“I was so sick of my obsession to get high everyday, it consumed me. For 30 plus years, my addiction to alcohol and drugs owned and ruined my life. I decided to leave Connecticut and just get on a bus to Raleigh and there was no plan. After one of the worst nights ever on drugs, I cried out to God asking for him to help and to save me. The next day, Andrew McDonald saw me at Moore Square on the streets and he said, “Dream Center has a men’s recovery program, are you interested?” I knew this was God.
I was already on Methadone when I came into the program and decided to stop that cold turkey. I was prayed over and I didn’t go through any sickness detoxing off the Methadone, which is not statistically possible, but it is with God! I moved into the DCD recovery house and I started doing the 12 step program with Andrew. Getting to the 4th and 5th step is where I began to experience true freedom. I have learned about my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and can see now how he has saved my life multiple times, from a massive heartache, to using drugs in the streets, he was calling me to him but I ignored it.
I have become obedient to His word and made a public proclamation through baptism at Dream Center, and now the Holy Spirit is moving in my life in amazing ways. True freedom can’t happen unless you are willing to lay everything down at the foot of the cross … EVERYTHING. This is all possible because I gave MY WILL up and let GOD’S WILL be done and trust Him to lead my life. This is the first time I’ve experienced true peace and joy. My DREAM is now to lead other men into freedom from addiction by the Holy Spirit working through me. I understand their suffering and I want them to experience this kind of deliverance. Take off that selfish pride, get humble, and take this free gift offered to you by Christ!”
“I moved to North Carolina almost 4 years ago from Los Angeles. I left to escape my life there, but realized I was running from myself. After being let down by the things of this world and struggling with drug use, I found myself at the Durham Rescue Mission. On December 15, 2020, I gave my life to Christ and I remember waking up saying out loud, ‘He’s real’.
After the loss of my best friend, things began to spiral out of control again. I started to make poor decisions, using heavy drugs. I spent a lot of time at Moore Square in Raleigh and it was there that I was approached by Andrew from Raleigh Dream Center. I was offered an opportunity to be a part of the Dream Center’s Recovery Program. I knew at that moment that this was the spot for me and God had opened that door. Dream Center met me right where I was, they showed me TRUE LOVE and ACCEPTANCE, which in turn showed me how to love myself.”
William made the decision to get baptized on October 5th, 2021. Baptism is an outward expression of the inward commitment and belief in Jesus Christ. William has found his purpose in life through his new relationship with Christ. His DREAM is to pursue Youth Psychology to help at-risk youth and help others who are living on the streets. He knows that as he surrenders his life to Christ daily, God’s plan for him will continue to unfold and he trusts that He has great things in store for him!
“I moved to Raleigh roughly 3 months ago. My life before Christ was an absolute mess. I was addicted to IV Heroin and Meth. I didn’t care who I hurt or what that path looked like, but it was dark. I found myself in the darkest place of my life and I saw no way out. I attempted suicide, but I was unsuccesful. I was at my lowest, my life was lonely, dark, desolate and painful. I found myself on my knees praying to God from the sincerity of my heart asking Him for direction.
I grew up in a Christian home and always knew God, but I never had a true relationship with him until recently. By the grace of God and His divine ways, God spoke to me. I had a needle in one arm and a book by Andrew McDonald, called “Divine Trust”. God used that book to point me in the right direction and that's how I found out about the Raleigh Dream Center Recovery Program. God began to show up in mysterious ways and my prayers were answered very fast. I experienced that Christ was REAL and loves me!
The world tried to tell me that I was never good enough, that I didn’t fit in and there was no place for me in the Kingdom of God. I believed this for a long time, but I know now that I have a purpose in God’s Kingdom. If I could encourage someone reading my testimony I would say, just talk to God, He wants to hear from you, He knows everything about you and He is the best thing you could ever have in your life. There is nothing that can disqualify you from knowing Him and being loved by Him. To have His presence and His love is better than any drug or substance this world tries to give you.”
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