Hi! I am Jim.  I'm 72 years old and was a banker most of my life.  I was Newsmaker of the Year in one of the major states in this country.  I was even the commencement speaker at the Big University in that state.  Boy the world was my oyster, and you know what?  I forgot about JESUS.  I went to church, paid into the collection, but I did not pay any attention to what was being preached to me, I just did not hear.  Well I was divorced, my children stated they never got to know me as I traveled so much, and my wife got the 6000 square foot house and all of my retirement income.

Boy was I taken down!!  I started to cash bad checks.  One was for a new car.  I was caught and sent to prison.  For the lack of anything better to do I started to read the Bible.  Then one day something within me said, "Jesus is your friend, talk with Him."  I did, and started to find Peace of Mind.  I read about Hope House and wrote them a letter asking if I could come to them when I got out of prison.  They said yes.  Hope House has given me back so much of my self respect.

The supporters of Hope House have been very helpful to all of us here.  They help us in so many ways with the contributions of time, clothes, Bible study, food and even funds.  It all helps so much.  That's why we all say...WE LOVE OUR SUPPORTERS!!!

  


 

My name is Andy Boss.  I am 20 years old, and I guess if I had to compare my present situation to someone, it would have to be either the prodigal son (Luke 13:11-32) or Jonah (Jonah 1-4).  Basically, I have always known that God is in control of my life but, like Jonah, simply couldn't bring myself to trust His will for me.  I had grown up all my life in the church, but chose not to give God the reins.  I thought that I was strong enough, responsible enough, and mature enough to do it myself.  In doing so, I hurt and betrayed many people that loved and cared about me.

Well, God let me do things on my own for a while, and eventually I found myself in that authority-free situation many young people find themselves in:  college.  Similar to the prodigal son, I wasted my substance on ritous living, turning my back on the things that my family had taught me from a very young age.  Eventually, God stepped in.

On November 10th, at 4 in the morning, I was arrested, and ended up spending the next 32 days in the Leon County Jail.  For the first time I found my life completely out of my control.  It was there that I decided to make the life-changing decision to let Christ take over what I had messed up so successfully.  Like I heard someone say once, it's hard to trust God with everything until you have no one else in which to trust.  That was definitely the case in my life.

Eventually I was released from jail.  That proved to be the most amazing example of trusting God, seeing as how I was in a different state, where I knew no one, and had nowhere to go.  I set out walking from the jail, and was starting to panic because I knew that the homeless shelters were beginning to close their doors for the night.  I remembered reading I Thessalonians 5:18, which states that in all things I should thank God.  I thought it sounded kind of hard to do at the time, but did it anyway, and asked Him to put something or someone in my path.  No sooner had I finished my prayer while walking down the street, when I saw a sign that said 'Jesus Loves You.'  I really had no idea what the place was all about, and went to the door intending to ask for a ride to the nearest shelter, or even just a prayer.  What I found was a Christian house for men and nowhere else to turn.

Thankfully, the Lord got my attention, and I have no doubt in my mind that I am now where he intends for me to be.  I thank Him for seeing fit to save me from my life of sin, I thank Danny Heaberlin, director of the Hope House, for opening the door to me, and I thank all of you who so generously contribute both your money, as well as your prayers.  I pray that God blesses you abundantly, and that you can trust Him with everything before He has to get your attention.  Because He loves you and He doesn't mess around!

 


Jeff Anderson - Not long ago I got out of the Navy under a medical discharge.  My family didn't want me back home, and I had no place to go.  I knew Mr. Heaberlin when he had the Rescue Mission at 510 West Tennessee Street, and I heard he had opened another mission called the Hope House.  I called, and spoke with him.  He told me there was one open bed, and I have been there for about four months now.

I have rededicated my life to the Lord, and have gotten a job with a construction company.  I praise the Lord for giving me another chance, and thank Him for places like the Hope House.  I have saved enough money to buy a cheap car, and will be going to Atlanta, GA with the construction company I now work for.

Many times I think about where I would be if it wasn't for the Hope House.  I pray the Hope House, and all who make it possible.


 


Hi, my name is John Lloyd.  For the past 10 years I have been fighting a battle with drugs.  I was on my way to Alabama when my car broke down.  It was an old car, and wasn't worth fixing.  I was trying to get a ride to I-10 hoping to hike to Alabama late one evening when I saw a sign that said Jesus Loves You.  It was almost dark, and not knowing what to do I walked up to the house.  It was called Hope House. 

I was invited in, and introduced to a Mr. Heaberlin who told me all about the Hope House and asked me if I would like to stay.  I wasn't sure at first, but stayed anyway.  I sure am glad I did.  I received three meals every day, and worked.  The Hope House was like a heaven on earth to me.  I could go on and on about the many things I have learned, but the most important thing is that I really truly met Jesus and know I have a home in Heaven.

So far I haven't done any drugs for 3 1/2 months.  Please pray for me.  I was told that the Hope House is kept open with financial gifts, and food donations from people in and around the city.  I thank God for all of you.