“My plan for the future is just to trust God.”
Mac grew up without knowing his father. “My stepdad came into my life at a young age. He was a blessing, a provider and good man, but it didn’t stop me from wondering about my real father.”
Looking to fill the void in his life, Mac turned to drugs. “I just wanted to feel something,” he says. “It escalated pretty quickly and along with that came a lot of trouble.”
In and out of prison several times, Mac couldn’t escape the stronghold of addiction. The turning point came when his first child was born in 2018, and Mac decided he didn’t want his own son growing up without a father.
“I was in jail and I realized I was nowhere near the person I needed to be… the best father I could be for my child. That was the lowest point of my life. Immediately upon getting out, I checked myself into the Mission.”
“Before I came to the Mission, I was hopeful that I could find a place to help me be the person God designed me to be.”
Though Mac was nervous about entering the Men’s Recovery Program, he immediately felt welcomed and loved. “As cordial and not judgmental as they were, I knew in my heart I was in the right place.”
In our care, Mac fully surrendered his life to God… learning how to trust and obey His Word. The Bible studies and classes strengthened his faith, and every day he grows stronger. “This place is run by grace and forgiveness… something I’ve been looking for my whole life.”
Mac divides his time between riding on the truck with a driver, picking up donations for our Bargain Center, and working in our thrift shop. The support system of friends and staff he has made during his time here has given him courage and confidence as he works to become the best man and father he can be.
“I’m thankful to the Mission because they show so much grace… they showed me how to love and be loved.”