TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI)- One local man is making a difference in the community one prayer at a time. A preacher has found his purpose.
Billy Henry is the pastor at The Bridge Church in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Through his own eyes, he preaches.
“I lost everything,” Henry said. “My family and everything I ever had.”
Henry was born and raised in Terre Haute. At 18 years old he left to join the military. Later, he suffered from PTSD.
“Everything I could get my hands on to numb myself I would do,” he said.
Drugs were how Henry coped. And, he says drugs are also how he ended up in jail.
“It’s ironic that you do coke off of a mirror because the whole time you are doing it, you are literally seeing your reflection,” Henry said. “You are looking into the eyes of the child you used to be. You know what you are doing wrong and the pain that you are causing everyone in your life. But, you just can’t stop.”
Behind bars, he says he found God.
“God told me that whole pastor thing that I told you about on the jailhouse floor, it’s time,” Henry said.
Henry moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 2008. He became the children’s pastor at a local church. Three years later he felt lead to come home to start the Bridge.
“It’s been hardships and it’s been difficult at times. But, it has been a huge blessing,” he said.
The Bridge is built from the ground up by Henry himself. And, for nearly 7 years it has been touching the lives of everyone who walks through the doors.
Amber Jones is 14 months sober. She says it’s The Bridge she has to thank for.
“He gave us a chance before we didn’t have a chance,” Jones said. “I took all of those old people out of my life that I know didn’t mean anything to me besides the drugs and I replaced them with people that have meaning and are showing me the right way.”
She says it is a place to heal and a place to call home.
“He’s not just my pastor, he is my family and a friend,” Jones said.
Henry is making a difference day by day.
“We’ve got to fill them up not just spiritually, but economically and socially in this community. That way we can rebuild this community from the ground up.”
The Bridge just started their first satellite campus at 6th and Washington. Henry says they hope to bring another campus to Paris, Illinois.
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