Erin came to us looking for a place to find hope from his drug and alcohol addiction while living homeless on the streets of Bowling Green. Over eight weeks ago Erin heard about Hope House from his friend Marcus*, another homeless man in the city who was doing some painting for us at Hope House. We've had a relationship with Marcus* for nearly four years and has been paralyzed by alcohol addiction for most of his adult life. Since our Program Living Ministry began, last December, we have been trying to get Marcus* to enter our program.
While together one day, Marcus* was telling Erin about Hope House Ministries and how we had been encouraging him to start our 12 Month Program Living Ministry. Marcus*, resistant to any type of recovery program, told Erin he would enter if they did it together. Sad to say, Marcus* was arrested days later, but Erin came to Hope House, on his own, to start the application process.
Erin's application was approved, but he was hit with the devastating news that it would be six weeks before a bed would come open for him. This crushed Erin because his drug and alcohol addiction was suffocating him.
On November 27, two weeks after Erin's application approval, our staff team was hit with shocking news that one of our current residents was dropping out of the program. Sadly, we were losing a resident who desperately needed this program, but it opened up a bed for a man whose heart was willing and ready to start the recovery journey! When we called Erin to let him know we had a bed come open he immediately began to weep. What we learned is, before we called him, he had just gotten off a several day high and he had been on the phone all day long trying to find a program that would get him in because he couldn't wait any longer for our open bed.
In the Lord's sovereignty, we had been ministering to one man (Marcus*) for four years hoping God would open his heart. Instead, God used Marcus'* continual disobedience to draw Erin to us, a man we didn't even know existed.
There are no coincidences; rather, there is only the sovereignty of God over all things, including our lives. This truth is what carries and comforts us each day at Hope House! Because without the sovereignty of God over all things where would we find our help from?
My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth." Psalms 121:2
Will you join us in praying for Erin? His heart is open and desires to see Jesus make all things new in his life. Erin's move in date was November 30 and has been with us for three weeks. He is doing great and has been such an encouragement to our other residents, Hope House staff and volunteers.
*Update: Erin graduated Program Living in November 2017, and he is now the full-time New Creations Manager at Hope House, where he works with current Program Living participants to teach them woodworking skills during their time in the program.