Marquis’ Soul Was Fed After One Meal at LVRM

By age 13, I was already drinking alcohol and selling drugs. I quit school my senior year and was a dad by 20. Tragedy struck in 2000 when my baby son died. I was devastated and angry at God for taking him. I had a rocky relationship and had to take anger management classes due to domestic abuse. One night, I missed my class, and had to go to jail for six months.

When I got out of jail, I had no heart, no soul, no feelings; I was a ticking time bomb. Drugs and alcohol still haunted me, and I had nothing. One day, I walked to the Las Vegas Rescue Mission and stood in the food line. A guy in line changed my life; I guess he could tell I was in a dark place and asked if I was in LVRM’s recovery program. I said no, so he told me to find Tim, a staff person at LVRM. When I found Tim, he asked if I had lost all power and control of my life. I must have hesitated, so he said, “If you don’t know if you need the program, you need it.”

I worked in the LVRM kitchen, and graduated the program in one year, and now I have a job and my own place. God brought me to the Rescue Mission for a reason, and I am blessed He didn’t give up on me. If you want to change your life and become a better person, the Mission is the place for you.

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