Sondra’s Testimony

Posted by on Dec 11, 2014 in Behavioral Addictions, Substance Abuse and Addictions

Sondra’s Testimony

Hi Mom!

I received your message of love yesterday, and I really believe the Lord must have put me on your heart.  I saw your message shortlyafter I woke up from a dream about you and I feeding the hungry, like we did so many times together at the food-give-away.  I couldn’t believe it when you messaged me!  It truly warmed my heart and brought me joy.


Ryan and I are doing very well.  We have faced some challenges this year that have weighed on us emotionally and physically.  However, we have been able to work through them with Jesus’s help.  We are still so very in love and happy together.  I know that you wanted to have a picture of us, so I have attached a few to this message.

My greatest achievement since leaving Esther House has been reconciling with my family.  It’s truly amazing Mom, my mother and I have such a great relationship.  We talk regularly and confide in each other.  It’s a beautiful thing to be able to be blessed through the relationship God has restored.

I graduated community college this past May with my Associate of Applied Science in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Clinical Counseling.  I am a licensed chemical dependency counselor intern in the state of Texas and I work full time as a counselor for The Cenikor Foundation, one of the best treatment centers in the nation.  I absolutely love what I do and I am so blessed to be able to help others struggling with addiction.  I still attend college at The University of Houston-Clear Lake and I am working towards my Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work.  If God calls me home to California I would love to work with you at All’s Well Home and continue your great ministry there.  I know you can empathize with the difficulty of working full time and also being a devoted wife.  It is difficult but Christ gives me the strength and will to balance all of the competing expectations placed on me.

I cannot overemphasize that all of this would not be possible for me without you, Pastor Jose, Pastor Martin, and Pastor Sylvia. cocoon2You all believed in me when nobody else would.  I know I was a challenge (to say the least!) and very difficult when I was in the program.  But it was because of your love for me and your constant teaching of the Gospel that I was able to see God’s love through you.  Accepting Jesus Christ as my personal savior gave me life and made a life of abundance possible for me.  I cannot count his blessings and all the great things he has restored in my life!  But as you always reminded me, a walk in faith is not an easy journey.  Because I am PAID IN FULL by Jesus, I am challenged to live a life that glorifies Him!  I remind myself of that every day.

I want to hear about you!  I hope you are healthy and happy, and that the ministry is doing well.  I am also going to attach a letter to this message to the women at Esther house to serve as my testimony.  I hope you can read it to them and that it will hopefully serve as inspiration to them to continue their journey in faith and recovery.

This Thanksgiving, I am so grateful for you.  I miss you terribly.  I wish I could truly express in words how much I love you and how grateful I am that God put you in my life.

Yours very truly,


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