In 2012, at the age of 55 I was in a car wreck in which a local small town policeman ran a red light with no lights or siren and collided with my 2003 Mustang, resulting in my vehicle being completely totaled. I am not a street person, I have a bachelors degree in Business/Marketing and a teaching certification. For several years I had been a grocery merchandiser traveling around southwest Missouri calling on Walmart stores to build displays, put up advertising and just do various forms of merchandising within the stores, earning about $13 an hour. I only had liability insurance on my car and the insurance company for this small town refused to pay for my vehicle. Thus I lost my job, I was unemployed, unable to pay my rent and in the meantime I became completely bankrupt. As I had to have a car to do my job and I could not find any work where I could take the bus. I was bankrupt and unable to pay my rent and full of fear as to where I was going to end up.Many well educated, good people find themselves homeless due to misfortune and not necessarily . I had heard of Recovery Chapel, and being in recovery myself, I called Farris Robertson and he explained their program to me. How I could become a resident of RC for about $400 a month, including meals and receive Spiritual Guidance, and group support through group studies and individual counseling with Mr. Robertson and other volunteers that came in to deliver a message of hope. If you have ever found yourself totally helpless, financially destitute and with no idea where to turn, then RC is truly a God send. Many good men and women find themselves homeless, jobless and with no place to go, through no real fault of their own. I was not drinking or using drugs, I just got myself into a hopeless situation I had gone through a double bypass in 2009 so I was already struggling financially. I did have another heart attack in 2012 while living at RC and the staff and my friends helped me tremendously after I had 4 more stints put in my heart. At RC along with the encouragement, housing and food I received I also got some assistance in renting a car so I could again get a merchandising job. As I sit here in my own apartment (self sufficient through Christ) in southeast Springfield, with a nice dependable car in the parking lot, and a great part time job with CROSSMARK merchandising, it is hard to imagine that my life has been restored, or better yet, not just restored but renewed and I live a better quality life than I have since my 30's and I owe it all to God, Recovery Chapel, Farris Robertson, Terry St. Clair and then rest of the staff and the board of directors. Philippians 4:13 paraphrased; "All things are possible through Christ who strengthens me". Terry Ponder
What Farris and God are doing at Recovery Chapel is truly remarkable. Watching men grow and recover from seeming hopelessness is a real blessing to them and our community. As they move away from the revolving door of prison to productive citizens in our area and around the country. This organization is well worth the support of our community.
My deepest gratitude goes out to this type of ministry, as we have to reach out and help one another where they are in life. The various issues and needs that Recovery Chapel extends is more complete than any medical or psychological program offers.
I was hospitalized for alcohol in my 30's, and I was able to stay away from alcohol. However, I was left with depression to overcome and became suicidal. I was once again hospitalized and treated for depression. I remember one night leaving the treatment center and I wanted to find what love really was. I had never experienced it myself. What I was in need of was a personal relationship with Christ to find what true love was.
I had been laid off from a job right after I had open heart surgery. So cash was very tight. This job had provided a company vehicle so I had to buy a used car for cash. I was still unemployed and going to school a year later when my front brakes started to make a squealing sound. I spoke to Butch at "An Honest Days Work" automotive and Butch explained the least expensive way to get the car fixed while keeping it in good running condition. Butch replaced my front brake pads for less than half of the cost I had been quoted around town. He didn't try to talk me into doing a bunch of things that really didn't need to be done at the time. Just now I have had a ticking noise inside my engine and took my car to 5 different places. Only Butch from "An Honest Days Work" automotive gave the correct diagnosis that the car manufacturer gave and he quoted the work for about half the price. Out of all the auto repair places I talked to, Butch is the only one I would trust to do the work as he is not in it just for the money. He is honest and will not give you some shuck and jive story trying to get you to spend a bunch of extra money on your car. I would recommend this part of the ministry to anyone that has a car that needs major or minor repairs. You will be treated with honesty and sincerity, something you don't always find in the auto repair business. This place left me with a healthy attitude and peace of mind, and no worries or stress usually involved with expensive expenditures on ones car. I left knowing that I wasn't being taken advantage of and that my car was going to continue to run properly because of the work they did. Stress and worry is a killer. It not only affects your mind but also your body and as a person that has had a double bypass, I don't need that stress and worry in my life. They could call this place "Peace of Mind Automotive" as they remove the fear of dealing with unscrupulous mechanics.