Ken “Pirate”

Ken’s heart actually stopped as a result of a heroin overdose in 2002.

By the grace of God, doctors at Tucson Heart Hospital were able to revive him. In spite of this wake-up call, addiction gripped him just a few short months after this terrifying event.

After a 2-year stint in federal prison, Ken turned to Gospel Rescue Mission Recovery Program for help. It took years for him to get where he was, so it took time for Ken to finally break free from the chains of addiction.

With a sober mind and a healthy body, Ken started thinking about his future. Eventually he found a job that he loves so much, he has held that job to this day!

“I never looked back. Not at all,” he recalls. Although Ken had been involved in Gospel Rescue Mission, he had not yet given his life over to Christ. All that changed one day in April 2006 when he accepted Jesus. His eyes were opened, and his life was forever transformed.

Today, 19 years into his sobriety, Ken’s life is a testament to the power of faith and resilience. Despite battling stage four lung cancer, he celebrates each day with gratitude. He owns his home, has a steady job, and is an active church and community member. He can’t fathom his life without the influence of Gospel Rescue Mission and his faith in God.

“The influence Gospel Rescue Mission had on my life… There is no way I can even fathom where I would be. I know I wouldn’t be alive today.”