“I had two loving parents; my dad worked and mom played the organ in the church choir. So I knew of God at an early age but I chose to go a different direction. My parents divorced when I was nine and at that point I started acting out and getting into trouble not only with my parents but with the law as well.
My mom decided to move out of state when I was sixteen so my dad raised both my brother and I. I did not have much supervision so I was able to freely run the streets. I started shooting crystal meth by the age of eighteen and now was a full blown drug addict. I did a six-year prison term when I was twenty-six and I would earn myself six trips back to state prison over the course of my life, besides about twenty trips to the county jail.
By 2010, I had three D.U.I.’s and I was not looking for a fourth and an automatic trip back to prison. I was still in and out of jail and the probation department was tired of me. In fact, I was tired of myself! Friends of my dad’s were praying for me and they visited me in jail telling me about Teen Challenge. But I was not interested in that long of a program. However, when I told another inmate that they were trying to talk me into going into Teen Challenge he said, “I would give anything to have that opportunity.” Right then something clicked in my mind and I asked myself, “Why am I not taking advantage of the chance to change my life?” The next day I went to court and they allowed me to go into Teen Challenge.
I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior the first week I was there and things have been falling into place ever since. My relationship with my dad and my whole family has been restored. I have a good job now that I have completed the program and I have found a great church to belong to. I am not the same person I was because of Jesus. I am so grateful to everyone who has been praying for and supporting this ministry.”