Happy Birthday, David!

Happy Birthday, David Hillman!

The first Friday of each month we celebrate the birthdays of the residents in our Foundations program. And our friend, Stormy, made another delicious birthday cake for everyone to enjoy!

July 2013

This month we get to celebrate with David! David came to The Hope Center in August of 2012 in search of help following the separation from his wife and dealing with the deaths of people very close to him. He was also struggling with the loss of his business due to the recession and his drinking habit.

July 2013 2

David was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in the suburbs. He was raised by very supportive and loving parents. David was married with three children and once owned & operated a residential construction company for 20 years.

But unfortunately things seemed to fall apart for David. And he ended up searching for something he wasn’t sure he ever had.

David recalls having “many religious experiences” in his life but he couldn’t say for sure if he was ever truly saved. Like many Americans, David had questions about the Bible and was even a bit antagonistic at the beginning of his program here.

Now, almost a year later, David says that the classes in the Foundations Life Recovery program at The Hope Center have given him a solid, Biblical foundation and he knows without a doubt that he is a child of God!

David says, “God is changing me from the inside out.  I see how all the aspects of this program have helped me, and I want the other men in the program to have the same experience.”

As his graduation from the program draws close, David is preparing himself to re-enter the workforce and begin a new life. He is praying for work and for God’s guidance for the future.

Please remember to pray for David as he finishes his time at The Hope Center. God has worked in his heart and David is a testimony to the other men in the program about how God can change a life.

Thank you for praying for & supporting this ministry. It’s for men like David that this program exists. And with your faithful support, we’re able to give David and many other guys the opportunity to meet God and change their lives!

Happy Birthday, Kevin!!

Join us in wishing Kevin a happy birthday!

The first Friday of each month is birthday celebration day at The Hope Center. In May, we were able to celebrate Kevin. And our good friend, Stormy, baked another delicious cake for the party!

Kevin Sothern 3

Kevin arrived at The Hope Center at the beginning of August, 2012.  He came to Hagerstown after previously being at the Central Union Mission in Washington, D.C.

Kevin says, “I was spiritually bankrupt and severely lost my way in all directions in my walk with God.  I stopped everything: no Bible study, no church, no prayer.  I stopped my involvement with prison ministry.  No communion with God at all.”

Kevin joined our Foundations program and promised God that he would finish the program and would let God have control of his life.

Kevin Southern 1

The Foundations program at The Hope Center is a 13-month life recovery program where the residents learn to break the destructive addictions and habits that Satan was using to destroy their lives. While in the Foundations program, the guys faithfully study the Word of God and grow closer to Him in their recovery. They are able to get their lives back on track spiritually, physically and emotionally and are able to mend many broken relationships from their dark past.

Kevin is excited about the future and plans on graduating in early Fall of 2013.

Kevin says, “God has revitalized my spirit and renewed my spiritual drive to do His work, whatever He has for me.”

In addition to the classes that he’s a part of in the Foundation program, Kevin is a cook’s assistant in Food Services and also works in the check-in office in The Hope Center.

Please remember to pray for Kevin and all of the other guys who are trying to get their lives back on track and live the life that God designed them to live. It’s not an easy road to recovery but with the prayers of faithful supporters like you, guys like Kevin have a chance to become both spiritually and physically reborn!

We want to thank you for supporting this ministry of rescue at The Hope Center. From prayer support, to financial support, to volunteer support and in-kind donations (food, gently used clothing, shoes, furniture, etc), you are truly helping to change lives for God and bring hope to so many who are lost and alone. Thank you for caring & sharing with those in need!

If you’d like to volunteer or give to The Hope Center, please call 301.739.1165, email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net or give online at www.hagerstownrescue.org.