At Open Door Mission Frank found more than just a bed, he found staff that wanted the best for him and clients that were successful in overcoming addictions.
The first thing I noticed about Frank was his smile, it was full of joy. It spoke of an inner peace and contentment with life, something that Frank admits he didn’t always have. Frank grew up in a loving home here in Omaha with three sisters and one brother. His mother is a loving and godly woman who raised her children to respect others, accept responsibility for their actions and do what was right. Frank admits that by the time he reached high school, he was breaking promises he had made to his mother. In an effort belong to the “cool crowd,” Frank started drinking. By the time he graduated from school, he was drinking regularly in the evenings.
Frank was able to hold a good job until his occasional drinking became a breakfast and lunch time event. He started hopping from job to job, never admitting that his drinking was the cause. Alcohol became his “medication” against pain and hurt he didn’t want to face. His family, loving him unconditionally, tried to help him face his drinking addiction. He refused to see the truth, even when he was stealing from them to support his drinking. Once again, broken promises to himself, his son, his family and his mother.
Frank was never homeless on the streets because he lived in his mother’s basement; but he admits, she was ready to practice “tough love” and send him to the streets because of his drinking and behavior. Frank has seen several of his friends die from alcohol related deaths. He was ashamed, so tired and weary of the lifestyle he had chosen that he decided to go to Open Door Mission. He heard it was “a good place” and maybe he could just sleep until he was sober.
At Open Door Mission Frank found more than just a bed, he found staff that wanted the best for him and clients that were successful in overcoming addictions. He, also, discovered that he didn’t know the best plans for his life--God did. Frank has been at Open Door Mission for 12 months and sober for 9 months. He is no longer ashamed of himself; he is forgiven by God, his son, his family and his mother. He has learned not to be selfish and to completely trust God’s plan and promises for his life.
Frank enjoys worship and fellowship at Eagle’s Nest Church and feels blessed to have a mentor, an Open Door Mission volunteer, who helps him grow stronger in the Lord every day. He is no longer lost and ashamed. Frank keeps his promises to God and his family -- to stay sober and to tell others about his new life in Christ. He does this because God has kept His promise in John 3:16, Frank’s favorite verse. God’s promises are kept …and now, so are Frank’s.
Submitted by Maggie Cope
Open Door Mission Communications Coordinator