A Place Called Refuge …
Shane West is no stranger to grace and redemption. Born into a family of alcoholism and drug addiction, he ultimately found himself bound to cocaine by age the age of 14. On November 5, 1987 at the age of 21, Shane West had a life changing experience and his spiritual awakening in a converted garage.
The life of Shane West is an expression that has defined “the Grace of God” for the modern era. Shane’s gift of authentic life alongside his transparency has drawn a broad audience. His diversity has gained him notoriety that transcends culture, race and religion, placing him onto a platform where he and Dana, his wife of 23 years ministered together for over two decades! This has made his journey unique; a journey that has taken his inspired message to not only churches but schools, colleges, alleyways and prison cells. Shane”s prophetic gift is a magnet that has drawn a broad audience, as he has ministered to both those hurting individual drug addicts on the street as well as thriving business men. His path through life continues to be an exciting adventure. His relevance, and transparency has gained him notoriety that transcends culture, race and religion, placing him onto a variety of platforms and audiences.
It was God’s amazing grace and deliverance that took Shane out off the street and onto the launching pad of his ministry. Empowering him to preach a message tailor made by experience: “From Cocaine To The Calling” This message years later turned into a book , “Recycled By Grace” After reading of Shane’s book, Pastor Sheryl Brady, with the nationally known T.D. Jakes in Dallas says, “When you come to understand the darkness of someone’s past, it becomes much easier for you to understand their gratitude for grace. Shane West is a man who loves the Lord. One need only read a few pages of this book to know why. He has peeled back his privacy, and allowed us to peek into his very painful story of addiction. I dare you to look into this window of what would have been a wasted life, had it not been for grace. Thank you Shane, Your story teaches all of us that we can make a mistake and still not be a mistake!”
Shane says, “I‘m at this place in my life, where I have finally realized the unconditional love of God. I‘m not caring so much what people think, and not in an arrogant way, just knowing who I am, and why I‘m on the planet. As a man, I‘m meant to stay faithful to my amazing wife Dana, to love her, to look after her, and to take care of her. As a father, I am to be the hero to my children, and the best example of an authentic Christian man that I can be.”
When asked about Shane’s move to Fresno, his role in life and his destiny he simply says, “My life in the past few years has become more focused, I am here to simply be a trophy of grace! I know deep down that God has given me an amazing gift to help and to impact people. I plan to spend the rest of my life doing just that in my hometown of Fresno. After 20 years I have come back home to use my gifts to encourage all of those that will let me. I feel a bit like Forest Gump in all this, you run off the porch, run to the county line, then on to the state line, and then the challenge comes to you to run to the Ocean! All for the simple discovery of it. Living as a free spirit, not letting the things of this life hold us down, not planning my future months in advance, nor pondering mistakes from the past! Life is far more adventurous this way for Dana and I”
Shane goes on to say… “After all these years I have found a place called REFUGE where no longer the emphasis is not me being a champion or us being victorious 24/7 but rather a God that is!”
Psalm 18L2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, and my REFUGE, in whom I will trust; He is my high tower.
Jesus is that REFUGE a place for us that have fought, and fought, and fought. We are hurt, some broken, many tired, some even wanting to tap out of the fight. Please don’t Tap Out come with me. Run with me to rest and be restored, to find our first love again. Once better we can train train, and get back up to continue the good fight of faith … Care to run with us?”