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 Michael Ford. I am 36 years old. I am a resident of Oakdale Louisiana. I graduated from Shiloh Ministries, January 31st 2014. I began a down hill spiral with drugs & alcohol at the very young age of 14 years old. Hanging out with the wrong friends and making poor choices landed me in the Louisiana Training Institute. This is a place like jail for troubled juvenile's. This is the place where I felt God's presence for the first time in my life. I was in and out of this place until the age of seventeen, only to be introduced to prison for a ten year sentence after continuing to make more poor choices. I never understood the love of Christ or the call that He had on my life during these years. While serving time in prison, I met my wife and through her and the grace of God, my sentence was reduced and I was set free after only four years. I still could not see the hand of God working in my life. I continued to live in bondage, my life revolved around pleasing me and only me. Blinded by darkness, with no direction or future, I was on the verge of loosing my wife, my children & possibly my life. Finding myself facing criminal charges and possible prison time again. I was at the end of my rope. I was sick & tired of running from truth. I cried out to Jesus and He brought me to Shiloh Ministries. Upon arriving at Shiloh, my mind was made up & my heart was ready to experience the love & peace that I knew only God could give me. It was at that moment that God began to restore me. My suffering had ended, light had entered into my dark place and the journey to freedom, peace, comfort, joy, & love had began. The Holy Spirit had led me to the exact place that I needed to be. My feet were finally on solid ground. At this God sent place, I was taught and led by example, how to love like Jesus loves and to keep him the center of my life. My relationship with Jesus became intimate and personal. He became my friend that is closer than a brother, He became my comfort, my peace, my joy, and set me free from the bondage that had me bound for over 20 years. He restored me, & my family. I love my wife and children the way they deserved to be loved. I also love myself and can see myself through the eyes of Our Father. I know I am forgiven, I am set free and The Holy Spirit is the center of my life now. With God in the center, everything falls into order, the way it should be and I wouldn't have it any other way. To God be ALL the glory. He did it! He set me free, and delivered me & He can do the same thing for you! First, Thank you Father, you made the way and gave me my life back. I love you. I would also like to give a special thanks to Pastor Rocky, Sister Debbie & the Shiloh staff. Thank you to the everyone that supports Shiloh. Without you all, none of this could have happened for me and my family. Thank you to my pastor Bro. Greg Willis of Christ Church, for always being there for me and having the right words of encouragement to speak at the right time. Thank you to my wife & children, my dad & stepmother, my sister & brother, for believing in me and praying for me. I love and appreciate you all. So to anyone out there that might be in the same shoes that I was in, and that is in a valley of decision, DO NOT, second guess Shiloh Ministries. You will not regret it. At this place, the Spirit of God and the anointing flow thick, chains are broken and transformations begin. You will not regret it. Learn to live again or begin to live, through the love of Jesus. He is waiting, Shiloh is waiting, for you to make the move. It will be worth it, take it from me, a soul that was lost for over twenty years, there is nothing like God! He is AMAZING!
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).
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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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.
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.
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 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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