After a Hard Fall, He Has It All

“Life without my son was terrible.”

That’s how Chris describes the long 3-1/2 years he spent separated from his only son Jonas.

He took full responsibility for the harmful choices that had broken their relationship. Still, his heart ached.

“I was frustrated that I couldn’t see him,” Chris says now.

“Everything good in my life came as a result of the Mission.”


Then one desperate morning, he woke up in detox after suffering with a deadly blood alcohol content. He knew something had to change. And fast!

“I had nowhere to go,” Chris remembers. He crossed the street to the Christ Recovery Center, where he set up an intake meeting.

How could life had gotten this low? Once, he lived with Jonas in a house on a hill with a white picket fence. And now this? Sitting at the Mission with just $9 in his pocket and a backpack?

“I thought I was too good for this place,” Chris explains. “But 10 minutes into the meeting, I knew I needed to be at the CRC. There was this overwhelming feeling that I was home.”

For months, Chris worked through the steps of recovery, Jonas at the front of his mind the whole time. He knew he needed to rebuild trust if he had any chance to see his son again. Through studying the Bible, going to groups, and following the rules the best he could, he could feel himself change. Being a man of integrity, honor, and purpose became important to him, whether he got to see his son or not.

“I kept doing the next right thing,” Chris remembers.

Finally, he got the call: “Our son needs you in his life,” Jonas’ mom said. “He wants to see you.”  

That was 6 years ago. Because of your gifts, Chris got his son back. Now you can’t keep this father and son apart. They go to hockey games and movies together, making up for lost time.

“My dad is cool,” 13-year-old Jonas says now. “I’d hang out with him even if he wasn’t my dad!”

“I’m a better father because of what I’ve gone through,” Chris believes. “Being at the Mission has taught me some valuable lessons about life, God’s love, humility, and how to treat people. I’ve become a leader and a better man here. Everything good in my life came as a result of the Mission.”

Chris is now the Director of the Christ Recovery Center at Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities.

Meet Chris and Jonas

Join us on Saturday, May 11 for breakfast with Chris and Jonas. They will share their testimony and answer your questions about their journey to reconciliation. Plus, take a tour of the Mission and see firsthand the difference people like you can make.

Details: Saturday, May 11, 9-10:30 a.m., Men’s Campus, Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities, 435 University Ave. E., St. Paul, MN, 55130

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