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Amazing Transformation Story – Ben

I read this transformation story and wanted to SHOUT with JOY to the world!

This is what makes Phoenix Rescue Mission, and Rescue Missions around the United States and the World so important, so amazing and such a blessing to so many people, including the homeless, their families, victims of abuse and those who have a heart for all of the above.

This story will bring you to happy tears, jumps for joy and many more emotions.

Amazing Stories of Transformation - Ben

The Ben  you see here isn’t the same Ben who came to the Mission January of last year. Just 15 months ago, he was the picture of a broken man.

Slumped in his wheelchair, harboring a mean streak a mile wide, Ben was homeless, hopeless and suffering from constant pain.

Much of it stemming from the fact that he was a dangerous mix of alcoholic and diabetic – a condition that had left him paralyzed from the waist down by the time he was 58 years old.

“I was in such bad shape they [Phoenix Rescue Mission staff ] weren’t sure they were equipped to help me,” says Ben. “But they took me in anyway. I was depressed, I had a bad attitude… I basically came here to die.”

Ben was an accomplished mechanical engineer for much of his life, helping design, build and implement projects worth over $200 million for large corporations across the nation.

Amazing Transformation Story – Ben

Amazing Transformation Story - Ben

Amazing Transformation Story – Ben

By the time Ben was 58, in addition to the use of his legs, his alcoholism had cost him his wife, his family and his home. He became homeless, living on the streets outside of the Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS) in central Phoenix.

With no money for food or medication, he was in and out of the emergency room, succumbing to life-threatening diabetic comas on a regular basis.

Then one day, sitting outside a Circle K at 51st and Dunlap, Ben heard about the Phoenix Rescue Mission as a place that gave out free hot meals and a place to sleep. He put in a call to CASS and they were kind enough to bring him right to our gates.

After a week of being helped onto a mat at night and helped back into his wheelchair in the morning, Ben decided to sign up for our Transformations Recovery Program.

In the condition he was in, no one expected Ben to make it through the rigorous Foundations stage of the program.

Amazing Transformation Story – Ben

One day I felt God saying to me ‘If you’re going to do My will, you’re going to do it on two legs,” Ben remembers. “So I got out of my wheelchair.”

You will be amazed to hear the rest of the story of Ben, and his miraculous transformation. It definitely wasn’t easy, I wish I could have seen the look on his Dr.’s face! God is Good! Continue reading  Ben’s story here.

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We appreciate your continued prayers and with helping us plant seeds and share the Love of Christ one BYM Bag at a time. We want everyone to know they matter to us, and most importantly they matter to God.

Everyone needs to hear that God SO LOVED the world, He sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the Cross for us. There is JOY in knowing Him. He is here to be our comfort and Strength.

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