First I want to tell you a little bit about my story and how I got where I am today. I began drinking at the age of 14 and continued on and off since then and I am 35 years old now.
At the time I heard about First Fruit Ministries, I was at my last resort- at that point I felt like I had lost everything in my life. I had been in a rehab for almost 3 months, I was away from my children and my family. I felt worthless and useless.
I filled out an application and faxed it to Lee Anna. I had a telephone interview with her, the conversation was emotional to me. I talked about the struggles my children and I went through due to being involved in a domestic violence relationship, among other things. The conversation went well and at the end of the conversation, Lee Anna told me she was looking forward to having me as part of "her family".
At first I was scared moving into a place where I did not know anybody. I did not know what to expect and I was not exactly sure what was expected from me.
The day I left Greenville, North Carolina to come to Wilmington, it turned out better that what I had expected. As soon I walked into the ministry I was welcomed with open arms despite the mistakes I had made in my past. I, for the first time in my life, felt welcomed for who I was.
By being at First Fruit Ministries I have learned the value of so many things I will be forever grateful for. First and foremost I am grateful for my children and my family and the love and support that they show me each and everyday. I learned how not to take them for granted.
I have learned that no matter that I suffered the pain and abuse in the past that I don't have to go through that anymore. I don't deserve that and I don't have to live in fear of the past.
I have also learned a very important thing in my life, something that I have been missing in my life for so very long, I learned to believe in God and that he loves me for who I am. That has been a tremendous help to me in the things life. When I did not have God in my life I always took the wrong roads, and ended up with nothing. Now that I have God in my life, my life has been getting so much better. I have been building relationships with my children, my family, my new family at the ministry, and most importantly myself.
I would like to conclude this by saying that without Lee Anna and Rick Stoker and the support of First Fruit Ministries I do not know where I would be today.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and God bless.