My name is Travis. I thank God I came to Holland Rescue Mission. I’m young,
but in some ways I’ve already lived many lives — most of them wrong. I’ve been to jail too many times. I was always on a drinking spree, a stealing spree, a pot-smoking spree and a deceiving spree. I’d lie to people who were nice to me, and I didn’t even care. I think most of my friends would say I’m a good person who just keeps making stupid decisions. I had a street mentality, eager to manipulate anybody to get my way. I was a con and an expert at trickery.
This Program is difficult…but I know I must complete it
I tell you all this so you can see what God has to work with. And He is working in my life in ways I never thought possible. The program here at the Mission is difficult, but I know if I want to change, I have to stick with it. And I plan to do just that. Today, when I see trouble coming my way, I ask God to help me. Most people on the street don’t see a way out. Like me, they feel lost, with no one to reach out to them. I think I’m finally beginning to live my life with the right motives — and one of those motives is to reach out to others, just as you are reaching out to me. I want to thank you for all you do to give me good food, shelter, clothing and Christian counseling. You lift my spirits up, and that means a lot to me. Here at the Mission, I’m washing dishes, and I volunteer at other times to help prepare meals. Each time I see someone we serve, I am reminded of where I once was. I know I could easily backslide. That’s why I need a Savior. Every day.