WATCH – Grateful for a new slice of turkey and sober life –  

Nov. 28, 2020 – “I never really was thankful for life,” Pennebaker said.

He served prison time, and he came to Longview in 2017. At one point, he was hospitalized for attempted suicide, and he was sent to a mental hospital.

Six months ago, he arrived at the mission and that changed everything. “Literally saved my life,” Pennebaker said. “The relationships the people you meet. The guys you’ve been in here with the staff helped me in so many ways.” He’s recovering in the mission’s discipleship program, and he really celebrated Thanksgiving this year.

“I got into the program, found the Lord. I’m actually thankful to wake up and be here another day,” Pennebaker said. “I’m thankful every day for small things.” Pennebaker is also having the tattoos removed to improve his chances of securing employment.



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