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As I sit down to write this piece, I am overwhelmed by our Lord’s power and the grace He has shown me throughout my life. Had someone told me 20 years ago that I would be blessed to lead a ministry helping others, I would not have believed them.

Even though I was brought up in a wonderful community with a family that attended church and worshipped God in our home, something was always missing for me. Oh sure, I went through the motions, I attended church regularly, but I really did not understand why people would get so emotional about things of God. And I certainly believed more in my self-will rather than leaving life-changing decisions up to Him.

What ended up happening because of that misguided belief was a life of sin devoid of good and a loneliness that can only be described as hopelessness. There were good moments, but for me, the demon of alcoholism and drug addiction would come to revisit me time and time again, just like the demon-possessed man in Luke 11:24. Finally, on April 19, 2007, I had a life-changing transformation and an experience that can only be described as divine intervention and God’s grace.

I had clarity in that moment, and with the help of the Holy Spirit I was shown that this is not what I had been created for. As I write this with a humbled heart, I am overjoyed that God has shown me grace and mercy and that I am here today with this opportunity to write to you.

Since that time, I have done my best to live as a decent Christian man and become a living testimony to the power of Jesus Christ. I started this walk as a clerk in a prison chapel, which led to getting a degree in Biblical Studies and then a certification in Substance Abuse, eventually becoming a counselor in the heart of Los Angeles’ Skid Row, where I have worked and ministered for the last 10 years. I know that time was our Father providing me with the experience I would need for this role at the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission.

During my time on Skid Row, I have seen the hand of God touch so many that the world considered hopeless, and I have watched as He led them back to a place where they could be self-sufficient and work for His glory. I am grateful to be bringing the experience, education, leadership, and counseling skills that I have been blessed with to this amazing organization. I hope to help grow our programs to reach as many people as possible and spread the word of God.

I look forward to meeting my brothers and sisters in Christ.

To God be the glory, David

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