Hello! My name is Nicholas Andrew Muzyka and I battled addictions to meth and other drugs like marijuana, alcohol and cocaine. I was what professionals call a poly-substance user. I used what was there to escape reality, and to numb the pain of bad choices that I had made in my life. I began to use meth on a daily basis, and it began to destroy my body and mind. In trying to escape from what I thought was my reality, I very quickly lost touch with what was real. God had blessed me with a wonderful wife and children, and they were watching as their husband and father went crazy. After two evictions and many fights, my wife had enough and took the children and moved back to Texas. The plan was that I would complete a year program in California and then follow. However, I manipulated my way out of that and off to Texas I went with promises of change. Things were ok for six months and then I began to use again. But this time my wife and family were not falling for the promises I had given so many times before. They moved out and would come by to check on the apartment, and to make sure I was alive. I had become so lost and I felt so alone, but in that brokenness God heard me as I cried out to Him. He answered me when He opened the door for me at Shiloh. After turning my life completely over to God and completing a year at Shiloh, I am a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17). I now live with my wife and children in Killeen Texas and work full time with my father in-law. We attend a wonderful Spirit filled church that teaches the uncompromised Word of God. I thank God every day for using Pastor Rocky, Sister Debbie and all the other staff at Shiloh to help remove my grave clothes (John 11:44).
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Hello my name is Gabriel Abad 111. I graduated from Shiloh Ministries December 2014. Before surrendering to Jesus Christ as my Savior I lived a dark and painful life. I numbed myself to all things that pertained to goodness. All I knew was the things that this world dictated to me from its fallen state. When I arrived at Shiloh I immediately experienced God's presence. I felt peace and that is what I was desperately wanting for my life. I was so tired of living with a tormented mind that almost led me to death. I also brought to Shiloh Ministries a body that was sick with an illness only The LORD could heal me of. As I began my spiritual Love walk with God He began to heal me because I trusted in His Son as my LORD and Savior. The Word of God became healing to all my body (Proverbs 4:22-24 & Psalms 107:20). The LORD is a God of miracles. He has restored relationships with my family and He has also given me a new family. While at Shiloh I asked God for a godly wife. After graduating and finding a job The LORD introduced one of His daughters (Jenifer) to me and we began a relationship that led to us being as one as husband and wife. With this marriage I gained a beautiful daughter Megan. I am so blessed of The LORD! As Jenifer, Megan and I prayed together we asked The LORD for a better paying job with benefits. Well, that too manifested as we put our hope and trust in Him "who is well able to do abundantly more than we can think or imagine, for those who love Him" (Eph. 3:20). My life has been dramatically transformed because of God's Grace and because of Shiloh Ministries. Thank you Pastor Rocky, Sister Debbie and Shiloh Staff, you are amazing people and we love you.
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My name is Jacob Gunter, I am 23 years old, and I live in Shreveport, Louisiana. I graduated from Shiloh Ministries in August of 2009, where I was set free from the bondage of drugs. Since then a lot has transpired in my life. When I returned to Shreveport after graduation, I had to meet with my probation officer. I walked into his office with a letter written from Shiloh. The Probation Officer read it and said “Thank you, you will be hearing from us at a later date”. He called back a few weeks later and told me that I had been put on inactive probation and I would not have to report in monthly or make probation payments. The Lord had already started showing me favor. After that I continued to work and volunteer on medical missions trips to Mexico. It was then that the Lord placed on my heart a love for foreign missions. In March of 2010 I attended another mission trip in Mexico. The whole week I was there I felt impressed in my spirit to continue with missions in Mexico. I did not know at the time, that I would meet my future wife Laura. When I came back to the states I was staying in touch with Laura as a friend and continually praying for God to open a door for me to be a full time missionary in Mexico. After a few months, I went to visit Laura and her family in Mexico. I got to meet with her Father who is a Pastor of a Church in a village outside the city where she lives. While I was there I felt called to that group of believers. I noticed that this church didn’t have a worship group. They were playing and singing to CD’s. I talked to Laura’s Father and told him the Lord has blessed me with musical skills and I was available if he needed me to lead worship. The only problem I faced was, how was I going to afford living there? I had no job. Then I heard the Holy Spirit say, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done” (Philippians 4:6). I was provided all the necessary funds and more!
