I had been struggling with addiction since my late 20’s when I moved to Kelowna in 2014. I wasn’t ready to give up my addiction, but something in me knew that I needed help.
My Mom told me about Harmony House, and gently persuaded me to do the intake interview. At first, I was reluctant because I didn’t believe in God, but I got accepted. I’ve been here since July 1, 2016.
As time went by, I became more open to God. One of the rules is that we have to go to church, so I would grudgingly go with Nancy, the Harmony House Director. We’d go to Kelowna Gospel Fellowship Church (KGF), where I was surprised by the warm welcome I received.
“The Mission has done so much for me and I am so thankful.” —Michelle
The more I participate in morning devotions and daily Bible reading, the closer to God I feel. I used to struggle a lot with self-forgiveness. Now, I have completely forgiven myself, and I’ve accepted God in my life.
This spring, I took Alpha at KGF, and that’s when I decided to get baptised. While I wrote my testimony, I realized that because of my addiction, part of my brain was still saying, “You don’t belong here. You don’t deserve it.” But I know that God has forgiven me and made me a new creation. I know that I deserve it.
One of the blessings in my life is that I have an amazing relationship with my family. It’s a beautiful gift of recovery. I’m 41 years old and I have a great relationship with my 22-year-old son, my Dad and my Mom.
The Mission has done so much for me and I am so thankful. I have eaten here, made friends here and made a home here. I’ve also received healthcare from the onsite dentist and chiropractor. Harmony House has saved my life.
I like the day-to-day routine of living in Harmony House, and the 24-hour support. It also helps to be surrounded by other women who are going through similar experiences. I’m never alone. They accept you where you’re at and whatever you need, they try to make it happen.
I’m so grateful for the life-changing support that Kelowna’s Gospel Mission offers. I wish the Mission had the resources to open more houses so more women could be helped!