911 Operator

Meet Stacy Myself and Jen. This is a God thing on how HE put our lives together! Stacy is THE 911 operator that took the call almost 3 years back when I was kidnapped. God is so perfectly restoring my life, one life at a time!.

It was so nice to meet and tell this angel of mine,  ”THANK YOU” and how it was GOD at work in all of this! Stacy began to tell me about my call… she said that when she answered the call it was ‘dead air’ and considered hanging up. Then she said that ‘something’ told her not to , a ‘gut feeling’ I say it was GOD! she did not hang up and began to ‘ping’ trace my dead cell phone.  Jen pictured on the right came to our church and joined my life group. She is a 911 operator and I began to tell her my story and I asked Jen if she remembered that call about the kidnapping. she didn’t but later in the week she let me know that she worked with the gal that took my call!! Stacy, my operator had kept that log in her locker always wondering what happened to me. Jen arranged this meeting this week and , well, just say there was alot of tears falling! I do not believe that this is the end of the story as Stacy is coming to church Sunday!!

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Not How It Ends

Homeless. Hopeless. Lost. Broken. Hurt.

At any given moment YOU DO have the power to change. it. It may take awhile and probably will.

I write this as the year mark is next week that we have been in the same location for a year without having to move. For the past 5 1/2 months we have rented a little studio on the property with the Motor home parked along the side. I have enjoyed taken a shower whenever I want. Hot and Cold and running and draining water. That is a luxury when homeless.

Both of us has accepted Christ into our lives. That is when the change, the transformation began to happen.

 Jimmy is working a full time job, I am the Asst. Director of CPOutreach. We have been clean and sober for almost 2 years now. In recovery at Celebrate Recovery. Attending a 12 step stduy. We both have made it right with the courts and warrants we had. Both went to jail, and will be paying the fines for some time now. Both have our Drivers Licenses. Cars and Insurance.

Sounds like allot? It is, Taking one day at a time, one moment at a time. Not worrying too much about the tomorrows.

Jerimah 29:11 NIV

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Matthew 6:34 NIV

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Those are the scriptures that we hung onto. Trusted in. Believed in.

So knowing that God had a plan, I didn’t worry about making one! I just was thankful each day for a safe place, whatever food there was, I CHOSE to change.

Stuff became just that, STUFF. Nothing on this Earth is worth fighting for or idolizing. I began to give my stuff away. To also give food that I had to someone if they needed it.

Have you ever seen a UHAUL behind a hertz? na, me either. So if you CAN’T take it with you, give it to someone who could be blessed by it. The ‘giver’ receives more of a blessing that the  person who receives it.  I ask that they may one day pay it forward to someone else. Given in love of others.

Luke 3:11 NLT

John replied, “If you have two shirts, give one to the poor. If you have food, share it with those who are hungry.”

Sounds pretty simple, but the act of giving something away that you yourself might use, could sell or trade one day isn’t that easy. But it sure wasn’t easy but it is freeing!

So, today I live for Christ, to love others as He does.

Galatians 5:14 NIV

The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Blessings Ally

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Brian & Tristian

 This is a dad making the best out of life circumstances. Brian doesn’t drink or do drugs. They come to our weekly program to eat, shower, wash clothes, and get some gently used clothes. Tristian is a handful but what a sweet little boy, FULL of energy and spunk!

They live in a house sometimes, with no extras. They are regulars at all of the resources around town. Mom is in and out of their lives.

It just warms my heart to see a man be a man.

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Our Story

Hi , My name is Ally and this is my husband, Jimmy
Before I begin, let’s pray… “Father God, may my story be a light to those living in darkness, as I was. Father Use my pain and now my peace so that others who are lost and broken may accept your mercy, grace and love that can only come from You, I ask in Jesus mighty and holy name, Amen”
As a child I was always searching for someone to love me. My mom left us I the 1st grade. My dad when I was in 5th. I found out that I had a ‘paternal father when I was 12. All 3 of my parents were alcoholics and atheists. I knew nothing of God. I started drinking, when my step father ‘showed me off’ to his friends that I could drink straight Vodka in the 5th grade, right before he left

