Kay

How a Suburban Mother Learned the Lesson of Her Life

Natalie was broken hearted to see her mother drinking every night. She was losing weight, drinking instead of eating and getting old before her eyes.

Something bad was going to happen - and it did. One day her mother, Kay, walked into work with alcohol on her breath. They made her take a breath test and she failed. They had no choice but to fire Kay from the place she had worked for 26 years.

Kay was devastated. She turned to the bottle and drank, non-stop, for three weeks. Her daughter, Natalie, begged her to stop and get help, but Kay would not. She could not. She was an alcoholic, even though she couldn't admit it.

So Natalie told her mother she would take care of her house and pay the electric and the cable, and with the help of the rest of the family, they would cut the grass and water the flowers...whatever was necessary to remove every excuse her mother had to go to the Little Rock Compassion Center for help.

Eventually, Kay reluctantly came to the Compassion Center. This suburban mother was now staying with others who were homeless and drug addicted and had lost everything. Kay felt she didn't belong. She wanted to leave. But her daughter begged her..."Stay mom. You have to find Christ. You have to!"

So Kay worked in the kitchen and then in the thrift store. She attended church and Bible studies. She got to know those who had been homeless, abused and addicted to drugs. Kay thought they were nothing like her. She had a house with an in ground pool and a big yard. But gradually, Kay could see she was no different, just more privileged. She hurt just like they did. She needed Jesus just as much as them.

And one day, Jesus touched Kay's heart in a way that humbled her. At last she knew she was indeed addicted and dependent on Him for help. That's when Jesus filled the void in her with His strength.

By the time you read this, Kay will be home. Her family will be warmly surrounding her. Most likely, she will be back at work and feeling thankful for the kindness of the Little Rock Compassion Center and the people who supported it. On top of that, she has a new understanding for others in our city who don't have the privileges she has of family, home and faith. She is thankful, humbled and much happier.

Kay

Cary

Local celebrity loses everything… then finds real treasure

Cary is an Arkansas man, born and raised. He has known the heights of wealth and popularity, working in politics for 40 years. Then he lost it all – only to find more peace and enjoyment than ever before.

“I was in church most of my life, more than anyone. Wednesdays and Sundays, morning and evening. And I was doing it all for approval and votes. I wanted people to like me so I could get their vote. I was not a nice person and nothing like a Christian on the inside. I looked good, but it wasn’t real.”

Today, Cary works at the Little Rock Compassion Center. He is a mainstay here, happily doing whatever Pastor Holloway needs him to do. If you visit, you will find him teaching a Bible study or an AA 12-step recovery program. You may see him visit your church group, talking about how God gave him peace after losing it all.

And he lost a great amount

The newspapers and FBI said he burned through $8 million in three years with the help of his then girlfriend and never enjoyed a day of it. He drank Jack Daniel's® every night to go to sleep.

All of this earned him three years in federal prison. After that, he was sitting around feeling sorry for himself when he saw an ad in the paper for a job at the Little Rock Compassion Center.

He came over and talked with Pastor Holloway, even though the job was already taken. In that talk, he began telling Pastor Holloway about the emptiness of his life, and before he knew it, was sobbing his heart out. It was the first time he had cried since he was a child.

Pastor Holloway gave him a job at the Compassion Center. That was six years ago. These have been the best years of his life. Cary says he could see Jesus in Pastor Holloway, loving him and wanting the best for him, even though he was broken and sinful.

It was the love of Jesus coming through the kindness of a pastor that gave Cary a desire to be like Jesus.

Cary thinks back to a time he once hid himself and lived as a sham. No one knew he was an alcoholic. Now he sits and talks with homeless and poor people who come to the Compassion Center and hides nothing from them.

He has made the same mistakes they have. He drank too much and wasted his resources. He has let others down and hurt them. He is no different.

He also knows Jesus forgives and offers a new start regardless of your wealth or status.

God is using Cary, just the way he is, to help suffering people find healing, enjoyment and peace, no matter what the circumstances. He has tasted the love of God, and now he helps others taste it too. He has never been happier.

Cary

Ron

Before I came to the Little Rock Compassion Center, I had no direction, no willpower and no self-control. Now I have a goal, direction and Jesus Christ in my life. I will continue to improve myself and to server our Lord. I am currently cooking in the Compassion Center’s kitchen.

Horace

I grew up in Tennessee. My life was without purpose, even though I grew up in church. I was good at partying and fighting. But now that I have finally accepted Jesus as my Savior, I am now fighting the good fight of faith. I will be returning to the church I grew up in and hope to be a positive influence to others so they will not follow the wrong path.

Jonathan

I came to the Compassion Center two years ago – a lost, broken and miserable person. After accepting Jesus and giving Him time to work in my life, I’ve totally turned my life around and I’m now in my second semester of college. I really enjoy playing guitar in chapel services and singing for the Lord. I am so very grateful to the Compassion Center for giving me a place to get back in touch with God and putting me on the right track.