A year ago at this time, Christina celebrated her first sober birthday in 18 years!
What an incredible accomplishment for someone who began drinking and using drugs when she was just 12 years old.
“I went down a very dark road at a very young age.”
It took a long time and incredible struggle for Christina to break her addiction. “I was a full-blown alcoholic for 13 years. I lost my job. I lost my car, and I had to live with my Mom because of mental, physical and emotional abuse from my son’s father. It took me a long time to get out [of that relationship], and he finally beat me up and put me in the hospital.”
Christina ended up living on the streets until she “woke up” one day and realized she needed help.
She checked herself into a program where she not only found freedom from her addictions, but a relationship with the Lord!
“I hadn’t really known God my whole life. As a kid, I went with a neighbor to Bible study, but I never knew what God could do. I never gave Him that chance.”
The program was only 60 days, and at the end, Christina knew she needed “way more God and way more help.” That’s when she got the opportunity to become a part of the year-long New Life Discipleship Program here at the Mission.
“I’m blessed and happy to wake up every day.”
“I’m filled with the joy of the Lord; I feel like God is using me and giving me an opportunity to be what He has always wanted me to be. It just took me a long time to get here.”
Christina is not only doing well at the Mission, but reestablishing relationships with family. “My brother and my mom are so proud of me – they’ve waited for this day for a very long time. I’m going to start having visitation with my son...God has already promised me that He’s going to bring us back together.”
“I want to be part of the ministry.”
Christina has worked as a waitress, and when she first got sober, she thought about being an x-ray technician. Now, she wants to be a part of the ministry. “Being out on the streets for so long, you really come to a point where you think there is no way out. But God will show you the way, and I want to be somewhere where I can show others that God is good.”
“They really do change lives!”
“I give all the glory to God,” Christina says of her near-miraculous transformation.
“And the people here truly care. The only way I know about God and am able to grow in that relationship is because of the Mission.”
“Everything is provided for us and we don’t have to worry about all that worldly stuff right now. And what’s even more amazing is that they don’t just kick you out on the street after you graduate, they help you come back into society and be good people and be leaders. This is an amazing place to be. I’m just so grateful to be here!”
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