Another Chance for Lasting Change…Part 1

May 26, 2016  |     |   General

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord.  “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  –Jeremiah 29:11

     When Eric saw these words written on the walls of Open Door Mission’s dining room, he literally said aloud, “Really?”  As he re-thought his life, it was undeniable that God did have a plan for him.  It was there in that dining room that Eric told the Lord, “Let’s go with Your way because my way has only lead to ground zero.”  He hasn’t looked back since.
     Eric grew up in Philadelphia, with a mother and an absent, abusive father.  As soon as he graduated high school, Eric joined the Military.  There he served for six years, working in Artillery with the big cannons.  This was a valuable experience, and Eric says it was a mistake to leave so early on.
     “The Military taught me a lot about getting along with people, about other races.  There’s only one color in the Army—green…It was also my first experience learning that there are good and bad people everywhere, no matter what country and what race.”
     After returning home to Pennsylvania, Eric soon moved to Omaha to visit a friend.  Although Eric was taking care of his responsibilities, he began drinking more and more.  That was when Eric received his first DUI, then his second a couple of years later.

Read the rest of Eric’s story tomorrow…

Beatrice Jones
Marketing Coordinator