My name is Ken. Before I came to Holland Rescue Mission, my life was in shambles. I was homeless, and I figured I just needed a job. I now know what I needed was Jesus Christ. My former life was all about alcohol, pornography, women and money. It seemed like I committed every sin against God possible. One of my darkest moments was when, at age 13, I attacked my second cousin.
Because of what I did, I wanted to kill myself…and for a long time I kept cutting myself with razor blades. I had no answers to the problems that surrounded me. One thing is for sure: if I hadn’t come through the doors of Holland Rescue Mission and the Gateway Ministry Center, I know I would be back on the streets, making trouble, begging for good and having no life at all.
God is helping me forgive myself
One of the greatest challenges for me is to forgive myself. It hasn’t been easy, and it’s not easy now. But I am making progress. The more I give every part of my life to Jesus, the more the sinful burdens of my past are being lifted from my shoulders. In my earlier, feeble attempt to put my life in order, I sampled ever religion imaginable. But non of those faiths game me the answers I needed to put my life in order. I think I was just eating “religious snack food,” when what I needed was to sit down at God’s table and enjoy a full course meal of His Truth. I now know God’s way is the only way I will ever make it in this world.”
I am excited about the Gateway Ministry Center. I’m doing well in the Bible classes, and I am also showing some exceptional mathematical skills. I’m not bragging. I’m just telling you how happy I am for where my life is today. Thank you for supporting me in my journey of recovery.