Rani Paxton said that her drug use was getting her nowhere. She went to a church for help and they referred her to the Gospel Rescue Mission. “I knew I was doing wrong and coming to the mission was the best thing that ever happened to me,” she said.
She gives the mission credit to helping her overcome her drug addiction “through God.” She has completed all the recovery programs at the mission and Central Baptist Church to include Celebrate Recovery and the mission’s Doorways of Hope.
Paxton has also completed drug and alcohol counseling at Green Country Behavioral Health Services and Women In Safe Homes for domestic violence.
She’s been clean for three months.
When she arrived at the mission she “received a wonderful reception and they helped me get my life back.” Staff at the mission taught her time management, social skills and helped her with her behavior and taught her about humility and gratitude.
Without the mission I would have been lost in my addiction. I never would have made it. There is a circle of good here.” She said she has lost everything but now there is a skip in her step.
Paxton said that the mission provides outpatient recovery program and the mission provides every resource for a path to recovery.
“This is the place for a second chance.”
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Dallas had been raised in the church and taught right from wrong. He knew the Scriptures and he had a great understanding of truth and grace. But once Meth became his idol, life changed.
Meth had reduced Dallas from a fun loving, good natured and hard working man to living in his car. For weeks he had lived in hotels and shoplifting to get anything that he might need. This lifestyle kept him moving between Oklahoma and Texas.
All of this movement kept his life from ever stabilizing and Dallas was simply waiting for everything in his life to come crashing down on him. Sitting in his car he thought, “Something needs to change.”
Now after better than three months at Gospel Rescue Mission, Dallas now has a mind that is clearing up from the nightmare that Meth had brought him. His mind is focused, he has no urges to go back to that lifestyle and he is learning job skills.
PRAYER REQUEST: Dallas is trying to quit smoking which for many people is the most difficult addiction to break.
Dallas credits GRITU the online courses at GRM that teach life skills and discipleship for the change in his life. Monday nights at Doorways of Hope helps engrain the lessons from the online course and he is growing stronger physically, mentally, spiritually and socially. At Doorways he hears testimonies of those who are recovering from addiction. He also gets to see the negative side at the mission when someone relapses. He realizes that is likely what he used to look like. It scares him toward sobriety.
Dallas spent time as an apprentice at GRM learning maintenance and custodial skills. If you are looking for a hard working and dedicated employee, Dallas is ready to serve.
Recently, Dallas was hired as a maintenance worker at a local hotel and is doing great, staying clean and is preparing for a full and complete life.
Thanks to your support our GRITU and Doorways of Hope programs are giving those who have had life altering addictions, like Dallas, a new start on life. Consider a three year pledge to GRM so that more lives can be restored.
Living at the Gospel Rescue Mission makes Terry Holland feel like he belongs to a family.
Holland and his wife had their own place and it took both of their salaries to pay for it. They got into an argument and she left, forcing him to move out.
When he moved into the mission he was at rock bottom and felt that the only he could go was up. “I’m a firm believer that God does everything for a reason and He wanted me here.”
Holland said he doesn’t know where he’d be without Jesus and now has a positive outlook on life.
He found a seasonal job working one to two days as a landscaper and he’s an apprentice at the mission for the men’s dorm.
Talking about his job, he said, “I feel like I’m part of something and have responsibility and get paid for doing this.”
Holland is taking the third installment of GritU that requires three 1,500-word essays. The current essay he’s working on is Godly relationships.
He plans on staying at the mission until he makes enough money to get his own place and hopes that he and his wife can get back together and get another place.
“I just really love these people here — they make me feel like I belong to something …”
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April, a Christian, came to the Gospel Rescue Mission two months ago “very down and out and had a hard time relating to God.”
Since arriving at the mission, GRM staff provided her spiritual counseling and advice.
“I’m re-establishing my faith in God and want to do better for myself,” she said.
She is enrolled in GritU, which teaches life skills, coming together with God and teaches you about God and work and other topics and skills.
Mission staff helped her with job skills training and job interviews. She was interviewed for a job on a Friday and was hired that next Monday. April is going to save her money for an apartment.
She heard about the mission while she was in the Muskogee County-City Jail. A fellow inmate told her about the mission. After her release she tried staying with her sister in Tulsa but that didn’t work out so she turned to the mission.
“I was very nervous and apprehensive but the people here were friendly and made me feel very welcome,” she said. “They helped me get my medication … and get my birth certificate.”
Mission staff also helped her obtain an Electronic Benefit Transfer that helps pay for her food.
“This place’s motto is, “Not a hand out, but a hand up” and I respect that.
April has been free from drugs for nine months but had the opportunity to use at one time but walked away from it.
If she wasn’t at the mission she would probably be on the street doing drugs, she said.
If it wasn’t for the staff at the mission she probably would not have stayed. One of the reasons she didn’t leave is that the staff “listens to you when you want to talk.”
As to how the mission has improved her self-esteem, she said,
“This place makes me feel like I can reach and grab the stars.”
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When you imagine Christmas dinner in your home I am sure that you imagine a great Christmas ham or turkey with all of the fixings.
But for Daniel the meal he had last Christmas was Ramen noodles with a side of loneliness, regret and hunger (serious hunger).
Having spent most of his life trying to flee the memories from childhood abuse and neglect Daniel joined a wandering tribe of renaissance players that came to Muskogee.
Daniel learned from these men and women how to survive on very little and how to love very much. The travels were filled with adventures and short moments of terror as they often slept in places not meant for human habitation. Daniel’s travels could fill a tour guide of the southeastern portion of the nation. Florida, Mississippi and Alabama were all stopping points where the troop could earn a living. In Biloxi, Mississippi Daniel had a heart attack and was in the hospital when the troop needed to move onto the next show. Daniel was alone as Christmas approached.
After the hospital released him on December 23 he found a hotel room and used the last of his money to purchase Christmas presents for the children of some friends. He had just enough left over to buy some Ramen noodles. He invited his friends to come and spend Christmas with him. The friends brought presents for each other that they allowed Daniel to open so that he would not feel left out. They meant the gesture to help him feel a part of the family, but instead it made him feel even more alone.
Loneliness drove Daniel to attempt suicide. His last attempt was to step in front of a semi truck that swerved to miss him. Having survived he returned to GRM where he had stayed before. He knew that there they would help resurrect the hope he desperately needed as well as a roof over his head, three meals a day and an opportunity to reconnect with God.
With three nourishing meals each day, safe shelter and constant encouragement from Scriptures and mentors, Daniel is well on his way to recovery.
A gift today will help more men and women like Daniel have a second chance in life -– and it can all start with a hot meal and safe shelter at The Gospel Rescue Mission this Christmas.