Ryan grew up being involved in church, but he was also being involved with alcohol as a teen. He told us, "Nothing good ever happened to me while I was under the influence of alcohol. I lost jobs, lost meaningful relationships and I also hurt family and good friends." He's been in and out of programs and detox for the past ten years. Then he decided to come to the Springfield Rescue Mission...
… “Over the last ten years I’ve been in and out of detox and rehab programs. I would go in with good intentions and do well for a little while but never had any long term sobriety. I did the whole A.A. thing. It would work for a while, and then I would slowly drift away from it and think ‘I got this’, and try doing it my own way again.
“So this time, I decided to come to the Springfield Rescue Mission. Maybe God is what’s missing in my life. I’ve always said I believe in God, but that means nothing if you have not turned your will and your life over to Him; which is what I did since I have been here at the Mission. I am still very early into my recovery, and I am satisfied with the way things are going at this point.
“So now, I would like to thank everybody here at the Springfield Rescue Mission from Mr. Willoughby to the people that donate. Each and every one of you helped me in one way or another. Now I am looking forward to the start of the next step of my journey here, as my relationship with Jesus Christ continues to grow.”
Ryan ended with a favorite verse from Psalm 32:8 - “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with my eye."