I Chose Life!

By Josh Krumenacher MFM-US Ministry Team Specialist

I went to Colombia with Men for Missions in October, 2017. I was impressed by the organization of One Mission Society and was enthralled by the work of Men for Missions that challenges men to Do, Go, and Give whatever Christ asks. A few weeks after I returned home I met with Bill Evans, MFM National Director, who challenged me to head up MFM projects within the United States.

I have been accepted by OMS as a missionary assigned to MFM as the U.S. Ministry Team Specialist to work with churches, individuals, and organizations to give men and their families opportunities to serve the Lord within the United States. Opportunities will include work projects, evangelism, Biblical counseling, disaster relief, and more.

Josh Krumenacher
Josh Krumenacher and family.
I am 34 years old and would like to share my life-changing journey with you. By the grace of God, I have walked faithfully with the Lord since June 2009. Prior to then, I lived a life of sin with absolutely no acknowledgement of God.

There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death (Proverbs 16:5). It seemed right to me to follow the ways of the world and my selfish desires. With that life in 2005, I realized that I was enslaved to opiates and alcohol addictions; had a vision to change, with no plan, and no leader to follow. Quickly, my vision became an illusion. In and out of meetings and rehabs, I successfully gave up alcohol for a season. However, as the desire of alcohol decreased the desire for opiates increased.

Unable to obtain opiates on Father’s Day 2006, I reverted to drinking in a bar, got in a fight, and ended up at my parent’s home. While searching through the garage for a hidden bottle, I found an old home-made pipe bomb from high school. Depressed and ashamed of my life, I lit the bomb knowing the shrapnel would kill me, but it did not. Physics cannot explain why the shrapnel missed my entire body, except my hand. God, in His sovereignty, knew that someday I would be a follower of His Son, Jesus Christ, and for that reason He spared my life for the umpteenth time. Doctors, nurses, family, and friends said that God spared me for a reason, I just shrugged. I was prescribed pain killers, which dove me deeper and deeper in addiction and sin. For three years, I was in and out of rehabs, stole from friends and family, and burned all bridges in my life.

Then, on Christmas day 2008, I relapsed on alcohol. My parents told me to do something else as what I was undertaking was not working. I remembered that I had gone to church with some friends, and I thought, “That is it, I have the answer.” I told my parents that I would go to a Bible study.

I wrote my parents a note that I was at a church for a Bible study December 28, 2008, but actually was driving drunk on my way to rob a friend of their pain medicine. After being saved, I read, Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life (Galatians 6:7-8). That night God showed me that I had used Him as an alibi and mocked Him. I had sowed wickedness and reaped great destruction.

That night I drove off the road, hit a tree, totaled my car, and fractured my ribs. I was handcuffed to the hospital bed when a man told me about Jesus and how He could save me. Then, as I slept on a concrete block in jail all I could think about was what the man had said, “God works in mysterious ways.” God had spared my life yet again. The following Sunday my mother and I started attending church services. However, I did not change overnight; it was a slow process.

Finally, May 2009, I lost my job due to my life of sin. God had shut all doors, so I could no longer continue to live as usual. I called Westbrook Church and was able to talk to a pastor. When I shared my story with him, he said, “Josh, you are 24 years old and have tried and done everything a man in addiction can do to get help, except the one thing that works, which is faith in Jesus Christ.” I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior that day and have not been the same since. A few days later, I had the opportunity to move to Indiana and attend a Christian based regeneration program for addictions at Wheeler Mission Ministries and the vision I had in 2005, became a reality, as the Bible became my plan and Jesus became my leader.

I graduated March 2010, stayed for a second year to do the Servant Leader Training program, served other men, taught classes on attaining a relationship with God, and how to live life by biblical principles and spiritual disciplines. After two years, I began working for the Indiana Counselors Association on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (ICAADA), was certified as an alcohol and drug abuse counselor, and received a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Counseling from Crossroads Bible College.

God saved me from physical death and gave me a new life, an amazing wife, three wonderful sons, a church home, and hope. I have been blessed beyond comprehension and with far more than I deserve.

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