It’s Never Too Late

It’s Never Too Late

By the time Robert was 30 years old, drugs were a controlling factor in his life. His addiction had destroyed three marriages and robbed him of over 40 years of his life.

“When you consider all I’ve been through, it’s a wonder I’m still alive,” said Robert. “I accidentally hung myself
 at seven; at 14 my dad accidentally shot me while we 
were hunting; I’ve had two near drownings and one seriously bad car accident; all of that plus my struggle with addiction. I’ve been told many times by many different people that God had a plan for my life. I didn’t believe it for a long time. But today, at 63, I know He still has a plan for me.”

God opened a lot of doors for Robert following his graduation from the Mission’s Life Recovery Program in 2009. He found a good church home. He was on staff
 at the Mission for almost three years. It was also during that time Robert had another experience that changed the course of his life—he got married.

“I will never forget the day I saw this young lady who bore a startling resemblance to someone I dated 30 years earlier,” said Robert. “I knew it couldn’t be her, but without thinking I instinctively called out … ‘Deborah.’ She turned around with a puzzled look and said, ‘Deborah’s my mother, I’m Tia.’ I’m still stunned that God would work out details like this. Life doesn’t happen that way. Or at least I didn’t think so. But God had a plan, and He used this situation to reintroduce me to someone I loved long ago. After such a long time, I wondered if she would still have a place in her heart for me. We did reconnect and today, Deborah and I have been happily married for over six years.”

Robert found hope and healing in many areas
 of his life since that first day at the Mission. “At 55, I was finally able to let go of some trauma from my childhood because of lessons I learned while at the Mission … I was now able to cope and trust God to heal.” Robert has since reconnected with his father, grieved the loss of his mother, who had passed away in 2000, and is now able to minister to others who are in need of hope. For the past five years, he and his wife Deborah have been working with men and women who are incarcerated, offering them the same encouragement and hope he received at the Mission.

“Addiction took away my ability to cope and connect. At the Mission, I learned how to care about others. Instead of taking, I now want to give back. I am so thankful for my life today. None of this would have been possible without Nashville Rescue Mission and the people who faithfully support the ministry,” said Robert. “All I can say is thank you. Thank you for not giving up on me and showing me that it’s never too late to start over.”


With you help, Robert and others like him are finding out it’s never too late to have a new beginning. God’s hope and healing is for everyone, regardless of a person’s past or circumstances. Thank you for your generous support of this ministry.

Andrea Jaxson

Andrea Jaxson

I was blessed to attend Nashville Rescue Mission’s Hearts of Hope luncheon this past February. This event truly inspired me, and touched me personally in so many ways.

I lost my mom in January of this year. As I listened to Sandy, who had graduated from the Mission’s Life Recovery Program in 2002, share her story about how the Mission had rescued her from a life of addiction—I could not help but relate to her story.

My mom spent most of her life searching for answers, and she too turned to everything else except a relationship with Jesus Christ. I watched my mom just exist for many years and not really live. It is so hard to watch a loved one’s life being destroyed by the bondage of addiction. As Sandy spoke, I kept thinking to myself, “If it weren’t for Nashville Rescue Mission, her story could have ended in tragedy.”

As I have the opportunity to talk with men and women from around the country every night, I’m reminded that people from all walks of life are dealing with serious issues. Some are family issues or health issues, but many of them are deep issues of the heart. People are dealing with depression, loneliness, isolation, and simply a lack of hope. Often, these issues are what lead a person to turn to drugs and alcohol in an effort to numb the pain.

Nashville Rescue Mission provides the hope and healing that is needed to help those struggling with addiction. There is no doubt in my mind that if my mom would have reached out to a resource like the Mission, her life would have been much different. They are meeting a real life-saving need in the community and in the lives
 of individuals who need hope and a future. Thank you Nashville Rescue Mission, for being the hands and feet to so many in need.


 

Andrea Jaxson is the host of “Night LightTM with Andrea,” which airs in Nashville on 94 FM the FISH, weeknights from 7:00 p.m. – midnight (94.1 FM, 93.7 FM, & 104.9 FM). For over 17 years Andrea has been entertaining listeners and is recognized as one of the top talents in radio. She has been voted “On Air Personality of the Year” by Program Director.Net and “Radio Person of the Day” by Radio Daily News.