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    Testimony of Cindy

    Cindy is a graduate of the Friends of Sinners program. Please take a second to listen to her Testimony:

    My name is Cindy, I’m a believer in Christ in recovery from Drug addiction. I grew up in a large dysfunctional morman family in southern California. Never knowing a relationship with the Lord, I worked hard at trying to “look” perfect and tell people what they wanted to hear. Their was alot if abuse and fighting in my home growing up. But on the outside we “looked” like the happy morman family. As a child my father killed himself in our home and that was another family secret. As a young teen I began to drink and use all forms of drugs, killing the pain and allowing escape from my troubled home. I felt free and unstoppable. At age 18 I was already working with DR’s and in my first rehab. In trouble and alone. This would be the beginning of 23 years of disfunction, sin, illegal activity, manipulation, pain and recovery back and forth. Many rehabs, hospitals, and Dr’s couldn’t help me. I would grow only so far, then turn and run to my comfort in drugs. In 2005 my husband killed himself in a police chase. My problems were now public knowledge. I lost all of our money, my mother was dying and lost my relationship with any friends and family I still had left including my children. I lost my home and had nothing left to live for no place to turn. A friend took me to church and then celebrate recovery. Slowly God started to pull me to him with his love and grace. As I began to grow near to him there was a hope unlike anything I’ve ever known. The Lord put people into my life to help guide me in the direction of his will. I was so broken and desperate that I was WILLING to do anything he wanted with my life. I was finished “Trying” on my own. As I grew in CR I also wanted to give back. I did what the Holy Spirit guided me to do and followed the council of Godly women. I found it difficult to find the help and guidance of women, it seemed the men had all the help. This burdened me greatly. I had been in a relationship when I was using with a man who was not at Friends Of Sinners. As I watched Joe grow I was AMAZED at this Godly rehab that seemed to bless him and grow him so quickly. It seemed even after over 20 years around recovery Joe quickly moved past me in growth. I sought out more women’s groups to no avail. After becoming a leader in CR, more and more I watched women come and go. I felt burdened to do more, now with a couple years clean Joe and I were married, he was employed by FOS and I enjoyed a prosperous career that paid most of our bills. Gods calling for me to help start the women’s FOS came long before i was prepared to listen. It took more than a prompting from the Holy Spirit. Though my heart filled with joy at the thought, I couldn’t imagine the financial stress on my new life and marriage. The Lord finally got through to me and I quit my career along with all it’s benefits to be the womens supervisor of FOS. I have NEVER felt so blessed and filled with the spirit of my savior. I wouldn’t trade my life for anything material on this earth. To have a front row seat In watching God move these women as well as provide our every need. Joe and I are truly happy and blessed.

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