Now or never
Either I change my life completely or I and the relationship I have with my family will be destroyed. These were the thoughts that brought me to the point of entering the Wiedenhof. My name is Sascha, I am 26 years old and I grew up in a christian family. At age 13, I got introduced to cannabis through a friend and that's where my path to drug addiction started. It didn't take long until I began to drink alcohol, take pills and other controlled substances. At the age of 16, I was totally addicted to drugs. Due to battery and theft I got arrested twice during my youth. I also underwent detoxification twice. My life went downhill as I continued to use and even started to sell drugs.
I was 21 years old when I met my wife and we got married a year later. Numb and tough as I was in my addiction and the lifestyle I had, I realized that, through the love I have for her, I still have feelings and the desire for life. In 2016, our son, Sam Aiden, was born. Through this intense experience, I became aware of, for the first time in my life, the fact that I have a responsibility to my wife, my son and myself. So I held on to anything that would give me hope in this time. This glimpse of assurance entered my life through my mother-in-law who is a believer. She shared Jesus to me and, in this very situation, I gave my life to Him. Right after that I went into cold turkey from the drugs and alcohol. But it didn't take long till idleness in the daily life caught up with me and I backslid into drugs again and even gambling.
My marriage, my family and other relationships got even more destroyed. But the turning point came again through my mother-in-law who told me about the Wiedenhof. New hope rose up in me and I decided to go for the therapy here.
When I arrived in the Wiedenhof I experienced that God set me totally free from all the addictions I had. After two weeks, I realized I didn't even have any withdrawal symptoms at all. Instead, I felt a deep sense of peace and contentment in my heart and came to know that God loves me, for the very first time in my life. A time of renewal has began. God started to restore my life inside and out. Now Jesus shall have the first place in my life! That's the reason why I was willing to let go of my family for the time being and to focus on myself and my life with Him, which means one year of therapy without my them.
I have now been in the Wiedenhof since the beginning of March. In my everyday life here I experience that when I lay down my life before God He comes a thousand steps towards me. To be specific, this means that I experience financial and material provisions and with this, He has spared me from going to prison. Some relationships are already getting healed and especially, my heart! I am learning to overcome pride and resistance. I am coming to know the Holy Spirit more and more and able to respond to His words and impressions. It is getting quiet and peaceful inside of me! Meanwhile, I learned that I am becoming a father again! And now the best is: God made it possible for my family to stay and be with me in the Wiedenhof. This July my wife and son will be moving in and I will be able to be part of our daughter's birth in August.
Nothing is impossible for my God! The greatest adventure of my life starts now with Jesus – and I am so much looking forward to it!
I have lived in the Wiedenhof for 5 months to be set free from drugaddiction. In spite of all my personal problems, I had always worked which had kept me under continuous stess to perform. To put down that pressure sounds easier than it is. During the conference „ Prophetic Fire“ with Bobby Conner, God spoke to me several times. One issue was this: „If you are under stress, it does not come from me!“ This was revolutionary for me, since my old life was influenced a lot by work and performance. But even more things happened.
God healed me from tinnitus
Five years ago I was beaten on my head, which injured my eardrum permanently. Ever since I had a tinnitus. During the conference I had a throbbing in my ear. For the following few days I woke up being stunned by the silence in my ear. No more ringing sounds! Jesus simply healed it without even having someone pray for it! Hallelujah! God is great!
Free from sleeping disorders
During the conference sleeping disorders were a topic of prayer. In the past I had woken up every night. Often I could not get back to sleep. When prayer for healing was offered I did not stand, yet I now sleep every night uninterrupted. Finally I know I am free from sleeping disorders! Hallelujah! Glory to Him! He makes everything new!
We are the Wiedenhof team! Some of us have been in this precious ministry for decades, others of us have only recently joined. What unites us is our love for God and people. We want to see that everyone who lives at Wiedenhof has a daily encounter with the transforming love and power of God ... as we have experienced it.
Even as a child, I always wanted to help the weaker and had a heart for the lost. Unfortunately, I set the course for the wrong paths early on, which led me into addiction, crime and depression. After 10 years of addiction and bondage, I ended up at Wiedenhof in November 2012, where I went through 2 years of rehab and aftercare. I have now been part of the Wiedenhof team since May 2015 and in leadership since 2019. I get to help people get to know Jesus and live with Him. I can't imagine a better place for me right now. God is great!
When I graduated as a physical therapist in 1993, I already knew that God was calling me into full-time ministry for Him. I attended what is now FCJG Revival School in 1995 and found that my heart was for lost, broken people and mercy ministry. So in 1997, I completed an internship at Haus Wiedenhof, FCJG's drug rehab. From the first day, I felt right at home, felt that I had landed in the right place, and have actually been a staff member since 1998. There is hardly anything more beautiful than to accompany people without perspective and seeking help on their way, to get to know their Father in heaven, to get well and to discover together perspective and vocation for their lives. That is brilliant! I have been part of the management of the Wiedenhof since 2013.
Before I met Jesus and came to Wiedenhof House, my life consisted of taking drugs, partying, and chasing happiness. After eleven years of addiction, I ended up at Wiedenhof completely broken. God sovereignly intervened and began to restore me. After 2.5 years, I not only experienced healing for myself, but the desire grew within me to pass on what I had received. I want to see people become free and know God as Father. God who set me free from rejection, self-hatred and "fear of life" wants to do the same for many more. And I am happy to be able to be there live!
I love to see that Jesus can and will give new life when we give him our old, broken one. I myself was at this point several years ago. I was hopelessly lost and wanted to clean up the mess that had accumulated in my life. But I didn't know how to start doing that. In my despair, I found Jesus and experienced for myself how He can bring forth something beautiful from ashes. Out of gratitude and enthusiasm for this, I am now allowed to accompany others in experiencing this miracle myself! Especially women with a similar background are very close to my heart.
Praying is my passion. My heart beats for people who have not experienced value in life. To accompany them on their way to the Father and to see how His love gives them value and they become a new creation is simply wonderful. I also met the Father here at Wiedenhof, became healthy and after an internship I became a staff member in 2021.
Walter’s TestimonyDuring Friday night’s worship at the „Music and Art Summit”, my heart was worrying about how my family would take the upcoming “Come to the Light” event they promised to join. First, I did not realize how much these thoughts kept me from entering into the presence of God. The Holy Spirit showed me that my worries were the opposite of having faith. Actually I didn’t trust in God. I was soon able to leave my burden at the cross. While Thomas Erkens prayed for me, I sensed that God was strengthening me and re-rooting my trust in God. The tension gave way to confidence and trust. I knew: “Everything is going to be alright.” And it surely was. My family just loved that time. My brother followed an invitation to respond to a word of knowledge to receive more of the Holy Spirit. My Dad shared with tears how glad he was to see me thriving in this place. He saw his prayers answered and a huge burden was taken off his shoulders.
On Sunday morning, I had a personal highlight. The Holy Spirit deeply touched me and healed a deep wound in my heart. I had tried to numb this pain by taking drugs for five years. After the Holy Spirit dealt with it by pouring his love and warmth into me, I was able to let go of all the bad memories and look ahead. Our God is a God of the present and the future. Jesus purchased freedom from our past for us – by his ransom death at the cross.
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