An Encouraging Word
A Life Changed in Time
If there’s anything you can learn from Britni Taylor’s story, it’s that it takes time.
“Consistency and longevity are critical components in the success of this ministry,” Price Hill Lord’s Gym chaplain Brandon Welch said.
According to Brandon, Britni is living proof of this. He first met Britni four years ago while he was driving the Lord’s Gym Bus, a ministry that serves women on the streets in Price Hill.
It was a rainy day when Britni caught her first glimpse of hope.
“I was so hungry I needed help and there was a bus that came to my rescue,” she said. Britni boarded, but didn’t say much. She simply grabbed a snack, drink and hygiene items.
“She had been on the streets for years,” Brandon recalled. “She was very angry, she was hard and emotionless. You see, heroin and other drugs and circumstances have a stronghold on these women. They have been beaten down. But, we know there is hope. Again, there is hope.”
Britni, for example, took her first drink when she was 16 and “everything went downhill.”
“I started to use harder drugs,” she said. “I was looking for a way out of the trauma that I've been through in my life. When I was a little girl I was raped every day until I was 16. I felt so alone.”
Her life spiraled out of control.
“I started to mess with older guys trying to find someone to love me because I couldn't find love at home. Eventually I was out on the streets.”
Wrapped up in addiction she eventually lost her kids. She lost everything.
“I was so bad on drugs and running around midnight until dawn,” she said.
Brandon and the ministry team spent years building trust with Britni and speaking life over her.
“Little by little I witnessed the love of God pierce through that rough exterior and soften her heart, giving her hope for what life would look like off of the streets,” Brandon said.
About a year ago Britni showed up at the Price Hill gym and said: “I’m ready.”
She entered a recovery program and has been clean for more than a year. She’s working to get involved with her kids and putting her life together.
“If it wasn't for Lord's Gym, I wouldn't have had somewhere to eat somewhere to get clothes, or somewhere to find God,” Britni said. “They saved my life.”
*Britni's story first appeared in our end of the year newsletter.
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