A Weary Heart Rejoices

nl_story_page_img_002-msm-david_mccleary.jpgDavid was a hard-working, responsible accountant. A loyal husband, married 16 years. A proud father of two beautiful children. A church-going man. He loved his life. 

Then tragedy struck… 

“I had a heart attack at 34 years old and had a metal stent put in my heart,” he says. “They started me on Percocet and I fell in love with it.” 

David had never done drugs before. He didn’t drink either, so he had no way of knowing that the Percocet would consume his life for the next six years. “I became lazy and didn’t want to go to work. I spiraled down,” he says. 

David tried several rehabs but knew that it was only the Lord who could truly heal his soul. So when he learned about the Mission’s Christ-centered Life Change Program, he decided it was for him. 

Since entering the program, David has grown stronger in the Lord. “I read my Bible every night, and that’s helped me understand God a little more, and get closer to Him,” he says. 

David has been clean for three months now, and his wife and children are supportive and proud of his progress. “I’ve made a full 180-degree turn. I’m facing a different direction,” he says. “This program changes people and helps them walk a narrow path of faith.” 

David plans to graduate from the program and stay on at the Mission for several months while he saves money and looks for work as an accountant. “I’m thankful to the Market Street Mission for teaching me to take responsibility, and teaching me the principles of life. They showed me how to be a man again,” he says. 

When he sees his life today and compares it to just a year ago, David is thrilled by his transformation thanks to God’s love in his life – and your support. “I found the inner peace I’d been searching for.”

To read the rest of this issue of Market Street Mission Messenger, click here.