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A Personal Story of Transformation

 

 

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Carl Thomas

Pastor | Live Free Founder | Lover of Jesus, Philly sports, fitness, tattoos, sarcasm, and craft beers.

As you may know, we are in the last stretch of our year-end fundraising campaign.

I’ve shared our ministry’s mission, vision, and stories of those helped by your financial support.

That said, I’ve read similar stories from other organizations, and let’s just be honest. A short testimonial quote is nice to read… but it doesn’t always hit home.

I’d like to share a brief and impactful story about someone close to me whose life was transformed through Live Free Ministries resources — resources that you have helped provide.

Greg came to us back in 2019 when we launched the Live Free Community. He felt hopeless, isolated, and withdrawn due to his sexual addiction. 

Struggling with suicidal thoughts and feeling a conflict between his Christian faith and life’s direction, he made the decision to become part of our community as a last resort.

Greg immediately dove into action, frequently interacting with the other men in the Live Free community, and eventually became a member of one of our online small groups. He began to realize how his behaviors affected his relationships (especially the one with his wife) and committed to the difficult work of recovery.

After a couple of years, Greg found real freedom and began leading his own small group for us. And today he mentors several men in our community and now sits on our executive board of directors.

It’s been pretty incredible and humbling to watch this story play out over time.

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Incredible because Greg’s journey began with something as simple as joining the Live Free Community.

Humbling because God has allowed me the privilege to lead this ministry and help guys like Greg.

I asked Greg how his life changed as a result of all this, and he said:

“Carl, I’m having the time of my life. I am passionate about serving, loving, and walking alongside other men who feel like I once did so that I can offer them some hope. The truth is my marriage wasn’t restored. It was recreated! And now I am finally experiencing what marriage was meant to be.”

Greg’s story is incredibly inspiring. Seeing his journey of transformation firsthand has been such an honor and privilege. It reminds me daily of why we do this difficult work.
But the really cool thing is this.

His story is not the only one.

In fact, of our 50+ Small Groups Online leaders almost 90% of them started as members of our groups or online communities and are now experiencing real freedom and giving back to others.

Truthfully, these amazing examples of life change would never have happened if it weren’t for people like you who financially support the work we do, pray for our team, and cheer us along the way.

We are less than a week away from closing the books on 2023 and wrapping up our year-end fundraising efforts. Yet, we are still far short of our financial goals.

We need you. Please help us.

Will you support this ministry so we can share more stories like Greg’s?

Please consider making a year-end tax-deductible donation today. Because if you do, every dollar you contribute will be generously matched, effectively doubling the impact of your support and generosity.

Make your tax-deductible donation here.

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