The Steel Bridge
suicide...an alternate outcome
On July 1st, 1998, office workers gradually
realized the presence of two bodies hanging by ropes from the downtown Steel Bridge,
Portland, Oregon. They hung for over an hour before they could be taken down...dead. Michael
Douglas (29 y/o) and his fiancée Mora McGowan (25 y/o)...broke, tormented, hopeless...had
gone from being $200/day heroin-addicted street people to the end of their
I, however, personally know of a (then 17 y/o) son
of a professional family, Christians, who was a heroin-addicted street person in Columbia, S.
C. who occasionally killed alley cats for food. Sometimes attending counseling sessions with
a psychologist, Dr. Frank L. Quinn, who is a Christian and now also director of the S.C. Center for Gambling Studies, the boy
was not totally out of contact. So concerned for some boys in this situation, Frank went to
enormous trouble, encouraged by the help of former S.C. Lt. Governor Bob Peeler (my first
cousin's former husband), to try to set up an in-home living situation with a rural, hardworking,
non-judgmental Christian family. He finally was placed in touch with a Mennonite
dairy-farming family who agreed to take the boy off of the streets and into their home and
hearts. The boy left that family in just 4 weeks...drug free...on to college...strong in his
Christian belief and a relapse-free college graduate today in Oregon.
For different reasons, Dr. Quinn also steered my only son to this Mennonite family, and he came away a changed youth in only 6
When Jesus is invited...truly invited...into a
life and then promoted in that life, the most unthinkable changes to the good become possible.
With Jesus there is HOPE.
You may want to read many brief examples of the
powerful, supernatural molding of a persons life (in spite of the family background) which is
possible through the acceptance of Jesus as your savior. Are you tired of life as it now is
for you? Consider accepting Jesus now [check it out]! See other faith
& health information [here]. More testimonies HERE.
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