Bryan’s 14-year-old grandson came in the door, saw grandpa using drugs, shook his head in disgust, and walked out.
That, it turns out, was a defining moment in Bryan’s life.
“We had never had a conversation about his mother’s death,” Bryan recalls. “He needed to know how I felt.”
The truth was, Bryan felt heartbroken — and betrayed.
Ever since his daughter (his grandson’s mom) died unexpectedly, he didn’t know who he was more mad at. God, for allowing her to die in the prime of her life (she was just 25). Or himself because the two of them weren’t speaking since their last argument and he never got a chance to say goodbye.
To numb the pain, Bryan went back to drinking and using cocaine. But nothing could erase the guilt he felt, and his grandson walking in on him was a stark reminder: “I needed help.”
That’s how Bryan ended up at KARM, where he says the Bible he received and the classes he’s attended are helping him move beyond his grief.
Since coming to KARM, I’ve learned it’s not about me. It’s bigger than me. Now I think about what God wants me to do. Being at KARM has taught me about the Bible, given me job skills, and taught me financial responsibility. They’re also helping my wife and I to get into permanent housing.
Bryan’s wife, Sandra, also came into KARM the same time her husband did. Her healing, she says, has come from knowing that God has forgiven her for all the messed-up things she did in her past.
“Feeling forgiven is such a relief,” she says. “I don’t have to carry around what I’ve done in the past. I can move on.”
About the future, Sandra says, “As long as we have faith and believe, Jesus is not going to leave us. He’s going to take us through this.”
In the meantime, Sandra says both she and Bryan are so grateful for KARM — and donors like you who helped them find strength in their darkest hour.