Please enjoy the testimony below from one of our referrals. A true story of forgiveness.
It was Tuesday, May 14, 2019. I sat in disbelief looking down at the smart phone in my hand. My younger brother had just hung up on me after saying “If you testify against our younger sister, I will not talk to you ever again and I will come to your house and do horrible things to you.” Just three days before, we had been side-by-side watching his daughter graduate from college in Indiana. How had it
come to this? What could I do to fix this?
Four months later, I was in Florida with a group of women who were teachers with me many years ago. As three of us talked over breakfast, we talked about the challenges with our families. One of the ladies shared about the life-changing revelation she had through the healing prayer of Tarra Green of The Salvage Yard counseling ministry. My former co-worker shared that as she was praying with Tarra about disappointment in her childhood regarding her father, my friend suddenly was set free by the Holy Spirit giving her the words, “He did not know”. My friend recounted the experience with joy and relief. I gladly took the contact information for her and filled out the online information form for The Salvage Yard. Two days later, I was on the phone with her giving her an overview of my family of origin. She challenged me to get vertical with God and to prepare for our prayer session next week. At the appointed time, I took the call from her while parked in my car facing a row of bushes. Even in a car, through prayer, I met Jesus as I pictured leading my siblings one at a time to Jesus, watching Him greet them with love and compassion and telling Him of my hurts and disappointments. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, I was able to confess all my hidden roots of resentment, watch Jesus burn away the pain, free me, fill my void with His love, and seal it. It was healing.
The beautiful peace has lasted. I do not have anger or resentment towards my siblings and I also feel forgiven. I sent a follow-up text to Tarra asking if I should reach out to my younger sister or let God open that conversation. Five minutes before she was to call me, my younger brother who had threatened me five months earlier was on the phone, talking to me, apologizing for what he said. It was a long conversation and he repeated the apology more than once. I was able to offer him 100% forgiveness. I did not fix it. God did.
Thinking back to something she had said” when we don’t forgive, it robs God of the opportunity to actually move in the situation”. Once I got out of the way and left my siblings at the feet of Jesus, God worked. All the praise goes to God for his power in our lives. Many thanks to The Salvage Yard and to Tarra for their one-on-one mentoring.
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Paul and Tarra Green
The Salvage Yard
1 Cor 10:13 "No temptation has overtaken you that isn’t common to man. God is faithful, and will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will provide a way of escape, that you may be able to endure it."
Please enjoy the testimony below from one of our supporters.
A Rescue Mission from God
Paul and Tarra Green spend their lives seeking Gods will and giving everything they have to carry it out. They were called to start The Salvage Yard a number of years ago and recently helped us with a family member who was in a life-threatening situation.
After years of drugs and alcohol abuse Satan had Jim (anonymous name of a close relative) in his grips to the point where his body was failing and he was giving up on life. After a few phone calls, Paul went on a quick trip in early August to Northern Pennsylvania to try to guide him back into AA. Paul suspected that he hadn’t yet hit bottom and was not ready to put a cork in the bottle.
Just three weeks later, Jim was now in an actual life-threatening situation. There were a series of incoherent phone calls and unreturned messages. I called Paul once again and asked him to accompany me on a trip for an intervention (what Paul called a 12th step meeting). In true fashion as is always the case with Paul and Tarra through The Salvage Yard ministry, Paul made some calls, completely changed his schedule and joined me to get Jim into a treatment center.
Over the course of 36 hours Paul was a constant source of wisdom and strength for me and my family as God guided us on this difficult journey. God enabled Paul to take this trip, me to surrender all to Him, and Jim to at last agree to go into treatment though he was terrified. The Holy Spirit filled Paul with wisdom, patience, kindness and compassion to help each step of the way. (At one point we had to almost carry Jim onto the plane).
There were countless moments when I was at my limit yet Paul was there, ready to take over. Jim trusted Paul from the moment he met him because Paul not only understands the insidious nature of addictions, he is led by Holy Spirit with unwavering faith and love.
Today Jim is in treatment and he is on a path to healing with the help of God. He has a long way to go but he’s in the right place. Paul has 35 years of sobriety, is a trained prayer warrior and has extensive experience helping men in addiction who are also suffering in shame and guilt and have lost hope.
