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SPEAK LIFE! About Michael Mednick
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“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5 (TNIV)
Because of God’s grace and mercy, Michael lives daily as an OVERCOMER in (most) everything that he does. This represents a complete turnaround from Michael’s childhood which consisted of feeling scared (mostly of his father Matt), lost (not fitting into his Jewish heritage or anywhere else), living in fear (strongholds & curses), and full of anger (not knowing how to fight the unseen battle) and resentments (about many things but, mostly towards his father).
Michael’s life would eventually reach critical mass on the weekend of Superbowl Sunday in late January 1999. Michael’s wife, Stacy Rae, was four and a half months pregnant with their first born son, when God presented Michael with a GIFT which came to him in the form of a little, white flag. And written on the flag were the words … COMPLETE DEFEAT! Michael had entered INTO the recovery process seven days earlier, turning thirty six years old on February 8th, 1999.
From that day forward, Michael became a man obsessed with staying clean, seeking after God, and desiring to help others do the same. To date, Michael has helped hundreds of others stay clean, find God, and carry on the message of hope.
Michael chooses to credit EVERYTHING that he does to his Living God who truly came INTO his heart on March 1st, 2006.
VISION | The Passionate Pursuit of New Life
My Dear friend Michael Mednick, In regards to Michael and his AMAZING abilities with The Broken, Lost and Addicted, as well as his Faith in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Mike is a true Fisher of Men, opening up his life, time, family and even his home for those in need. I was blessed to meet "Big Mike" March 4, 2009, as my life was spiralling out of control, hooked on prescription medicine, depressed and suicidal. I crawled into a Narcotics Anonymous meeting at the Alano Club in Costa Mesa. As Mike told me, I looked “deformed”, bloated, hunched over, eyes that looked like “Road maps to China” … If you know him, he is quite large in stature, almost menacing. 6' 4", tattoos, probably 275 Lbs. Beyond that however, he is a Gentle Giant with a passion and determination to put others before himself. I had heard Big Mike speak that day and immediately gravitated towards him, plus I did not feel safe being around a bunch of loser, drug addict felons … (the proverbial spear) When I approached him, I asked him if he could help me. He replied, "God can"!! From that day, we embarked on a journey and have been BEST friends ever since. He saved my life. A month later, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, and got Baptized a year later. To this day, I work “The Program”, stay accountable and speak with “Big Mike” every day. Thanks to my relationship with Jesus Christ and the Serendipitous and Devine appointment meeting Michael, my life has forever changed and I know my name is written in “The Book of Life”. I look forward to seeing you all in HIS Kingdom, with no more suffering, pain or sorrow. Where the lost, broken and addicted who once were lost, are now found!!! Amen!!! John Parodi
My name is Hunter Mercurio I was an extremely lost, scared and addicted boy just a mere 48 days ago. As I had no idea what real love was and that was until I met a man by the name of Michael Mednick. I started drinking alcohol at the age of 11 by the age of 13 I had experimented with marijuana introduced to me by my older cousin. Throughout high school I thought I had to prove something to my older cousin, that I could party with the best of them, I drank myself to alcohol poisoning almost every night with him and my other so called "friends." I started experimenting with other drugs as well and spent a lot of money on paraphernalia too. Moving to CA from Reno a mere 4 months earlier in hopes of changing my life for the better I soon found myself with packed bags wanting to run again back home because of my confusion, delusion and flat out just not wanting to live anymore. In desperation I would call my dad for help and he asked me to give him one more chance to contact one of his old friends who could possibly help me, Stephen would then lead me to Michael. We met on a Tuesday for lunch and Michael had asked me to share my testimony in a few minutes in hopes of trying to understand me and by the grace of God I did. Michael invited Stephen and I over to his house after our lunch so I could see where he lived. Michael had suggested that we get together on Thursday and he said that he would also call me on Wednesday. He called me Wednesday afternoon. Thursday I would meet Michael at 11am and by 6:30pm we were headed towards my apartment to dispose of all my drugs and paraphernalia too. That was one of the hardest things that I've ever done getting rid of all my stuff. Well, I'm happy to say that I got invited to live with Michael and his family and I've been clean & sober ever since and that was 46 days ago! We've both committed to me living at the Mednick house for 90 days and then we'll cross that road once we get there. I am experiencing unconditional love and I am super thankful to be where I am at today. I'd like to thank God for putting Michael and his family into my life to help me towards becoming set free! Lastly, I just celebrated my 20th Birthday two weeks ago! Hunter Mercurio
