battling addiction for more than 30 years, John was lived under a
bridge in Kansas City. A divorce after ten years of marriage was the
John recounts, " I gave up on God and I gave up on
myself. I took to heavy drinking and drugging to end the pain in my
life. I was basically killing myself."
John's journey with the
debilitating effects of alcoholism began early in life. His mother was
chronically sick and his dad was gone in the military, so he and his
brother were raised by his grandparents. Despite his grandparent's
efforts, John got his first taste of beer and partying at the tender age
Years later when his wife left him, he gave up
responsibility. John sold off his landscaping equipment, left his
business, and lived on the streets. At first he felt free with no
responsibility, but he felt horribly degraded as he panhandled his way
to the next drink. His health got worse, John was in and out of jail and
the hospital on public intoxication. Living on the streets was no
picnic. Shot at, beat up, left for dead John cried to God for help.
dear friend generously bought John a bus ticket to Casper in 2015,
where John had an opportunity. But John's problems followed him. Wanting
to get out of Casper to escape the new trouble he found, the bus broke
down and the next day it was snowed in. John found his way to Wyoming
Rescue Mission, just blocks away, a warm refuge from winter's fury.
about the Discipleship Recover Program, John enrolled. He was desperate
to make a change. His first time in a Christ centered recovery program,
he found life fulfillment. "I go to all the classes and study the
Bible, and the desire to drink and use drugs is gone! I am grateful for
the compassion of our staff and counselors who are guiding my recovery.
With people like that who are truly on fire for the Lord, and with the
Lord's help, I can't go wrong."
Through this one precious life,
God restores and defines purpose for those homeless at Wyoming Rescue
Mission. When a guest comes through our doors, broken and hopeless, they
are greeted with love, respect and kindness that instill the value that
we see in them as creations of God. We understand that an effort to
instill value prepares the soil where seeds of hope can be planted and
Restoring Lives, Defining Purpose is about the hope of a
second chance, opportunity newly realized. Someone's son, daughter, or
grandchild restored from isolated hopelessness to meaningful purpose.