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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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  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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 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.

In sports, smart coaches often call time out when things aren’t going to plan in order to stop the opposing team’s momentum. Shiloh was a necessary mandate from God on my life in order for me to escape & overcome what the enemy was in the process of doing *OR* had planned for me: Kill, steal, & destroy (VERSE).

Graduating from Shiloh was no easy task, however. I arrived entitled, with zero work ethic, no identity, many resentments, & a mind fixated on narcotics. I went in thinking drugs were my problem, only to realize they were merely a symptom of a much bigger issue: Lack of relationship with my creator.
Isn’t it refreshing to know that God isn’t interested in treating symptoms? Jesus (God in the flesh) came into this fallen realm to redeem us. He specializes in addressing root causes & restoring us whole. This type redemption only happens once we’ve had enough of doing it our way & are ready to embrace His way (VERSE).

At Shiloh Ministries, Pastor Rocky & Sister Debbie have devoted their lives to creating an atmosphere necessary for God to restore the lives of broken men. This obedience permeates down to their entire flock and creates an environment of love. Shiloh is a bible boot camp of the Highest order, that thoroughly washes students in the Word of God daily. It’s this discipline I learned inside the Shiloh classrooms, that I took with me & still embrace 11 years later.

In my life I’ve learned it’s all or nothing when it comes to serving God. Sitting on the fence by spending more time on Facebook, T.V., & the things of this world is indeed choosing something. Jesus makes clear in his word, that lovers of the things of this world WILL NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD (VERSE).

Many of you are married. I’m sure time was invested daily getting to know your bride. If God bores us, how excited will he be to have our company? Yet many will no doubt expect to go running to their bridegroom the very moment His arrival is announced during the midnight hour (VERSE). Jesus warns us in Luke 13:24 “Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.” To the lukewarm “Christian” straddling the fence, I always ask: what makes you think you’ll find God in the flesh standing at the door of the banquet hall?

I’d challenge “Christians” everywhere by asking yourselves how well do you really know HIM? Are you too busy to embrace a relationship with someone you hope to schedule an eternity with? Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom:” I’m grateful for my struggle with drugs because it forced me to seek supernatural help. Rest assured there’s no job, spouse,
treatment, circumstance, or anything else available in this world capable of correcting addiction. It takes the creator to rewire the mind of the creation. Shiloh Ministries is one of His best tools.

 

 

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