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TESTIMONIES
 

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FROM GRACE HOME

Hello, to all that read this.  I hope this brings encouragement, love, but most of all understanding.  It seemed like I was the only one in what I thought was the end, like there was nowhere else to go and nothing I could do to stop what was happening in my life.  I was losing my husband, my marriage, all hope and even my daughter was growing up and starting to notice that things weren't right. I finally threw in the towel and looked in the mirror and said there has to be more to life than this.  I cried out to the Lord for help and in that instant I picked up my phone and called my pastor who had been praying for me for about two years. He told me he knew of a place that I needed to go to and seek help.  The first time he offered I was not ready to give up the drinking and drugs but in that moment my life was about to change…GOD had a plan. 

I sold everything I owned and caught the first bed at Grace Home....  Wow, how different my life was.  People really cared, loved and helped me understand why God called me here.  This was the changing point in my life.  Nearly 40, never really having a family or church, and now I was living with lots of women. Boy, that was a challenge in itself.  That turned out to be the best thing ever.  Everyone I was with at Grace Home still to this day keep in touch. 

I wake up knowing my Lord and Savior died on the cross for my sins.  Now I am a deacon’s wife, children’s choir director, and teach in a Christian school; I'm even on two different boards.

My verse that I said over and over, even to this day, is Deuteronomy 31:6:  “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the one who goes with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you".

So you see, God is greater than anything we think is too messed up, and makes it Beautiful!!! 
Thank you Hebron Colony Ministries for all your love.

Sincerely,

Kathy Kinlock
Graduated from Grace Home on June 16, 2012



   

FROM HEBRON COLONY

 
     

 

On Thanksgiving of 2008, while attending the Hebron program, I received a gift and prayer card that had a quote stating: “An extraordinary plan for your life will mean an extraordinary trial to prepare you.” They also referenced James 1:12. It is not signed and I’m not really sure who wrote it, but I have held on to this simple index card for many years and it permanently resides on the front of my refrigerator. James 1:12 (NIV) says: “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” This very verse (and quote) that we reference daily didn’t have much meaning early on in my new walk with Christ. Later, it would prove as a daily reminder of God’s grace and mercy upon me and my family all the while giving direct instruction for our new lives in Christ.

 

My trials with alcohol started at an early age. Fast forward through a “lively” college era and a prosperous professional career, I arrived at 2008 where alcohol had become the center of my life. In 2008 I was coming off some of the most lucrative professional years of my life. I was married to the most beautiful Godly woman and we were expecting our first child. Life was good…Right? Well, despite all of God’s numerous blessings I found myself going into in a very dark place until my entire life became unmanageable due to alcohol. It was nothing short of a miracle that I learned about Hebron Colony Ministries and I began a journey that was no less miraculous.

 

I have my family to thank for paving a firm foundation in my life and I grew up with positive Christian influences in my life. When I embarked on attending Hebron Colony in 2008 it came with much loving support from not only my expecting wife, but also my immediate and extended family. I looked forward to seeing God’s plan for my life as described by many and the powerful testimonies that came from their own journey through the Hebron program. Like many, the feelings I had when I arrived at Hebron Colony was filled with love and security that I had not experienced in a long time. There are still no words to put it into proper perspective.


It was not long after arriving at Hebron Colony that I learned about the power of prayer and what a “relationship” with Christ really looked like. God used these men, the staff and ultimately His word to draw me back into the fold where I eagerly recommitted myself to Him for His purpose during my time at Hebron. While in the 10 week program my wife wrote me a letter. In that letter she spoke to me about what our life might look like given our new life which was really disclosed to me as a prayer. She went on to write that she kept thinking about what our story (testimony) will be in a couple of years from now and this is how she could imagine it to sound…Lord willing.

 

My wife’s testimony and prayer goes something like this:

 

“This is my husband Kirk and we have now been married for almost 5 years and we’re blessed with two beautiful children. Life wasn’t always so grand though. Our second year of marriage when I was pregnant with our first child his drinking became a severe problem and wreaked havoc on his health, our marriage and our families. There were many sad nights and days that seemed to never end. I cried out to the Lord alone in my room to heal him and protect me. I felt like the hand of God had left our marriage and was in a complete state of despair all the while Kirk slipped deeper into an alcoholic coma – there is no other way to describe it. Finally the Lord brought Hebron Colony Ministries into our lives and not a moment too soon. I was 4 months pregnant and 70 days seemed like a long time but the darker days could be coming to an end. When Kirk came home right before the birth of our baby he was a completely changed man. The Lord had restored peace in his heart, and a commitment to stay clean and sober not by his own strength but by the strength God gives us when we call out to him for help. I am so grateful that he was here for the birth of our first child and could believe that he would be the father he had always wanted to be. Since that time in our own lives the Lord has continued to help us through as a family and we are stronger than we could ever hope for on our own. To this day Kirk has never had a desire to drink again and I have continually supported this by not letting it be a part of my life. So here we are 5 years later and I am so in love with my husband, my children and most importantly my Savior Jesus Christ. He saves us from ourselves and He rescued my husband from himself and gave him back to me as a new man, changed forever by the grace of God.”

 

I returned to Hebron in 2010 broken beyond measure having turned away from God’s plan and will for my life. By God’s grace I was allowed to return and was radically changed. In my second time into the program I had pretty much lost everything at this point. What I came to realize was that I had placed or surrendered only 99% of my troubles, burdens and self at the foot of the cross. It was out beside the Hebron Chapel that I fell to my knees where I said a simple prayer asking God to reveal to me “the known and unknown” that was deep seeded in my heart. Instantaneously, God revealed to me what it was that was fueling my drunkenness and pain: feelings of abandonment, resentment, shame, guilt, etc. It was that remaining 1% that I was finally able to turn over to Him. When I came to I saw one of my Hebron brothers passing by and for a moment I looked at that man with eyes of Christ. He allowed me to experience for a moment the outpouring of love Christ has for us. I believe God showed this to me for a reason and placed a calling on my life to serve Him. This was April of 2010 and I was a new creation saved by God’s grace.

 

In April of 2015 it will be five years since that calling and radical transformation. We shall always remain amazed at His love for us and how He graciously answered that single prayer spoken so many years ago. My wife and I now have a beautiful 5 year old daughter and a one year old son. God continues to provide for our family and we thank Him each day for allowing us to serve him in the very ministry that provided an opportunity to change our lives forever. We thank God for our “extraordinary” lives and even the trials we’ve endured not in our own strength but His alone.

In His Service,

Kirk M. Hamilton, Jr.
Graduate 2010
Administrative Staff, Hebron Colony Ministries