And the Truth will set you free."
"The Lord called me to Nogales, with a vision to reach the poor. In 24 years, God took a drunk like me, and the Lord moved my heart to help the poor, homeless and abused. When I see how so many people hurting and hungry my heart goes out to do all I can for them. That’s why Crossroads Nogales Mission is in Nogales: to reach the least, lost and the last."
“I was in a violent abusive relationship. He didn’t allow me to talk with friends and family freely, and would get very violent if I did. I began to believe that it was my fault. I spent every day crying until finally I had enough and I left with nothing just my daughter and had nowhere to go. They told me about Crossroads Nogales Mission a place that would help us. I didn’t know what a mission was and I had no idea. Then Bert made sure that I got all the necessities I needed including clothing, toiletries, a shower, a bed to sleep in, and three meals a day for my daughter and myself. I will be forever grateful with Crossroads Nogales Mission, and I am grateful God put us here.”
Before I came to the Crossroads Nogales Mission my whole life was a life full of drugs, alcohol, jail and violence. I wanted and tried to change many times on my own, never seeking help and always backsliding.
I pretty much ruined my body and ended up in the hospital many times this year even when I first came to the Crossroads Nogales Mission. I didn’t want to come to the Crossroads Nogales Mission, but my family really wanted me to. I’ve been here 60 days on the recovery men’s program. With the help of the good Lord and a good staff good things are happening for me.
The staff works very hard to bring the Lord to people and understand our problems. I have a good job to look forward to and I feel very confident about my sobriety. I’m glad I came to Crossroads Nogales Mission.
Loneliness brought me to Nogales, Arizona. Two trips to the local hospital for detoxication followed by weeks of binge drinking, physical pain, and final surrender to “if there is really a God out there, take over, I’ve done my all and look where it’s gotten “me “. Once here at the Mission after several days to level out mentality. I was offered the opportunity of a Spiritual faith based recovery program. Hint from God and answered prayers I accepted Ben’s offer and committed myself for the duration. It was God’s grace I didn’t deserve another chance, but I’d remembered the long history of blown opportunities and my surrender to God previously.I enjoyed the numerous tasks, keeping me busy to give me a renewed sense of self-worth of belonging. Responsibilities mounted here and there. I’d always longed for a closer relationship with God having had run quiet of religions and chasing the numerous “crystal balls, occults, new age, native American traditions, medicine rituals, baptism, into one half dozen to one dozen different Church’s. Yet I had never seriously studied the Gospel of Christ. The biggest effect was being here at the Crossroads Nogales Rescue Mission in a spiritual environment the mentorship of truly God fearing teachers combined with my willingness to accept instruction unlocked the door of my heart I became to read more, learn and to put into practice what I was learning mentally and to become spiritual, New beginnings and I tested their principles. After a while I had periods of boredom and became anxious, fearful then calm, and relaxed peaceful as I realized I was enjoying one of the results of God’s promises and blessings as a result of Stewardship. I had my physical needs met as daily bread, clothing. A warm bed, ability to take a healthy pride in my appearance once again.
When I was out of jail, I came to Crossroads Nogales Mission, where I found a safe shelter, food, and the opportunity to join a six-month drug and alcohol program. I was also able to focus on my spiritual healing, attending chapel services and Bible studies that opened my heart to the Lord.
They showed me how to live and survive through God’s love. I’ve learned compassion for the less fortunate and since graduating the program I have been employed at the mission for the past 8 years.
I’ve become a responsible person and now have Jesus in my life and all the more better for it. Helping others is what I am passionate about and through the mission and God’s Hands I am able to do that.
When I first arrived, I was hopeless and spiritually bankrupt, but now I’m a believer. My relationship with God has flourished. Today, I have finished the six-month program and have been drug and alcohol-free for two years. I have also achieved the goal of working to help others here at the Mission. I am also employed full time and I’m on my path to self-sufficiency.
I will forever be grateful with the Mission because they received me with open arms, pointed me in the right direction, and gave me the tools to become independent. I’m leaving with goals and hope.
"Before I came to the Crossroads Mission, my life was broken. I found no one to turn to and I realized that my mistakes were taking their toll. My mentor and teachers were not at all what I expected at the shelter. I had to re-examine my whole life and re-course to all the things I brought to a broken heart, I learned to be kind and compassionate towards others, with whom I've learned I have a lot in common. I've learned to acknowledge my shortcomings and had to heal at the point of rock bottom. The staff and my mentor, Raul, have taught me how to be responsible, and they have been very patient with me. Now I've come to terms with forgiving myself, just as Jesus did for me. It's been a slow healing process, and the staff and roommates have been very supportive in my emotional healing. Jesus has touched my heart and with the support and the compassionate staff God has placed in my path, I am healing. I give my all to being grateful for them in my life "