AdamOn his road to recovery, Adam found love and acceptance along with a job at Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission, serving up hope to those with similar challenges. Today, as the head cook at the Mission’s Pioneer Square location, Adam helps feed and inspire more than 1,000 souls there every day.
“Is a four-story fall enough to end a life?”
It wasn’t the first time Adam had considered the question. He was sitting in the chapel of a recovery program where he had been before. He had gone through many programs, with shame and self-hatred the only lasting result.
Life used to be a party. Then his friends grew up and moved on. But Adam didn’t. After a while, they noticed. His parents, too. It was apparent by age 16, he couldn’t live at home any longer.
A loving couple who adopted him from a Korean orphanage. A tight-knit group of friends. A decade of drumming in a band with his buddies. Adam burned all those bridges to follow his addiction.
Not that his parents ever gave up on him. They took him back, again and again, covered rent when he was short, accepted collect calls from jail. But it had to end in his late 20s when he began stealing from them. By then, there was no one to live with indefinitely, as there had been when he was younger.
Jail, treatment, the streets, and transitional housing were a repeated cycle. Hope didn’t bring him back to the chapel that day, despair did.
The words of someone reading Psalm 51 interrupted his thoughts. Unfamiliar, David’s emotions hit hard. They sparked something. For the first time, Adam turned his eyes from self to Jesus. He spent the next few months coming to know the One who could save even him.
Then one day, while sitting with his face turned upward and his eyes closed to the sun’s rays, Adam saw what he describes as an impression of Jesus on the cross with his hands outstretched, bleeding.
“It wasn’t detailed, it was more of a feeling that what Jesus did was done for me,” Adam says. “There was a lot of suffering and pain, and it was for me. I needed to see that. It’s when my life started to transform, slowly.
“That’s why I work at Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission. This place is different than other treatment centers. Typically, guys who come here are really broken down, spiritually and emotionally. Even if you don’t verbalize it, you can show them you understand by giving them grace. Just to be a small, even unnoticed, part of their journey — I never thought I would be part of that.”
On his road to recovery, Adam found love and acceptance along with a job at Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission, serving up hope to those with similar challenges.