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Conrad leaves behind life of ‘lies and deceit’

Conrad’s father was a Los Angeles police officer for 30 years. “My dad was always at work, and my mom was always home. The abuse started early, physically and mentally.

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Jessica graduates, hopes for restoration with her family

Jessica grew up in Santa Paula, the youngest of three. Her dad was “out of the picture,” and her mom remarried when she was 2. “My stepdad was very abusive,”

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Elizabeth finds peace, reunites with her children

Elizabeth had an uneventful childhood until she got mixed up in the wrong crowd in 12th grade. “I was doing good until then,” she said. “Then I started ditching and

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After moving from a sister mission, Gary gets new perspective

Now 50 years old, Gary has a lot to reflect on. He’s had success and joy in work and family, and he’s also had loss and trauma. He’s stumbled in

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Introducing the new Mission director, Clayton Coates

In Romans 11:34-36 we read, “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been His counselor?…For from Him and through Him and to Him are all

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Matthew steps out of spiral, focuses on the Word

Matthew’s experience with church has been complicated. His parents raised him and his sister and brother as Jehovah’s Witnesses, but at 15, Matthew found himself removed from the religion. “I

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Alexia breaks the relapse cycle, chooses a new life with her children

Alexia grew up in Oxnard in what she calls a “picture-perfect home.” But after her father died when she was 16, she started experimenting with drugs: first marijuana and then

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Melissa Graduates From Program, Surrenders Life To God

As a kid, Melissa grew up in two different households—one was strict but she felt loved. The other had few rules, but lacked involved parents. “I went back and forth

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Tye Said The Mission Program Is God ‘Saving The Best For Last’

When Tye reflects on his childhood, he thinks of his sister. She was very sick, and was often in the hospital. The family moved around because of her care needs.

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Viviana Finds Peace At Lighthouse Shelter With Her Daughter, Grandkids

Viviana, who just turned 74, grew up in a small town in Mexico. In fact, the town was so small, there was no doctor. Viviana birthed 12 children, but only

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