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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!
In December of 2010 Laura and I got married in Shreveport. God has blessed us and provided me with a great job at a local hospital. The love of Christ is greater than anything this world has to offer. I feel very blessed to have been in such a great place as Shiloh Ministries. While at Shiloh I also obtained my GED. I could not have passed the GED without the help of Mrs. Barbara Page, who volunteers to teach courses. I am also very grateful to Pastor Rocky and Sister Debbie for all the seeds they have sown in my life. But most of all, I am thankful to “Him who is able to perform all that He has promised” (Numbers 23:19).

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I graduated Shiloh Ministries October 18, 2013 with a new found relationship with Jesus Christ.  Having been thru secular rehabs, psychiatric institutes and prison, a relationship with Jesus Christ is the key to overcoming addiction and bondages in life (1 Cor. 15:57). I found myself highly blessed when Pastor Rocky asked me to come on staff and intern as a counselor after graduation.  Working at Shiloh Ministries gave me an opportunity to not only apply the biblical principles I learned but to teach others how to apply them together becoming more than conquerors in Christ (Romans 8:37).  Witnessing the anointing of God break off bondage (Isaiah 10:27) and being a part in the transformation in people’s lives was truly a God given gift during my time on staff at Shiloh.  Sitting under the wisdom of Pastor Rocky and Sister Debbie coupled with the lessons learned in human behavior from the students has been a priceless experience.  The students past and present as well as the staff are very close to my heart everywhere I go. Our Father truly rewards his children.  While working at Shiloh I took an offer from a family to be sponsored for missions. I take time now to thank this family for their love and mentoring. Thank you for you for being part in this great miracle.  May you be blessed  (Proverbs 11:25).  Transferring from a leadership role at Shiloh to a student at Youth With a Mission allowed me to be stretch and grow in my Identity in Christ.  Having finished Discipleship Training school and currently in School of Evangelism, God continues opening doors for a future in ministry.  Jesus has gone into my past and blessed it by giving me opportunity to help others.  I have shared what Jesus has done in my life (Revelations 12:11) with addicts in different cities around the United States, discipled Children who had survived abuse in Argentina and spread the gospel on beaches in Chile. Currently my team is planning an outreach to Germany for urban ministry.  Christians truly are the salt of the Earth (Matt 5:13).  Like the two elements making up salt, giving it flavor and its chemical makeup we need the Holy Spirit to bond with our spirit equipping us with our life giving properties.  The Holy Spirit has made my life beautiful again.  Like a child on Christmas I continue to be amazed at opening HIS next gift. 

Cory Schwartz 

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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) (Joshua 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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Hello my name is Nathan Galvan & I am from Laredo, TX. I graduated Shiloh Ministries on July 26, 2013, and I served an additional 6 months as an Intern after graduation. I came to Shiloh on July of 2012, because I was enslaved to Drugs & Alcohol and I had lost almost everything. It took me hitting rock bottom and going to jail before I cried out to the Lord for mercy. I got arrested for felony burglary of a habitation entry by force and was put on probation for 6 years. Thought I was doing well, but I began using drugs again and failed a drug test, which resulted in a warrant for my arrest. I got pulled over in George West, TX. and the Police ran a back ground check on me and found the warrant for probation violation and they took me to jail. While in jail I cried out to the Lord, because I knew that I could not continue on this path that I was on. In Psalms 40:2 the Word of God says, “He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.” I am living proof of this because, as soon as I was bonded out of jail I was granted permission from the judge to go to Shiloh Ministries for one year. Going to Shiloh was the best thing that ever happened to me. It was at Shiloh where my life took on significance. The atmosphere is thick with the presence of God and His love caused me to repent of my foolishness and I received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Afterward the Holy Spirit revealed in the Word of God that I needed power to live a life of freedom. This power was released in my life when I received the baptism in the Holy Spirit. It was an honor to be a student under a great Staff. As a student I had many desires that I ask the Lord for. One of my desires was to have a beautiful and godly wife. I also desired to have children. I knew that I was ready to take care of one of His daughters and I really wanted a family. I am very proud to say that the Lord has blessed me with a beautiful wife (Vania Magallanes Galvan) and a beautiful daughter Vanis Alessandra Ramirez. We were married on May 30th 2014. If I had not gone to Shiloh to get reconciled with God, none of this would have been possible. I owe all glory & honor to my Heavenly Father. I am truly blessed and I want to be the priest of my home. The Lord has called me to lead my family in the ways of the Lord, Galatians 2:20 is my life verse and this is the way I choose to live for the rest of my life. Thank you, Pastor Rocky and Sister Debbie for surrendering your life so that others could have the opportunity to receive Jesus Christ as Lord.