Sold out recovery... Saves lives..Purpose Driven by His Passion.. In-powered by the Holy Spirit.. Directed by Prayer.. All glory and honor to Our Father In Heaven...❤ Mike's ministry is reaching the broken.. Inspiring and never letting go.. Of Hope in That Life... By His Grace .. Michael's determination is anointed and driven to His purposed gift... My son.. shadowed by fear and depression..and brokenness .. Was saved... I encourage anyone who has been covered with hopelessness .. Seek help .. With the up-most integrity .. Sold Out Recovery.. Man with a Vision....thankyou! Nina De Rosa
It was good to workout with you tonight as I have when my schedule allows for over 6 years now. You are a good influence in my life and all those you associate with. Your positive attitude and strong faith allows you to lift others up with encouragement and by your life's example. I have had good times and bad over the last 6 years and you have always been there to hold me up and keep me pointed in the right direction. I thank God that we have become friends, that you live what you promote and relish our positive relationship that can also impact our world in a positive way every day...
God Bless You!
Dear Mednick Family, HAPPY THANKSGIVING! It's that time of year again, a time for thanks! I have a lot to be thankful for this year, the biggest being my family. I'm happy to say that I consider you all to be part of my family. I have grown so much this past year and I am so very thankful for all your love and support, as words can't describe what you guys have done for me! I feel without your love, support and help I would still be stuck. My family and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts for allowing me to live with you while I faced my demons head on. I love you all, Jay Flamm
Michal Mednick has been a part of the ministry at Seaside Community Church for more than six years. Michael and I started a ministry called Men’s Prayer and Fitness approximately five years ago. We met twice weekly to pray for the men and to encourage them in their challenges. This involved several men from our church and from the community. Addiction recovery was often the focal point of those meetings. Physical health was also part of this ministry. As one of the pastors at Seaside, I appreciate the fact that Michael is always available to serve, step in and help, and to get men into recovery. Michael has been part of many prayer meetings and service projects, constantly reaching out to others in need. I believe Michael is gifted in helping others in the recovery process. He continues to sponsor many men through the 12-step process of recovery. Pastor John Boyer and I continue to meet with Michael at least twice a week to encourage him as he reaches out to promote sobriety in our community. It is a pleasure to have Michael as part of our Seaside family, he always made himself available to our entire staff to be of service in any way he can. If I had to add up the hours Michael has served alongside us in the church and the community I am confident that it would be well over 1,000. Sincerely, Larry Knutsen
My name is Stuart Flamm, my affiliation with Mr. Mednick goes back some 20 years. As a board member of the Reach Foundation, a non-profit organization, that sole purpose is to raise money to support individuals in recovery, I can attest personally to the recovery work Mr. Mednick has done throughout the years. Over the years, I have sent people to Mr. Mednick to help out in intervention, recovery, and recovery guidance. Mr. Mednick has always been available to help a person in need or a family in need. Not only have I seen this professionally but Mr. Mednick has been a sponsor and a mentor to my own son. Michael has been there for my family, he has taken my son off the streets, and opened his home for my son Jay. Through my work with the Reach Foundation, Michael has worked in excess of 2800 hours, to help reach out to families in need. His expertise has helped 100s of addicts and addicts’ families. I strongly would recommend Michael for a position as counsel or addiction specialist. Sincerely, Stuart Flamm
Mr. Mednick provided supervision and guidance for one of my patients attempting to cope with drug addiction. This was from April 15, 2009 through March 29, 2010. He spent a total of 500 hours with this patient. Sincerely, Robin Klein Ph.D.
