Once running from police, a former addict finds hope and faith through a Union Gospel Mission (UGM) program.
"I was addicted to crystal meth for nearly a decade. Three years ago I entered UGM's men's addiction recovery program," says Richard, one of the former residents.
In the program, Richard found faith in Jesus.
"Yesterday I was sitting in the Bible College classroom sitting with an ex-police officer, studying the book of Romans. What a contrast," he says.
According to UGM's website, the Resident New Life In Christ program is designed to run anywhere from 6 to 12 months, and its purpose is to lead men out of bondage and into the freedom that Jesus Christ offers.
"Once upon a time, I was hiding from the police and now I embrace some of them as my brothers in Christ."
Richard says he is seeing how God is working in mysterious ways in his life.
"An anonymous police officer is facilitating the next chapter in my walk with Jesus. He and his wife are taking care of my Bible College expenses."
This total life transformation is some of the work being done through faith at UGM.
"I see that people really wrestle with the things of the enemy. It's a struggle for them many times to walk in freedom. Many times we have prayed and the Lord led people to us. Once we deal with certain issues in their lives we truly experienced deep deliverances here at UGM," says one of the chaplains with the organization, Carel Cloete.