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The Basement’s Official Statement

August 26th, 2013

In light of recent allegations made against Matt Pitt and concerns expressed by newspaper journalists and television news anchors, we would like to address the condition of The Basement Ministry. The Basement is stronger than ever and continues to meet for its weekly events just like it has done for the past 10 years. The Basement continues to stand firm on the Gospel message of the Bible. The Ministry is centered around a message; that is why it only grows stronger with allegations and persecution. This message has been passed down for over 2,000 years and not persecution, allegations, imprisonment, threats, or intimidation to be quiet could ever stop it. No one involved in The Basement is concerned about it ending or slowing down. Quite contrary, they continue to stay focused on reaching just one more person with the message of the Bible. As Matt Pitt says, ‘We are not perfect, just forgiven,’ and ‘God loves you no matter what.’ Thank you for your prayers for Matt Pitt, his family, and the Ministry, but continue to pray for the Gospel message to reach everyone that has not heard about God’s unconditional love. Thank you and God bless.

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Carole Michelle’s Testimony

February 27th, 2013

In one moment, Carole Michelle’s normal life would never be the same. When she was in the eighth grade, her father stopped taking his medication and had a mental breakdown and was admitted into Bryce Mental Institution. The relationship she had with her father and mother was broken. In high school, she tried to hide all of her family problems by acting as if she still had it all together. After years of trying to fool everyone, she opened up to people about her problems but was mostly ridiculed for being fake. She felt like all she had left was God. While attending church, she was introduced to The Basement but wouldn’t come. After flooding social media with her problems, she still didn’t feel complete. When she was invited again to The Basement, she came and it was there she found a family. She learned how to love people and how to walk in the love of God every day. Since then, her relationship with her mom has recovered, and she’s slowly learned to forgive her dad.

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Tori’s Testimony

February 27th, 2013

As a young child, Tori often witnessed her father abusing her mother. Years later, Tori too found herself in a physically and emotionally abusive relationship. She began drinking and using drugs heavily, and as broken as she felt, she stayed with him for two years. When she finally had the strength to leave, she went straight into another relationship, but this time it was different. Her boyfriend invited her to church with him, and for the first time, she gave her heart to God! A year later, Tori became interested in The Basement. She wanted to be a part of the team and their mission to reach the lost. She went with the team on a leadership retreat and left excited about living for God! God has been touching her life through this ministry ever since.

 

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Tony Evans’ Testimony

February 27th, 2013

Tony lost his father when he was just five years old leaving his mother with the responsibility of raising him and his brother. When his granddad and grandma both died within a two year period, his mother turned to relationships to deal with the pain. After high school, having no support from his mother, Tony had to take care of himself. After a year on his own, he ended up homeless. Completely alone and having no one to go to for help, Tony was done with life. He put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger, but the shot had jammed! He felt like God was telling him that He wasn’t ready for him yet. He began seeking after the God who saved his life and a year later found out about The Basement. God completely changed his life through The Basement, and he’s now serving on the team! He feels like he’s finally starting to answer God’s call on his life.

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Jackie’s Testimony

February 27th, 2013

Jackie’s mom gave her up to live with her grandmother at a time when Jackie needed her the most. At only eight years old, Jackie had been molested by more men than she could remember. She dealt with depression for years and turned to food, alcohol, and guys to find happiness. “I remember lying in bed one night crying out to God asking why I was so lonely,” she says. God answered her prayer when she met Kristi. Kristi was coming to The Basement services and invited Jackie to come with her. That night during worship, God spoke to her heart and told her The Basement was where she belonged. “It was not until a month later that I was fully sold out to God, and I’ve been going ever since! I can tell that The Basement has truly changed my life!” 

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Willie’s Testimony

February 25th, 2013

Willie was raised in a single parent home in inner city Birmingham, Alabama. Although he had so much academic potential, he didn’t take school seriously. He dropped out after he was cut from the basketball team and went directly into the streets where he began selling drugs. He was already addicted to marijuana and soon became addicted to prescription drugs, lower tabs, and oxycontin and was selling k4s and cocaine. At 17 years old, he was snorting anything he could find-cocaine, oxycontin, xanax bars, and methadones. On his 18th birthday, while at a club on xanax, Willie was arrested on a burglary case. He was sentenced to a 30-day rehab program with no success. Caught again in another robbery case and facing 25 years, his case manager sentenced him to a faith based drug and alcohol recovery program called The Foundry. It was there that he got his GED and heard about The Basement. He came to The Basement in 2010 and hasn’t been the same since! Willie said that he had done it all, but Jesus didn’t give up on him! Jesus saved him!

