Mike showed up at Helping Up Mission as an Overnight Guest almost 12 years ago. This was a different place back then, but God met Mike where he was at that time.
He continued on as an Overnight Guest for about a month and never joined our 12-month Spiritual Recovery Program. But what happened to him here was real and never left him. He wrote about his experiece:
On November 19, 2001, the Lord took decision making out of my hands and I found myself at the Helping Up Mission. After 30 years of drug addiction, rehabs and relapses and perpetual homelessness, I remember feeling relieved. I was a bad husband, bad father, bad son and out of touch with all family and friends and was sure that I created some sins that were not yet in the books. I was falling hopelessly out of control and I landed in the arms of Jesus. So my stay at the Helping Up, from the first night and all nights to follow, was being upon, what I know now to be, Hallowed’ ground. Jesus leads me there still today, to give back a little of the magnitude of Blessings given me, and I always feel like I have come home.
It’s been almost 12 years and in his recovery process Mike has written three books. His first was From Junk to Jesus: In the Blink of an Eye (2006), then The Un-Holy Trinity, Me, Myself and I (2010) and finally From Junk to Jesus: Ponders, Passions and Poems (2010).
Today Mike runs In the Blink of an Eye Ministries (www.intheblinkofaneyeministries.com) dedicated to providing families care, comfort and solutions and hope through Christ, to all who suffer from addictions.
Happy for Mike and the multitudes he has touched over these 12 years – and the best is yet to come!
One Guy at a Time,
Pastor Gary Byers