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John's Restoration: A Story You Made Possible

JohnMy name is John, and my life was transformed at The Bowery Mission.

I used to believe I could drink and still function. It was a lie I wanted to believe badly. The truth? I started drinking every day: when I had a bad day at work, a good day at work, people, things… I was just too proud to admit alcohol had control over me.

Eventually, my addiction caught up with me. I got sent to jail. And I lost my job of 31 years. I realized my alcoholism was going to kill me. I wanted to be around for my family, but I couldn’t quit on my own.

At The Bowery Mission I humbled myself. I met with Godly counselors, read the Bible, and went to chapel every day. I also helped with tasks that keep the Mission running – including teaching math to the men recovering here. I got rid of that pride that was blinding me.

Most important, I surrendered to the Lord. I learned that I need His help more than anything. Now I know in my heart He has healed me.

I had been through other programs before The Bowery Mission. But this time, I know it has ended.

Today, I am totally at peace. I just graduated from the Mission’s program, and the next thing for me is getting my old job back. They agreed to give me an interview!

I am so blessed.


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