Category: Stories of Hope

One Wednesday morning in 2019, Tim no longer wanted to live. “I got up on May 1 and even though I knew the Lord, I just couldn’t face another day,” he says. As he planned to kill himself, the Lord spoke to his heart….

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“If ‘Jesus Loves the Little Children,’ why not me?” young Connie wondered. From the age of 8, she was molested by her sadistic oldest brother, a teenager who idolized the occult and “did all he could to turn me away from God.”

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Washington had great hopes for a better life. After seven years alone in an Ohio senior living facility, “The Lord put it in my mind to start a new life for myself in maintenance again.” He blindsided his family when he bought a bus ticket to Virginia.

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Elizabeth practiced criminal law for 23 years. For too long she defended the worst of criminals to support her children and her abusive husband.

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“My life wasn’t what I wanted it to be, but my grandma was always there for me. When she was sick and she’d put me back in the foster care system, she made me a promise….”

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Sam will be the first to admit it: he was a “knucklehead” for too many of his 64 years.

“We lived a good life” in Lincoln Park in Portsmouth, Va. His parents both worked two jobs, sometimes three, and refused to take welfare.

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“Some men came to my door. I thought it was solicitors. They said, ‘We just bought your house this morning.’ They put signs on my door and told me I had to leave the house.”

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“Things are really starting to look up. The Mission has helped me find myself. It’s helped me find God. It’s made me whole.  I’ve never felt that way before. It’s an amazing feeling.”

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“I’m so grateful that there’s a place that makes me feel safe, [with] food to eat; nourishing for our minds, bodies and spirits. I couldn’t ask for a better place to stay at this season of my life. I’m totally grateful!”

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“You help people here and that’s what I want to do. A lot of homeless people come into where I work and I find myself buying them lunch. I’m a better person than I was.”

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