I was the middle child of seven, three older and three younger siblings. We were raised by good, Christian parents, and we were taught right from wrong early in life. For whatever reason, I was the only child to wander off the straight and narrow path, in which we were given to follow.
Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” I departed from my parents instructions for about 19 years, but I always knew “Who” I was to turn to when ready. I am so grateful now for the wisdom of my parents.
I was 22-years old when my addiction began. It carried me to a world I didn’t know existed. It landed me in numerous intensive care units. It showed me the inside of prison for over three years. But today, I except the fact that everything happened just like it was supposed to happen for me, so that I can be where I’m at today.
The last day I used chemicals was October 24, 1989. I spent four months at Bridges of Hope in Argyle, Georgia. God used a man, named George Sirmans, to help me understand and learn how to allow God to change me into what God wanted me to be. For the next 19 years, I was blessed beyond words in most everything I attempted. I was not problem-free, but Jesus always held my hand and carried me through the rough places.
In the spring of 2008, God gave me a vision. He revealed to me that He wanted a place in Baxley, Georgia, where someone seeking recovery could go 24-hours a day, 7-days a week and talk with someone in recovery, until the compulsion to use left. This was a path in which, I was not prepared.
At first I was not obedient. What He was asking was out of my comfort zone. However, He has a way of getting your attention. In October of 2008, I approached a man who attended church with me. I knew he had rental property, so I asked what was available. We came to an agreement on a house located on Jones Street. February 16, 2009, the first Recovery meeting was held in the Jones Street house. The meetings grew and in a little over a year, there was standing room only.
We moved to our next location October 30, 2010. We had the capacity to house approximately 24 men and 24 women. God used that place for his work until August of 2014. At that time we moved to our present location which we are purchasing that has 20 acres, a nice pond, and housing for 17 men and 8 women. The administration building also sits on this property.
It has been my blessing and I am honored to be able to be a part of what God is doing to help people with the disease of addiction. I am excited and anticipating what God is going to do next!