Running from God…(...continued from home page...)
Rodney’s path to the Lord has been full of detours.
He went to church and Sunday school growing up, but came to live here in Rochester when he was 18 with an uncle who was not a believer.
Rodney adopted his uncle’s “nonbelief.” During the next six years, he attended college, went into the service and worked for Kodak.
On the eve of his 24th birthday, Rodney was arrested for armed robbery. “That’s how messed up my head was,” he says. “I didn’t really need the money; I needed help. I realized I was running from God.”
Rodney regained his faith in jail and found his second chance at life. He earned his college degree, found a home church, and at age 38, he entered the ministry. But due to drug use and drinking, life continued on a rocky course.
By 2010, Rodney’s life was off the path again. “I lost my car, my house, my job and my wife.” Wanting to get his life back on track and be restored spiritually, Rodney finally found his way to the Mission and into our Christian Life Recovery Program.
“I was overjoyed from the first day I got here,” Rodney says. “I learned how much God loves me and realized that I could love Him back; then, I can love myself and others.”
“It’s a strict program – like a spiritual boot camp; we have to not just ‘talk the talk,’ but ‘walk the walk.’ Our goal here is to respond using the Word of God. I’ve seen it work for others, and it’s working for me! I’ve been restored spiritually – surely God has His hand on this program!”
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