A Madera man stood before more than 300 people to talk about the downward spiral crystal methamphetamine sucked him into from the time he was a teen. For Randall McKinney using quickly turned into addiction, and no means were off limits when it came to getting the high he desperately wanted, even if what he was doing was illegal. Identity theft, stealing, prostitution, selling drugs and counterfeiting money — he did it all.
During the Madera Rescue Mission’s major annual fundraiser on Thursday, though, a clean-shaven and suited McKinney energetically told the crowd his story as he celebrated his first year of sobriety following a decade of drug addiction.
“I came to the rescue mission and God did something to me there,” he said. “...For me to be able to look back on this past year and deny that there’s a God, I would be a liar,” said McKinney.
He and two others, Eric Perkins and Robert Allen, were recognized at the 2013 Annual Fall Banquet “Look What God Has Done” for graduating from the mission’s 12-month faith-based addiction recovery program. Madera County Supervisor for District 1 Manuel Nevarez embraced the honorees before he presented each with a certificate of completion and special recognition from the board of supervisors. Mary Lock and Rick Skavdahl also stood to be honored for graduating earlier this year...