Hello my name is Daniel Allen. I graduated from Shiloh Ministries in March 2013. Before going to Shiloh my life was a mess. At 28 years old I was very quickly headed toward an early grave. My life consisted of out of control eating habits, smoking two packs of cigarettes a day as well as a strong addiction to crystal meth. Sin had a strong hold on my life. Through the year I spent at Shiloh, Jesus broke the hold of sin on my life. He filled me with the Holy Spirit and gave me the tools to walk in victory over sin. The desire to do meth and smoke has left my life. Also my weight is now under control and my life now consist of Bible Study, exercising and healthy eating. This is a major change from the former way I was living my life. I am now a member of Life Church in Sulphur, Louisiana. God is opening doors for me to minister to men from my area who are struggling with addiction. I am helping at my church with a program called, the Purpose Driven Life. In addition to the year I spent at Shiloh I also received an Associate's Degree in Theology. I am also studying to get my Bachelors Degree in Theology. I look forward to what God has planned for my life. I hope one day soon to be in full time ministry, as well as world missions. Doing the work of my Heavenly Father is what life is all about. I thank Jesus for saving me and giving me the ability to live according to, Proverbs 3:5-6; "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path." Thank you so much Pastor Rocky and Debbie for being obedient to the call of God on your life.
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.
Hello, my name is Brian Nayman and this is my beautiful wife of 30 years, Terri.. I graduated Shiloh in January 2010. When I first entered Shiloh, I had been married for 27 yrs with 5 children, spanning from age 11 to 32 yrs. of age. I was used to an active family life. I knew that in order to survive a year in this quest to be free from narcotic pain medications and the life patterns that go with it, I needed God’s help. He alone was able (and willing) to deliver me and bring me back to being a free man. From the very start He guided me. He led me to “fast” my family for 1 year in order to hear and be delivered. I knew that I had to not mourn being away from my wife & children so that God could renew my relationship with Himself and my family. I needed to focus. I cannot give credit to any one person or teaching or staff member, but to the fact that the atmosphere was there for the Holy Spirit to work. When I left Shiloh, I was not perfect but I learned that if you have faith in His Grace, you will always come out of any situation an Overcomer! Life is not always easy, but we can always have an inner peace if we trust Him. King David made some really wrong choices and allowed flesh to lead him, but he loved God with his whole heart and turned to repentance each time he missed it. We must do the same. We will make mistakes. We will walk outside of the realm of Love, but if we learn and grow each time, the wrongs will grow farther apart. If you do not allow time for the Holy Spirit of God to minister to you, you will not lead a consistently victorious life. You cannot figure it out on your own. Be dependent upon HIM. In July of 09, during a time of prayer for our nation, as I thought of how much different our nation would be if we would just obey 1 Timothy 2:1-2, the Holy Spirit spoke to me and I wrote it down. He said, “Busyness, busyness, busyness. Why do you consume your life with things that give no life? I have come that you may have life and that more abundantly. Take time to seek ME. Listen for ME. I will make your life more abundant if you will spend time with ME and listen. Seek ME and you will have everything you desire. Seek ME and you will have true life. Spend time with ME.” Does this apply to you? Is your life and time consumed by the world? Most of us have no idea what He wants to do for us and speak to us because we are busy with what we are sure is of top priority. If you are always rushing to one thing and another, trying to please others, you will rarely, if ever, be quiet enough inside to hear the Spirit of God and life will be hit-or-miss at best. I promise you that there are things that you can eliminate. Talk to the Holy Spirit, your counselor today. (Some choose to live by convictions, others by preference. – Selah). I would like to leave you with a prayer principle that God gave to me one day on my way to work in early 2011. I was praying a prayer that I had prayed for many years, probably about 12 – 15 yrs. I was praying, “Father, help me to be the best husband, and the best father I can be.” Well, He had been helping me and answering that prayer, but this time He spoke back to me and said, “Your best is not all that good! Why don’t you ask Me to work through you and I will make you to be a supernatural husband and supernatural father.?” So that has been my prayer ever since. I realize that it will not be an instant change, but a process. When God tells you He will do something in you, you cannot pay attention to minutes, hours, days, months or even years. God pays no attention to time when maturing the saints. It is the end result He desires. God loves you just the way you are, but He refuses to leave you that way.
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).
