Russell came to Union Gospel Mission six months ago. He had heard about the men’s recovery program from someone who had been in the program and was now serving as a missionary at Union Gospel Mission. That missionary’s life had been dramatically changed by Christ and Russell wanted the same for himself.
Russell had lived a violent life with
gangs in Winnipeg, but he no longer wanted that to be his life. He was tired of all the fighting and constantly looking over his shoulder. He was also tired of his addiction to drugs and alcohol with the damage that it was doing in his life. He had heard from his friend how the Lord worked through the men’s recovery program at UGM to set him free from the bondage to drugs and alcohol and the destructive life he was living. Russell joined the program, but was very restless at first. The life of paranoia that he lived in prison and on the streets was still plaguing him, which made him suspicious of everyone. After a few months, the peace of Christ began to enter into his life.
Today, Russell has nearly completed the recovery program and will soon be an intern at UGM. He has found the freedom and peace in the Lord Jesus Christ that he was looking for. Russell understands now what the Psalmist wrote where he says, “You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11.
May the Lord continue to walk with Russell down the path of life with the fullness of joy that only Jesus can provide that leads to Him. Only Jesus can provide the life that can fully overcome addiction. Praise God for setting the captive free!