My name Is Lynda Belmontez and I am the Assistant Executive Director at the Madera Rescue Mission. I came to the Rescue Mission on  April of 2003 seeking help for my addiction, I had lost everything that was important to me, my children, my home and my will to live. When I first came to the mission I experienced a lot of fear and anxiety and these feelings where so overwhelming that I was tempted to run many times, but the thought of losing my children forever was what helped me to hang on in those first few months.

About 3 months into my recovery I began to experience a change in my heart and attitude that I could not explain. I had accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and He began to heal my heart from deep wounds caused by myself and others. I learned news skills of how to recognize my emotions and how to process them in a healthy way, also how to forgive myself and others, and to see myself as Christ sees me. A NEW CREATION, FORGIVEN, WORTHY OF LOVE AND THE APPLE OF HIS EYE.

After 18 months I graduated the program and regained custody of my children and began  working  for  the Madera Rescue Mission.  I feel honored to ba able to give back a little of what was given to me and to see other women change their lives through Christ.

Today, I can say I have been truly blessed. My life has by no means been easy or perfect, but I have been free from addiction for 11 years and God has blessed me with two wonderful children and grandchildren who are healthy and doing well and with my husband of two years who is also a graduate of the Madera Rescue Mission Program and he is a mighty man of God who loves the Lord as much as I do.

JOSHUA 24:15 “BUT AS FOR ME AND MY FAMILY, WE WILL SERVE THE LORD”

You can reach Lynda at lynda@maderarescue.org