Who knows how many generations of men in my family were raised just like me? My father was an alcoholic who always pushed me away and never showed me any love – just like his father treated him.
I was desperate for my dad’s approval. All I wanted was for him to say, “You’re doing great! You’re such a good kid!” He never did, and it affects me to this day.
I started drinking at 12 and later using drugs. I got married and started a family at 25, but I couldn’t cope with the stresses of life. Then I turned to more dangerous substances and it was all downhill from there.
A couple of years ago, my wife started pushing me away, demanding I quit or leave the home. But her pushing me away only triggered all the fear and resentment I felt with my father. I couldn’t quit.
Last year, I actually overdosed and almost died. It really scared me, and it made me realize how I was hurting my kids. Two days later, I joined the program at the Bay Area Rescue Mission.
“I owe my new life, wherever it takes me, to caring people like you.”
The first Bible verse I read at the Rescue Mission was Deuteronomy 31:8: “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
When I learned that God would never push me away, and never abandon or reject me, I gave my entire life to Him. I’ve been here six months and my faith is growing. I learned to forgive my dad and give my worries to God. I call on Him every day.
Today, I still have a long way to go, but my wife and I are talking again and my kids are so proud of me. I owe my new life, wherever it takes me, to caring people like you who support the Rescue Mission. I hope you continue supporting the Rescue Mission, because it really does make a difference for people like me.
Victor has hope this holiday season – and he wants to thank YOU for supporting his journey toward a new life.
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