There is no way I could EVER have done this without The Salvage Yard. They are a blessing wrapped in love. You call and they show up empowered by the Holy Spirit. They are not only amazing partners in faith for those in bondage, they are a source of great comfort and support for family members who have also been profoundly impacted.
If you or a family member are in bondage from alcohol, drugs, pornography, gambling, gaming, eating or any other life or family destroying challenges, I strongly encourage you to contact The Salvage Yard.
I trust this testimony from one of our donor’s has blessed you. Please consider supporting this Ministry simply through prayer or financial giving or both. I trust Christ IN you. To make your donation easily, just go to the Donate page.
Paul and Tarra Green
The Salvage Yard
Matthew 25:40 "Truly I tell you whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."
Below is a Testimony from one of the female inmates at the Fauquier County Jail. The Salvage Yard has partnered with the Fauquier County Detention Center where we provide ongoing support for the inmates. Please watch this short video of The Salvage Yard’s vision before you read the testimony.
She said “I had been walking around carrying so much weight on my shoulders, I didn’t realize that after my meeting with The Salvage Yard I would walk out of my session feeling light as a feather”.
“The Salvage Yard comes to the Jail on Sunday evening to teach Celebrate Recovery. During one of our sessions, we learned about “Forgiveness”. When I read it, I suddenly broke down and started to cry. What I read convicted me and I knew exactly who I needed to forgive and why. I met with the leader a few days later, for a one on one session. During my session Jesus made me aware that I needed to forgive and make amends with myself. The leader asked me if I was willing to walk through the process? During our session she led me through a process with the help of the Holy Spirit.
During the process of making amends and forgiving myself, I saw an image of Jesus standing across from me while my eyes were closed. He was not ashamed of me even though I was. I was carrying a lot of guilt, shame and anger toward myself and had no idea how to deal with it. Jesus said he wanted to take all of my pain if I was willing to give it to Him. He led me to cup my hands with the negative emotions in them and walk over to him and hand him my pain. Before I knew what was happening, He lifted up my hands and took it, saying “Let go”, go be free”. “You are my child and I did this for you”. As soon as He took my burdens, I instantly felt light as a feather. It was the best feeling that I have ever felt.
Ever since this happened, I haven’t felt negative or judgmental about myself. I still feel light and I want to thank Jesus for finding me and helping me through this amazing miracle.”
Miraculous events like the one you just read take place each week as we minister in local jails. We do not receive any compensation for this other than knowing that people are being set free from personal bondage. It is awesome to be able to play a part in that.
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Your prayer support is needed. Thank You
We appreciate all of you,
Paul and Tarra Green
“Search me and know my heart, test me and know my anxious thoughts, see if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” Psalm 139:23-24
Below is a testimony from one of our male mentorees:
“I had a tragic life-changing moment in mid-July of 2018 when my wife of almost 40 years discovered that I had been engaged in unspeakably and unhealthy behaviors over the course of my life beginning at a very young age, culminating in addictions to alcohol and sex. I acted outside of our marriage over most of our 40 years and had developed a debilitating dependency with alcohol. Her discovery of my selfish, self-centered, and arrogant behavior was traumatizing and devastating. My wife and children were in total shock and I was in a complete life tailspin. The trauma and pain I caused were too much to bear. I had no hope; I was all alone, and I thought I had lost them.
I entered treatment very soon after the discovery. From the moment I went into treatment, Paul Green of The Salvage Yard was by my side. He flew down to drive me to the treatment center and told me to call him whenever I could. As soon as I had enough phone time from the treatment center, I began calling Paul and spoke to him almost every day since - at least once a day for nine months. He never faltered, he was always there for me and I will be forever in his debt.
Paul prayed with me, listened to countless hours of incredibly emotion filled calls with tears and sobbing pleas, and true to Paul’s heart he offered constant encouragement “you haven’t done anything worse than what others have done”, “God loves you no matter what”, and “stand firm” (one of his favorites). I completely lost my footing in life by letting Satan in, my almost 40-year marriage to the woman loved so dearly was on the brink of ruin and I had shattered the image my grown children had of me. Paul was an emotional and spiritual rock for me during what I can only describe as a nightmare. Paul’s own background with addiction and training were invaluable.
