Glen had his involvement with drugs begin in high school with recreational use of the infamous gateway drug marijuana. It wasn’t long before he began to use other drugs and found himself deeply bound by chains of addiction. Sadly, addiction wasn’t something new for Glen or his family. Generation after generation on his father’s side of the family had struggled with addiction. Glen believes that through his testimony and recovery, he is breaking the curse of addiction in his family.
It took Glen several years and several tries to overcome the deeply rooted bondage of addiction in his life. Last year at this time, he was homeless- living on the streets, in garages, under bridges, and behind dumpsters. He felt the Lord tugging on his heart and since he had been to Reconciliation Outreach in the past, he knew he would find open arms. When he looked back on his life, Glen noticed a pattern. When he was close to the Lord, he would prosper, and when he stepped out of the Lord’s covering, his life would quickly crumble. Knowing this and desiring to serve, Glen decided to enter the MIP (Ministry Intern Program), thus making an additional 2-year commitment. He now knows for certain that he can’t survive without the Lord. “I have had less and I have had more than I have now, but I know my true calling is here (at Reconciliation Outreach) because the Lord has given me a testimony that can help others.”
Since entering the program, Glenn has also begun to see his relationships reconciled. He has 2 children, 10 grand-children, and 1 great-grand-child. Although, he missed out on their childhood, he was recently able to attend his grand-daughter and grand-son’s high school graduation and is learning how to have a relationship with his family again. He has faith that the Lord will restore all the things that he lost during his years of addiction, especially his family. Tony offers advice to those in difficult situations. “No matter what your circumstances, take the time to get to know God and be honest with yourself.”