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John Conway


From “Dead Head” to “Alive to Thrive”

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My name is John and I have a new outlook on life. A few years ago, I was frustrated with the way my life was going. Since I was sixteen years old, I had little purpose or direction in my life. I was once known as a “Dead Head.” In other word’s, I followed the rock and roll group, the “Grateful Dead” all over the country, smoking dope and partying with the other groupies who followed along. I got drunk every night, following the band around and then, one day, Jerry Garcia (The founder of the Grateful Dead), died. I didn't know what to do anymore. I felt like I had no direction and no one to lead me.

I wandered around aimlessly for a time until I decided to ask God for help. Next thing I knew, I was in Montana. I was sitting outside a smoke shop and a lady came up to me and told me Jesus loved me. I couldn't see her face because the sun was behind her head. Then, a few months later, I was working at an Arby’s and a woman came in and asked for me by name. She left a message with someone at Arby’s saying, ‘He is waiting for you!’

Once again, I ended up living with the wrong crowd and found myself in some difficult situations. I was staying with a married couple and the woman asked him to sleep with her. I told her no, so they kicked me out of the house. After that, I got on a bus with no idea of where to go. As the bus pulled into Salt Lake, I asked the bus driver if he knew of any place I could go to get help. The bus driver dropped me off right in front of the Salt Lake City Mission, on 200 South in 1997. I hesitantly went into the building and met Pastor Wilson. He asked me what I believed in but all I knew was Jerry Garcia and nothing else. Wayne gave me a bible and I started to read it.

At first, I stayed at the Overflow shelter, but I always came to Bible Studies. There was a lady there named Sister Thomas who was teaching about Heaven and Hell. She told me the only way to get to heaven is through faith in Jesus Christ. She asked if anyone wanted to receive Jesus as their personal Savior so I went up quickly and was born again. I felt, for the first time in my life, that I had changed. I ran into the bathroom and I even looked different.

After receiving Jesus, I went back out and started using drugs and alcohol again until one night. I was laying down, and I heard someone call my name. I thought it was my friends with some beer, so I went to see who it was. There was no one there. I heard the voice again, so this time I said, ‘Lord, what is it? I'll do whatever you tell me to do.’ The Lord told me to go to the Mission and serve there.”

I am excited about my life and I am having a great time serving God and others.

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