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Stories of Redemption
Graduation Testimonies, January 2017
Healing in the Context of Community, 2016
“God has met me in amazing ways this week. I am so excited for what He will continue to use in my life.”
“It was a gift I didn’t even know I needed. Holistic and well-integrated. I was thrilled to enter different rhythms here, especially eating and worship.”
“This whole training and the people here invited me to fully ‘be’ in a very powerful and welcoming way — I cannot offer up adequate thanks.”
“All instructors were knowledgeable, spiritual, humble, and flexible.”
“I anticipated an informational week of concepts and principles. What I received was a transformational week of connection with Christ and an emotional revelation of uncharted areas of my own heart.”
“I came not really sure why God led me here, but leave feeling more filled by the Spirit with a renewed energy to serve and love the lost sheep that God has placed in our lives. My understanding of the hurt of this broken world will enable me to better be used for His service and glory.”
Servant Leaders, 2016
“As a man who pridefully came here to be a savior, to rescue, to fix, and to generally be the best at whatever he did, it’s been a total surprise and complete shift to realize none of that stuff really mattered, and that what was of true importance was being an instrument in the Redeemer’s hands. And as he used me to help redeem others, he saw fit to redeem me as well in ways that I could not have even imagined. Our God is strange and glorious.” Dan, Servant Leader 2016 Read More
“I stepped onto this little hill in New Hampshire on August 29th, 2015, full of fear of what the next year was about to bring…. I didn’t know how to just be with people and not feel the need to say anything or do anything. I remember … a Servant Leader when I first got here said, “Becky, you need to just be a person.” And I said, “But what does that mean?” I … learned that it meant to just be a presence with people and not put any expectations on myself.” Becky, Servant Leader 2016 Read More
Summer Interns, 2016
“The truths I have often sung of how God satisfies my every need or of how He is more than enough have become more of a reality for me, and I have found myself content in uncomfortable or frustrating situations.”
“I have learned that I need to work on responding quickly to situation of tension. I realized that I often take time to think before responding. While this is by no means a bad quality, some situations demand an immediate response which I have realized I am reluctant to give due to my fear of making mistakes.”
“This internship has taught me a lot about being more comfortable with confrontation, in both giving and receiving it. Rather than feeling threatened by it, I have grown to recognize it as being seen and loved by another person.”
“One of the most significant challenges for me this summer included coming face to face with the ways in which I look to other people to tell me that I have value.”
Work Group Member, 2016
“The week at His Mansion taught me the value of living a balanced life. I loved the sense of community; I loved seeing everyone going off to work each morning with a true sense of purpose. There was time for rest, fun, and devotion to God. There was such honest and open communication and love for one another. The family meal was so reminiscent of my childhood. I’ve never known anyone who could make gravy as good as my mom’s, but Mary Frances sure did!”
Resident Graduation Testimonies, 2016
Spring Break Groups, 2016
“Since becoming a Christian, I’ve found it hard to relate to other Christians, but I could so easily relate to the guys here. We both know the pain of rejection in choosing to follow Christ and that failure is not permanent: redemption happens.”
“We are all looking for the love of a father. This place has helped me pray for my father.”
“I’m so encouraged to see people here facing their pain. I’m encouraged to know God can do the same for me.”
“I thought of myself as different from the residents, but we all have needs. If God has my heart, He can share it as He chooses and that can help others.”
“I felt deeply loved, almost a healing, in receiving the cupcake and sung the Happy Clappy for my birthday.”
“In the past, when the Lord has encouraged me to share a song, fear stopped me. It was a really big step for me to actually obey Him this time.”
“I need to go home and use honesty to build and repair a relationship. It’s scary, but good too.”
“The most important thing if we want change is to not lose hope. We won’t be changing our entire community, but this light in us will be a small change. It is not nothing.”
Before coming to His Mansion my life was lonely, dark and hopeless. I had considered myself a Christian, but was lost in an addiction to crack cocaine. . . . Every time I looked in the mirror . . . I saw my sin and failures. Today I see a brand new creation, saved by [Jesus’] grace and mercy shown for me through his brutal death on the cross. I stand before you today a new man, and forgiven. I have a newfound purpose of serving others and showing His love . . . Between finding a real relationship with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and also finding real friendships for the first time, I leave here knowing I am loved by others but, most importantly, by God.
-Male Resident, May 2012 Graduate
I felt so broken when I arrived at His Mansion. A failed marriage, abusive relationships, self-destructive behaviors, lost jobs, lost homes, lost income and complete loss of myself, stripped me down to nothing and I had little to no hope.
[Now] the identity and acceptance I have longed for, I have found in Jesus Christ. . . . He has transformed my shame into love, my despair into joy, my fear into peace, my discontentment into patience, my insecurity into goodness and my doubt into faithfulness . . . He has turned my anxiety into absolute trust. Only until I was left with nothing has He become my Everything and my All in All.
-Female Resident, May 2012 Graduate
My time spent at His Mansion was more impacting than I could have planned for. What struck me the most was the authentic community I was immediately immersed in. As I tried to understand the ins and outs and the structure of the program, I quickly realized, although it is complex, at the core it is just a community of broken people working together to strive for wholeness in Christ. It was wonderful to be included in that community and family at meals, in prayer and share, at sociogram and even in work. One of the experiences that impacted me a lot while living in this family, was that I was free to BE broken and even more than that, admit I AM broken. It was refreshing to be in a body of Christ where for one of the first times, I wasn’t labeled by anything or expected be someone I’m not. I felt “myself”; broken, sinful and in desperate need for the cross, but more loved than I could ever dare hope. His Mansion is a unique place, a refreshing and freeing place and I am forever grateful for the way my time there opened my eyes to the humility of God’s people and the family that can come out of being broken, yet understanding, accepting and intentional.
-Wheaton Student, March 2012 Work Group
Thanks just doesn’t seem sufficient for the dedication and love your group offers. You put hope back into hopeless for so many. We will continue to pray for the staff, mentors, leaders and residents. Even through struggles in life, we know we have an awesome God and that you are a part of His awesomeness!
-Parents of Resident, March 2012
I came to His Mansion because I struggled with drug addiction, self harm, bipolar depression and severe anxiety. I wanted my life to change but I didn’t think that could ever happen. . . . During my time here, I’ve been able to see how my selfishness and negativity has affected those around me. I have learned to deal with my emotions in a more healthy way. I am not as controlled by my anger or anxiety. I am learning to be responsible, trustworthy and to submit to authority. I can see the importance of doing the right thing, even when no one is looking. I think about others more and myself less. I am able to recognize when I am believing the lies in my head and now I turn to the truths that God has given me . . . I am starting to focus on the positive and to see the blessings in my life. I am choosing to find solutions to my problems instead of running from them. I now feel hopeful about my future. I now have a relationship with God.
-Female Resident, January 2012 Graduate