Haleigh HowlandPosted on November 3, 2015 My name is Haleigh Howland and I am twenty-four years old. Growing up I never had a steady home life so as a young girl, a lot of insecurities and anger took over my life. God was not the head of my family and there was a void to be filled so, at the age of 12 I started looking for security in abusive relationships, drugs, & alcohol. What I thought was just experimenting became a full on addiction for me. It was a source of Identity and it completely destroyed significant relationships I had in my life. At the Age of 20 after walking through very dark years of addiction, I finally hit rock bottom. My heart was crying out for more to life, my heart was crying out for love from my Father God. That's when Jesus picked me up out of all that chaotic mess and brought me to South Georgia House of Hope which God used to show me His love. I found out who Haleigh was through the heart of God. Since going through the program I surrendered my life to God and He has blessed me to be a wife, mother, and a missionary, but most importantly HIS BELOVED.
Amanda CrossPosted on February 12, 2016 In 2005, at the age of 20, I came to House of Hope with fear and a broken heart. Since I had been in three programs before this one, being court ordered to House of Hope was God's protection over me. After spending nineteen months at House of Hope I completed in October of 2006 and have seen God's continued provisions in my life. Upon my completion, I enrolled in college, got a job, and steadfastly became the woman of God He created me to be. After taking interpreter sign language for a year at a school in North Carolina, I desired more tools to be able to help others. The Lord opened a door to pursue a degree in Sociology here at Valdosta State University. I am now married to an amazing husband with a beautiful son named Oliver. I fully enjoy being a wife, raising my son, and motivating others by being a fitness coach. I want to tell you that transformation is possible: I believe if you truly allow God to change what is in your heart, the rest of your soul and body will follow. My favorite verse is “I CAN do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me”. Philippians 4:13
Amanda McDowellPosted on February 12, 2016 While in my methamphetamine addiction, I prayed and prayed to God for Him to take it from me, only to find myself in a jail cell. Now I know God answers prayers and He is so faithful. In December 2013, while at the House of Hope, I was delivered from the spirit of addiction. Circumstances arose while in the program that required me to leave early and return to my parents’ home to raise my children. I am so thankful for the foundation that was laid while I was at the House of Hope. While I was there, I learned of my identity in Christ and began the healing process, including family restoration. In my recovery, God had laid in my heart that He would restore my family seven-fold and He did just that!!!!! On March 4th of this year, I married my best friend who has two little girls and in August we found out that we are expecting twins!! God has been so good to me, giving me a family, a home, and love - His love to pour out upon others. It is now my desire to reach out and help others, just as my Abba Father has helped me.
My name is Jami. I am 32, married and I have 3 children. Growing up I was raised in a dysfunctional home where chaos and unhappiness were a part of my life. As a child I was very overweight and unhappy. I had a void in my life which led to doing things I said I would never do. I did not wake up one day as little girl and say, “When I grow up I want to be addicted to drugs.” At the age of 13 I tried pot. It was the beginning of the destruction in my life. At the age of 16 I started doing heavier drugs and it became a part of my life and my character. At the age of 18 I found my true addiction, prescription pain pills. As a result I ended up in jail. In 2009, I came to the South Georgia House of Hope and I left 8 months later, delaying God’s plan for my life. I soon returned to my addiction, still looking for love In 2011 I remarried and kept my addiction a secret. I returned back to the House of Hope in 2012 a very broken, hopeless young lady and full of guilt. God has restored my joy and my marriage that was broken because of my “secrets”. I have been taught how to deal with life’s obstacles without turning to drugs or blaming others for my problems. I now know that my identity is in Christ and nothing else. God has been so merciful and gracious. I will forever be grateful for what He has done in my life. The Lord has restored my relationship with my children and taught me how to treasure and enjoy them. I completed the program in 2013 and God has given me a strong desire to give back to the House of Hope. I love to see a new lady come in and watch God begin to heal brokenness and heal her heart. Thank you, Jesus for loving me and never leaving my side through it all. Thank you for allowing me to share that love with others. My vision is to work together with my husband helping other families to overcome addiction Romans 8:28- And we know that God causes everything work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for Him. Philippians 1:6- I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns...read more
Knowing and believing that God made me and He can heal me is the most freeing realization I have had my entire life.read more