Rescue Mission graduates disciple

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley celebrated the newest graduate of its Discipleship Program Friday morning.

Brad Weber, 31, of Columbiana is ready for his new future. He spent the last year becoming a new man after beating a 16-year drug addiction.

“I didn’t even know they had a program here,” said Weber. “When I came, I just had nowhere to go.”

His mom, Karla King, said it was the toughest decision.

“We said you’re not allowed to come home. You have to get your life turned around,” said King. “This is where God put him, and we thank God every day he did.”

Weber learned about the bible and received an education through the Rescue Mission’s Discipleship Program.

“Everything that I went through was so I can sit across the table from somebody and say, you know what? It’s going to be okay,” said Weber.

Weber started his new job as a staff member this week, and hopes to one day be a pastor. Brad’s family and those at the Rescue Mission celebrated his success with a graduation ceremony. Weber’s mother is grateful for what the mission has done to help her son.

“No matter how much I loved him, I couldn’t save him,” said King. “But, this place saved his life.”

Many others at the Rescue Mission spoke about how proud they are him. Weber said he is thankful for them all.

“God works through the building a lot. This building, the resources and the staff, just everybody here, truly saved my life,” said Weber.

There are currently 30 men enrolled in the Discipleship Program at the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley. Once they complete the program, Executive Director Jim Echement says they start a job, obtained either a vehicle or transportation and have money in a savings account.

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