It is my pleasure to provide a letter of reference for Mr. Michael Mednick who I have known for over six years. (August 6, 2013) Mr. Mednick was contracted with my drug and alcohol treatment center and provided a workout regimen called “Fit in Recovery.” It was a personally instructed gym workout program designed specifically to benefit individuals who were in early sobriety and recovery. The program started in August 2006 and continued until November 2008 which equates to 324 actual work hours. Mr. Mednick has always been honest, dependable and handled every client based situation or issue with compassion and integrity. I’m happy to recommend him to anyone who is seeking his profession assistance and advice in the field of recovery. Sincerely, Darryl Fujihara Director/ Seacliff Recovery Center
Against addiction… Michael is a skilled and fearless warrior! In his own recovery battle he has turned his personal victory into a passion for helping others fight to win. The bigger and more impossible the challenge, the more excitement and hope Michael brings. To anyone who feels perpetually pummeled on defense, he is the ultimate comeback quarterback with a divine playbook. The truth is, Michael believes in miracles. As a close friend for many years, I understand why: not only is his own story a miracle, but the inexplicable and amazing seem to fill his everyday life. I believe that Michael sees with unique eyes… the untapped miracle inside anyone who’s willing. Michael is a rarity who lives with an expose heart and a burning passion to bring hope to anyone reaching for a hand up. He understands the journey… because he’s on it. Through the years Michael has honed his skills to keep the focus on root problems, not surface symptoms. He cuts through BS like a surgeon and has no interest in putting band aids over deep wounds. Michael is a consummate encourager with a gift of helping others find the very freedom he has discovered. He knows the path to recovery and is driven to help others experience for themselves, the most exciting and rewarding adventure that life has to offer. Stephen VanDruff
It is good to know my friend Michael Mednick is taking the next step forward to helping others with their addictions, spirituality, and in a lot of cases their hang ups. Back story, I am a chronic pain patient, who suffers from multiple symptoms, I have had a couple back surgeries and a spinal cord stimulator implant. I have blown out my disk between L-5 and S-1. This is all due to an accident on the football field back in 1984. I finally had my first surgery in 2003. Morphine, Valium, Percocet, and nine other medications were added to my daily routine of masking the chronic pain I was in. The doctor took me off the Morphine in 2005 and substituted it with OxyContin to try and get better pain relief. I was also diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at the time. I weighed 360 pounds by 2008. I honestly felt like a man that had given up. I felt so empty in that world of seeking pain relief. My life was on a daily time schedule of taking medication that I could not get away from. The reason being, ADDICTION. I did not feel like I was in the same category as all the illegal drug users, simply because my drugs were prescribed by my doctor and in my foggy thinking that meant I was okay. Boy was I wrong. In 2008 a good friend of mine asked me if I would go and work out with him to get some of my weight off. At this point, I was at my all-time low and I had no self-esteem to do anything. I knew if I did not give this a chance I was going to expire. In April 2008 I had the privilege of meeting my personal trainer Michael Mednick. The first thing we did was go to his office and talk. He simply wanted to get to know me. It truly seemed he was concerned about my well-being and not just my physical appearance. I felt comfortable sharing my damaged life with this man. This is something I rarely do and after three months of workouts I got to know Michael pretty well. He pulls no punches and tells it like it is. This is something I needed. He is honest and compassionate in what he does. He cares and is truly there for you. I cannot say this to most personal trainers that I have worked with. After losing 20 pounds within the first three months, Michael would talk to me about my addictions to the medications I was taking. At this point in our friendship I took his words to heart and it finally made sense to me, that I was an addict. Like I said earlier, I was on twelve medications at that time. Michael was ther for me every step of the way. In my addicted state of mind Michael would talk to me and give me clarity and the tools to carry on. Whatever time day or night, Michael was there for me. I am proud to say that I am off all medications today and this happened within the first year of knowing Michael. In my second year, the doctor told me that my type 2 diabetes was gon due to the weight loss with Michael. I finally have my life back and I am down over one hundred pounds since I first started working out with Michael. Finally, I am once again proud of who I am. I have seen first-hand of what Michael has dedicated his life to. If you find yourself in a place of despair with addiction pleas take my words to heart, they are meant for you. Pleas give Michael a chance in helping you with your recovery. He really gets it and has helped in saving my life. Take care and be well. William Ballard
