I received an email from someone who shared her story and gave me the blessing to post it here. This comes from Angel Callahan in Elma, Washington, who has been clean since 11-02-2016. She would also like to add that if anyone is in need of a bed, she is part of a place called Set Free Ministries who have open beds for men and women. Contact either Pastor Mike Tallman or Mrs. Debbie Tallman at 360-310-0577 if you or someone you care about is in need of a place to begin their journey into recovery. Please take a minute to read this incredible story of recovery!
“I have been given the gift of complete freedom from drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, or any mind altering substance. This is a complete gift from God, because until I allowed Him to step in and take over I was an IV drug user and imprisoned by methamphetamines for over 19 years. I was homeless on the streets of Portland, Oregon, pushing a shopping cart, lost and living in complete hopelessness. During my addiction I have been to jail a few dozen times, I’ve been to Hooper Detox Center many times, secular treatment centers, emergency rooms on many occasions, and I have tried to commit suicide twice. I was in a losing battle with life or at least what I knew life to be, pain, torment, sadness, brokenness, hopelessness, and complete darkness. The whole time God had a different plan for my life and I just didn’t know it yet, but He was right there with His arms open wide waiting for me to jump right in and say “YES.”
On November 2, 2016, I went to Mountain Ministries 1-year discipleship program in Rainer, Oregon. My life was changed forever. The first few months at the Mountain I just cried my eyes out at church, in bible studies, in worship every day. This for me was a time of healing and God spoke to me at these times through His word, through people, through songs, and through situations. Up until this time I walked through life knowing that I was a broken person, and wondered how could I fix this when I don’t even know what it was that was broken. I couldn’t, so I just used more and drank more, masking the pain. I learned that I wasn’t meant to try and fix myself on my own that it was His job to do this, so I let Him. He only gives me what I can handle because He knows exactly what that is. He is my healer. He has taught me how to love myself. And He continues to teach me daily growing me into what He designed me to be. He gives me hope. The Mountain and Gary and Fay Miller gave me the safe place for God to heal me and grow me into the beautiful child of God that I am.
I am now currently a part of Set Free Ministries in Elma, Washington, and oversee the new woman’s house here. I can now be a part of what God wants to do in other women’s lives and give back what I have been given.
Thank you Jesus for the life you have given me. I love you and praise your mighty name and look forward to continuing to grow in relationship with you Lord.”