Two months ago, on Palm Sunday, Pastor John Alarid and his wife Hannah stopped on their way to church to talk to a woman who was panhandling a block away from CityReach Church Springfield. They gave her some money, shared a few words of hope, and invited her to church.
After battling a nine-year addiction to pain pills and meth, Jess remembers the moment that snapped her into reality. When she was only 80 pounds, her dad looked her in the eyes and said, “I don’t want to have to bury my daughter.”
Written by Bethany Jarmul | John Snider is preparing to launch CityReach Church Endicott in Endicott, New York on September 18th, 2016. John’s church is one of 28 churches that CITYREACH NETWORK plans to launch in September of 2016.
When Ivan was 20, he moved from Lima, Peru to Jacksonville, Florida chasing the American dream and looking for opportunities. Through his hard work, Ivan went to college and started his own company. It seemed as though Ivan’s dream had been fulfilled.
When Sarah became a Christian last year, she knew she wanted to become active in a community of believers that had come from broken places. Sarah walked into CityReach Church Pittsburgh for the first time and immediately felt like she belonged.
When he was young, Todd Marshall frequently got into fights with his family, neighbors, and classmates at school. To escape from life’s troubles and to find belonging, Todd started drinking and smoking pot at 15.
About two and a half years ago on an unsuspecting fall morning, a state park ranger discovered a woman slumped over the steering wheel of her parked car. The night prior, this woman had attempted to end a pain-filled life by combining alcohol and prescription drugs.
Written by Bethany Jarmul | A year and a half ago, Dottie Simmons was a homeless drug-addict and prostitute. Today, she is living completely for God and has had her life restored and redeemed by the Holy Sprit, after graduating from the CityReach Women’s Home in Pittsburgh.
Written by Bethany Jarmul | Andrew Dove used to be an alcoholic who almost took his own life, but today he is preparing to launch CityReach Church College Park in College Park, Georgia in September, 2016.
This is a guest post by Bethany Jarmul from Reach Northeast. Mark Novales grew up in East Chicago, Indiana. He was raised in a Spanish Pentecostal church in an area with a lot of gang activity.