By Jeff Ledford –
I attended the June 25-30th 2018 Legacy program for 1st responders. I just wanted to take time to thank the Mighty Oaks team personally. I really feel this program saved me. It helped me identify the root of many issues that have built up over the last 22 years of my law enforcement career. I have witnessed many tragic events, but one really has stood out, that I have blamed myself for years. Now, I feel completely on fire for Christ and when I thought I was the only one, I know now I’m not alone.
Mighty Oaks has given me the tools and my plan to fight.
Also, since returning home, my wife took me out for lunch and said, “I’ve got one more thing for you.” We drove and as we got close to this area. I sensed I knew where she was taking me. I had a shortness of breath and started shaking, then I asked her, where are you taking me? She grabbed my hand and said it will be ok. I said, I don’t want to go. She just said again, it will be ok.
I did not want to go, but I knew I had too.
At this point I was out of breath and teary eyed and becoming very anxious. Because I knew where we were going. She took me to the scene where, almost 20 years ago, a 12 year old boy died in my arms with his head in my lap. This was the first time I’d been to this location since that day.
Even though it was very emotional, I was really able to let it go.
I was there a little more than an hour and for the first time ever, told her all about the scene and what had happened. This has haunted me deeply since December 29th 1998. Then I prayed for awhile and I know God told me it was OK and it wasn’t my fault. I could not have done this without Mighty Oaks. Also, since returning home, my marriage has become a beautiful relationship once again. My eyes were opened wide. I will fight for what I love and I will leave a Legacy.
Mighty Oaks is a class act. I will be forever grateful. I also hope to return to help others one day.
Thank you for saving me Mighty Oaks.