“After my brother committed suicide, I turned away from God completely. I wanted NO part of Him. But at Through The Gate, I was able to find comfort in God instead of needing someone to blame. I gave my life to Christ after I heard the gospel here and I received a peace and comfort that I never had in all of my 43 years of life. For the first time, I don’t have to look at my feet and I can hold my head up high.
Being able to come to a re-entry program before going back into society has been a huge blessing, I think it would have been too much right out of prison. I didn’t know what to expect, but when I first arrived at Through The Gate it felt just like home; it was warm, loving, safe, and welcoming. I couldn’t have asked for better and all my needs were met: hygiene, food, and regular clothes.
I always thought I had a disease I could never get rid of. I was used to saying “hi my name is __, im a meth addict”. But learning that addiction is a heart problem and that Jesus is able to change our hearts is a gift; something I never thought I would find. For the first time, I am hopeful for a real future. I don’t want to step back out into life without this firm foundation.
I look forward going out and doing as God has called, spreading the hope of the gospel and serving in His name. I want to eventually find a job, a home, and do it to glorify Him. He pulled me out of the dark, He found me on my knees, I would have nothing without Him. So whatever I do, I want to glorify Him in it.”