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Hello, my name is Charles Nickens. On Friday, June 11, 2009 out of desperation to live, I cried out to God and He led me to Shiloh Ministries. It was hard for me to believe that I allowed my life to get so out of control. I knew it would only be a matter of time before I would be dead if I did not go to Shiloh Ministries. The transformation that took place at Shiloh was absolutely amazing. I arrived broken, hopeless, and insecure and feeling unloved. I graduated on Friday, June 11, 2010 mended, hopeful, confident, and loved. Before graduating, Pastor Mark Trice of Maranatha Church offered me a maintenance job and also an internship in ministry. After a week of prayer and fasting, I knew it was God and said yes. Immediately after graduating Shiloh, I joined the ministry team at Maranatha Church. God is so faithful in His work in me. He brings challenges across my path to help me mature. But along with the trials, He has brought godly friends to counsel, encourage and hold me accountable as I grow in this transformed life. When I was a student at Shiloh, I read books that drew my heart to world missions. Since that time I have felt in my heart that God was preparing me for an assignment in world evangelism. I have been so blessed since graduating from Shiloh Ministries. I am so grateful to the Lord for directing my steps to be mentored by wonderful people. In January of 2013 I began my missionary journey. I completed a Discipleship Training School Course, along with an outreach to a foreign nation. On my return to the States I signed up and completed an Strategic Evangelism Course with another outreach to a foreign country. Currently I am serving as staff at YWAM Tyler for World Missions. I ask that you keep me in your prayers for my journey in World Evangelism. Wherever I go and whatever I do, I pray that I would not compromise in my representation of Christ Jesus. I also ask that I would be led by the Holy Spirit in all my relationships and endeavors. Finally I ask that everything that I do in this life would bring glory and honor to Him, who has prepared me for a life of doing good. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).
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Hello everyone! My name is Joe Burgess and I am a graduate of Shiloh Ministries. God is faithful and He loves me and my family. Yes it is true that he loves everyone, but to me it is definitely relational. He is my Heavenly Father. I have been so blessed since graduating from Shiloh, it's all happened so fast it is hard to keep up with! God is always faithful and true. Yet again He shows increase through my family & I, not only spiritual but physical as well. God has placed me in a position of area manager with the company I have worked for less than 5 years! God has continues to show His faithfulness on our journey through life. I have joined a men's ministry at our home church. The ministry focuses on serving elderly and widowed women around our community. It is so rewarding to simply go out and serve. No expectations other than to make someone else's life better! Showing the love of Christ through simple acts of kindness and servitude! This is a foundation that I learned while in Shiloh. My wife (Becky) faithfully serves in the nursery and also is a part of the women's ministry in the church. How could I be more blessed? I have a beautiful wife, a beautiful daughter, and both love The Lord! “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). This is a foundation that I learned while under the spiritual covering of Shiloh Ministries, and I am so very thankful for it. There are no words to fully describe the transformations that take place at Shiloh, the best we can do is give testimony of Gods Love and allow God to do the rest thru us. Blessings to all!
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Hello my name is Daniel Nelson, I’m from Lake Geneva, WI. and I graduated Shiloh Ministries on June 21, 2012. I grew up in a good God fearing family and had no excuse to take the path of sin in my life that I did. Early in life I turned from Jesus due to disagreements I had with the teaching of the conservative church our family went to. Though I continued to go for my family’s sake, it was the beginning of selfishness and rebellion that would continue throughout most of my life. In high school I began to smoke, drink, and use marijuana. This continued throughout my early adulthood, and although I was blessed with two beautiful children, I became addicted to pain killers, cocaine, amphetamines, and heroin. I lost my job, my house, most of my possessions, and almost my family due to my addictions. One day in 2011, I was in a drug house in Chicago when I saw two children sitting on a soiled mattress next to a table with drugs and guns. They were about the same age as my children. That night as I sat at home I contemplated suicide to save my children from my destructive behavior. God spoke to me and said “I can fill the emptiness that you have had for years with something greater”. What I didn’t realize at the time was that no matter what I had done in my life, God loves me. But we have the choice between Life (Him) or death (Sin) (Duet. 30:19). I wanted to choose Life. Soon after that a way was made for me to enter Shiloh. Over the year I spent in the discipleship, The Lord helped me shed my anger, selfishness, pride, and rebellion and replace it with the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). Through the consistent hearing and reading of His Word at Shiloh, my mind was renewed and after showing responsibility and humility, I was blessed with the opportunity to help construct the new student dorm. After Graduation, the Lord has blessed me beyond what we could have hoped for. I was married to my beautiful wife Tonya and have been blessed with a good job that has allowed our family to be debt free. He also led us to a great church where we are now involved with the children’s ministry. Though there will always be challenges, Shiloh has equipped me to guide my family down the narrow path (Matthew 7:13-14). Life has never been better. Thank you Pastor Rocky and Sister Debbie for your love and commitment to God’s calling and thank you Jesus for saving me!
