From Model Citizen to Fateful Felon…

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At the RU Recovery Ministry headquarters in Rockford, Illinois we receive testimonies of people living a victorious life in the mail from people all over the world. Recently, this story was sent to us and we wanted to share it with you…

Model Citizen

I had a good life. A steady job of 32 years that I retired from. Married for 33 years. I served in my community on several non-profit organizations. I did wheelchair ramping for disabled vets and worked with the local food banks. So needless to say, to everyone on the outside I looked and played the part of a premium upright citizen.

In 1973, I was saved as a teenager. I was a good athlete and ended up with a scholarship. But soon after that, the injuries occurred. Little did I know that my supposed need for painkillers would be the downfall of my “perfect” life.


As the years went by and I had surgeries to repair the injuries, I progressed in my use of Vicodin and then alcohol. When my prescriptions ran out, I went to cocaine. I was a merely a human being with no feeling and/or ambition to do anything at all. The only thing I did was stay on the internet and that soon led to porn. I began looking at child pornography and even though I deleted it, the FBI came after me a few months later.

It was my belief that all the “good” that I had done in my life was going to get me to Heaven, but after the arrest, I wondered if all that would change. According to this world, I was not forgiven and that even a 10-year sentence would not erase the wrong I had done to society.

Victorious Life

Now that I have been in the RU class, I found that the Bible says our works do nothing for us—and that the only way to Heaven is through Jesus Christ! Until I believed that, I had no hope, and without hope, the desire to live dies, in more ways than one. I am now living a victorious life!

I have no other words than to praise the Lord for His tender mercies, on which I rely on each and every day!

Are YOU searching for this same HOPE? Please contact us today at 866.733.6768 or Click Here and let us share the saving and the transforming power of Jesus Christ with you!