Mickey Evans the founder of Dunklin Memorial Church Camp, the “City of Refuge”, has gone on to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Mickey and Laura Maye Evans began building the “City of Refuge” in 1962 in a wilderness area of Martin County for the purpose of building a “city” for the spiritual, emotional and physical regeneration of alcoholics and drug addicts. The concept was born out of the vision from God to Mickey.
Mickey believed that “the Christian approach to substance abuse and addiction produces the most effective and enduring results. As seeds are planted, they begin to take root and are nurtured until they begin to bear fruit”.
Men started arriving at the Camp with the goal of sobriety and found that they could achieve more, and many found a permanent and lasting relationship with God. Mickey said “they were no longer considered “the problem” but now a solution to that problem”.
Mickey Evans met Frank Constantino, the founder of Bridges of America, in 1970 while he was still doing time at a Glades Correction Institution. Mickey was introduced to Frank by Chaplain Max Jones and became a mentor to Frank until he went on to be with the Lord in 2006. In the early days of Bishop Frank’s vision of Bridges of America, he also kept in contact with his mentor and friend Mickey Evans.
Mickey Evans was a pioneer and visionary that was able to convert God’s vision into a “city of refuge” to the least, lost, and lonely. As a result, Dunklin Memorial Camp has become a growing recovery community with a thriving local Church body and “ministry training center”. The idea is being replicated in the US and around the world. “Well done good and faithful servant… Welcome into the kingdom of your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ”.