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Love and acceptance helps Florida man reconnect with hope Just a few months ago, Ray Kinder could not imagine being clean, being out of jail, being hopeful. When you look at Kinder today, you could not, for one minute, imagine him being anything but.
Kinder grew up in a church-going family, but all was not right. His father was a career criminal, coming and going from prison. When his father was not in jail, he was abusing his mother and modeling the alcoholic lifestyle. He eventually ended up with a life sentence for armed robbery. People would speak over Kinder that he would be just like his dad. It had its effects.
Kinder was in juvenile detention 12 times. He got addicted to drugs in middle school and continued to make bad choices for the next two and a half decades. He was in jail, some maximum-security ones, 23 times. Each jail time was just a pause from his crack addiction, and the pause button would be reset when he got out.
“My reality was too hard to take,” he said. “I kne..
MyPillow founder Mike Lindell was once so addicted to crack cocaine that his three drug dealers ran an intervention and refused to sell to him.
“I went up and down the streets of Minneapolis and couldn’t buy anywhere,” Lindell recalls. “I had been up for 14 straight days.
“One of my dealers said to me, ‘You’ve been telling us MyPillow is just a platform for a much bigger purpose for God and that you were going to come back and help us all someday when you quit. Well, we’re not going to let you die on us.’”
Lindell didn’t die and eventually pulled his life together after dedicating it to Christ. Today, he runs one of the world’s most successful companies and is a self–made millionaire who helps former addicts like himself. He believes The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers (ARCs) are a model for the world in battling addiction (see A Model for the World below).
Lindell’s own battle began in 1982. He used cocaine then, but by the late 1990s, he was into crack.
“I was a co..
Edwyn Hector has worked for The Salvation Army for six years. By Abagail Courtney – In the U.S. Marine Corps, semper fidelis, or “always faithful,” signifies the dedication and loyalty that individual Marines have for each other and their country, even after leaving service. For Edwyn Hector, that couldn’t be more fitting. Though he’s now […]
Rick “It gets ahold of you. If you didn’t have drugs, if you didn’t know how to get drugs, if you didn’t want to share your drugs, then I didn’t need you in my life. I was a monster. This used to be one of the capitals of methamphetamine production. My own stepfather was heavy […]
My name is Jerry. I arrived at The Salvation Army drug and alcohol program on February 29th, 2011 because I’d come to the end of the road. Life wasn’t happy anymore. I had no joy. I wasn’t accomplishing anything. I was drowning in self-pity and ‘not having.’ I was suffering. Being the addict I was, […]
“I graduated from The Salvation Army’s drug and alcohol program 5 years ago, in April 2011. I was using for a long time. My life spiraled down and I ended up in jail so they sent me here to go through the Army’s program. I truly believe the Army saved my life. They allowed me […]
This is music to Jose’s ears: “I’m proud of my dad because he’s there for me now.” “Now I can count on him to be here for my birthday.” But it wasn’t always like that for Jose’s kids. Before he got help his kids said he wasn’t himself. He was a stranger. “I got mad […]
“Yeah, there’s something about being out on the ocean. The intensity of Mother Nature. The exhilaration of catching all that fish started at an early age — eight years old — then it just became a part of me. One of my grandparents adopted me. They were my parents and I just followed my grandfather everywhere. I remember going […]
“My name is Dennis. I am a member of the Santa Monica Salvation Army Corps [church]. It’s a major, major, major part of my being. I started playing at age 12 and I was in a Top 40 band at 13, 14 years old. I didn’t graduate High School and I was making three, four, […]