The Salvage Yard’s mission of restoring lives through a deepening relationship with Christ and their love was shown to me over and over and over during these last nine months. In addition to Paul’s extensive dedication and support, Tarra was always available for prayer. Today, I have been clean and sober from both addictions, I know my identity is in Christ, I have a rock to stand on in my faith. I know I have a long journey ahead of me, I also know that if weren’t for the work of the Holy Spirit and this ministry I would not be where I am today, our marriage would not be where it is and my family would not be where it is.
Easter Sunday our entire family was together in our new home to celebrate the resurrection of our Savior. For me it symbolized a resurrected life and lord willing resurrected marriage. I can’t thank the Salvage Yard, Paul and Tarra enough for their tireless, Christ-centered work. May God continue to bless their work richly.
The above verse is one of my favorites during recovery as it helped me to opening my heart to the Lord and reflecting on His direction for me into eternity.”
I trust this testimony from one of our mentorees has blessed you.
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Paul and Tarra Green
“The Lord will fight for you, and you only have to be silent” Exodus 14:14
A testimony from one of our mentorees:
"9 months ago, I discovered that my husband had been living a double life...for decades.
I learned he was a sex addict and an alcoholic. He had been lying and cheating and twisting arguments we had so that I would think our problems were me and not him. I’m not saying I’m a perfect wife, because I’m not, but I was taking responsibility for everything that was wrong in our marriage and he allowed it.
I was with Tarra the day I found out. That was the beginning of many tears and many blessings to come. Yes, in the midst of the most difficult dark time in my life God was gathering each tear and He was blessing me. And my husband.
I believe I was at a crossroad with 2 choices I could make.
One was the worlds way...kick him out, divorce him, get him back, you deserve more than that. And on and on and on.
The other was God’s way. Forgiveness surrender and truth. I praise God for putting Tarra there that day and many days after to lead me His way.
I would be going on and on about something I just learned and Tarra would say, “now what does God want to tell you about that”. My response was usually the same “I don’t know Tarra, what does He want me to know?” She would patiently without judgement let me rant and rage over all the injustice that had been done to me over decades. And again, she would point me to The Lord. Even in my anger and frustration I knew she was right.
To be honest there were many incredibly hurtful facts coming to light and I was completely overwhelmed. She stayed with me for almost 2 weeks praying listening and gently leading me onto the path of LIFE. I was overwhelmed with grief rage and unbelief. I had absolutely no idea what to do, but He knew the way.
I cannot imagine if God allowed me to be with the person I was supposed to be with when I discovered my husband’s betrayal, but He led me that day and because of a last-minute change of plans I was with Tarra. God has equipped her with an incredible array of gifts, and she humbly uses each one as He leads her.
Today my husband and I are getting ready to live together again after an 8-month separation.
9 months ago, at that crossroad in my life, The Lord used her to say, who do you choose? Thankfully her love and persistence and faith in our Trinity gently led me to the path of life.
I have forgiven my husband and The Lord has been freeing me from the grief and pain and thoughts the enemy continues to use daily to try to destroy me, our marriage and our family. It hasn’t been easy and there are still incredibly painful, difficult days, BUT our God is the God of the impossible and He is working all of this pain together for our good.
We give Him all the praise! Who else could take a broken marriage with 2 broken people and redeem all the sin and pain? Who else could bring beauty from ashes?
Only our Holy Trinity. To Him alone we each give praise.
And we thank Him for putting The Salvage Yard in our Life!"
I trust this testimony from one of our mentorees has blessed you. Please consider supporting this Ministry simply through prayer or financial giving or both. I trust Christ IN you. To make your donation easily, click HERE.
Paul and Tarra Green
The Salvage Yard
Greetings from The Salvage Yard,
The responsibility of the February newsletter landed on my plate this month. As the month was coming to a close, I was lacking a topic of focus. Surely, I could just pick a random topic and compose a few paragraphs to say I had fulfilled my responsibly. Really, that’s not how I roll. Feeling a little stuck I simply asked “Holy Spirit” to give me His words. Why did I not do that sooner rather than wait until the next to the last day of the month?
Tarra and I are in this ministry mission together. This month we have prayed for people on the streets together and individually as our Father highlights these people to us. Tarra stays booked with counseling and administering healing prayer to many. My role has been increasing as I sit in with all of her male clients.
