Finding Joy this Christmas

Devin grew up in a loving Christian home. His father was a minister, right here at Memphis Union Mission. He enjoyed being involved with the church and attending youth groups and bible quizzes.

After high school, Devin started hanging out with a new crowd and at bars. He enjoyed doing activities outside of the church, and at first, it was fascinating. Over time, the casual social drink developed into full dependency on alcohol. He tried to be sober, but it never stuck. He struggled to understand why he couldn’t kick the addiction. It was a dark time, and detoxing was too big of a burden.

At one point he became so ill from alcoholism he had to be taken to the emergency room. His sister asked him to seek help from Memphis Union Mission. Weak and hurting, Devin promised he would join the recovery program and give it 100% effort.

Nervous and unsure upon arrival to the mission, Devin focused on the verse Matthew 11:28-29: “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” The Lord responded by keeping his worries at bay and providing mentors who guided him to successful jobs in the Mission. He is now working in logistics and is a RA in the dorms.

Devin says he has found what real joy is. “It only comes from God, and that is the only way for me to stay sober.” He enjoys his daily devotionals and commits to them every day. Devin’s personal relationship with Jesus is now stronger than ever as he focuses on staying obedient and staying fully committed.

Today, Devin is saving money to buy his own home and start a family. He is proud of Memphis and wants to bring God’s love to its residents. He is passionate about the Mission and thankful for you! It is your donations that allowed him to reconnect with his faith. Devin would like to tell you, “Thank you for caring about Memphis Union Mission. There are many places asking for donations and you cared about people like me, and I can’t thank you enough.” #memphisunionmission#memphis#memphis901#901#faith901#thankful

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