Panama City Rescue Mission Holds Recovery Graduation

Published 12/04 2016 08:31PM

Updated 12/04 2016 08:31PM

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It was graduation day for six people in Panama City Sunday morning. But they weren't necessarily graduating from a school, but rather into a new way of living life with the help of the Panama City Rescue Mission.
 
The new grads have spent that past year in the Recovery Program at the Rescue Mission. It includes an intensive 36 weeks of classes and exit plan. Each graduate presented their own testimony to the congregation of First United Methodist Church, detailing what each has learned in their time at the mission. James 'Big Jim' Downs talked about his newfound outlook on life.
 
"To be sober for a year, over a year now, it's all new," said Downs. "So it's like learning how to walk again. I'm learning everything over. And I have had so much love and support and encouragement. It's just been absolutely amazing. I didn't know that this is how life is intended to be."
 
This is the 15th graduation the Panama City Rescue Mission has held.

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