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Pat’s Hope Story

Hi, my name's Pat. And this is my hope story.
There was a time in my life when I was so broken and so hopeless. I was addicted to Ice (drug), is stirrI was spitting up blood and black stuff every single day. Even the drug dealers were turning me away because I was so bad. I was bad for business.
I tried to take my own life three times in one week. And then one morning I woke up on the floor at this hotel in Wollongong and a girl told me that Jesus loves me, that he is my only hope.
She invited me to church, and I was like, I if I walk into the church, I will catch on fire, which did not even make sense because I did not even believe in God. So, what I was afraid of was a God that I didn't believe in. And in that moment, I realised that God is real. And if he really does love me, then maybe he can help me.
It says in Psalm 34:18 that God is close to the broken hearted and he rescues those whose spirits are being crushed. And that was me. I was broken hearted. My spirit had been crushed. But that night I cried out to Jesus and he came, and he met me in my mess. But he did not leave me in my mess. He completely set me free from addiction. He healed me and he gave me a brand-new life.
Now, 18 years later, I am married. I have got two amazing kids and my life is absolutely wonderful. I am full of peace and joy and love and freedom.
And I want to let you know that there is hope. His name is Jesus Christ. And if you would like to get to know him, you have come to the right place.