This has been a difficult time. “Kevin” appeared to be adjusting well when he arrived on campus four weeks ago. But something went terribly wrong. After just three short days he hanged himself in his bedroom closet. We were in shock. Our hearts are broken for his mother, his father and the rest of his beautiful family. The abundant possibilities pregnant within Kevin’s talented life will never be realized in this world.
Please keep this family in prayer. And please keep all our students in prayer. Much pain has been triggered. I did not know suicide was so close to home. Many of our men and women have lost a parent, brother, sister, in-law, or even a child to suicide. We are on the front lines, the last stop between life and death, the last beacon of hope for those who have given up and succumbed to the lie that there is no way out.
This month’s testimony is by Jason. He was a cocky know-it-all who ended up stripped of all honor and dignity. However, God in his grace pursued him, broke him and redeemed him. Jason is now learning how to be the man his wife and sons need him to be. Would you consider helping us make more stories like Jason’s possible by joining our Sponsor a Student program? We are a faith-based ministry and depend exclusively on the generosity of people like you. Just click here to join as a sponsor. Thank you for your consideration, and may God richly bless you.
Together for souls,
Jeff Bonzelaar, Executive Director
P.S. We recently started two much-needed remodeling projects, one at the Pierson Center in Detroit and the other in our Flint center. Both are massive undertakings. We have the necessary skilled labor, but your financial help is needed. Updating our main kitchen in Detroit required the following expenses: $3,000 for floor tiles, $2,600 for an industrial stove, $700 for a sink, $600 for grease basins, $140 for faucets, $70 for a sprayer, $1,000 for ceiling tiles, $500 for plumbing/electrical work, $400 for stainless steel tables and $200 for paint. Construction of a new bathroom on the second floor of our men’s dormitory at the Flint facility required these expenses: $1,100 for a granite countertop, $900 for toilet stalls, $500 for floor tiles, $150 for a urinal, $150 for faucets and $500 for miscellaneous materials. Would you help us with these costs? You can make a donation by clicking here“