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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 everybody, Charles here (a Shiloh grad. from 2010) coming at you from East Asia and I am excited at what the Lord has done. Against all odds, I am doing things I was told I’ll never be able to do, and I am going places I was told I’ll never be able to go. Everything about my life according to the worlds standards I’m not qualified for, BUT, LOOK AT WHAT THE LORD HAS DONE! We certainly serve an Awesome, Amazing, and Wonderful God. Well, many things have changed since you heard from me last. I no longer live in the States, I am full time overseas, I have now been to 16 different countries and all over the States bringing the message of HOPE, and in January I am going to be getting married to the most wonderful, amazing, and beautiful woman of God in the world. Here she is everybody, meet Hannah!
Hello everybody~ I'm Hannah from China. I recently celebrated my 32th birthday and this is my 13th year being a Christian. I'm so thankful of Jesus' love, His love has led my whole family to following Him. I worked in my church for about 5years. I studied and graduated with a Diploma of Theology at Hong Kong Alliance Bible Seminary, and now I'm studying to become a counselor.
In 2017 I met the most important man in my world! Charles' changed life by God through Shiloh Ministries. It is a miracle. His obedience, passion and love makes me respect him more and more. Im excited about becoming his helper and coworker in life. We need your prayers, thank you so much!
Together we are apart of some extraordinary things, in an extraordinary place, at an extraordinary time. Here in the Far East and globally for that matter, we have a dual purpose; impart hope and mobilize, in its most simplest form that’s it!
All over the world there is trouble that brings hopelessness. The Bible tells us in Psalms 46:1, "that God is a VERY present help in trouble." Therefore, Hannah and I have partnered with churches, schools, organizations and individuals in multiple nations by counseling with and educating them on physical and spiritual necessities to live victoriously through 1 on 1’s, group meetings in homes, restaurants, coffee shops, schools, churches, English classes (well... Texas English) and so forth. We will also soon start a foundations course for new believers in this region of the world.
Also, we have just finished a vision trip that took us through Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, The Philippines, and Macau in order to see how we can better mobilize the Body of Christ. We are praying about how and when to start program for Christian leaders and their families from different parts of the world that have never had the opportunity to have an international experience in ministry hoping that that would ignite a fire in their hearts and then they would return home and impart that passion in to their people to see the fulfillment of the Great Commission.
I want to say “Thank You” for supporting Shiloh Ministries, without you the life that I live along with so many others would not be possible. Because of you people around the world are clinging to the Cross, Thank You.
Charles and Hanna
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Hello, 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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Anthony and Emily Huerta are Missionaries through Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Tyler, Texas. Together they feel called to mobilize individuals into their God given destiny—to know God and to make HIM known. Emily is a second generation missionary and at age 15 pioneered the ministry of KEEPS Boutique in 2008. KEEPS serves teen girls in foster care by provoding free brand new clothing through personalized shopping appointments, girls night-out events, KEEPS Summer Kamps and other local outreaches across East Texas. God designed KEEPS Ministries to draw His Daughters out of brokenness and into relationship with HIM.
Anthony came to know The LORD personally on June 16, 2015, one month into Shiloh as a Shiloh Student. After experiencing The Father’s Unconditional Love for the first time, he realized his life needed to change in order to reflect this reality. One month after graduating Shiloh, Anthony joined YWAM Tyler where he now leads The Mobilization Team. The goal of the Mobilization Team is to mobilize people into a missional lifestyle through evangelism, worship and training.
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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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Hello, my name is Dan Nelson and I am a 2012 graduate of Shiloh Ministries. Throughout my life I knew of God but never “KNEW” Him. When I arrived in June of 2011, Pastor Rocky later joked I was looking to take God for a “test drive”. What a ride it has been! Shiloh, to me was a Spiritual Boot Camp that allowed God to break down my flesh and build up Spirit Man to allow me to be the person the Lord created me to be. After graduation I have able to see the world through spiritual eyes and have been able to guide my family down the narrow path and toward the small gate. (Matthew 7:13-14) Fear, anxiety, self-consciousness have been replaced with the fruit of the Spirit and the confidence to overcome all challenges. (Galatians 5:22-23, Hebrews 10:35-36) My life has been rewarded over and over again since my graduation and has allowed my family and I to live a very fulfilling and debt free life while doing the Lords work in the community we live in. If you are humble and committed to giving the Lord one year of your life at Shiloh, I can guarantee you will step out into the world with new eyes and understanding and be equipped with the tools to overcome any challenges that may come before you. Thank you again Pastor Rocky and Sister Debbie and staff for your commitment to Shiloh and thank you Jesus Christ for saving me! “So, do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
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My name is Ash Cassidy,38, from Jennings Louisiana. I am a 2015 graduate of Shiloh Ministries, and I am currently serving as the Public Relations Director at Wabash Valley Teen Challenge in Terre Haute Indiana. I was raised in a Christian home my whole life but ran from the call of God on my life until I was 32. I battled a horrible heroin addiction and was in bondage in too many forms to name, for many years. I was hopeless and lost, but God saw me fit to take me out of the miry clay and set my feet upon the rock, which is Jesus (Psalm 40:2). He brought me to the doorstep of His ministry at Shiloh on May 24,2014. He began to use Pastor Rocky and Sister Debbie to speak into my life and teach me to stand on the promises He had for my life, and to see my value in Jesus. Over the last 5 years He has continued to purge and purify me, and over the last year I got to marry my Proverbs 31 woman, the mother of our beautiful son. He has called me into full time ministry to be a director at Wabash Valley Teen Challenge, where I am able to Shepard men, and teach them to apply the biblical principles that were taught to me and show them the love of Jesus. The verse my family and I stand on today is Romans 8:28, “God works all things together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.” God used the things my family and I experienced as a testimony that we use today to be able to lead other men, caught in bondage, to the feet of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Forever grateful for Gods ministry at Shiloh!! Pastor Rocky and Sister Debbie truly have the heart of God, and have helped change my life forever, through Jesus.
