Ron struggled his entire life. His home life was far from Leave it to Beaver. To be quite honest, it was something no child should have to endure. Ron learned at an early age to numb the pain with alcohol and drugs, and his anger led him to a life of either running or fighting.
Over the years, Ron came to the Mission several times. The chaos of his life was overwhelming. At the Mission, he experienced a sanctuary where he could take refuge from the turmoil of his life.
Ron entered the Mission’s New Life Program several times over the years, but never finished it. Every time he was challenged to deal with the pain of his past, he would become very anxious and end up running away.
What kept Ron coming back was that he knew he was loved and cared for at the Mission and people were speaking the truth to him, in a world where he was used to believing lies about himself.
“I knew the New Life Program was here to teach me God’s truth, and I needed healing.”
The program offered Ron the opportunity to learn more about God as the Good Father who loved him unconditionally. So much that He came to earth in the person of Jesus Christ to pay the price for his sins and set him free to live a new life.
While there was still the temptation to run and avoid the pain, this time Ron was committed to staying and receiving the fullness of the life changing gospel that was offered to him.
Ron learned in the program how to give all the pains of the past to God, how to forgive, and how to move forward to live a new life.
This summer, Ron graduated the New Life Program. He is now working, going to church, and encouraging others to find freedom in Christ.
Ron’s favorite verse is Galatians 2:20:
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
Thank you for supporting the Salina Rescue Mission. Because of your support, Ron has found freedom from addictions, the pains of his past, and is moving forward in Christ.