“When I was twelve my parents got divorced due to alcoholism. My mom moved to Santa Cruz. My dad and I stayed back in a small town in Humboldt County. I was taught at a young age that drinking was acceptable. My mom got remarried to my stepdad, Eric. They too are alcoholics. I moved a lot and was never in one place too long, as my dad was a timber faller, and moved wherever the work was.
I met my wife, Mary, and we dated on and off through high school. I married her when I was eighteen. I continued to be an alcoholic through my marriage, trying to be functional, but not doing a good job of it. We attended church, but my trust was still in the bottle. My dad passed away in 2009, and I ran into the bottle even more. In 2011,my brother passed away because of alcoholism. I responded by drinking even more. But one day I took out a bottle I had hidden in the backyard and it had my wife’s wedding ring in it. I tried to run away, but I found myself in an apartment asking for forgiveness of the Lord. I wanted to change so I called my wife for help. She got me in touch with Teen Challenge. It was there that I gave my heart to Christ.
God has shown me so much grace and has restored my family. I know I will no longer have to repeat this cycle. My wife and children now have a godly husband and father at home. God has helped me to open a business. We are active members in our church. I am so thankful for everyone who has allowed me this amazing opportunity to start my life over with God first.”