A Life in Progress
A Testimony from the Colony of Mercy
Meet Randy T.
I was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1964. My parents separated before I can remember. I was bounced from relative to relative, and was raised in the Greenwich Village hippie scene of the sixties and seventies. I was homeless and on the streets by age fifteen. My whole existence was based on self, survival and sin. I have been in more than twenty rehabs, arrested and incarcerated multiple times. I have been married three times, and fathered three children, but I’ve never been a father. I have never lived anywhere for any length of time and had more jobs than I can count. To sum up my life before Christ—I have never stopped running nor have I been able to take a breath or lie down in peace.
My last wife began directing me to God as best she could, but I just could not stop using drugs. I came to Keswick in 2011, but left after fourteen days. I walked a decent Christian life from March of 2012 to my relapse in February 2013. My small family business was destroyed in Hurricane Sandy. My health was attacked and then my marriage fell apart. I started using drugs again. One morning I woke up and felt God said, “complete Keswick and I will complete you.” I had never heard God before that, and have not heard Himin the same way since. But I called MaryAnn at the intake office and the first words out of her mouth were, “What about your business and your wife?” I told her they were gone. God has removed the all idols of my heart – my wife, my car, my business and every penny I had.
My divorce was final on my 25th day in the Colony of Mercy. I was now broken, penniless and homeless, yet God gave me a sense of peace and wealth I have never had. God’s work at Keswick is nothing less than a miracle. He completely pulled me apart, piece by piece, and gave me a chaplain who He knew could pull the garbage out of me. I was faced with me—and forced to look at 49 years of sin and self. God picked me apart with surgical precision and, as gently as possible, has started to put me back together to be the man He wants me to be. He has put love and compassion, with a servant’s heart, in my body, and I am able to breathe and die to self on a daily basis. I am far from complete, but I will not leave Keswick until God tells me to. I have finally realized life without God is not life, it is existing.
All my life I felt alone and unloved, and God used Keswick to show me love and teach me to love.
While here I was able to call my dad and tell him I forgave him for abandoning me and to say I was sorry for the wrongs I have done against him. He was freed; I could hear it in his voice. He said, “Son, I love you.” That was the first time in my life I heard those words from my father. He died four weeks later. It took me 49 years to break down, and it took God bringing me to America’s Keswick to start putting me back together as the man He is making me today—a man of God. I don’t know where I am going, but I will wait upon the Lord to show me the way.
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