                                                  

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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.”  
   
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Hello, my name is Eugene Briscoe. I am from St Croix, US Virgin Islands. I spent many years in rebellion and doing foolish things of this world. I was involved in gambling, drugs, alcohol, and sexual encounters out of wedlock. I have encountered different challenges such as deaths in my family, layoffs, income reduction, housing problems, and health issues. Due to my ungodly lifestyle, my life was a disaster and out of control. I finally had enough and cried out to God. (Romans 10:13) “For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” I can boldly testify that “God answers prayers when we call out to Him.” In 2006 God answered my cry and brought me to Shiloh Ministries. I fell in love with Jesus and my life was restored and never the same! I can now say the understanding of God’s Word is what inspired me to change my life. I am proud to say that I graduated from Shiloh Ministries in January 2007. I give all the praises and honor to God Almighty! After graduation I went back home to St Croix, US Virgin Islands for my father’s funeral. I decided to stay for a while, because my Mom was still living and needed assistance. I was employed at a homeless men’s program as a counselor at a US Virgin Island Government rehab program. After leaving the Virgin Islands I came to Atlanta, Georgia, where I am currently employed as a counselor at a Homeless Shelter. I believe the Lord has given me strategy to serve and be mentored here in Atlanta so when the timing is right I will be released to pioneer the Lord’s Work where ever He decides. The Lord has given me a heart to help others. My life is now fruitful because of the Word of God that was sown in my heart when I was a student at Shiloh Ministries. (Mark 4:8) “But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty and some hundred fold."

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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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The devil comes to steal, kill and destroy…. some dance with hazard in such a way as to hold his hand while he rips them apart.  My name is Joseph Brack.  I’m 34 years old.  At the age of 7 I was exposed to the rewards of substance abuse as my father lay in his casket after dying from a heroin overdose.  At the age of 14 I walked away from the church and began to follow in my father’s footsteps taking fellowship with darkness and slipping into a lifestyle of self-medication.  For over 10 years I abused my mind and body with a number of poisons designed to blind me from the God given calling on my life.  Then at the age of 26, the devil rolled up his sleeves and I was introduced to crack cocaine.  After one touch I couldn’t stop.  This was a viciousness I’d never known…. a set of teeth sunken into me which I couldn’t shake.  All of my desire and devotion began yielding to a malicious dependency whose banner was death. About a year into my addiction I realized that the end of my life had begun.  Hopelessness seized me and I began to dwell on the pain that I was inevitably going to bring my family as soon as I consumed too much crack cocaine and burst my heart wide open.  One evening after using, as if someone crawled out from inside of me, I began crying out hysterically.  Suddenly I was on my knees begging God to save me from killing myself.  I pleaded with Him to help me reassuring Him that I couldn’t do it on my own. Within a few months I was back in church, surrendered my life completely to Christ, was baptized and totally drug free!  However due to a lack of discipleship and an absence of relationship and intimacy with the Holy Spirit I relapsed 2 years later.  Unfortunately crack cocaine would destroy another year and a half of my life.  After returning to my death sentence I spiralled down much faster and much harder giving myself over whole heartedly to the drug.  Eventually losing everything that I owned including the trust of my closest loved ones, I prepared for the worst….never considering redemption.  But God in His awesome mercy had other plans… After doing some research my family found Shiloh Ministries online and presented me with an ultimatum….. “Either go to Shiloh and get help or go your own way and die”. I chose life. I came to Shiloh Ministries April 4, 2013 at the age of 32.  Immediately after arriving at Shiloh I began praying intensely, asking God what His plans and purposes were for my life.  I needed something to hope for towards the future.  I could not and would not go back to where I’d come from. Job 33:15-16 says, “In a dream, a vision of the night, when sound sleep falls on men, while they slumber in their beds, then He opens the ears of men and seals their instruction”.  I started having dreams about traveling by airplane.  For several nights in a row I had the same dream but was unaware of it’s significance.  A few days later a guest speaker showed up and began talking about ‘missions’.  The speaker taught for 3 days and I hung on every word.  I began connecting the dots. The desire to go unto the world and share the redeeming love of Christ, to serve the poor, to heal the sick and expose truth to a blind and broken world strengthened more and more as I learned to serve and as I increasingly fell in love with His Word during my year at Shiloh. After graduating Shiloh April 4, 2014, I joined Youth With A Mission, a missions ministry based out of Tyler, Texas.  Over the past year I have had the privilege to visit 4 nations (Haiti, Dominican Republic, Turkey and Nepal) with the purpose of sharing the gospel. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about the anointing that rests over Shiloh Ministries and how I’m so thankful that God saw fit to draw me there in order to find my purpose… and my life.

 

 


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