A New Way of Life
“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
– Philippians 4:13
“That verse is my favorite Bible passage because I know Jesus can take everything bad that’s happened in my life and turn it into good,” says Jerome, 47, a former men’s shelter resident. “Jesus Christ is the only one who can transform my life.”
Jerome has endured a lifetime of hardship. For 11 years as a child, the destructive abuse he suffered from his stepfather left him with severe mental illness, and he’s been in and out of jails and psychiatric units throughout his adult life. He’s been on several psychotropic drugs to control his illness, but he says the side effects were worse than the illness.
“There were times I thought I was going to die,” he says. “For the past 15 years, I’ve been on Prolixin, which is supposed to help manage paranoia and other schizophrenic symptoms. But for me, it just bypassed all my sense of reality.”
He’s rarely worked because he’s been on disability since the age of 25. Loneliness has haunted him his entire life. “But I’ve always had a good friend in Jesus,” he says. “I know that. God has always been there looking after me through other people.”
After his latest release from jail, Jerome had nowhere to go. He wanted to start over somewhere safe, so he came to Kokomo Rescue Mission, where he hoped he could learn to stand on his own two feet and take responsibility for his life without drugs, through the healing power of Jesus Christ.
“I believe Jesus can set me free from this slavery to drugs and mental illness,” he says. “At KRM, I was surrounded by people who love God and who held me accountable. I have a spiritual family that is supporting me. I feel better about myself today than I ever have.”
To friends like you who support KRM, Jerome says, “Thank you for helping me grow closer to God, and helping me learn a new way of life and how to live the way Christ wants me to live.”
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