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Nicholas’s Story

Nicholas Ruiz, a guest at the Gospel Rescue Mission, says that a family is not always blood related.

 

Ruiz said that a family are people who want you to do good in your life and then support you.

“It’s who you surround yourself with — positive people, which results in positive action.”

 

He said his first plan was to keep doing the programs offered at the mission and learn more about God. “I’m learning a new thought process,” he said. “They saved me here and brought me back to life.’

 

Ruiz said that before he changed his life that people were afraid of him. “Now I talk to them and give them guidance and are able to connect with them.”

 

He said that he would always be a part of the mission.

For many that come to visit us at GRM loneliness is their greatest poverty.  Help us help others like Nicholas to find a new family and a new life.

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Dallas’s Story

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.

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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.