I grew up with no supervision as my mom worked and my dad was an addict. When they were together they fought. I was teased for being overweight and poor. I would get suspended from school frequently for fighting. I was always angry and was often in trouble with the school and the police.
At the age of fourteen my parents got saved. My dad was delivered from drug addiction. However being raised the way I was, I was not willing to change the way I was living. At fifteen I got pregnant. By sixteen I had my son, but soon after I became addicted to meth. My parents immediately noticed that I was on drugs, took my son and put me in juvenile hall. This started a thirteen year cycle of drugs, violence, jail, and eventually prison. During my addiction I missed out on my son’s childhood. My dad died. I married a very abusive man who tried to take my life on three occasion.
My mom would mention Teen Challenge but I was not willing to do any program. But my mom never gave up praying for me. So on my way to prison overcome with anxiety, shame, and guilt from the things I had done while in my addiction, I cried out to God, “If you are there take this anxiety from me.” Instantly the anxiety was gone! I knew then that God was real.
When I got to prison I wrote to Teen Challenge weekly and entered the program upon my release in April of 2015. Since being in Teen Challenge I have learned that I am loved, and the Lord has a plan for my future. I am attending college and also serving as an intern at the Happy Valley Women and Children Center. Also, God has restored my relationship with my mother and son to me. She is willing to move to wherever the Lord takes me so we can raise my son together. The Lord has also restored my relationship with my siblings. I never imagined life could be so good. So I would like to thank you for all your support and prayers.”