From Hard Times to Hope
Alan is one of the most enthusiastic people you might ever meet.
Ask him to pull onions from the garden on a hot day, plow a field, plant seeds or drive a tractor and the answer you’re like to get is a happy, “Yeah, boy! Let’s do it!” bellowed out in his deep, southern Mississippi drawl. Alan, you might say, has the Joy of the Lord in his heart. But it wasn’t always that way.
When he first came to John 3:16 Mission in the cold days of January, it was on the back of yet another depressing job loss.
“I was working the third shift at my job – a temp job – and I got laid off,” he says. “I was able to find work, but they always ended with layoffs instead of a permanent position.”
Knocked on his heels by the layoff and with no family in Tulsa, Alan was at a loss of what to do. He also had been using meth (an illegal stimulant) to get him through is late shifts. With money running out, Alan ended up in the streets. Hungry, he heard there was a place called John 3:16 Mission that served up really good, hot food.
“What attracted me was the food,” says Alan,
“But the Christian based recovery is why I stayed.”
Alan stayed overnight at the shelter for two weeks last winter and during that time some men in the recovery program told him his life could change if he also committed himself to the program.