Matt & Elisa Perkins
In 2011 after having been on both sides of the struggle, we felt led to open another Mission House in order to make room for more families to come to wholeness in Jesus Christ.
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 to make it bearable to live in. 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 Creator of Life introduced me to Lyle Skillman, a man who had been down the same road I had. 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. That way 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 their families who God puts in my 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 guys getting sober, quitting their pornography habits, gambling habits, or whatever the life-dominating sin is. Success is a heart change, a complete 180 from your old life, repentance and the understanding of being the person God created you to be. 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 guys 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 and self-control to your life. A journey that will bring you freedom through Jesus Christ.
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 North Kitsap. 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 North Kitsap, to 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.