Overcoming Addiction and Finding Purpose through Faith

Meet Harold, a man transformed by the power of Christ, now sharing his inspiring story of redemption and serving his community with hope and love.
May 10, 2023
Overcoming Addiction and Finding Purpose through Faith

Meet Harold, a man who has overcome addiction and found hope and purpose through Christ at the Modesto Gospel Mission. Today, he's a new man, sharing the word of God, working and serving his community. Let's celebrate his journey and his inspiring commitment to serve God and others. 

"As a child, I always felt like I was missing something. I was constantly trying to fit in where I didn't belong and ended up smoking weed for the first time at the age of five. By the time I was six, I started drinking. I was bullied in school, and my home life was sad because my parents were dealing with their own addictions. I found myself hanging out with the wrong crowd, and by the time I turned 18, I was using meth. Things only got worse when I started using heroin at the age of 23, which led me to overdose five times. I was trying to numb the pain inside me with drugs and alcohol, but I always believed in God.

One day, I attended The Rock Church with a friend, and I followed him here to the Mission. He has changed my identity and turned my life around in so many ways. Now, I take my time to preach the word of God and reach out to people at the bus depot, praying for them. Through the New Life Program, I got a job with Workforce Development, and I serve at the warehouse and receiving dock. A member of the church even gifted me a car. Today, I love myself, and I have a lot of people cheering me on.
The life I live now is very different from how I used to live, and I'm at a point where I can help my family, especially after the loss of my brother.  God has me right where I'm supposed to be, and I'm here to serve Him."