“For years I thought I only drank and did drugs to party. But it was much more than that. My innocence was stolen by a much older man when I was eleven. It was a very humiliating and painful rape which I never reported. I became very confused and rebellious, so drugs and alcohol helped numb the pain and shame. I attempted marriage three times. I had four children, who all suffered through my addictions. But God was really gracious because they all turned out great.
For many years I was lost to drinking. I did not feel worthy of living because of all the shame and guilt I felt. I almost died more than once. For example, in 1987, on the way home from a late night party, my husband at the time, lost control of the car. I went through the windshield and landed in a cement irrigation ditch. I was face down in three feet of water, floating for forty-five minutes. My husband pulled me out of the water. I had eight major broken bones but God was looking after me.
The last straw happened in February 2015. I was unconscious in a chair for fourteen hours, when a neighbor came by and took me to the hospital. It was a complete miracle that I lived. My pastor came and anointed me with oil and many people were praying for me. My pastor told me about Teen Challenge, so I entered the program. I accepted Jesus into my life and He forgave me and took away all my guilt and shame.
I am now a graduate of Teen Challenge. I volunteer daily at the Twin Rivers Crisis Center, and witness firsthand the amazing transformation of each precious life that comes through the doors. But the best part of my new life is the restoration and bonding with my children and grandchildren! My life is amazing and I am grateful to everyone for their eternal investment.”