Salvation Stories

My Way Was a Dead End

How low can a man sink before he risks not just his life but his soul? How low can he sink to be beyond saving?

27th Annual “Just Pray NO!” to drugs Worldwide Weekend of Prayer and Fasting

The weekend of             April 22-23, 2017. To find help for addiction through prayer and Christian ministries log on to our web site.

What's a man to do?

When I hit rock bottom and ended up at the Salvation Army rehabilitation program, I had nothing left to lose.

Just getting out of jail. On probation versus 15 months in prison. Losing my apartment and everything I owned. Disowned by my family.Strung out on Heroin. Drinking heavily. Stealing and prostituting my girlfriend to support our daily habits.

I was heading for a crash landing. To continue would have put me in all the places that programs such as the Army’s say you will end up: jails, institutions or death.

I was helpless, hopeless and destitute. My stinking thinking had brought me this far down and I was out of ideas.

Waking up drunk from the night before, feeling the need for a fix and stomach grumbling from hunger, the only option was a quick walk to The Salvation Army for a free lunch.

The dope house was only a few blocks away and we were used to running out of money, dope and alcohol. A free lunch at the "Sally" was pretty much the norm.

Strolling arrogantly with the usual, strung out, drunk crowd, we had a good lunch and headed for the door. Walking past the wooden chairs in the wel-kept and clean lobby, I was suddenly pulled like metal to a magnet and sat down without another thought.

My friends looked curiously and asked. "What are you doing?"

Looking up, all I could say was "My life is a shambles and there's nothing any of you can do for me."

After making that statement, I felt the yoke of my burdens being lifted. That was the beginning of a journey and process that will forever change the way I think and the way I want to live.

At first I was confused and angry. Angry that I had to be in a rehab with other addicts and alcoholics. I thought I was different and didn't need to be there.

So began a journey of self discovery, reevaluation and trying "by the grace of God" to find a better way to live.

Confused, distrustful and full of fear, I had to learn how to stop, look, listen and follow directions. After all the years of running my own show and doing everything my way, it was difficult to look at myself and the world realistically understand “why me?”

That was the beginning of the end, and the beginning of a new and better way of living.

After six months at The Salvation Army and being in the hands of God, I was ready to do my part to change the people, places and things that inhabited my old kingdom. I knew I could accomplish this through prayer, meditation and seeking forgiveness of my sins. Now I thank the Lord for giving so freely of His amazing grace. Now I walk a golden road of unlimited devotion. I lift my hands high and praise God the Holy Ghost, knowing my Lord Jesus Christ gave His life for all the sins of the world.

Today I feel relieved of my burdens and blessed to be a part of Gods world, not mine.

Thank you Lord for holding The Salvation Army in your merciful hands and saving a wretch like me.

Jon Lohmann lives in Abilene, TX.

27th Annual “Just Pray NO!” to drugs Worldwide Weekend of Prayer and Fasting

The weekend of April 22-23, 2017 has been designated as the 27th Annual “Just Pray NO!” to drugs Worldwide Weekend of Prayer and Fasting. Since April 7th, 1991 “Just Pray NO!” has united Christians from around the world in intercessory prayer on behalf of the addicted and their families. 

 Make a formal commitment to join with believers in Christ from around the globe this coming April. Put on the full armor of God and fervently pray in spirit and in truth. We are seeking to enlist millions of prayer warriors from around the world to join us in battle!If you believe that God is calling you to intercede for the addicted please contact us. 

To find help for addiction through prayer and Christian ministries log on to our web site: http://justprayno.org. To learn how groups can participate in our annual prayer event, click on “Information on the Annual Worldwide Weekend of Prayer” or email: justprayno@aol.com

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