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"I asked God to take my addiction away..."

"I asked God to take my addiction away..."


“On Thanksgiving night, I dropped to my knees. I asked God to take my addiction away because no matter what I did, I couldn’t stop.” 

“I woke up the next day thinking I was going to be sick from heroin – dope sick. But I wasn’t,” Robby recalls. “I figured the next day I’d get sick, but I didn’t. And I’ve never used since. God completely took the desire away from me, just like that!” 

Robby had been using heroin since age 16, and his life portrayed the typical characteristics of a substance abuser: Unemployment. Strained relationships. Homelessness. 

It was all of those things that finally drove him to the Allentown Rescue Mission, where he gave his life to God and is working to get back on his feet. 

“The Mission’s Christian Living Program helps you get in touch with Jesus in every aspect of your life so you can get back to regular, normal living,” Robby says. Then he joined our Clean Team, where participants work in the community as they learn valuable life skills and workplace ethics. 

“Now I’m in the routine of getting up at a certain time and going to work,” he says. He’s saving money for his own apartment and is looking forward to having a driver’s license for the first time in 10 years. 

“When you’re out on the street, it feels like you’re all alone and every day is a struggle,” Robby recalls. “Today, when I see people who need help, I point them to the Mission.”

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Help other men like Robby…

Robby’s story of hope and healing is inspiring. Our long-term Christian Living Program exists to help other men in the Lehigh Valley find healing. Will you help provide this help to others?