House of Hope Women and Their Testimonies

Leesa's Story

 

In 2013, I found myself homeless and struggling with substance abuse. My life had become completely unmanageable: I wanted instant gratification but, truth to tell, my life had become a living hell. I had lost my family’s trust. And I couldn’t blame them for mistrusting me, since my addictions led to stealing and drug-dealing. I was in and out of Greene County Jail.

 

In 2014, I knew in my heart that things had to change; so, in June of that year, I contacted the House of Hope and became a resident. I stayed for about a month, but I had not yet learned to give control of my life over to the Lord; I was still into self-gratification, so I turned my back on my children and returned to my old habits. And I found myself back on the streets, becoming destructive once more. This carried on for some months, but I know now that the Lord had a plan for me. He was not willing to give up on me, like I had given up on myself. Instead, the Lord worked through Ms. Ann, who brought me back into the fold.

 

In October 2014, I returned to the House of Hope and, this time, I was willing to do whatever it took to be freed of my addictions. Since returning to the House of Hope, I have completed eight months of sobriety; the Lord is helping me rebuild my relationships with my children; and I have worked at my current job for six months now. All of this is really changing my life.

 

I don’t know what the Lord has in store for me, yet I am so grateful that I’m in His will (Jeremiah 29.11 seems so real in my life right now). I thank the Lord that he has brought me through so much. With the Lord, the House of Hope, and the Northside Assembly family in my corner, I know that I can “fight the good fight.” It’s a blessing.

In Gratitude...

The Renewed Treasures Ministries would like to thank the following contributors to our website. David J. Eslick Photography provided many splendid images presented here. Brett Franklin of Quality Trim and Sign designed our handsome web banner. James S. Baumlin of Research Consultants of the Ozarks helped with the text. Jann Baker designed [and maintains] our site. To these gracious givers, we add our thanks to the pastor and congregation of Northside Assembly of God.