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CFD: Olympia Union Gospel Mission: How did a $1.75 change the lives of Toni, Matt, Jerome, Henry, Peggy, Jennifer, and Mike?

They all came for their first time to the Olympia Union Gospel Mission for a meal. They each heard a teaching from the Bible and prayers being said before meals.  They each began to seek help from the staff for their addictions. They each declared that they wanted to change their life;  they needed God, and they needed help from the Mission to begin that journey.

Henry was no different …
“You’re looking good Henry, really good.” That’s what my friends on the street tell me now when they see me. But then they’ve seen me pretty sloshed. I’ve had 133 days without alcohol—sober days—and it’s been good.

I came to Olympia from Arkansas and lived on the streets for about ten months drinking and sleeping anywhere I found a spot to lie down. From others on the street, I learned about the Olympia Union Gospel Mission and began coming here for meals. I appreciated the meals and eventually started volunteering by cleaning up the tables and then serving coffee.

I overheard a couple of the men talking about a guy who had left the Mission’s addiction recovery program. At that moment I wondered if the Lord wanted me to join. One of the guys turned to me and said, “You ought to join the Mission’s program, it would do you good.” That was the confirmation I needed.

Since entering the program, the Lord has been turning my life around. I’ve been learning a lot about patience, but even more I’ve needed to learn about trust and understand that God knows best and His timing is the best. I like myself better now, and so do others. Like I say, God’s been turning me around.

A meal costs just a $1.75 and a man’s life was changed. Supporters of the Combined Fund Drive have a powerful weapon like a simple meal to make a difference. Join our many current CFDers who are committed to making an impact in this community!  Be a life changer and donate today.

I am very thankful for where I am – I’m right were God wants me to be. He reassures me in Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”


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