24 Jun From Lost and Aimless to the Power of God’s Love
Daniel grew up on Long Beach Island in a strong Christian home, but he gave little thought to his own relationship with the Lord. “I thought I was spiritually covered just being in that household,” he says.
As an adult, he drifted through life, never putting down roots. His awning installation and construction experience, along with his great work ethic, provided a good living, but he had no sense of purpose or direction.
“I lived one day at a time.”
Then, at the age of 30, Daniel realized he hadn’t been working toward anything and didn’t know where he was going. “I was lost,” he says. “I dropped to my knees and asked Jesus into my life and I felt relieved, like I had this Warrior on my side.”
In the days to follow, Daniel felt God calling him to ministry. “I asked Him what He wanted me to do and I heard, ‘Asbury.’ But I didn’t know anything about this place.”
Two weeks later, his dad, the Program Director at our sister mission in Morristown, began speaking in our chapel service, and Daniel came along, witnessing firsthand the healing and hope men find at the Mission. So when he learned of a cashier position at our Thrift Store, he knew it was God’s will.
Daniel is now our Store Manager, working to instill a good work ethic in our program guests. “I have a father with a great work ethic, but a lot of these men have never been taught,” he says.
His efforts are paying off, as evidenced from the many phone calls he’s received from customers of our Thrift Store, Car Lot, Cleaning and Junk Removal, and donation pickups. “They say these men are wonderful to be around,” he says. “The values here rub off.”
Daniel is dedicated to continuing God’s call on his life to invest in the lives of the men in our program.
And he’s grateful to friends like you for your continuing support of the Mission: “Our donors are the reason why what we do here is amazing.”
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