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Since I have graduated from Shiloh Ministries, I have been blessed with a great job working for a top corporation, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation out of the woodlands in Houston TX. I was also serving a 6 year probation period since 2010, and since I have graduated Shiloh I was released on December of 2014 and I am no longer on probation. While I was at Shiloh more than anything I would pray for a family and children, well the Lord game me more than I could ever imagine, I got re acquainted with my longtime friend Vania Magallanes and her daughter Alessandra Ramirez and we soon got married. Right away I knew she was the one and I fell in Love with both of them, Alessandra has an absent father and I stepped in to fill that role since she was 5 months old, she is now 2 years old and calls me daddy, she is my little princess and I soon plan on adopting her. A few months after me and my wife got married, my wife got pregnant and what happened next was more than I could ever imagine, the bible says ask and you shall receive, well I asked and the Lord gave me more than I can ever imagine, we soon would be the proud parents of twins, a baby boy and a baby girl. What happened during their birth I don’t wish upon anyone, my twins were born on June 1, 2015 and 3 days had gone by and my babies were in the NICU since they were a week pre mature. My baby girl Milena Denise Galvan seemed to be doing a little bit better than my son Micah Daniel Galvan, she was off the oxygen and was maintaining her own body temperature, and was just doing a little bit better or more ahead of my son. The Dr. told me that this was normal that one twin usually stays a little behind but then catches up, well on the 4th morning me and my wife got some news that no one was expecting and I don’t wish upon anyone. We were called to go into to NICU to speak with the cardiologist, he told us that throughout the night they were having to increase the oxygen level on my son and they grew curios as to why they checked his lungs and everything was good, so they called the cardiologist to run some test and what he found was alarming and scary. My son had what was called TAPVR which was his pulmonary vein wasn’t connecting to the left side of his heart and wasn’t getting oxygenated blood to the left side of his heart to go to the rest of his body, me and my wife feared the worst and I let the enemy scare me for a bit, the cardiologist told us that he would need heart surgery and that he will be flown to San Antonio Children’s Methodist Hospital. We were so scared and we were told that not me or my wife could fly with our son on the helicopter, so we made a decision, my wife would stay in Laredo with our daughter and I would drive to San Antonio to be with my son. When I got in the car to go pack I lost it and cried out to God to please not take my baby boy away, but I was quickly reminded of my times at Shiloh Ministries and all that I was taught there, I thought of the story in Genesis when Abraham offered his son Isaac as a sacrifice, and as hard as it may seem that is exactly what I did, I told God I place him at your feet and in your hands he is your Son, but thank you for trusting me to be his earthly father and I simply worshiped the whole way to San Antonio. It was tough to be separated as a family and especially going through this but I had to be strong for my son and my wife and for my family. Me and my wife stood and the God’s promises and played worship music for him, we read him the bible and prayed for our son, we did this before and after surgery which was done by one of God’s Angels Dr. Kupershmit. My son had heart surgery 7 days later, and it was a complete success we had to not receive all of the bad things that we would here and stand on God’s word, but me and my wife believed he was healed and God used the medical community and staff to heal my baby boy, and just 10 days after heart surgery on father’s day my son was released and me and my family were reunited. Words cannot describe what me and my family went through but we had the prince of peace and our King Jesus with us the entire time and it is God and God alone that get the glory for what he has done in my family and in my son Micah Daniel Galvan, what the enemy meant for harm God has turned it around and used it for his glory and his honor. We are now a happy family of 5 and I can truly say that had I not gone to Shiloh Ministries, I would not have been prepared spiritually for this battle, I would not have been strong enough and I would have allowed the enemy to sneak in and believe his lies, I am forever grateful to God and to Pastor Rocky and Sister Debbie for being obedient to the calling that God has on their lives, without this ministry I would not be the man of God that I am.
