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A year of blessings As the year comes to a close, I ask: What are you grateful for? I am grateful for the amazing provision of the Lord Jesus for the Mission this past year. Our prayer for the Mission is for the Holy Spirit to put us on the hearts and minds of our…

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Daniel is sober, newly married, 5 years after graduation

Growing up, Daniel’s father traveled a lot for work, which contributed to his parents’ divorce. Daniel’s mother remarried when he was 7 and he didn’t have a relationship with his biological father for several years. But in junior high school, after getting into a fist fight, his mother sent him to live with his father.…

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Sarah finds God, stability, healing at women’s program

After years of using drugs and living on the streets, Sarah is grateful for the safety and stability of the women’s Life Recovery Program. “I love that there’s a routine,” she said. “I love that there’s structure. I know when I have to get up and go to bed. I know when meals are…I didn’t…

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Jerome yearns to end cycle of drugs and homelessness

When Jerome was young, he and his best friend made a pact-no drugs. “My best friend’s dad was heavily into selling and manufacturing drugs,” Jerome said. “We said we would never touch it because we saw the damage it did.” So at 16, when Jerome started going to parties, he stuck to drinking. Even so,…

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After losing everything, Trisha forges a new path

But after the deaths of both her parents, the unexpected death of her husband of 28 years, losing their home and everything they owned and having both her young sons removed from her care, Trisha found herself going off the path. “After losing everything-my husband and kids-I spiraled really hard,” she said. “I took the…

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Director’s Note

Before we even begin, we want to say thank you for all of the holiday support-we know we will be overflowing with the blessings God will bring us. We are moved every year by the response of the High Desert community. Last year we were able to provide Thanksgiving meals for more than 800 of…

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CLAUDIA HAS SPENT YEARS ON THE STREETS SINCE THE END OF HER ABUSIVE MARRIAGE

After 20 years and four children together, Claudia’s marriage ended in divorce. Her family, who Claudia describes as “very religious,” did not approve of the marriage dissolution. And while it was her husband who filed, Claudia had been working up the courage to leave after years of abuse. “I was living with a very violent…

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JOHNATHON APPRECIATES SUPPORT, BROTHERHOOD, AT THE MISSION

With a good job in the autobody industry, Johnathon and his high school girlfriend decided to have a baby when he was just 18. He went on to start a career painting aircraft, where he traveled the country painting new models for Boeing. Johnathon loved his work, but the shifts were long, often 14 or…

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In John 5:6, Jesus asked the man, who “had been an invalid for 38 years,” a question: “Do you want to be healed?” I find it intriguing that Jesus asked him that. Of course he wanted to be healed, he was at the pool where many “invalids” lie hoping for this outcome. But he had…

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Sean is being ‘patient with the process’ as he anticipates reuniting with family

When Sean entered the Life Recovery Program, he was in the midst of continuing his family’s legacy of alcoholism. He was exposed to drinking at a very young age, and had seen his dad die from cirrhosis of the liver due to alcohol abuse. “I had hit rock bottom-I lost my job, my family,” Sean…

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STEPHEN SHARES STORY TO HELP OTHERS IN NEED, INSPIRE SUPPORTERS

When Stephen looks back at his childhood, growing up with his parents and three older brothers in Covina, there are a lot of foggy memories. Stephen had a heart attack in 2016 and it’s affected his memory. “I died on the table (for a while),” he said. “So I don’t remember some things well. I…

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Director’s Note

When we opened the Women’s Emergency Shelter in November 2021, we celebrated and had immediate success stories of healing and restoration. However, we quickly realized one of the major gaps of service in Victor Valley. The women who were calling our office for assistance, and many of the ladies entering the shelter, had things to…

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