A Story of Life Transformation
A year ago, Scott had a terrible realization: He had burned all his bridges.
Now he was living under one.
It was Christmas Eve and bitterly cold as he huddled inside in his sleeping bag and watched snowflakes drifting down. There would be no uplifting Christmas music, or hot chocolate by the fireside. Meals, if he could get one, were likely to come right out of dumpsters.
“It was incredibly lonely,” he says. “I was in total despair.”
A few days earlier, he had spoken with his father who told him he’d rather not have Scott come home for the family Christmas gathering. Scott understood why his father felt that way. Years of drug abuse on Scott’s part had eroded trust and created a toxic environment of grief and anger in his family. Worst of all for Scott, he would not be seeing his young son, whose birthday came two days after Christmas.
“I felt such same and guilt,” he says. “I knew there had to be something better than this.”
It would be a few more months, however, before Scott found himself at the doors of John 3:16 Mission.
“I didn’t know what to expect. I was mortified, but I was out of choices and sick and tired of the streets,” he says. “I’ll never forget the Mission’s night supervisor. He came up to me and said,
‘No matter who you are, you’re not alone. Seek God. He’s got your back.’”
That night in the Mission’s chapel service, Scott stepped out in faith for the first time in his life and placed his trust in Christ.
“As soon as I prayed those words, I felt this tremendous release and relief and all this guilt and shame just lifted off me. At that moment, I knew my life would be changing,” Scott recalls.
Scott was welcomed into the Mission’s long-term, residential recovery program for homeless men. Today, he is excelling as he enters the final phases of his recovery at John 3:16. He is getting a job and starting to plan his life after he leaves the Mission in the new year.
“For the first time, I’m really setting and achieving goals. I’m not afraid of my future anymore. I know that with God in my life, I will be the man I want to be for my son and the rest of my family.”
This past Christmas wasn’t anything like the last one. Scott spent it with his family and his 8-year-old son. Instead of freezing under a bridge, he was rebuilding bridges with his loved ones.
He is grateful to you, too, for helping him in his recovery!
“You (the donors) made it possible for me to turn my life around. And not only for me, but for so many others who come to John 3:16 Mission. Here, they get connected with Christ, and that is the greatest gift of all. I know it was for me.”
Scott’s Favorite Scripture
Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. (Hebrews 13:1-2)