• Gratefulness …by Jim Cole

    It’s always encouraging in the New Year to hear how Haven of Rest is impacting the lives of the resident men. I wanted to share a few words from one of the men , we’ll call him T, that wrote me after our annual Christmas party.

    “It was the first time in 5 years that I received an actual present from someone. I am very thankful for the gifts, food, and feeling the season in my heart for the first time in a long while, but I am blessed that I received the best gift anyone could ever receive; I’ve been saved…Christ’s blood shed for me. I don’t have any family left, and what friends I did have won’t come around anymore. But I always have One now.”

    “God is always with me…when I came here in April, on that day I spent my last $10 for gas to get me here instead of using it for drugs. When I look back on that day, it was like a dream. I didn’t know the outcome or have control. The only answer is God. I was very alone and a broken man. Only God can fix broken! There have been many hard days, then hard hours, and in those times, I have learned to turn to God!”

    “So I want to say ‘Thank You’ from the bottom of my heart to each and every staff member, employee, volunteer and the people who contribute to this place, and of course to God! He saved this worn out, broken man!.”

    Jim Cole
    Director of Men’s Division