At the Lydia House, Mikaela found God’s Word permeating her mind. She considers herself to be a brand new baby Christian, yet, she knows that she has a long way to go but knows she can make it if she allows God to have His way in her life.
As a child, Mikaela grew up in a very loving home. At age 11, she was introduced to drugs by a relative and, yet, managed to live a somewhat “normal” life during her school years. After graduating from high school, her life spiraled out of control. She was hanging out with drug users and dealers and soon found herself as an inmate in the county jail. Following court ordered drug rehabilitation, she remained sober for four years.
In 2010, things spun out of control, and Mikaela found herself turning to drugs. Her mother realized she had to demonstrate tough love to get Mikaela’s attention. Mikaela was no longer allowed to stay at her mother’s home and, as a result, found herself walking and sleeping on the streets for six weeks. In spite of all this, Mikaela managed to hold two jobs while homeless, but used that money to feed her addictions.
While on the streets Mikaela came to the conclusion that things had to change. She knew all about rehab, but felt something was missing from the program she had gone through years earlier.
At this point, Mikaela remembered hearing about Open Door Mission’s Lydia House and its Bible-based New Life Recovery Program. In need of help, she made the tough decision to give custody of her two year old son to her mother. Mikaela checked herself in at the Lydia House and enrolled in the New Life Recovery Program.
There she soon found God’s Word permeating her mind through the classes she attended. In November 2011, she accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior. Mikaela considers herself to be a brand new baby Christian and knows she is in the right place for growth to occur. She realizes that she has a long way to go but knows she can make it by allowing God to have His way in her life.
Mikaela hopes to regain custody of her son in April and pursue a nursing degree. Her goal is to conquer her addiction and be gainfully employed so she can provide herself and her son a brighter future. Mikaela’s prayer is to truly find the heart of God, get to know her “real” self, and keep growing in every part of her life. Will you join us in praying for Mikaela?
Submitted by Celeste Norman
Open Door Mission
Heartland Hands Coordinator