hank’s story

"I survived being shot and stabbed, prison twice, multiple car and motorcycle wrecks, and nine rehabs.”

 
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Path of Destruction
”I just wanted to run from reality. I didn't want to deal with people and I didn't want to deal with myself. Every day I asked God to let it be my last”

 
 

"I survived being shot and stabbed, prison twice, multiple car and motorcycle wrecks, and nine rehabs. Some people say that we serve a God of second chances. He gave me a lot more than that."

When most nine year old boys are trying out for Little League, Hank was burying the pain of being assaulted by a stranger by turning to drugs and alcohol.

"After that, for most of my life, I just wanted to run from reality. I didn't want to deal with people and I didn't want to deal with myself. Every day I asked God to let it be my last."

Eventually Hank was so tired of living he came up with a plan to end his life...to end all the pain and suffering. He contacted the police and when they arrived at his house, he pointed a fake gun at them. Hank was shot in the face. But it wasn't his time to go. With no where to turn after surviving that ordeal, he ended up at Valley Rescue Mission.

"I was homeless, hopeless, and broke. But not long after I arrived at the shelter an opening came up for the recovery program. A bell went off for me and I knew that was where I needed to be."

Bible study and praying became a part of Hank's daily routine. He read the Bible not once but many times cover to cover. Everything started to fall in to place for him. He began to understand God's grace, mercy, and purpose for his life. After graduating from the program, Hank was appointed as a Servant Leader at the Men's shelter.

"I believe the Lord led me here. Once I lived in the shelter. Today I hold the keys to the shelter to serve and lead men to Jesus Christ."