Bishop’s Story of Transformation
Growing up in a large family of 15, Bishop was surrounded by family who stuck beside one another…until tragedy struck. When he was young, Bishop was molested by one of his siblings, bringing about what would be the beginning of years spent suffering silently in depression.
Bishop worked hard his entire life until one day he got hurt on the job and became unemployed. From there everything went downhill. He found himself depressed and turned to alcohol to numb the pain. One unfortunate circumstance led to another and Bishop had nowhere to go.
Between the depression and the alcohol, Bishop felt as if there was nowhere left to turn. He was going to commit suicide by jumping in front of a train, but a man grabbed him and told him, “This isn’t for you.”
“I truly believe and I know for sure an angel grabbed me. That God sent him… and he brought me to a place called Atlanta Mission.”
As soon as he arrived at Atlanta Mission, things changed. It was a completely different atmosphere, somewhere he could feel nervous but comfortable at the same time. After years of battling depression, Bishop was able to open up to his mental health class about all of the pain that he had been holding in for over 35 years, a true step in transforming his life forever. “I feel like I’m in a dream because so much has happened for me.”
“One day when my kids visit, I will bring them here to show them what saved their dad’s life. This mission can change lives and give you hope as long as you want it, it’s here to give it to you. I’m living proof, and I’m going to keep on being living proof.”
For more stories of life transformation like Bishop’s, click here.
Ways to Give
We’d be honored to have you share in the joys, struggles and transformations of Atlanta’s most vulnerable souls.