John’s Story

“Before I moved to the Christian home in Cambridge, I lived with about 20 people in a government run home in a shared  bedroom. I was always waiting in line for my cigarettes and medication which were locked up. I felt like a vegetable. I wasn’t able to learn new skills because of this. Suddenly something changed. My mother was praying for a Christian home for thirty years and a vacancy came up in a Cambridge home so I moved in. The home was quiet and I got my own private room.

Life skills
At this home, I started to believe that I can do the things that I like. I prayed to God for wisdom and he helped me to concentrate so that I could get back into art with pencil and pen. I learned how to organize myself, do my laundry, clean, cook, attend doctors’ appointments and use a cell phone.

I gained confidence to pray and read my Bible to the group. I stayed away from church for 24 years because someone told me that I couldn’t smoke as a Christian. But now I go to church and people are kind and give me gifts even though I don’t know why. That’s never happened before. I pray a lot for the persecuted church in other countries. Now, I sponsor poor children in Sri Lanka because they don’t have anything.

Moving On
Now, I’m thankful to God to be moving on after 4 years on a waiting list for subsidized housing. After all these years, I never thought I would have my own bachelor’s apartment.

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