I Will Go Wherever God leads Me—Jimmy’s Story


“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” - Philippians 4:13

“I ruined all of the family relationships I had in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. I have had an alcohol addic­tion for more than 40 years and I have been homeless for a while. I have felt so alone for so long.

“I’ve been divorced for more than 15 years, so it’s not my wife who does not want me around or does not want to talk to me. That relationship died a long time ago. My daughter passed away in 2012 so that rela­tionship is gone too.

“It’s my son, my only living child, who does not want to talk to me and does not want to see me because of all of the promises I have broken. We simply don’t talk to each other … and that hurts.

“The blessings I’ve received while living at WCRM have changed everything.”  “I now feel like I am part of something and that I belong because God has a purpose for my life. David Rutledge and I have had some really great conversations since I arrived here in January 2015. He is a man I can talk with about God’s purpose for me and the reason I am alive and here at WCRM.

“I am currently involved in Bible study classes that have helped me – and continue to help me – overcome my alcohol addiction through my belief and faith in Jesus Christ. Some of the instructors are Will Cunningham, Dr. Bob Chuprevich, Nelson Walden, Brad Galbraith, Howard Peace, and David Rutledge. The studies and teaching help me focus on my walk with Jesus.

“It’s been 6 months and I have no desire for alcohol. I am so grateful that God removed that desire from my life. It’s so amazing to me! The old desires are disappearing because I am a new creation in Christ. The old has gone; the new has come!

“I will be here for six more months and I am on a journey with Jesus. I will go where God leads me. I know that if I were to try to do any of this on my own -- without Jesus -- I would fail miser­ably. I have given my life to God and I look forward to see the plans for my life unfold in His time. I feel positive and expectant about my life and my future.”

David Rutledge says, “One of the things that most impressed me about Jimmy was his eagerness to come to the program. Due to some court issues, it took almost 2 months from the time he was accepted until he could get here. Jimmy stayed sober the entire time and called me at least once and usually two times per week to let me know he was so­ber and wanted to come to the program. I have seen a lot of men come through this program and Jimmy has more of a heart to seek Jesus in his life than most of the others. Jimmy is one of those guys who is a joy to work with because he is very teach­able and just wants more of Christ in his life.”

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