The year 2017 was a tough year for Jamie. His alcoholism had taken over once again and he found himself living on the streets of Winnipeg. Then, to make matters even worse, while he was on the street he found out that his 11 year old son had died. This news was too much for him and he fell deeper into depression and alcoholism. Jamie found the pain of losing his son so unbearable that he tried to stay drunk in an attempt to numb the pain.
By the end of 2017, Jamie knew that he could not continue to live on the street in an almost constant drunken state. He also knew that he needed help to not only overcome his alcoholism, but do deal with the overwhelming grief that he was feeling. Jamie had spent time in the men’s recovery program at Union Gospel Mission before and he knew that going back into the program at UGM was what he needed to do now.
Jamie came back to UGM just before Christmas of 2017 and he has been finding more and more of the peace he was looking for in Jesus. He has found the story of how King David handled the loss of his son in 2 Samuel chapter 12, to be helpful in moving forward with the loss of his own son. Jamie has also found the community of brothers in Christ that he has at UGM to be very encouraging for him. He is also finding in his grief that Jesus is fulfilling the promise He made in Matthew 5:4, to comfort those who mourn. May the Lord continue to comfort and heal Jamie and bring glory to His Name by bringing people like Jamie from the bondage of addiction into the freedom of His salvation.