Heading West {Clint}

When Clint told us he and another graduate were heading west to Las Vegas we didn’t think it was a good idea. This wasn’t Clint’s, or his friend’s, first program. To the staff, they were babies in recovery. They would be leaving their support group.

They tried to assure us by telling us that family had a guaranteed job waiting for them. We shook our heads and wished them well.
It doesn’t feel much different from your 18-year old telling you thanks for everything, but I’ve got this.
You know you can’t hold on. You know you have to let them go. You pray they will be alright.
Our experience has proven us more right than wrong in these areas. Clint and Mike proved us wrong. And we love being wrong about this.
They connected with family and friends who were grounded in faith and had a good home church.
Several years later Clint came back to care for his ailing father. We had a position for a truck driver for him. Clint brings more than a clean driver’s license to work with him. He represents recovery at work every day. His character shows in his work ethic and his faith shows in his character.
He managed his job while caring for his dad and watching his decline. He was by his father’s side when he breathed his last. Through tears, he thanked God for the peace in his heart about his dad’s eternity and healing in heaven.
Clint has two church families. We’re grateful we are one of them. We asked Clint to go west again. This time only a couple of hours away to Florida’s Gulf coast to help those still struggling in the aftermath of Hurrican Irma. He was taking one of our trucks and leaving after Sunday’s worship service. During our time of sharing last week he stood and shared these words:
I use to steal from everyone. Now, I’m entrusted with a $60,000 truck, cash in my pocket sent to help others in need.
Clint returned today, more grateful and more committed to helping others.
This man who had a chip on his shoulder six years ago is a man changed by God’s redeeming grace. His smile is a welcome sight. He’s part of this glorious fellowship of the broken being made whole by God’s grace, step by step.

More about Debby Hudson

Where do you find grace? Inside the church walls? Around the dinner table with your family? For years, grace was not much more than the prayer we said before meals or a biblical concept. Then I met a group of men who had, as we say, reached bottom. They welcomed me to Graceland. They showing me grace can be found in the darkest of places. I'm still searching and learning. I hope you'll want to come along.

6 thoughts on “Heading West {Clint}

  1. Christy

    Oh Debby! Can I just tell you how much I am loving these stories of redemption! In this messed up world it’s good to see the good God is doing in people instead of the ugly.

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    1. Debby Hudson

      It sure is Christy. I’m thankful to have a front row seat!

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  2. Annie Rim

    I’m thinking about ways in my life I’m proven wrong – and so thankful for it…

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    1. Debby Hudson

      Spoken like a parent, Annie 🙂

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  3. Tara

    Wow! Incredible stories of god’s grace!

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