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Hello, my name is Jacob Kristen from Bryan, Texas. It was just over a decade ago that I had my divine appointment at Shiloh Ministries. As a young man in my early 20’s, I showed up to Liberty, Texas hopeless, lost, full of fear, & completely devoured by drugs. One year later I left with the foundation properly laid to begin walking in the destiny I was uniquely designed for.
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My Name is Chase Smith. I was born in 1989 in Houston Texas. At an early age I began having behavioral problems and as a result was put on many psychiatric medications. Shortly before high School I began to use illegal substances and alcohol and abused psychiatric medications. I quickly became dependent upon them and over the course of the next few years my drug use began to spiral out of control. I had been a competitive swimmer growing up but gave it up because I would rather have been getting high. I had been a decent student but began to cheat just to skate by. My drug use started with weed, then occasionally alcohol, then amphetamines, and eventually everything I could find. I found myself intrigued with eastern philosophy, the “supernatural” and dabbled in the occult. There was a dark force in my life driving me further down a path I never thought I’d find myself on. I was completely opposed to the idea of Jesus and thought it was illogical and often mocked Christians. I began drinking heavily around the age 18 and in direct correlation I began to get in fights and going to jail. One of the first times I was in Harris County jail I remember accidentally placing my hand on a Bible and I remember it sending a jolt of what I felt like electricity up my arm. After that I began to go to the Wednesday Church Service in the jail, and every time I would go a feeling of peace would fall over me. Yet after I was released, I slipped right into my old life and forgot all about the experience I had had. Things continued as they were for several years until I ended up having to go to Prison. I spent about a year in Prison and when I was released, I went to live in Austin, Texas. It was in Austin that I had sunk to a new level of depravity. The farther I sunk the more I realized how helpless I was, and I realized how little I knew, and my heart began to soften more and more. I lived in New Mexico for about two years, and it was after I ended up jobless and homeless in the middle of a small town where I knew absolutely no one that God began to work to do something amazing. I had been released from County Jail on probation and my probation officer filed for an interstate compact, so I could be sent back to Houston to my family. She said the chances of it being approved were very unlikely. Not only was it approved but it was approved by the very next day and next thing I knew I was on a grey hound back to Houston. But when I got back, the same old problems faced me. Drugs and Alcohol still had a grip on me. I had overdosed on heroin once in New Mexico, and after I got back to Houston my kidneys began to fail from using meth and I ended up in the hospital. But I thought “oh well, you live and then you die and then that’s all.” So, it didn't faze me. I did not believe in hell or the devil or anything like that. Months later, I mixed alcohol and drugs and had my last overdose. What I experienced is not important, but it was after this I realized I had been wrong about heaven and hell, about the devil, and most importantly, I was wrong about Jesus. For almost a year, I think I continued to drink, and smoke weed, knowing deep down though that God was calling me. I remember finding a Bible and putting it on my dresser… I never picked it up but I use to look at it and wonder what it said. Towards the end of that year, I sabotaged my job with my drinking, ruined my relationship with my family again, and was practically speaking– homeless. A friend from High schools Dad who was a Christian who lived close by let me come and stay with him. One day, he took me to Church, and in Worship, I remember being overcome with emotion and The Lord ministered to my heart. It was somewhere around that time that I know I must have gotten saved, though I do not know the exact moment or day even. I remember feeling like a different person. I tried watching TV and remember being grieved by the stuff I heard and saw on it. Things I use to enjoy, and think were entertaining, It was strange. I did continue to have problems with prescription medication however and it was then that my Friend’s Dad told me about Shiloh Ministries. As soon as he told me about it, I said I would go. I knew in my heart that I was supposed to go there. Shiloh was an exceedingly difficult year at times, but it produced fruit in my life that will never die. Since then, I have diligently studied God’s Word, been continuously changed from season to season by His Power and made more like Him in all things. I am not perfect; bit I am not the man I use to be. I have hope and joy and a purpose. I am free from the slavery of sin and drugs. I went to YWAM Tyler, Texas after graduating Shiloh and there I met my future wife Chelsey. It was during my time at YWAM that my Dad’s cancer reached a point of no return, so I went back home prematurely to be with him in his last days. Chelsey accompanied me, and since that time we have not been apart. We got married about a year after my Dad passed, and now two years later, we are having our first Child, Elijah Christian Smith. The Lord has been so gracious to me, The Chief of sinners as Paul wrote and every day I am overwhelmed with gratitude. I had no career path or skills, and it was God who continued to put people and signs in my path to go to welding school, so I did, and soon after, I was told about a job by a former Shiloh Graduate. I got the job and excelled there. I made it through 2 layoffs and when they decided to turn the company over to a sister company, they kept me on. This job just so happened to have excellent medical benefits, and I had been worried for some time about how I was going to get treated for Hepatitis C, which I had contracted in my former life. But with my Health Insurance the medicine was affordable, and now today, I am free of Hepatitis, and have the privilege of witnessing to my coworkers. In this season, The Lord has lead Chelsey and I to put down roots at a local Church where we are currently drawing up a strategy for street evangelism to the homeless. The Lord has also been calling me to teach The Bible, we have also partnered with several other Ministries overseas, and have been given the privilege to be able to give resources and occasional teachings to these ministries. Jesus is real and HE is the only way, and HE is gracious to all, and HE desires that none perish. I am a living testimony of His Love, His Grace, and His Mercy.
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