I was a using addict for 20 years and didn’t have a very good life, even when I was young. I grew up on the streets of Chicago. I first got clean four and a half years ago. I tried many of the recovery groups—AA and NA and others. I did get clean and stayed clean, but I all ways felt something was missing. I would, every once in a while, stop into a local church on my street. I didn’t understand any of it; it was just a place to hang out and get out of the cold. Then one day there was a lawn sign in front of the church that read, “Greg Laurie: Chicago Harvest, September 24–26.” I stopped and asked what it was about, and they handed me an invitation. I read it and saw that it was free to attend. So I went the first night thinking it would be boring like other preachers. I was shocked. They had great music like I have never heard before, and then Pastor Laurie started to talk and explain things. I said to myself, “Why didn’t anyone tell me this before? This is what was missing!” So I went down onto the main floor the first night and accepted Jesus. And the staff was very nice to me and explained things more and gave me a New Believer’s Bible. So I rushed home and started reading it that night. Then I came back on the third night and listened to Pastor Laurie again. Now I go to church every Sunday and attend Bible study on Thursday nights. And I try to live the Christian character traits I have learned in the cornerstone tract. And now I’m happy for the first time ever and the missing something has been filled.
C.G. from Cicero