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Pastor builds sober living houses to help those struggling with addiction

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Humble, compassionate, and loving.  That is how those he serves describe him.

Pastor Richard Bond helps those struggling with addiction through scripture and counseling.

Sherri Shepard was addicted to meth for 25 years.  She says she hit rock bottom when her son died.

"I just wanted to go with him, but God had a different idea so I'm here with you," said Shepard.

Shepard is sober now and she credits her sobriety to Pastor Bond.

"If it wasn't for Pastor Bond I would never had made it through all this," she said.

To help show her appreciation, she nominated Pastor Bond for this week's Pay It 4ward.

Pastor Bond was shocked when NewsChannel 4 and Spirit Mortgage showed up to present him with his award.

"Well, that's a shock.  That's a shock.  I see you do this pretty often on television, but I had no idea that I'd ever be doing this.  You surprised me," he said.

The people he helps will tell you how lucky they are to have him in their lives.

"When I see them get off drugs and means a great deal to me. That's what I live for," said Pastor Bond.

The pastor has built five sober living houses in the inner city and he is working on a sixth.