Couch surfing at an early age of 12, school was a hard thing to accomplish. I married and dropped out at 15, 10th grade. I was looking for a place to belong, someone to love me. That is when I began using Crystal Meth.
My husband childhood is different, his family regularly attended church. His parents are still alive and together after 57 years of marriage. He doesn’t know exactly went he astray, selling drugs among other things He didn’t get ‘caught’ at what he was doing, although still wrong.
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Life became increasingly darker. Our lives were spiraling out of control. Domestic violence was often the drugs and alcohol plenty; the FEAR is what I remembered most. Drinking made me not remember the other stuff. , late in July, 2010, I was gagged, thrown in and on the floor and covered up with a blanket, for about 100 miles before the police caught up to us. We had begun to fight because I could find any drugs. As I laid there on the floor of the RV, God placed my old cell phone that wasn’t charged, and had no service. My hands were free and I open it and it worked! I dialed 911; the police later said they found us only by my cell phone
My beginning of knowing God was there with me!
My son picked me up from the police station. The next day was Sunday and I had to attend church with them. When I woke up with a major hang-over and needing drugs I respect fully declined going to church. lol nope, I HAD to go said my son. So I went and was moved by God’s presence! I cried the entire service Pastor was talking directly to me the entire service. (later I asked my Pastor if my son had told Him my issues and he told me No, that he prepares his sermons 6 months in advance, He had no idea that I was going to be there or my circumstances, BUT GOD DID!!)
Well, about a week later Jimmy got out of jail and I thought he had found me, because there was a tall figure outside my window. I screamed and crawled on my hands and knees to my son’s room crying hysterically with so much fear! About that moment, my son walked into the room behind me and I thought, “oh my God he found me “, I could hardly breathe Then my son said my name, the tears of relief over came me. I went into the room I was staying in and I curled up in the fetal position crying, sobbing, crying out,”GOD I CANT TAKE THIS ANYMORE” Then a peace that only comes from God came over me…!!!!! so I grabbed some paper, ripped it into pieces to make a paper chain, on each link I wrote my fears, my anger, my addictions and my promise to God that I would surrender my life to Him, I put that very heavy paper chain with all my burdens and things I needed God to take from me around my neck, and prayed and cried, I am unsure of the time that passed, God had lifted my burdens and took away my pain, I took the chain off, it was the weight of paper again. I HAD GIVEN MY LIFE TO CHRIST! I burned the chain in the morning.
My son suggested I listen only to Christian music , KLove, actually! I was always crying with joy how I wasn’t the only one going thru things as I listened to the words and stories of God’s love for us, His children! There is HOPE! God LOVES me, no matter my ‘junk-in-the-trunk’
Since then, August 24, 2010 Life has been amazing!!! By the grace of God , I never did Meth again, and I am I am 13 months sober!.
When Jimmy got out of jail, he was walking and stopped to take a rest behind a dumpster. He came across an open suitcase full of books; in the mist of them was a bible. He picks it up carried with him and began to read it.
Jimmy had given his life to Christ as a child. God never left him. When Jimmy needed God most, He was there.
I was told by Pastors wife that “Jesus died for Jimmy too.” I will never forget that.
I had to have Jimmy see the ‘new me’ Not just for Jimmy, but for everyone! We so I called jimmy against everyone’s disapproval, my new family had kept me safe, and I was stepping back into danger again, but something compelled me to let the light of Jesus shine. We immediately began our escape to Carson City, NV.
Traveling took a long time because the rv wasn’t running well. We could only drive 10 miles, and then let it rest; it took over a month to get to Nevada. God kept us safe, one example is that we only had a little green bottle of propane, that was our cooking and heat. That one bottle lasted over a month! The rv wasn’t running well and while going up a hill on a 2 lane highway, the engine was dying. We had already had to back up several times before. This time, I was standing by the door ready to jump. I was praying hard! Then I remembered that somewhere in the bible, it says “stay in the boat” you will live if you stay I the boat” so I stayed The thought entered my mind that this trouble was a direct hit from the enemy…. I rebuked Satan by the blood of Jesus and all of a sudden the engine caught fire, big fire! I rebuked again and Jimmy put out the fire, the rv ran better, good enough o get us to Carson. When we parked at a wal mart, I just knew this was Gods plan for us.
While reading the bible, I kept reading Jesus drank wine, so the alcoholic in me started drinking again; I ended up in the hospital, called Pastor Rex and asked for prayer. I was very sick. I have not touched alcohol since then, Jan.25th 2011
We began attending Connected the Nazarene Church there, but FFC allowed us to park on their property. This was during the winter. We had no electricity, or propane. We read the bible, made candles out of used wax and tea strings for the wicks. Jimmy made an igloo or walls of blankets to keep us warm. I wore 3 layers of clothes and covered in 4 blankets. I believe that was Gods plan to stop us and depend solely upon him. We did! Jimmy was baptized there last march. Jimmy was also was forgiven and changed by God. Our marriage and life is based on Loving God first.
Jeremiah 29:11 tells me that God knows the plans for my life, not me. I fully trust in that.
Jimmy and I were what is called homeless, but a rv dweller.. For over 8 years this rv, nothing worked, so it was basically a roof, which I always felt very blessed to have. We had to return here, as Jimmy lost his job because of a warrant. Having faith in God, we took his last paycheck and came home. Never intending to stay… God plan is different than ours… So we were allowed to stay on a ranch property of one of the members here, began volunteering at our homeless ministry. Giving back and sharing our story and listening to theirs… We give them the love that was freely given to each and every one of us.
Luke 3: 11 say that if we have 2 shirts to share with him who has none and the one with food should do the same.
God blessed Jimmy with a job, I continued volunteering with the homeless, cleaning the church, just wherever I could serve.
on Christmas Eve 2011. My prayer was for running water for Christmas and my prayer was answered by renting a house with hot and cold and draining water!! My saying is,
“God blessed me with homelessness and gave me Eternity!”
One lesson that I learned is electricity is a want Not a need, for God will give us what we need , and through homelessness and my story I learned that I do have a DAD who loves me and will never leave me nor forsake me! I am NOT a mistake
God put on my heart to clear up my past, a 4 year old dui, I didn’t have a clue how to, where to. God did, He placed the people in my life at just the right moment to help me take the next unknown step. Where I am now, having a driver’s license! Oh it’s not over, I still have a little jail time to do, that does not scare me, I know that God has gone before me.
This is His plan. This is not my home, but while I am here, I want to have His light shine in me and through me to the lost and broken of this world. To be transformed from the inside out! God is still working on me, daily. The FEAR is gone, replaced by PEACE.

