“Now I know that I’m loved and have been forgiven.”
Lisa felt alone. She was raised by a single mom and was too scared to tell anyone her older brother was abusing her. When she tried drugs and alcohol at age 16, it brought relief.
She says, “I dated a boy who introduced me to pills, marijuana and alcohol. I felt better and thought, this is what I’ve been looking for – a way not to feel this pain.”
Lisa spent years struggling with addiction. One day, she realized, “I don’t have a home. I haven’t been able to hold down a job. I have no children. I’m running out of time. I’m tired. I don’t want to keep doing this.”
Then she heard about Holland Rescue Mission and decided to enter our Gateway Program to rebuild her life.
At the Mission, Lisa gave her heart to Christ and found the support she needs to stay clean and sober. “I spent so much time running from God. But now I’m trying not just to listen and read the Word, but to apply it to my life. God is really pushing me to do things that are uncomfortable but good for me.”
Lisa learned about managing her finances and other life skills through daily classes. She plans to go back to college and get her degree so she can pursue a career at a local Christian radio station.
“I feel like I’m at the edge of something really significant… like God’s just waiting for me to jump in.”
She also found an unexpected source of encouragement in her newfound faith – her mom. “We’re kind of in the same place as far as learning how to walk with God. It’s really cool to be able to share our experiences and what we’re seeing God do in our lives.” Thanks to the support of friends like you, Lisa is on the path to a better life – one filled with God’s grace and purpose. “It’s humbling to go to a homeless shelter. But coming here and hearing the women’s stories, I realize we’re all lost. It really can happen to anybody for any reason. Now I feel like I see the world differently, more through God’s eyes. I have hope.”