When Joseph first came to the Jimmie Hale Mission in December, he was a broke and disillusioned man. “I was physically and spiritually bankrupt,” he shared with us. The first fifty years of his life was marked by mistakes and Joseph spent a good deal of time in jail. “But it was God that led me to the Mission,” he said.
Since coming to the Mission, Joe’s life has made a complete 180 degree change. “I wanted a radical change in my life and now the Lord, through the Mission, has given me an outlook on life I never thought I would have,” Joseph said.
It’s not easy going through the rigorous schedule of classes, counseling, work therapy, and other demands of the Mission’s program, but Joe knew the Lord was using these devices to guide him to a new life.
Since coming to the Mission’s Shepura Men’s Center, Joe’s learned two things that he specifically wanted to share with everyone: that while God disciplines, He is loving and gracious, and provides restoration; and that because he now trusts in the Lord, he has peace with God and the peace of God.
A Total 180
Joe also made major strides in his professional life as well. As part of his work in the Stewart Learning Center on campus, he was introduces to a program called WorkFaith Birmingham. There, Joe gained additional skills to help him re-enter the workforce.
Then, while at WorkFaith Birmingham, Joe was introduced to the Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church car ministry. This outreach program helps those in need secure viable, personal transportation.
This program can take some time to come to fruition, “but I knew God was watching out for me,” Joe shared. So Joe filled out the application and within two weeks was approved!
Joe is so thankful to now have a full-time job, a car, to be sober, and living life with Christ!