Patrick Clinton

I accepted Christ as my Savior January 21, 1976.  I grew strong in the Lord, and from 1990 to 1997 I was a youth director for a local church that saw a lot of teens get saved.  Without realizing it I had grown far from God.  He kept warning me and I kept ignoring Him.

In July of 2007, I hit rock bottom and spent the next sixteen months in a correctional facility.  At that time I seriously thought of suicide but God had other plans.  While in jail I recommitted my life to the Lord and He took care of me.  Before I was arrested I was very selfish and materialistic.  I had to have the best.  This all changed as God started to show me that He was all I needed.

When I was released, I had lost everything that I had (except for the most important one of all, my Lord) and I had no where to go.  A friend got a hold of Skipper and Mary Anne and asked about me staying at the Friendship Mission.  This was something that I did not want as I had too much pride.  Still I had no choice.  At first it was very hard as I suffer from clinical depression.

With God's help working through the mission I started to come out of my shell.  The Bible studies that we had every night were so helpful and a true blessing from God.  While I was there (one year and even days), I helped to sheet rock the new mission building.  There was a lot of construction work that I had never done before but learned to do while staying at the mission.

God provided me with a great job as a maintenance man at a big four building apartment complex.  I would never have had the experience to land the job if not for the mission.  I also have gotten involved wth a men's group, Marked Men for Christ, through a man that would come and lead Bible studies.

I left the mission December 23, 2007 and moved in with my sister as her health is bad and she has two mentally and physically challenged kids that she needed help with.I now have my own place and paid off my truck and car.  I have been at the same job for three years and stay in close touch with the mission, helping them when I can. Sure, I still have my struggles and problems but the nice thing is all I have to do is pick up the phone and make a call tothe Friendship Mission and I know that what ever I need, it will be prayed for on the spot.

In CHRIST,

Patrick Clinton