A RESIDENT WRITES HOME...
"I'm growing a lot and learning so much here. I know God is working on me. It is not easy, but I know it is worth it! I've got a lot of past hurts that need to be healed and I've been so good at stuffing them and pretending all is well. . . . It is a good feeling to get it out and overcome the hurt and the fear. This home is that for me. Healing and growth. I am finally learning who I am in this world and that I am somebody. God has a plan for each of us. I may not know the entire plan but being here at Buried Treasures I am seeing glimpses of that plan as I grow in Jesus Christ." - M
My name is Jordan. I would not call Buried Treasures Home a rehab or a safe house. Buried Treasures Home is family. I was broken and in so much emotional pain when I came. I was shown that giving my life over to Christ would restore back to me everything that had been taken from me and more. The volunteers involved in the ministry were true Christians and loved each of us unconditionally. We were taught life skills, as well as discipleship through God’s Word. All of this helped me gain my self esteem back and taught me to trust myself, others and God. The most important lesson I learned is how to have a relationship with Jesus. Learning to be in constant communion with Him through prayer and staying in His Word. One thing I never thought would happen at Buried Treasures Home was getting braces. But because of Christian doctors giving their services, I was able to get them and as I write this, I have a mouth full of straight teeth.
I’m a member of First Baptist Columbus, MS. I’m on the board of Carpenters for Christ, a local ministry. I attend Celebrate Recovery weekly and AA daily. My focus is to follow Christ and deny myself daily. I also am training to be a private investigator. I’m constantly trying to find ways to help others. I was blessed with the love of my life after graduation from Buried Treasures Home and we married. Now we have a little one on the way. I have two older children that stay with me occasionally which I’m currently working towards getting back and of course and we cannot forget our cat Bell Bell and our dog Tiny.
BTH gave me the greatest gift. I learned how to share the gospel of Jesus in every situation. Also, learning the value of prayer, attending church, but most important is being the church when you’re sent out. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to be trained by disciples to go out and be a disciple. I'm working in a secular job but I'm able to share Jesus Christ and pray for the lost, share the gospel and it's all because of Buried Treasures Home
I am a strong believer in Jesus. I love the Lord. I was brought up in a Christian home with parents who were married. Probably because of peer pressure and no relationship with Jesus of my own, I started drinking and weed at age 12, was sexually active by 14, and by 16 doing cocaine and pills and just partying, going out on weekends all the time. Chrystal Meth by 18. I was functioning addict all through high school up to age 32 or 33. Started shooting up Chrystal Meth and lost job and lost kids. I stole some money for drugs and went to prison. There I started reading my Bible and started to learn what Jesus had done for me and started speaking to the Lord. After 11 months, I got out and went back to my hometown. I had the Word in me, but I didn’t know how to apply it and how to stay sober. Within a year, I went back to prison. This time I met Pastor Clark and Mrs. Valerie. They came to the prison to tell a group of women about Buried Treasures Home and they interviewed me. I was accepted at Buried Treasures Home and for almost a year and I was discipled and showed my love for Christ. I found my true love for the Lord.
After I graduated from Buried Treasures Home in August 2017, I moved away from my hometown and in with some family who are supportive. Everything hasn’t been perfect, but my main goal for staying sober is my love for the Lord. I want to do what God says.
How do I stay sober? I do my daily quiet time. The importance of my daily time with the Lord, my morning quiet time means so much to me. I can always feel so much better and we were taught this there. Reading the Bible makes for a better day. I attend Celebrate Recovery meetings and AA meetings. I also go to church and serve at church, even doing things I don’t want to like serving in the Preschool Sunday School because God tells us to serve. Fellowship with other Christians, I used to think church wasn’t important or being with other believers. Now it is almost a necessity for my life; it is a necessity. I love going to church and being around people that love the Lord. The importance of having a Christian family and making sure my children know the Lord. I see how God works in my life and now starting to see how He works in other people’s lives. I also go back to Buried Treasures Home to show them love and support.
Recently, I was invited to participate with A Walk to Emmmaus which is a Christian, 3 day retreat. I also go into prison and do Bible studies now. I’ve learned, the more you serve, the more it keeps you on the sober path. I don’t go out with others. I keep my circle small and enjoy being sober and living for the Lord.
I think you can love something or you can be in love. From everything I was taught at Buried Treasures Home, I was shown how to be in love with the Lord. We learned service, helping others out of love, the importance of loving people who aren’t perfect, and just helping each other.