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Caitlin’s Testimony

February 25th, 2013

Caitlin’s grandparents would take her to church as a child since her parents didn’t go often. As a young teenager, she found a mentor who showed her what the true love of Jesus felt like and taught her how to live for Him. When Caitlin was 19, her friend Kasey literally made her go to The Basement with her youth group, and Caitlin only agreed because it was free. She said, When I walked in, I was amazed by everything. The rap, the worship, the message, but mostly the love! It was the same love my mentor had shown me four years prior.” Two weeks later her friend Kasey was tragically killed in a car accident. After Kasey’s death, Caitlin began to surround herself with negative people. She no longer liked school, work, or even church, but God didn’t give up on her! A few years later, God placed it on her heart to go back to one of the services The Basement was having. She was terrified to go alone, but right when she got there, two girls from The Basement team talked to her, and she decided to stay. When she walked in, she saw people her age actually worshipping God on a Friday night! No alcohol. No drugs. Just a burning desire for Jesus! Caitlin was hooked! Because of the love of The Basement team and what God did that night, Caitlin’s life was completely changed from the inside out! Had it not been for The Basement, Caitlin says she probably would have turned away from God.

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Jay’s Testimony

February 25th, 2013

I was a kid born into a world that told me I wouldn’t be able to accomplish a lot of things because I was born deaf. A lot was confusing for me growing up. I lost my dad when I was 5 years old and that left a lot emptiness and questions in my heart. I was blessed enough to have surgery at the age of eight to restore my hearing. In that time my mom had remarried to my little brother’s dad. Countless nights I would wake up to my mom screaming for her life. I would often walk in on her cleaning her face with a towel dripping with blood. One instance he nearly killed her, and I was adopted by my grandparents soon after. I developed a hidden hate for God. He had taken away my pops and let me go through all this pain! For what? I didn’t know. High school was a time when I lived by popularity, alcohol, drugs, sex, and sports. Entering college I developed an addiction to antidepressants, pain killers, and upper pills. I even began to sell them. I was a really good athlete, but I took my gifts for granted. I moved back to Birmingham and everything got worse until a few girls invited me to an event that changed my whole life-The Basement! I had been invited for four years straight but never went. For the first time I realized that I didn’t have to be perfect and worry because God sent his son here to die for me! The nails in the cross didn’t hold him up-His love for me did! I know now that I’m not perfect, I’m just forgiven!
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Makia’s Testimony

February 25th, 2013

Makia’s stepfather walked out when she was only 10 years old. Makia and her pregnant mother were left homeless and struggling until her stepfather, needing a place to stay, moved back in two years later. Makia’s world was shattered when her stepfather walked into her bedroom one night and molested her. He was forced to leave, and Makia was left without a father and with a mother that couldn’t make up for it. She attempted to fill the void in her life with a string of dead end relationships and drugs. At just 17 she decided that God didn’t exist and became an atheist. She ended up in jail for shoplifting, and when her mom made her move back home from school, she ran away and moved in with an emotionally abusive boyfriend. She just wanted to be happy, but everywhere she searched only left her hurt. A friend invited her to The Basement and said she was taking her as soon as God blessed her with a car. Makia, not believing that was even possible, agreed to go if God actually gave her friend a car. God did and Makia went! Her friend drove her to an event The Basement was doing in Mississippi. Makia said it was the first time in her life she had ever experienced the presence of God on that level and that night she gave God everything! Since then she’s been serving on The Basement team and has never felt more satisfied!

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Savannah’s Testimony

February 25th, 2013

Savannah was raised in a single parent home. Her mother worked day and night to pay the bills, and at one point in her life, Savannah and her mother were basically homeless and had to stay with relatives. When she was 16 she started working to help out. She never had the confidence or security that she needed and was extremely empty. In college she began searching for acceptance and love in relationships and alcohol. She felt rejected and depressed and was grasping for someone to show her that she was valuable. Every relationship left her even more shattered, lonely, and hurt than the last. She knew God was real and wanted so badly to go to Him but was certain that she had messed up too much for Him to want her now. Savannah was invited to The Basement when she was 22 years old. The moment she walked in she felt the presence of God. In that moment she realized that He was what her heart had been searching for her whole life! She had been accepted and loved deeply by Him the whole time she just didn’t know it! She gave God her heart that night, and His love transformed her life! He gave her a fresh start, wiped all of her mistakes away, and completely healed her heart!
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