The first meeting Salvation Army staff had with Mark was under the Crosstown Boulevard overpass at Blackwelder. Mark had been living on the streets for more than three years due to bad life choices.
When The Salvation Army Night Watch team met Mark, they invited him to stay in the shelter but he refused. Over the next few weeks, the team encountered Mark again and again extending the same invitation for shelter but again and again he would refuse.
Until one night, Mark came to the realization: “I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. I needed a change.”
As he settled into the shelter, Mark began attending the worship services and soon after he gave his life to God.
“Night Watch came and rescued me there. I came in here and gave my life to Christ and He’s just been working miracles.”
Even though it took some time for him to finally accept The Salvation Army’s invitation, Mark knows it was God who led him to say yes.
“They’ve helped me so much; I want to help others. I want to show others that if I can do it with my life, God can do it in their life.”
Mark is now becoming involved with Night Watch and sharing his testimony with others – giving them the wakeup call that he needed for so long.
“I still have a long way to go of course, and God has a lot more work to do in me but I’m looking forward to what He has planned. Without the Night Watch team, I would be dead or in prison.”
UPDATE (1/6/16): Mark now has his own place to live and just recently joined The Salvation Army staff as custodian. We give God all the praise for the amazing things happening in his life!