My name is Mike K. I am 41 years old I was born and raised in Kensington Philadelphia. As far back as I can remember my life has never been stable or normal. I was born to a 14 year old mother and a 16 year old father. I spent the first few years of my life living with my mother and my grandparents. My grandfather was a bookie/drug dealer and spoiled me because I was his only grandchild. I spent a lot of time idolizing him and his lifestyle from young age. Around age seven my parents and I moved in together. My father was also a street kid and sold drugs when I was young. He was always well respected and I thought that was the best thing ever. As I was growing up I was witness to many tragic events that influenced my adulthood. At age ten I saw another boy from the neighbor killed as he was riding his bike. I was haunted by this image for many years and have never forgotten that day. I saw my father attempt suicide twice, once being on Christmas day this also effects me to this day. As a teenage I spent most my time with a group of friends hanging on the corner selling and using drugs. I loved every thing about that lifestyle and got deeper and deeper involved with it until it was too late. The next 23 years were a blur of events that I wish I would have never had to live. Drugs became my life, I turned my back on every belief and person that meant anything to me. I have been in over ten long-term rehabs and over twenty detox centers to stop using and never lasted over 30 days upon leaving. I have caused severe pain to the people that love me most. I stole and lied to every one of them continually in order to maintain my addiction. I have two children who also have to live through the problems I am having. I have chose drugs over their love and welfare. I have spent the last five years homeless on the streets of Kensington as a full blown cocaine and heroin addict. I have hurt everyone so much for so long that I had nowhere to turn. I have tried several recovery houses in that period of time and could not stay clean longer than a week. I honestly came to terms that I was going to die a drug addict on the streets. That is exactly where I was headed until I was arrested in March 2018. I detoxed and spent the next 7 months in jail. My mother bailed me out in September 2018 because I lead her to believe that I had changed. She let me come home and stay with her for the first time in five years and within three days I was found overdosed on the bathroom floor. She kicked me out and I was right back on the streets. In two short weeks I was just as bad as before I was arrested. On the night of October 1st, I got high and had to be revived by someone with Narcan. I was scared but woke up the next morning to get high because I was sick. I gather up some money for heroin and woke up to and EMT pounding on my chest. I overdosed once again and this time my heart stopped and I almost didn't make it. At the time all I could think about was I can't believe they gave me Narcan now my high will be gone. I continued to get high three more times that day. The next day it was on my mind to contact a friend to get some help. He put me in contact with Chuck Miller of Shall Never Thirst Ministries on October 3rd 2018. This is the day I was given another chance at life. I moved into a house in Frankford and detoxed cold turkey on the couch. I felt different from day one because of the atmosphere of that house. The guys welcome me and supported me through the rough time I was going through. In that house I experienced love for the first time in a long time. I was around men who knew what I had been through but were happy and peaceful and that gave me hope. There I was introduced to The Bible and into a new family of believe and that gave me the strength to get through each day. I have been taught there is so much more to life than my selfish desires. The Lord has protected me all these years out on the streets and I finally see that it has brought me to the point where I have reached out to Him. When I first arrived Chuck told me that The Lord will restore all that the locust have eaten. At that time I said "no way my life is destroyed", but after some hard work and substantial growth in my Faith I am a living testimony that He will. Five short months and my relationship with my mother has been restored. We speak daily and I am welcome in her home at anytime. My fiancé and I have been brought back together, our relationship has been renewed and is better than ever. I am a part of my children's lives today and I am able to be a good father. I have also been blessed with full-time employment and a good group of brothers. All these things are happening because I am living obedient and faithful to
God's Word to the best of my ability. This program is so much more than a way to stay clean to me. It introduced me to the Love of Jesus Christ, and even though I fall short it shows me that God still has a plan for me. Without this ministry I may have never experienced the true power of The Lord and how He can change our ways and guide your life.
You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You.
Trust in The Lord forever, for in Yah, The Lord, is everlasting strength