When the Gospel and Word of Christ are shared with someone at Pacific Garden Mission, we know the seed has been planted, even if the change is not immediate. We also know not everyone gets it right the first time. It is not uncommon to see people come back several times for help before they decide to live for Christ.
In this month’s issue, Duwayne shares how he first learned about PGM, what recently brought him back for help, and how the Word of God changed his life. With your support, Duwayne and many others are given a second chance and do not have to do it alone. Thanks to your faithful support, many are given hope for new life.
Duwayne Buice (Episode 301)
“In 1995, I was on the bus heading to work and I saw the cross of Pacific Garden Mission outside the building. I saw men in line and was surprised they were out there feeding the homeless people, but then I went on to work with no more thought of it.
“Five years later, I was in a relationship, and the lady told me to move out. I got a little scared because I was 35 years old and about to be homeless. The cross at PGM came to mind and I walked to that cross. I went in the door, and standing there was a pastor who asked if he could help me. I said that my girlfriend put me out, and my job had let me go. They took me into a room and interviewed me, gave me a bed and some clothes and some structure, but it wasn’t enough. I didn’t want Jesus; I just wanted the benefits and for Him to help me. But He did more than help me. He loved me, and I couldn’t receive it at the time.
“Fast-forward 20 years. I found myself coming back, but before that, I committed a foolish crime where drugs and alcohol played a role. Romans 6:23 stuck with me. The wages of sin get heavy on you. Afterward, I found myself on my knees. The Lord came into my heart and He showed me how much He loved me. He showed me my foolish ways. I fell to my knees and cried out.
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23 KJV)
“Here I am today. He gave me favor where I was, and I found myself reading the Bible. I had to give away everything. I had to be stripped of everything, and then I heard His voice. God was telling me to give my heart to Him and follow Him. I can still fall short, so I want to make sure I give Jesus all the glory.
“I enjoy the classes I attend and tell my teachers I love them because I can’t do this alone. I need help all the time. We need brothers and sisters who are strong in the Word to continue mentoring us because we can’t do this alone. This is what God is doing in my life. He is giving me an understanding of the Gospel. He is giving me what I need through an understanding of the Scriptures, and I love Him for that. It is amazing that I can share my testimony here, and I just want to give Jesus all the glory.”
Duwayne recently graduated from the New Life Bible program and will soon take the next steps in his new life. Pray that he maintains his walk with God and remembers the faithful teachings he received at Pacific Garden Mission. In our effort to share the Gospel with others, we may never honestly know our impact until we reach God’s kingdom, but we can be assured that the Great Commission is being fulfilled here with your help. Thank you for allowing our legacy for Christ to continue reaching those in need.
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