My name is Rebecca and I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. My father left when I was five years old due to a heroin addiction that plagued his life. My mother raised me by herself from that point on and did the best she could. At the age of 14 I attempted suicide for the first time and was raped, which paved the way for me to start using drugs and alcohol as a coping mechanism to deal with the pain. It wasn’t until the age of 20 that I was introduced to heroin for the first time and was instantly hooked that I finally understood why my father had left all those years ago. It didn’t take long for my life to fall apart before my very eyes. Within six months I stopped going to college, lost my apartment and all possessions; I was in a black hole that I couldn’t get out of. I went into several 30-day programs trying to find the solution to my problem; all attempts came up void. After being arrested for stealing and living out of my car I finally realized that I had a problem that I could not control. My father went through Teen Challenge back in 1992 and had been clean ever since, so when I was ready I knew who to contact. I dropped everything and drove up there to seek the help I so desperately needed. That’s when I found out about the Walter Hoving Home.
The Walter Hoving Home introduced me to having a relationship with Jesus Christ which set me free from my addictions. The home has showed me a new way of life and how to deal with the reasons why I turned to heroin in the first place. I now have freedom from the very thing that plagued me for so long; God has shown me that I need to rely on him for every area of my life to experience true freedom.
I now have the privilege of working for the Walter Hoving Home as the Outreach Director, which enables me to speak with women in the jails, detoxes and on the streets. I get to share with the ladies what God has done in my life through the home and to give them hope that He will do it for them as well. I would like to leave with you a verse in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That’s why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.