Success Stories

Success Stories

“I thought I was going to die”

Success Story - KensalMy name is Kensal. I’ve learned many things over the past few months about God, myself and how to live life in ways that honor Jesus. One thing I’ve learned is you’re never too young or too old to say yes to God. But for me, it was a close call.

I thought I was going to die of a heroin overdose. I’d gone 12 hours without oxygen with my heart pumping at only 50% capacity. It was only the second time I’d used heroin, but I almost didn’t make it.

I come from a great family. I was homeschooled and I was taught good values. But when I got out on my own, everything fell apart. Many people use gateway drugs, but not me. I went straight to heroin, which was the worst decision a person could make.

But God makes good things happen . . . and for me the best thing was coming to Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission. Today, I like the person I see in the mirror. I’m learning to forgive others and to forgive myself.

I believe forgiveness is a bridge back. I overdosed the second time I tried heroin . . . and I thought I was going to die to God, and I’m building that bridge now . . . which is amazing, because I feel I’ve seen more of the dark side of life than some people see in 90 years.

Right now I’m being blessed in ways I never asked for. I’m being reunited with my parents. In fact, our relationship is now better than ever. I hope you can see how grateful I am to God, to the Mission and to you who give so much of yourself to make this place available to me.

God bless you!


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