LIVES TRANSFORMED

A family restored

Years before coming into the program, Billy and Christy had a relationship, and she ended up pregnant (she also had a child from a previous marriage). They married, but true to Billy’s old nature, he would leave Christy for periods of time, using drugs and cheating on her. Christy was desperate and took up using drugs and drinking (she stopped while she was pregnant) to keep Billy home. At one point, Billy and Christy were both arrested for meth use and their children were taken away.

This was a defining moment for Christy. She wanted to get a handle on her life. She got off drugs, got her children back and started going to school full-time at South Puget Sound Community College to become a medical assistant. She realized her co-dependency to Billy was destroying her life and she needed to stop – she turned to God for help.

Billy hit rock bottom and ended up on the streets, homeless and penniless. He started going to the Mission for breakfast and Bible studies. Soon Billy got into the recovery program, while Christy started going to church. Both began to focus on God.

When Jesus entered Billy’s life through the program, he became a changed man. His heart was filled with a peace and love that he had never experienced before. “God has given me a love for people and a desire to be kind to them, something I would not have cared about before I gave my life to Christ.”

Billy and Christy have renewed their marriage vows and their family has been restored. They are keeping their eyes on Christ as He transforms them and leads them step-by-step. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Interviewed by Donna Morse, volunteer