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Hunter: Fifty for Fifty

Hunter: Fifty Stories for Fifty Years

I was an opiate addict for thirteen years and an IV heroin user for four of those years. I was caught up in the cycle of addiction and thought I’d never get out of it. For twelve of those years, I was a functioning addict.

The year before I arrived at The Foundry, I lost all hope for life and became a full-time addict. I couldn’t see a way out, and my only focus was on getting high.

I was trying to fill a void that only God could fill.

I was on the verge of sleeping in the streets with nothing to my name. In addition to this, I had felony charges across the state of Alabama. It was time to change.

When I got to The Foundry, it immediately felt like home to me. I thought, “this is where I’m supposed to be.” I dug into everything they had to offer. That void in my life was starting to be filled as I surrendered myself fully to the Lord. The weight was off.

I took advantage of Pastor Mark Winslet’s teaching in discipleship, my Freedom Group, and the Genesis Process. I developed an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ and began walking in freedom and victory every day. I got real with myself and found healing from the internal wounds that drove me to use in the first place.

Leaving The Foundry, I went to the Change Lives Christian Center, and God started to move. He opened up doors that allowed me to buy a car debt-free and move into my own place, furnishing it completely.

I now work as a truck driver at The Foundry, helping the participants find the same hope and freedom that I did. I try to help them open up to find the root cause of their addiction because that was critical for me. I want to spread what God has done in my life and that it is possible to recover, no matter how far you have gone. His mercies are new every morning. He has a plan for every participant. He has plans to prosper them, not to harm them, plans for a hope and a future. I’m a living testament to that.


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