Richard came into the men’s recovery program at UGM a year ago. At that time he was very nervous about the program and whether or not he would be able to overcome his addiction to crystal meth. Over the next three months he would come into my chaplain’s office and was considering leaving the program. He was having a difficult time overcoming the temptations to use again and he was not used to feeling emotions from painful memories he had. But after sticking with the program for about six months, he started to get used to the new way of living at UGM.
One day, Richard came to my office and said
that he was ready to surrender everything to the Lord. He was experiencing peace that he never had before and he wanted to have that peace with him for the rest of his life. His attitude had completely changed and he was a different person. Instead of being angry and paranoid all the time, he was at peace and a pleasant person to be around. Richard said the story of Nicodemus and the conversation Jesus had with him in John chapter three helped him to see that what he was experiencing was being born again in Christ Jesus.
Today Richard is an intern at Union Gospel Mission and seeks to help serve at the Mission in any way he can. He is so happy to be living a life without chaos and danger. He loves the acceptance he has at the Mission and most of all, from Jesus. May more people who struggle with addictions find the same peace and joy in Jesus when they come to UGM that Richard has found.