Colossians 3:15   And let the PEACE that comes from CHRIST rule in your hearts.

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Chains

I am blown away! God, what an awesome God, so loving, so patient, so… powerful AWESOME!
For example, the other night I believed my abuser was here, threatening me. Flashlights in windows… I freaked out-then I went to the floor grabbed my cell phone and my bible. I was shaking, trying to cover up the light from my laptop. Texting my daughter and my niece, then a 6’ shadow slowly walked in front of my window. I double freaked!! I crawled on my hands and knees to MissAy. I barely could speak I was so terrified.
He, my abuser, was here to get me! Then a body appeared in the bedroom door. My heart stopped, I fell backward on the floor shaking, crying, and trembling. I just knew I was doomed, this was the end of my life, and it was going to be by his hands. He had successfully made it into the house. Then, I heard angelic voices, “Ally” missay said. “Mom? Are you ok” It was my son Josh- an enormous breath entered my body. I sat up, grabbing, unable to let go of Josh’s leg. I cried with relief I was going to live!
My abuser was never here, my daughter, Sarah, with whom I was texting, called Josh to go outside to make sure. They didn’t tell me before Josh went outside! I firmly believe Satan was trying to use my fears to keep me.
Returning to my room, I prayed harder than I have ever before. I was never going to allow that fear EVER again! I prayed, I cried, I cried and I prayed, I prayed and I cried, that is when something miraculous happened. I let Jesus in!! I got up off the floor and I began talking to God from my heart, and I listened with my new “heart-ears” Not with my mind or ears.
I didn’t get angry about the events that night; instead I felt such a peace. Determined never to allow my abuser to instill that fear in me, for I now had Gods protection. I just needed to accept him as my lord and savior, and “give it to God” MissAy was fellowshipping with me the previous day, using the analogy of chains. I need to take the “chains” off give them to God and NOT pick them back up. I began to craft a “chain”, and on each link, I wrote my fears, addictions, sins, drinking, drugs, etc. As I continued I was quite amazed at the length my “chain” was becoming. I made one acknowledging my acceptance of Jesus as my lord and savior, attaching that link; I realized that that was something I WAS NOT GIVING AWAY. So I removed it, ( it is a bookmark in my bible now ) My “chain” should only contain the burdens that I needed God thru Jesus to take off my shoulders and off my heart.
I put the “chain around my neck. It was so heavy! How could paper be so heavy? I cried, from my toes, the tears just wouldn’t stop! Crying, sobbing, cry, cry, crysob, sob, sob speaking to God, Praying to God, eventually GIVING IT TO GOD

