After being sexually abused and bullied as a child, Nikki turned to drugs, men, alcohol and online gaming in an attempt to fill a void. She found herself at an all-time low when her second marriage began to downward spiral. She had no vehicle, no place to live, no job and was losing all hope. Nikki sought help from family and friends. She moved from house to house and even spent nights sleeping in a car. In a last ditch effort, Nikki contacted her church, who in turn, referred her to Fellowship Missions.

For the first time in a very long time, Nikki found love, compassion, structure and a renewed relationship with Jesus Christ. It was Fellowship Missions who gave her the tools to build her relationship with Jesus and it was Jesus who gave her the hope to start over. She witnessed so many people giving and expecting nothing in return. It was this display of Christ’s love that Nikki credits in discovering her own spiritual gift of serving.

While at Fellowship Missions, she participated in Bible studies, church services, fundraising events and community outreach programs. Nikki reflects back at her six-month stay at Fellowship Missions as a time of tremendous growth. It was also a time she was able to focus on figuring out who she is and where God wants her to be. On May 10, 2011, along with two other Fellowship Missions residents, Nikki publicly declared her love for Jesus Christ in a baptism at a Center Lake.

Currently, Nikki works two jobs, has a vehicle and lives with her mom, but she is saving money to move into her own place. She regularly attends church and belongs to a Life Group that provides continuous accountability and support. Nikki hopes to always stay connected with Fellowship Missions and give back to them in the same way that they gave to her.

“Fellowship Missions is like being part of a big family. We had fun together. We ate together. We played together. We cried together. We fought together. Just like families do.” – Nikki