May 2019 Newsletter
“Search me and know my heart, test me and know my anxious thoughts, see if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” Psalm 139:23-24
Below is a testimony from one of our male mentorees:
“I had a tragic life-changing moment in mid-July of 2018 when my wife of almost 40 years discovered that I had been engaged in unspeakably and unhealthy behaviors over the course of my life beginning at a very young age, culminating in addictions to alcohol and sex. I acted outside of our marriage over most of our 40 years and had developed a debilitating dependency with alcohol. Her discovery of my selfish, self-centered, and arrogant behavior was traumatizing and devastating. My wife and children were in total shock and I was in a complete life tailspin. The trauma and pain I caused were too much to bear. I had no hope; I was all alone, and I thought I had lost them.
I entered treatment very soon after the discovery. From the moment I went into treatment, Paul Green of The Salvage Yard was by my side. He flew down to drive me to the treatment center and told me to call him whenever I could. As soon as I had enough phone time from the treatment center, I began calling Paul and spoke to him almost every day since - at least once a day for nine months. He never faltered, he was always there for me and I will be forever in his debt.
Paul prayed with me, listened to countless hours of incredibly emotion filled calls with tears and sobbing pleas, and true to Paul’s heart he offered constant encouragement “you haven’t done anything worse than what others have done”, “God loves you no matter what”, and “stand firm” (one of his favorites). I completely lost my footing in life by letting Satan in, my almost 40-year marriage to the woman loved so dearly was on the brink of ruin and I had shattered the image my grown children had of me. Paul was an emotional and spiritual rock for me during what I can only describe as a nightmare. Paul’s own background with addiction and training were invaluable.
The Salvage Yard’s mission of restoring lives through a deepening relationship with Christ and their love was shown to me over and over and over during these last nine months. In addition to Paul’s extensive dedication and support, Tarra was always available for prayer. Today, I have been clean and sober from both addictions, I know my identity is in Christ, I have a rock to stand on in my faith. I know I have a long journey ahead of me, I also know that if weren’t for the work of the Holy Spirit and this ministry I would not be where I am today, our marriage would not be where it is and my family would not be where it is.
Easter Sunday our entire family was together in our new home to celebrate the resurrection of our Savior. For me it symbolized a resurrected life and lord willing resurrected marriage. I can’t thank the Salvage Yard, Paul and Tarra enough for their tireless, Christ-centered work. May God continue to bless their work richly.
The above verse is one of my favorites during recovery as it helped me to opening my heart to the Lord and reflecting on His direction for me into eternity.”
I trust this testimony from one of our mentorees has blessed you.
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Paul and Tarra Green