I have known Michael Mednick as a friend, mentor, neighbor and spiritual brother for several years. Actually when we met, I had been spiritually backslidden for several years and with his encouragement, my relationship with God again became strong. We meet several times a week for fellowship and conversation all while we exercise. I have seen the difference he has made in the lives of the recovering, as this is his passion. I find Michael to be an honest and sincere counselor and I admire his desire to be the best in life he can be. I feel God granted me his friendship which I am grateful for. Chuck Ross
Michael Mednick is being used as a vessel for Christ, a stand-up guy who whether helping a brother or sister achieve balance in their physical, spiritual or emotional bodies, is very easily accessible! A gentle giant, Michael’s highest aspiration is on that day, that each and everyone one of us will partake, when we kneel before our Maker and Michael is received with the words “Enter my son, job well done!” Mark Wiedder
I first met Michael about 8 years ago (how time flies) and was drawn to him by his dynamic loving, and giving personality. Michael is big in every way. While I’ve fallen off the training wagon, my son has gone on to a healthier life in no small part due to Michael’s influence. Michael took a person interest in my son, showing him that a man can be a man yet still show feelings. Michael is a living testimonial to the fact that he can rise above any trouble in a positive way. Michael lights up a room with his energy! And boy, Michael knows recovery! I’ve watched him working with addicts of all sorts and he has always been completely up-front honest and yet uplifting. Michael is a “can-do” person, and a natural leader who leads with compassion and heart. Even though we have had different life experiences, he has always been so easy to relate to because he is honest and inspires others to be honest too. Love, Patricia A. Hendrickson Certified Family Law Specialist
My relationship with Michael Mednick over 13 years, and the profound impact that he has had on my life cannot be overstated. To understand the difference he has made in my life, I need to describe the bleek and unflattering picture of my life had become when I first met him. In December 2001, a month befor I turned 27 years old, I was in a state of complete existential crisis, the most frightening chapter of my entire life. In the grip of substance abuse and still not having completely my undergraduate degree, I was living with my mother and at a mental and spiritual low point in life that can only be described as my bottom; my own personal, self-created hell. In desperation, I turned to the rooms of NA where I was finally willing to take direction. There I would meet a man that would befriend me, instruct me and have life lasting influence on my thinking and behavior. The examples and stories I can provide could fill a short book, but the lessons that stay with me are like I had experienced them yesterday, are some of the following;
Thank you Michael, for helping me explore and expand what it means to be a ma. Thank you for teaching me the concepts of healthy love. Thank you for helping me realize that we are not defined by our heart aches. Thank you for your willingness and just THANK YOU. Uri Seffer
- Michael’s ability to describe the hopelessness of the addict/ alcoholic’s plight, where jails, institutions or death or the only guarantee, while simultaneously planting the seeds of hope that there is another way to live, for those who want to pursue the clean and sober path.
- His crucial role in helping me confront my past, in order to provide greater clarity on emotionally painful incidents, and what the specific nature of my role in them was. Drug addicts and alcoholics are masters of blaming other for their own short comings/transgressions, and Michael was able to help me deconstruct the wounds of years past, forever changing my understanding of what it means to be a victim, a volunteer, or a perpetrator.
- His ability to evaluate my feelings, while helping me to laugh at life’s absurdity.
- The example he provides with how to be a father, husband and friend, while still finding time to participate in service work and ministry. The skill in which he handles these and other relationships have helped me redefine what the word “love” means.