Emily Nelson

Education Office Manager

My name is Emily. I am 26 years old, and was born in Orlando, FL. At the age of 3 my parents got divorced. I grew up my whole life thinking this was normal, but I never knew anything different. The earliest memory I have is being told that if I woke up and couldn’t get my mother to wake up to dial 911. My mother has lupus and lots of complications from it. Due to my mom’s illness and lack of a father being at the home I ended up filling in the role of the missing parent; doing house hold chores, cooking, cleaning, and outside lawn work.

Not really being able to deal with the stress of my mother being sick and thinking she’d be dead any moment I turned to smoking weed at the age of 8. By the time I was 16 I was a drug dealer and using heavy drugs. At the age of 19 I found that using a needle would be my way of getting high.

My whole world changed for the worse the minute I thought using a needle was a good idea. I can remember one time I went out with a so called friend to go get drunk. I wanted to be able to shoot up some drugs and ended up at his house. There his roommate had a needle I could use. It had been used before, but I was too drunk to really care. I got high and didn’t think much of it.  A few days later “my friend” asks if I used his roommate’s needle. I responded “yes”. “My friend” at that point told me how his roommate has Hep C.

Still being too worried about getting high I continued on in my life. A few months later I started showing all but one sign of Hep C. I went to get tested and showed I was positive. I didn’t want to believe what I was told by the doctors and kept getting tested. Even then when I had no concept of God I screamed out to him in help. Help to get me out of the mess I was in.

Only by the grace of God he cured me of my Hep C. The morning I woke up with no signs I knew it was gone. God’s hand was upon my life when I didn’t even know who he was. It’s amazing now that I am in the light I can see where God’s hand was all along. That still couldn’t stop me from continuing on the destructive path I was on though.

Fortunately enough my family never gave up on me. I came to a point where I wanted to die and I reached out to the only Christian in my family. She gave me the phone number to the Walter Hoving Home. After 2 days of doing my intake I was invited into the home. I had to drop out of college and begin my journey to New York. I drove 23 hours to New York and my life has never been the same.

God’s grace and mercy upon my life is remarkable. I never knew what I was missing in my life was Christ but it was. I came to the home on Feb. 26th and by March 17th I was born again. At that point the bible became real to me. I could read it with complete understanding. I can call upon the Holy Spirit and he is there with me. There is a power to prayer that I just cannot explain.

God has totally transformed and renewed my mind in ways I never though were possible. He has taken away my obsession and desire to use. God has delivered me from my suicidal thoughts. Today I know who I am in Christ. Today I have hope.

My future plans are to continue to work here at the home as an associate staff as long as God wants me here. I do hope to go a Christian Bible school when I am done with my internship. I just want to follow God’s will for my life and listen to him for what to do with my life.

The scripture I leave you with is….

“So do not fear for I am with you,

Do not be dismayed for I am your God;

I will strength you and help you,

I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

-Isaiah 41:10