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Hello my name is Cade Carrier. I graduated from Shiloh Ministries in November 25, 2009. A year of my life that was so inspired and directed by The Lord Jesus Christ. My life has been completely changed in so many ways! I continue to obey and keep that intimate relationship with The Holy Spirit daily. My heart desires to experience the love of Jesus in all my daily activities being able to show the characteristics of Jesus in everything I do. I remain in constant contact with my Savior by starting each day in His presence through studying, intercession, and mostly speaking the Word of God over my family, friends, our nation and nations around the world. God’s vast love has engaged supernaturally in areas of my life starting with the complete restoration in my family when I graduated from Shiloh. In March of 2010 I began working for Dr. Robert Torre who I met while on a mission trip in Mexico. This Doctor has been a tremendous blessing in my life. He has helped me begin a career in the medical field, with employment at En-Trust Immediate Care in Houston, Texas. I also began college the same year at Lee College in Baytown, Texas where I will become a Registered Nurse. I plan on continuing my career as a Nurse Practitioner after completing my RN degree. God has shown He will be faithful to the end in all areas of my life. In June 21,2009 while at a Men’s Conference in Sealy, Texas God spoke a Word to me through scripture leading me to Isaiah 42:6-7 saying ““I, the Lord, have called You in righteousness, And will hold Your hand; I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people, As a light to the Gentiles, To open blind eyes, To bring out prisoners from the prison, Those who sit in darkness from the prison house.” Once again God supernaturally fulfilled a desire of mine. Two years later on the exact day June 21, 2011 I received a letter stating that I was cleared to enter behind the walls of the prison to minister Gods Word. God knew exactly what He was doing since my wife Heather’s desire was to minister in prisons also. We both are involved in prison ministries together in Texas Department of Corrections joining with Somebody’s Coming Ministries out of Conroe, Texas. He has placed a burning desire in me, my wife and also my daughter Kameron to fulfill His plans and purposes for our lives making all the necessary provision to increase the kingdom. I give God all the Glory for the powerful restoration He has done in my life and my family’s life. I am very thankful and grateful that God called me to Shiloh Ministries. The anointing of God almighty is there that enables me to find identity, worthiness, and my confidence in Christ. My spirit overflows in love for Pastor Rocky, Sister Debbie and all the Shiloh Staff, and Shiloh supporters that step out in obedience answering the call of God that is changing men’s lives daily. The work that God began in my life began at Shiloh and continues to flow in my family. Galatians 2:20 says “I have been crucified with Christ; It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me; and this life I now live in this body I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
Hello, my name is Jamie Nelson from Dothan Alabama. I graduated in 2013 from Shiloh Ministries. Since graduation from Shiloh, my life has been great, of course I have had my ups and downs, but no matter what I go through, I get all my strength from my Lord. He provides all my needs! I pick up my cross Daily and follow Jesus Christ; I am gladly surrendered to HIM. I am a temple of God where worship takes place. Witnessing is an honor and a privilege, I am excited about telling others of what Jesus Christ has done in my life. The Lord has privileged me to have a street ministry for HIM and the Holy Spirit guides me to the ones He wants me to speak to and pray for. The Lord lead me to call HIS ministry Eternal Touch Ministries! I prayed and asked HIM because I wanted the name to give HIM glory . It is HE that does the ministry, I just surrender my will so His will be done. The Lord Jesus delivered me from a 28 year drug and alcohol addiction and I am not the same! He has also baptized me in the Holy Spirit so I can be a bold witness for Him! My Savior lives and He empowers me so His Grace will be on display. He desires to touch and set free every captive. I received my GED while at Shiloh. God’s hand was upon me as I only had a fifth grade education coming into Shiloh. I work at Tri-State Commercial Tires, and have been employed there since December of 2013. I love to hunt and fish but most of all I love to fish for men. I want all people to know my Savior, so He will become their Savior. The Lord has commissioned each of us to make disciples out of all people. It’s the greatest thing I can do for what he has done for me! Matthew 28:18-20, “Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen!
