“At the age of twenty-one I was injured on the job. Until this point in my life I didn’t really care much for the drug scene. But they said I would need to have surgery and I would not be able to do the things I would like to do anymore. I had to quit the band I worked so hard for, lost my car, my place, and my savings. I saw my years of hard work fall apart within months. All I owned, all the time I gave, all my blood, sweat and tears of my entire life lost in an accident at work.
This was the beginning of eight years of drugs, depression, pain, and hurt. I was a slave to heroin and any other pharmaceuticals that changed my state of mind. Towards the end I had a few attempts of taking my life and a lot of others that didn’t make it into my medical records.”
“I remember the drive home once after slitting my wrist, as my brother dropped me off at home from the mental hospital and he said, ‘I don’t know what to do for you.’ I didn’t know either. My family brought Teen Challenge to the table. I filled out the paperwork. Almost a year later and a few more stents in mental home, I was ready to give Teen Challenge a try.”
“I came to the door with the one percent of belief in my heart that this God I claimed to know my entire life would change me. As they shut the door behind me it was as if a vault door closed and locked behind me. In this moment, I knew I gave the one percent of my heart to the one true God. He meant business when I didn’t really know if I did.”
“My growth in the program has been amazing. I not longer suffer from depression, fear, anxiety, addiction, anger or bitterness. My relationships with my family are being restored. Jesus saved my life and I willingly lay it down to serve Him the rest of my days. It doesn’t matter what I do, where I go, or what I own. What matters is I know Jesus Christ and I am His son. I am now in a year-long ministry training course to follow my calling to work in the Teen Challenge ministry. I want to say thank you to everyone for your love, prayers, and support.”