In 2011, after having been on both sides of the struggle, Matt & Elisa Perkins felt led to launch the Mission House in order to make room for more families to come to wholeness in Jesus Christ. Godwin & Kim Selembo now direct and lead the Poulsbo Men's House alongside Matt & Elisa.
MATT & ELISA PERKINS
Hi, my name is Matt.
Several years ago I went to the Mission House because of my endless struggle with drugs and alcohol. I never imagined for a moment that I would end up in a place in which its primary focus was on Jesus Christ. I can also tell you I tried many other avenues to get sober, which ended up bringing me right back to the hopeless place I started. I ended up believing the lie that there was no hope for me. That my reality was to be stuck in a lifelong addiction to heroin, pills, alcohol and whatever this world could offer. I had lost my wife, my daughter, my job, my house and everything else I thought was important.
"But God" (two of my favorite words that frequently sit side-by-side in scripture) . . . But God had different plans for me, for my wife and my entire family. You see, it took being at this broken, poor, contrite place to finally realize I was in desperate need of a Savior. It was finally time to start listening to someone else.
I now realize that the Life Himself who would provide me freedom and a life so much more fulfilling, introduced me to Lyle Skillman, a man who had been down the same road I had and worse. There was something different about him. He had joy, peace, compassion and love. Lyle was willing to come down into the trenches with me and show me the way out. The way, His name is Jesus Christ!
Now, as we expand this ministry to be able to offer hope to more people, this also is my heart for the men and women and their families who God puts in our path. God wants to use your trash and your garbage and turn it into something amazing and beautiful. (Genesis 50:20 . . . You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.)
I will never place success in this ministry on people getting sober, stopping sexual addiction, gambling habits, or whatever brokenness and confusion is dominating their lives. Success is a heart change, a complete 180 from your old life, repentance, change of mind, and the understanding you are the sons and daughters he declares you to be. You can discover the real you, your redeemed innocence in the person, Jesus. You can find your true identity in Christ!
Trust me, I know this may sound crazy to those of you who are thinking about coming to the Mission House. For people like us – who pride ourselves on trying anything at least once – if you give this 100% and go “all in” it will be the craziest journey you've ever had. A journey that will bring love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness and self-control to your life. A journey that will bring you freedom through Mr. Freedom Himself, Jesus!
Hi! I'm Elisa.
As a wife, mother and a small business owner I have a passion for families and community. I've seen firsthand the great need in our community for addiction recovery and the stress that such addiction brings on families which ignites my passion even further toward the Mission House Ministry. I've seen God take back lives that I thought were forever lost. And I've seen Him transform those lives in the most unexpected ways and with the most unexpected people!
I have a huge heart for the “whole family care” philosophy of the Mission House, where EVERY family member’s needs are met – not just the men who are struggling with life-dominating sin. What an opportunity God has laid before us that we all might grow in Him through this hard time.
In our marriage I truly believe we have experienced the Lord’s complete restoration. However, I continually pray that I will never forget the emotion and heartache in the actual times of desperation of nowhere to turn and absolute hopelessness. These feelings of hopelessness are real, and this is why we wanted to start the Mission House, teach people to turn to the Lord in their desperate times. (Psalm 91:14-16 . . . “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”)
I have come to a realization that my true identity is not in my family or any personal accomplishment; but my confidence is with my Life in Christ. (Ephesians 2:10 . . . “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do”.)
My heart is to carry out the mission God has laid out for us.
Godwin & KIM Selembo
Few years ago I found myself trapped in a cycle of alcoholism, depression and and a deep, dark hole with no hope. With each passing day, death seemed imminent. The hurt, confusion, and chaos I caused in the process seemed irreparable. After searching for places where I could get clean and sober, my wife reached out to the Mission House. As I began that new journey with Christ at the center, I felt alive again. Better than I had ever felt. Better than I knew I could feel. I was free and life took on a whole new meaning. John 8:36 says this, “So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed". When our identity is firmly planted in Christ, we can be free from all forms of addiction and sin. It is humbling and a privileged to walk along side men who seek to be free from addiction.
My journey in Christ led me to the Mission House several years ago, looking for help for my husband. I was a wife & mom walking through life doing fine. It wasn't until things started unraveling, that I realized God had so much more for me, my husband and our family. I had grown up believing God could do anything, but found myself knee deep in the trenches, fighting to believe He could do the impossible for us. After seeing firsthand, the miracle that God worked in my husband, I know that I can trust God for anything. Even in the midst of the worst time of my life, he gave me a restorative hope. "Yet hope returns when I remember this one thing: the Lord's unfailing love and mercy never cease, fresh as the morning, as certain as the sunrise. The Lord is all I have so in Him I put my trust"-Lamentations 3:21-24. I now have a passion to see other families find this same hope and am beyond grateful for the privilege of walking with people through their journey.