My topic of focus “The Process” was revealed to me just last evening as I was reflecting on our experience with one of our client couples. This couple discovered an addiction in their life that had to be dealt with before their marriage could proceed. The Salvage Yard has been directly involved in this couple’s life daily for the last seven months. My point is this, along the way, through “The Process” of this recovery, many days I have wondered why this, why that, why doesn’t God heal faster and why does God do this or do that? I have received many answers through “The Process” of waiting, praying, listening and standing alongside of others that are in “The Process”. Why didn’t God just save us from my own destruction years ago and just make us that “perfect Christian”? He actually wants us to be a key character in “The Process” whatever that process is.
Please pray for the Salvage Yard as we continue to move forward in “The Process” God has laid out for us. It is an awesome place to be. I never thought I would say those words. Part of our development process is us getting to the place where we depend on your support of our process through Holy Sprit’s leading.
We ask now for your support of this God-founded ministry whether it be financial, prayer, tangible items or you walking with us in the process. You can give here. Thank you to all of you that are in that process now. God will bless you richly.
Paul and Tarra Green
So, the Lord who began this process of sanctification the moment my heart was made alive to Him will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:23, Philippians 1:6
Matthew 25:45 "Whenever you failed to help any of my people, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you failed to do it for me."
Last Wednesday I was running errands in Manassas before going to the Fauquier County Jail to meet with the female inmates. I was heading toward the Manassas mall. While driving, I was talking with Papa about loving ALL people. And how I struggle with that. All of a sudden, a thought invades my conversation “Go to the Mall”. At that moment I knew who it was. But I didn’t have time to stop at the mall and talk with anyone. I reasoned with Him. I have just enough time to get to the jail. Then He repeated, “Go to the Mall”. I just couldn’t figure out how that was going to work. Then I heard, “It’s your choice”. So, I went. I surrendered the time and “The What” He was going to have me do. I heard, “Park over by the Walmart”. I got into the mall and said, “Where do you want me to go now?”. “Go to the food court” so I did. Then I heard, “Get yourself some lunch.” The whole time my back is to the people sitting in the food court. I get my sandwich and turn around and make a quick assessment of the people sitting in the food court. I knew He had brought me there to talk and pray with “someone”. As I’m sitting there eating, I realize that 95 % of the people sitting in the food court are from a local Non-Profit organization called Didlake, a support service for people with disabilities. I literally said “REALLY? I can’t do this, this is too scary, what will I say, where do I start, I have to be at the Jail.” He said “Just trust me”.
Immediately my eyes caught a pair of ladies sitting in the middle of the crowd of the precious people. I went over to them and introduced myself and told them why I was there. I asked “Can you tell me who might need or want prayer?” she said with a huge smile on her face, “Yes, Kathy over there needs prayer, Kyle needs prayer he just got out of the hospital and Jamie over there is in a lot of pain.” She pointed out about seven people. To my left, standing right next to me the entire time she was pointing out everyone, was a sweet young lady. She leans over to me to gesture that she wanted me to stand up, so I did and she says “Hi my name is Joan and I Love you”. Wow, needless to say I was pleasantly taken aback. We hugged and I proceeded to pray for several of the people there. I have to say that this experience blessed me more than I think it blessed them. They were so kind and loving to me. They were all around watching Papa show off.
When I finished, I walked away with my heart full of Love for people that I was once afraid of. I was completely blown away at how He had set all of that up. And then showed off! I said, “Thank YOU Lord for that” and He said, “NO, Thank YOU”. Can you believe the God of the universe said Thank you to me?
Now if you think that was amazing, I was due to be at the Jail at 1:30 and I arrived at 1:25. Yes you heard me, I was early. The only explanation I have is that Papa held the clock, He froze time for me so I could make my previous commitment on time.
I hope this newsletter has blessed and encouraged you to “Ask” and then “Obey” and then “Trust Him” with the outcome. Please consider supporting this Ministry simply through prayer or financial giving or both. I trust Christ IN you. To make your donation easy, just hit the DONATE button. Also, please take a minute to look through the website and see some changes we have made and check out our Free Treasures page for songs, sermons and some funnies.
Thank YOU from the bottom of our Hearts at The Salvage Yard,
Paul and Tarra Green