My sophomore year at Central Bible College in 2011, I was in need of a true friend and a Godly mentor. That same year I met John Alarid. We had a couple of classes together and ended up with memberships at the same fitness center, Ozark Fitness.
I will never forget the first time we connected. We just happened to have the same workout schedule and after we had got done exercising, John asked me if I “wanted to go pray real quick.” At first I was a little hesitant but we proceeded to his car and prayed together. That day was the start of a deep, God centered, and energetic friendship. We started going to the gym together weekly and would pray every time we finished working out in one of our cars right there in the parking lot.
It didn’t just stop with the hardcore interceding we were doing but we continued to make friends with a few other people at CBC who had the same sort of vision we had (healing the sick, casting out demons, raising the dead, and seeing the kingdom of God expand vastly) and started to hit the streets of Springfield every Friday night, witnessing, praying with people, and simply listening to them and the Holy Spirit. As God guided and directed we saw great things accomplished for the kingdom of God right in downtown Springfield on Friday nights, the very night many people in America go out to get drunk and drugged.
When John had told me about the Hope Home that he was starting at first I didn’t say anything about wanting to help. I already had plans for the summer and he didn’t specifically ask me to help. One evening, as I was sitting outside on my lawn chair I felt strongly compelled to call John and tell him that I wanted to help and be a part of this Hope Home if possible… after all I have always felt called to work with recovering addicts and the “easily forgotten” ever since I was called to full time ministry (as all Christians are in different ways).
A couple days later, John asked me if I wanted to be on the Home Staff. He started to describe all that it would entail and every single thing that he described was exactly everything God had already put inside my heart and given me glimpses of. I was filled with excitement and joy immediately and it hasn’t left since.
I cannot wait to work side by side with John and his wife Hannah for the KINGDOM and to see all the Lord does through this Hope Home.
Thank you to all who will and have supported this ministry, and please join with us in prayer that God will do mighty things at the Hope Home and even more so that God will turn the North side of Springfield right side up and revive it!