Special from the Adams Rescue Mission
By Lex McMillan
He came to the Adams Rescue Mission in the spring of 2019 as the world was closing down from Covid. His gratitude is evident. Reflecting on the events that led him to the Mission, he quietly says, “I don’t know where I’d be without it.”
He grew up in Adams County, one of seven children. His parents divorced when he was 16. In the same year, he married his high school sweetheart. They both worked and finished high school, but that marriage ended after four years. A few years later, he married again and was gainfully employed. His second marriage lasted for 24 years.
For the next ten years, he lived with his father who had had a stroke. He provided essential support for his ailing father and continued to be gainfully employed. He stayed with his father until he died. Nothing in his story would lead one to think he would one day come to the Rescue Mission, but after his father’s death, he began to drink more heavily. Although he doesn’t consider himself an alcoholic, he knew his drinking was an escape from pain.
In late 2018, he was cited for DUI twice within 12 hours. The second DUI resulted from a small, bad decision that would be comical if the consequences were not so severe. He had been at a local bar and was involved in a minor scrape with another vehicle as he left the bar. A police officer followed him to his apartment, took him to the station for a blood test and cited him, warning him not drive again till the next day. Later that night, unable to sleep, he walked up the street to move his van to its usual parking place. The same police officer was nearby and cited him again, taking him into custody. He was sentenced to 90-days in jail and a year’s probation. He had no prior record. When he got out, he had no job and no place to live. Like so many others, he came to the Mission because he didn’t have any place else to go.
He quickly became a hard-working member of the Mission family and is now helping manage the warehouse. He takes pride in his work and is growing in his faith. For the first time in his life, he’s reading the Bible seriously. He attends regular chapels at the Mission and goes to a nearby church every Saturday evening. He feels that he’s making progress and that God is working in his life. “I would do anything for the Mission,” he says. As his third anniversary at the Mission approaches, he’s not sure what the future holds for him, but he’s confident that he is now in God’s hands.
The Adams Rescue Mission exists to proclaim the passion of Jesus toward the hungry, homeless, abused, and addicted; to accelerate recovery and restoration to the least, last, lonely, and lost. Lex McMillan is an ARM board member.
To support the Mission: http://www.adamsrescuemission.org/donate-now.