Chains

All of a sudden I stopped crying. Then I began to breathe normally. Then I sat up. On my knees, took the “chain” off.
WOW!!!!!!
Gone-just gone all of it. I stood up, went to Josh and MissAys door and laid it there. (I didn’t want it!) (It was ugly, vile. Yech!) I transferred the vows to Jesus on a paper, my promise to God! I shut their door for they left it open for my comfort and so that I would feel safe. I knew I was safe now in the arms of our Heavenly father.
I went to bed- not the floor and slept like a baby! (The past week due to my fear I hadn’t slept much)
When I awoke the next morning, I was ALIVE!!
BURSTING!!
Bursting to tell anyone-everyone how glorious he is! Just accept him, believe, have faith, follow his words and teachings. And life is
AMAZING
I have never been so happy, never laughed so much, and smiled so much!
WOW!!! I am in AWE.
I would like to send out my thanks to the many people who prayed for me, and I suspect are continuing to pray for me. WOW for me, for me, for me! I AM of worth. God has always known that, I am blessed to know that now.
Thank you Lord, thru Jesus’ teachings in your name,
I AM ALIVE!!!!
Alive on the inside, (it’s kind of hard to explain). You all hopefully know what I am talking about, if not, you need to! It’s a WOW! I am bursting inside, alive. My head is up, ears are open, eyes are looking for any opportunities or situations you put me in to spread your word and do your work. At McDonalds, the bus, the bus stops. ANYWHERE, ANYONE, ANYTIME!! (Those stories another time, as they are… WOW! ) God placed me in situations the very next day to spread his word.
How great your love for me is how great your plan for me is!

I DON’T KNOW YOUR PLAN,
I DON’T NEED TO KNOW IT,
I BELIEVE IT!!!!
AMEN

I burned the chains in the BBQ pit!

Ally Yost 08/26/2010
allyyost@yahoo.com

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my story

First my prayer is, “Father God, may my story be a light to those living in darkness, as I was. Father use my pain and now my peace so that others who are are lost and broken may accept your mercy, grace and love that can only come from You, I ask in Jesus mighty and holy name, Amen”

My name is Ally, As a child I was searching for someone to love me, My mom left us when I was in 1st grade she tried to commit sucide, I cleaned up her blood on the floor not understanding…,

Then I found out that my dad wasn’t my dad, my mom had an affair, Stepdad left me when I was in 5th grade. My siblings are all blonde, I am brunette. They called me the ‘brown child’ , so from an early age I felt that I ’didn’t belong’ anywhere. I met my ‘real father’ and he, like my other 2 parents didn’t seem to take an interest in his ‘mistake’ so I had 3 parents thatI felt didn’t love me.  (All 3 alcoholics)

Couch surfing at an early age of 12, school was an hard thing to accomplished. I went to 1/2 of 7th, no 8th 1/2 of 9th and married and dropped out at 15, 10th grade. I was looking for a place to belong, someone to love me. That is when I began using Crystal Meth. and  I started drinking before that , when my step father ‘showed me off’ to his friends that I could drink straight Vodka in the 5th grade,  right before he left.

Life became increasingly darker. My ‘picker’ was bad, 3 divorces, 3 kids, I was spiriling out of control. Domestic violencce was daily, the FEAR is what I remembered most. drinking made me not remember the other stuff.I am 46, late in July, 2010, My abuser gaged me, threw me to floor and covered me with a blanket, and transported me through 4 counties, (100 miles) We begun to fight because I could find any drugs. As I laid there on the floor of an RV , God placed my old cell phone that wasn’t charged, and had no service. my hands were free and I open it and it worked! I dialed 911, THAT was the begining of me knowing God was there with me!

My son picked me up from the police station. The next day was Sunday and I had to attend church with them. When I woke up major hungover and needing drugs I respect fully declined going to church. lol nope, I HAD to go said my son. So I went and cried the entire service because the Pastor was talking directly to me the entire service. (later I asked my Pastor if my son had told Him my issues and he told me  No, that he prepares his sermons 6 months in advance, He had no idea that I was going to be there and my circumstance, BUT GOD DID!!)  

