made. I was homeless for awhile. I was living in my car.
But I’m better than that…I know my worth.
I’ve been here, going on three weeks, now I’m starting to make good decisions and I see God moving in my life.
Q: Did you grow up with faith?”
A: I got married and was in church for ten years. Me and my wife were Sunday School teachers and because of the bad choices I made, I fell from God. I was lost — you know what I mean?
Q: What caused you to start making bad choices?
A: I know exactly what it was. I was lukewarm. I was in the middle — just going through the motions. We all know it’s easier to do wrong, than good. God stripped everything from me…my wife, my kids.
I remember the day when I was sleeping in my car, just like the prodigal son when he came to himself. That’s the type of mind I had, “Man, I had it good at one time.”
So I repented in my car and asked God to help me. It was true repentance, not just telling God I was sorry. Now he’s restoring my relationship with my kids and my ex-wife. She lets me see them twice a week. There never asked me for anything. They just wanted my presence.
I believe God has brought me to this point to make a complete turnaround. This is how I know it’s true: I have a car, I have a job. God is giving me the best, just like the prodigal son. People around me are tripping out, “How did you get all this so quick?” I lost a bible my wife gave to me ten years ago. Coming back to church, I saw this bible and it had my name on it. I took this to mean God has given me my place back, just like the prodigal son.