It has been quite a journey since 2006, giving my life to the Lord & graduating from Shiloh Ministries. So much has happened. There have been good times and bad. Happy times and sad times, but through it all my wife and I continue to see the love and grace of God in our life’s. Since our last update my wife and I have had a beautiful baby girl Charlee Grace Burgess! She is so smart, healthy and wonderful! She defiantly keeps us on our toes. What a wonderful blessing! After a short time of parenthood we began to discuss how it would be possible for Becky to stay home and be with her. It was not a possibility at that time; however, I was offered a management job in Baton Rouge which would make that dream a reality. After much prayer and consideration we made the move near Baton Rouge to Denham Springs, La where we live now. God is so faithful. Found an amazing church where we were welcomed with open arms and began to serve. God has truly blessed our lives by taking us through hard times and using that to refine us. I often look back and think “what did I do to deserve this" and the answer is nothing. God freely gives to all of his children. No question, no guilt, no heartache, just love. Titus 3 3-7. He has molded us, shaped us and formed us for his glory. No matter what happens he is our Rock, our Foundation, our Corner stone, our Deliverer and our Redeemer. This all starts with someone willing to show this love & willing to show this truth. Like a child that does not learn to speak without teaching, neither does a sinner learn the ways of God without someone who will show them? This knowledge I started with Shiloh Ministries. It started with a hug from a man (Pastor Rocky) in the parking lot of a place I was unsure of and the kind words “we love you brother". From there the past is... Well just the past! - Love to all, Joe Burgess
Since graduating from Shiloh Ministries in 2010, many things have happened in my life to make it fulfilling and challenging. I spent years in the past, living an abusive and self-destructive lifestyle. Since graduating from Shiloh, God has richly blessed me with a Godly wife and my first son named Samuel Joseph Landry. Life can be very difficult and rewarding. I have faced many challenges with decisions. Some challenges were to change jobs after working in the same place since 2005. Also my wife (Anna) & I had our firstborn son and I lost my father to cancer. This all took place within a 3 month period. Life has changed me significantly needless to say. Through all of this change, I have learned to lean on my Heavenly Father for comfort and peace. God told Moses that He was “I AM,” meaning that God was everything that Moses needed. I have come to discover that as life brings challenges and changes; God becomes the source even more so than before. I don’t believe that my testimony consists of my past and what I struggled with. What I struggled with in my past because of drugs and alcohol was simply my history that is now dead in Christ. I believe my testimony now, is God is my IAM, He is my Everything! in the present and in the future. That’s why 1 John 5:4 says, “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world-our faith”. As life brings challenges, we need to learn to lean on the Father more and more because, in leaning comes victory and overcoming. That is what I AM is. The Father becomes more and more to me as I lean on him. I know as life unfolds for me I will need HIM more and more as it goes. This is growth in the Father by Jesus. I AM becomes more of a significance to me as I trust more and more. Dependency on HIM grows, and I AM unfolds in my life. I thank God that HE keeps me and that HIS Grace is sufficient for me when I am weak.
I finally hit rock bottom, after a six year drug habit to meth and crack cocaine. I cried out to God & He arranged my entrance into Shiloh Ministries in January 2005. Then the true meaning of living life really began. I realized while I was there that there is more to being a man than just being born a male. The LORD used the awesome staff at Shiloh in helping me deal with life’s disappointments by leaning on Him and seeking comfort in His Word. Quitting was never an option, even when a tragic truck accident took my dad’s life six months into the program. It was God who revealed to me that I needed to remain at Shiloh. It turned out to be the best year of my life, and every year since, life has become better and better. After I graduated in January of 2006, God led me to a dedicated Christian woman who was devoted to Him and had a heart for men suffering from substance abuse. Although Satan kept trying to drag me back to my old life, God constantly reminded me that He had changed me and that I had His power to overcome any of Satan’s attacks. In December of 2006, I returned to Shiloh where Pastor Rocky performed the marriage ceremony for me and the woman that God handpicked just for me. Two months into our marriage, God opened up the door to start my own lawn care business. He led me to Luke 8:8 “where seed fell on fertile soil producing a return of a hundred fold”. That’s where I believe the seed fell on me when I was at Shiloh, so I chose to name my company “Fertile Soil Lawn Care”. That business thrived and grew expanding beyond just residential lawn care to commercial property contracts as well as the design and installation of new landscapes. In 2010, God led me to dissolve my lawn care business and gave me and my wife the opportunity to start a new business that involved more of her background – traffic engineering and highway contracting. We named this new company Acacia Industries after the wood God had directed Moses to use to build the Ark of the Covenant. Our belief was that if that is what God wanted to use as His foundational material, we wanted to use it as our foundation as well. Since Acacia began in June 2010, we have seen God bless our company more than we could ever imagine. We have seven active employees who helped us complete more than a million dollars’ worth of projects in 2011, and in 2012, we outgrew our startup facility, so God paved the way for us to purchase 4 acres of property with a 22,000 square foot shop and office. During the summer of 2008, my wife and I filed for custody of my seven year old twin boys from a previous marriage. We wanted to be able to influence them and raise them in a godly home with godly examples. We appeared in court several times over the next two years, but finally in August of 2010, just as our business was taking off, God saw fit to give us full custody of Payton and Clayton, who were nine years old at the time. God gives me the chance every day to witness to a variety of people from every kind of lifestyle, and He uses this business to encourage and help other young men with my similar background when they choose to work for our company. Contributions and generous donations to Shiloh makes lives like mine a reality. Please keep Shiloh (the men & staff) in your prayers. Christ in them changes lives. -Clint Maynard
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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.”
My name is Jordan Hall; I am 26 years old and a graduate of Shiloh Ministries. I graduated from Shiloh Ministries on July 29, 2004 at the age of 19. After graduation I enrolled as a student at Texas Bible Institute and graduated from the School of Ministries in May of 2006. After graduating from the two year Bible School at TBI, I then proceeded to Oral Roberts University in Tulsa Ok. for a diploma in Theology. After three semesters I dropped out because I started making ungodly choices and I gave into a worldly life style by not resisting sin. I have no excuse for my failure in disciplining my flesh. My life has been a prime example of God’s unfailing love and mercy. If I had applied all the spiritual principles I learned at Shiloh and exercised God’s grace for discipline, I know I would not have compromised my walk with the Lord. But after meandering in the lust of the flesh for 4 years, I finally repented and got back into fellowship with the Holy Spirit. I am now very active in my home church. I love my church family! I attend a couple of men’s small groups a week and Bible study every Friday morning. I greet at my home church and volunteer in other areas where needed. I have a burning passion in my heart for ministry, especially to those who have been broken and abandoned. I have been blessed with a beautiful woman of God (Iris), we were married on March 16, 2012!! I am so excited about our destiny together. Praise God for this wonderful gift and for my Salvation! I just want to thank everyone for believing in me and not giving up on me. I am certainly a man that is a product of prayer. “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ,” Philippians 1:6.
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