Well, about a week later my abuser got out of jail and I thought he had found me, because there was a tall figure outside my window. I screamed and crawled on my hands and knees to my sons room crying hysterically with so much fear! about that moment, my son walked into the room and I thought,”oh my God he found me “, I couldn’t breathe when my son said my name, the tears of releif over came me. I went into the room I was staying in and I curled up in the fetal position crying, sobbing, crying out ,”GOD I CANT TAKE THIS ANYMORE” Then a peace that only comes from God came over me…!!!!! so I grabbed some paper, ripped it into pieces to make a paper chain, on each link I wrote my fears, my anger, my addictions and my promise to God that I would surrennder my life to Him, I put that very heavy paper chain with all my burdens and things I needed God to take from me around my neck, and prayed and cried, I am unsure of the time that passed, after God had lifted my burdens and took away my pain, I took the chain  off, it was the weight of paper again. I HAD GIVEN MY LIFE TO CHRIST! I burned the chain in the morning.

My son suggested I listen only to christian music , KLove, actually!  I was always cying with joy how I wasnt the only one going thru things as I listened to the words and stories of God’s love for us, His children! There is HOPE! God LOVES me, no matter my ‘junk-in-the-trunk’

Since then, August 24, 2010 Life has been amazing!!! I have not ever done Meth again, I am 13 months sober! By the grace of God.

I am now married to my absuer, who also was forgiven and changed by God. Our marriage and life is based on Loving God first.

 I now am The assistant director of a homeless ministry. I was homeless for over 8 years untill Christmas Eve 2011. My prayer was for running water for Christmas and my prayer was answered by renting a house with hot and cold and draining water!! My saying is ,

“God blessed me with homelessness and gave me Eternity!”

One lesson that I learned is electricity is a want Not a need, for God will give us what we need , and through homelessness and my story I learned that I do have a DAD who loves me and will never leave me nor forsake me! I am NOT a mistake

This is not my home, but while I am here, I want to have His light shine in me an through me to the lost and broken of this world. To be transformed from the inside out! God is still working on me, daily. The FEAR is gone,  replaced by PEACE.

 

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We have a house!

Someone ask me what I wanted for Christmas, My reply was RUNNING WATER. We were blessed on Christmas Eve with hot and cold and running and draining water! Living in a house and the amenities that living in a home provides is still surreal to me.
I know this is a blessing from God. I try to be humble and not to forget those that are still without housing. My ministry with the homeless continues and has even grown. I am now the Assistant Director at Diamonds In The Rough Homeless Ministry.

The road to sobriety and housing has been wild to say the least! We just surrendered our lives to the care of God and are currently ‘straighting up’ the past mistakes.

Easy?  nope. Rewarding? YUP! We  are taking our stories, experiences and love to share with others. Not that it is the only way out of homelessness, but to offer hope, a ‘light’ at the end of the tunnel. Every homeless person is a child of God, someones son or daughter, mother or father. their stories of their journey is unique. So by taking their circumstances, addressing the basics, showers, IDs,etc. is a begining to rise out of homelessness. We have to start somewhere.

As I enjoy the basics of electricity, heat, a shower, a bed, the blessing, the love of our Father I am in AWE of His grace.

 

 

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Giving Back

As I am beginning to give back, in the way I was given, freely and graciously, I am experiencing something that I never expected. Many do not understand the hardship of homelessness or poverty. For example, when I hadn’t showered in a while, how wonderful the hot water felt on my body! How when someone gave me a netted thing to wash my body, wow it felt like slice of heaven! I had layers of dirt and dead skin removed and then the lotion afterward made me feel like a new person.

New socks also are something that gave me hope! A toothbrush, a soft brush for my ratty hair, And always, the people gave with a smile and had genuine concern for me! I was a real person, not just ‘one of those people’. That is why I do what I can do to help others today.

I was told once to pay it forward and now I do. Oh I am far from perfect mind you, I was so high and/or drunk many times. I sold or traded some of the good stuff for more dope or booze. That was so wrong, but now that I am living a clean and healthy life, I remember not to pass judgement or assume that that is what they will do with the stuff I give to them.

I give with the desire to help even if it doesnt click in their minds now, give in the hope that they, like me, will see it one day, and do as I now do with appreiacation and gratitude. I tell my story often. Mainly to let others know that there is a way out, there is hope after dope, and maybe one day they will get out if they choose.

Some of the things that bother me is someone now who ‘helps’ but assumes. For example someone asked for a pair of socks for them and their child and was told no because they had been given a pair of socks last week! And that they needed to do laundry….. well my friends, thats not how living on the streets work! You wear your socks untill stinky and stiff and throw them away! The hardship of getting to a laundrymat, soap, the change, etc isnt easy or mainly doable! I gave the family socks! 2 pair actually!

A huge thanks to Fran at http://mitzvahcircle.org.

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