"When I think of Lighthouse Church and what it means to me, I am so proud to call it my family. I came to Lighthouse broken, empty and full of shame and self-hatred. I constantly tried ways to end my life. I had nearly lost hope of ever getting better physically, mentally and spiritually. Like many who step through the doors of Lighthouse Church, I stepped into the church skeptical. I feared rejection, judgementalism and non-acceptance. Lighthouse however, surprised me and welcomed me with open arms. I was not judged. Instead, I was greeted with a heart-warming smile. Unlike most churches that I’ve ever attended, Lighthouse was a church that met me where I was at, not where they wanted me to be. They did not try to change me or fix me. Instead, they encouraged me.
No matter what my past, I was now part of a family. Lighthouse shown the way for me to see. Their demonstration of love has given me an opportunity to grow in the Lord. Because of the entities under the Lighthouse umbrella, and because of the godly love that I was given, I learned how to love myself. It took years of searching for that something that would fill the void that I so often felt. Lighthouse has encouraged me to define my own spiritual beliefs around who God is.
Because of Lighthouse I am now able to take care of myself and my home. I didn’t think at the beginning that I would be where I am today – loving my life and living it to the fullest. But the members at Lighthouse church have taught me that I am worth it. That I am worth recovery. Lighthouse reintroduced me to a loving God who I can always count on. Most importantly Lighthouse church members are teaching me how to depend on God, because He doesn’t disappoint."
- Luiza Martin