My Coma Was My Wake-Up Call

I was looking forward to a career in baseball. But after I was drafted in the 27th round by the Cincinnati Reds, I soon tore my shoulder and became addicted to morphine. My baseball career came to an abrupt halt. Even though I had an incredible childhood, growing up in a middle-class home that taught me how to live life right, I turned my back on all of it.

Over the years, I suffered a lot of depression. I never tried to kill myself, but I wanted to die more than once. During that time, I also sold drugs. One day, when a drug deal went bad, I had to jump out of a fast-moving car. I lay in a coma for 64 days. And when it was over, I had to learn to walk, read, and write all over again. Talk about a wake-up call.

Since coming to Holland Rescue Mission to get the help I desperately needed, I’m finally allowing God to take control of my life. I’m making progress every day, thanks to the Mission’s Gateway Ministry Center. For the first time in years, I feel I have hope on my side. I never read the Bible in the past, but
now God’s Word is a key part of my life. In the past, it was just me and my shadow. I felt alone, with no one to talk to. Now all that’s changed and my life is taking a turn for the better.

I want to thank all of you who pray, volunteer, and donate to the Holland Rescue Mission. I am so grateful because of your care and generosity. I join my many friends here at the Mission in wishing you and your family a happy Easter.

Marlon