Stories of Hope

Stories of Hope2017-10-24T23:38:09-05:00

Stories of
Hope

Markita is filled with Easter hope

“I’ve been running for way too long.” Markita grew up in a Christian home; her mother was a minister. But after being sexually assaulted in high school, she lost sight of God – and suppressed her feelings of anguish and shame. She moved on with her life, earning two college degrees and starting a family. But when her 14-year marriage began to crumble, the distress of her past came rushing back, and she turned to [...]

Because of you… “My story has a new beginning!”

“God wants me to start over, and I’m willing.” Sarah started experimenting with drugs at age 19, because her peers exhibited a confidence she longed for. “I lost my self-esteem and was drawn to people who were using,” she says. Sadly, her misguided choices destroyed what she loved most and filled her heart with guilt and shame. She dropped out of college and began waitressing to support her addiction. Soon she met a man whose [...]

Angel Wants to Thank You

“I didn’t want nobody telling me nothing about God.” Angel blamed God for his little boy’s death. The baby was only 15 days old when he passed away, shattering Angel’s dream of raising a son. After that tragic loss, “I didn’t want nobody telling me nothing about God,” he says. Longing to leave his grief behind, he came to Bridgeport to build a new life. But his sorrow only followed. He began drinking to numb [...]

Jon-Erik’s Challenge: Surrendering to the Lord

Things were looking very bright for me and I threw it all away,” says JonErik, a resident in our New Life Program. After two years of sobriety, he was studying to become a substance abuse counselor and working as an intern in a ministry like ours. “I was doing counseling and running the kitchen and I loved it,” he says. But when the internship ended and he began a full-time job, the money, he believes, [...]