How often do you see someone in need and have your heart swell with compassion? Do you ever become overwhelmed with emotion when you see someone else in pain? Does suffering get to you?
I was a paramedic. I had a bachelor’s degree in emergency medicine. I had parents who followed Jesus, and had a great childhood and still lost my way. I tried to manage life by myself. I finally realized that I can’t do life without Christ.
My brother passed away from brain cancer. I went through a divorce. I was devastated emotionally. And I turned away from God. My life fell apart.
I turned to alcohol. It got so bad that my family couldn’t help me anymore. I came from a great Christian family. I was embarrassed. I had nothing left. I tried going to my church but I needed something more.
Honestly, I didn’t want to come to Steelbridge. I literally prayed to God to send me to a place where Christ was not at the center. It’s ironic, right? Praying to God to send me to a place where He wasn’t.
Darren was living in an abandoned church. He was homeless.
He felt like God was calling him to change his life.
Darren was listening to a song by his favorite band and felt like he needed to get to a bridge. First, he thought he needed to get to San Francisco, to the Golden Gate Bridge. If he couldn’t make it to San Francisco, he wanted to get to the sky bridge out over the Grand Canyon.
Betty’s life began in tragedy. At 4 years old, trouble with her biological mother placed her with a different family - who ended up adopting Betty.
When she was 16, her entire family died in one year. Her biological dad died of a heart attack. Her foster mom and brother were killed in a car accident and her other brother died of sepsis
Betty was angry at God. This became the story of her life. Life constantly taking. Betty felt she must not be worthy of love. If she was worthy, why did bad things seem to follow her everywhere?
After a traumatic brain injury, Tracy found himself homeless and lost on the streets of Albuquerque. He was out of money. He had spent the last of it at a motel the night before.
Someone had told him about a different homeless shleter he could stay at. They had given directions but somehow he got turned around and ended up at Steelbridge by mistake. He was standing outside the doors, when a Steelbridge staff member invited him in to get something to eat.
Tracy not only got something to eat, He got a new life.