A Community Ministry of Calvary Baptist Church
 

I found love and acceptance

I was an only child to parents who divorced when I was 10. I lived with my alcoholic father from then until I was 16 that led to many unsupervised hours hanging with the wrong crowd. I always knew my father loved me, even though he couldn’t say it. The only way he knew how to show his love was through enablement, constantly bailing me out of jail.

I became addicted to heroin at 13 and later on to meth, and spent the next 40 years chained to a life of drugs, motorcycle gangs, crime, prison time and broken relationships.

At 52 I found myself staring down the end of my 44 magnum all alone, broken, and ready to end this life of hopelessness and misery when God stepped in and steered me to a Christian rehab center which ultimately introduced me to Celebrate Recovery. After rehab was completed I returned home, found a local Celebrate Recovery where I found a forever family that loved me just like I was with no condemnation about my past. It was here that I learned the tools I needed to live a successful recovery. On Dec 15, 2018 I took my 13 yr CR sobriety chip. CR has become my passion, not only for my own recovery but also because I’ve witnessed so many of God’s miracles in countless lives.

Last year I was diagnosed with liver cancer and stage 4 end of life liver disease as a result of my 40 yrs of self destruction. On Father's Day 2018 I was given a new opportunity at life when I received the miracle of a liver transplant. I’ve seen God’s handiwork time and time again this past year, and while being called 5 times before the actual transplant was stressful, God gave me peace and calm to never doubt He was in control.

Today I’m living proof that God loves me and has a plan for my life. I get to serve locally in my CR and as a CR state rep for Georgia! I’m also the East Coast National Director for Broken Chains, the motorcycle arm of Celebrate Recovery. Only God could do that! My prayers are that many more will find healing and new life in Jesus Christ in 2019!

Thanks for letting me share. Mike