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My story is one of chasing everything the world says is necessary to have a happy life and yet ﬁnding no lasting fulﬁllment in that alone. We seem to be programmed, in this society, to chase certain things convinced that happiness lies within those possessions. The reality is there are no possessions, nothing in this world that can replace a relationship with God. I can't blame my addiction on anything other than poor decisions at a very early age. I began drinking around the age of twelve, and like anything left unattended it eventually became uncontrollable. I managed to make it through high school even being offered a scholarship. Rather than taking the scholarship and obtaining a degree that would allow me to pursue a career in which I could help people, I allowed fear and uncertainty to get the best of me and went into a ﬁeld that not only advocated my drinking but seemed to encourage it. Things began to spiral out of control at this time and before I knew it everything was slipping through my ﬁngers, my career as a chef, my relationships with friends and family, and even my freedom. At the age of twenty ﬁve, after many arrests and a path of destruction farther than the eye could see, I was given the wonderful opportunity to attend Shiloh Ministries year long program. There are no words to express the value in what I was given at Shiloh; it was there that I truly gave my life Jesus Christ. I truly cherish my time at Shiloh and directly link my time there to where I am today. A few years after I left Shiloh I began to make small compromises in life which led to other poor decisions, ultimately leading me to make one of the worst decisions I could have ever made; drinking once again. It wasn't long until I lost everything I had been given once again, leaving me utterly despondent. I had been here before but this time it was very different. Losing a relationship, a good job, nice car, a bunch of stuff, and my freedom once again was nothing compared to feeling as if I had lost my relationship with God. The truth is he never left or forsake me but due to my poor decisions I felt wildly disconnected from God. C.S. Lewis once said “pain is God's megaphone", and I know that pain in my life is what drew me back to the Lord. Though this was completely self inﬂicted pain it was still the catalyst for change in my life. I found myself, once again, needing help ridding my life of drugs and alcohol. I was scheduled to enter a thirty day rehabilitation program but knew that wasn't what I truly needed. I was told about a new facility in Lufkin called the Dream Center and shortly after entered the program. It wasn't long until the hope I once had begun to ﬂood my life once again. God began using me within that program, allowing me to teach and even preach in churches during my year in the program. God has not only completely restored what I destroyed with my poor decisions but has also added so much more. I am now married to a beautiful woman who loves Christ more than me and I couldn't be happier. Oddly enough Meagan was the ﬁrst person I met in Lufkin; she worked at the Dream Center when I ﬁrst entered the program. She went on to work somewhere else and I focused on re-cultivating my relationship with God. As it turns out she attended the same church; we began dating after I left the program and soon after we were married. Before I entered the program no one would trust me to take care of their pet rock let alone a child and now we foster three children. We have had seven placements to this day and will continue to care for children as long as God allows. Not only are we allowed to care for children while their parents get the help they need we also are blessed to run the Lufkin Dream Center. I am now the Director of the Dream Center, and my wife is the Director of Program development. I am blessed to be allowed to work alongside my wife in a ministry that helps men and women struggling with the same issues that once had me hopeless. God truly is a God of restoration and redemption; what he has done for me in my life he will do for you in yours or someone you love.
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Hello my name is Landon Mathis. Four years ago today my life was a complete wreck and in total chaos because of the choices that I made. Me, I made a choice to drink and use with no regard for anyone but myself. It didn't matter to me who I hurt or what consequences my choices would bring. To me I was just fine coz that is what drinking and using did to me. I was in complete denial and little did I know I was at rock bottom. On the night of June 4th 2012, I found myself sitting in the back of a state police car having been arrested for DUI. I remember clearly standing in the driveway on second street in Natchitoches and I am certain I heard God's voice tell me come go with me. At the time I had no idea where that would be. On June 19th my life changed forever as I entered Shiloh Ministries and Pastor Rocky and Sister Debbie Fondren welcomed me with open arms. From the moment I walked on to that property in Liberty Texas I knew God was up to something. HE took me by my hand and cleansed me of my sins, renewed my mind, removed the darkness from my life, restored my relationship with my family and friends. HE made me whole again so I could go out and live a life free from the shackles of alcohol, drugs, insecurity, doubt and fear. Psalms 40:3 says, HE drew me out of the pit of destruction, out of the mud of the swamp; HE set my feet upon a crag and made firm my steps. Today because of God, Pastor Rocky, Sister Debbie, my Shiloh brothers, my family and friends I am free from the bondage of the chaotic life I once lived. God told me I can go anywhere I want after I completed my stay at Shiloh and my choice was Afghanistan, HE then said lets go. HE has given me everything since I chose to follow HIM and I assure you HE will do it for you. My message is this, if anyone out there is in doubt of what God can do then talk to me coz I assure you if rock bottom is where you are, God is the rock at the bottom waiting to lift you up.
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Hello I am Daniel Allen. I am 33 years old from Lake Charles Louisiana. From a young age I could feel God moving on my life. In a Baptist church in our small community at the age of 8 I gave my life to Jesus. Though I was save, I was missing true heart connection with the father. At 16 years old I walked out of the church and started seeking attention from where ever I could get it. My poor decisions to drink and party led to the eventual use of marijuana at the age of 18. The years that followed were filled with experimentations with sorts of drugs, only to find myself in the end hopelessly addicted to both making and using crystal meth. Easter Sunday just after my 27 birthday, I was sitting in a bar parking lot waiting to make a drug deal, when the Lord Jesus spoke to me. He told me that the person I was becoming was not the Son he had created me to be. This experience broke me. I spent the next two evenings praying with my mother for God to help me. A few months later on the afternoon of Feb 4 I was arrested on multiple charges. A few weeks later while sitting in jail I opened a letter my parents mailed me with information on Shiloh Ministries. While reading the information a peace that could not be explained began to come over my life. In that moment God healed me from years of addiction to drugs and nicotine. From that point on I knew in my heart that Shiloh was where I belonged and I never had to use again.
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