Stories of Change
"At Harvest Home we were hearing that we were special, that we mattered and that we had a future. We were reminded that God really does love us."
Transformation is not an easy process. It doesn’t happen over night; it takes time. Sifting through years of regrets, fears, and failures, all while working toward “putting on a new self in Christ” is difficult. Rick admits with open honesty, “I’m getting there, but I’ve got a long way to go.”
After witnessing a tragedy while working as a firefighter, Rick’s outlook on life started to change. The tragedy he had seen started to take a toll on his work and after ten years with the fire department he decided to leave. He went on to find a good job in construction, but on one unfortunate day he fell and broke his wrist.
The doctor prescribed pain killers for his injury, and he soon became addicted. His addiction would lead to harder drugs. “I don’t think I was ever going to quit.” But he knew if he did not quit, the addiction would overcome him.? Unable to find a rehab facility where Rick lived, his friend came across Haven of Rest on the Internet.
When Rick arrived at Haven of Rest seeking the help he needed, he was surprised by what he experienced. “This is an awesome place. I walked in these doors and had more people help me than I ever thought I would. I have people I can talk to and not feel judged. I am so blessed to have a wardrobe I’d never be able to afford. I eat three or four times a day. Haven of Rest saved my life in more ways than one.”
Through the transformation process Rick found encouragement in the words of Chaplain’s Assistant Jason Hubbard, “Quit beating yourself up. You didn’t get this way overnight, and you’re not going to change overnight.”
As Rick continues on his journey of faith he is learning to let go of the past and embrace his ‘new self in Christ.’ “And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him’ (Colossians 3:10 KJV). This is the man I’m striving to be,” states Rick. Please continue to pray for Rick as he continues his transformation.