I had a great young childhood with two loving, Christian parents. When I was 9, everything changed. My grandmother passed away unexpectedly and my mom turned to alcohol to cope. My parents eventually divorced and I became depressed. I felt abandoned, unimportant and second to everything in my mom’s life. As a teenager, I began using drugs and hanging out with the wrong people. My drug use and drug choice progressed over the years and I fell into full blow addiction by 18. I put myself in some extremely bad situations- arrests, car wrecks and several overdoses. By the grace of God, I am still here and was able to experience what God had for me at Life Challenge. God had his hand on me the throughout it all. He has given me the hope of a wonderful and fulfilled life. He has brought me an inexpressible peace and joy and a genuine smile that I hid with high walls half of my life. God has a purpose for me and has filled a void in my heart that I longed to be complete for so long. I now know God was and always will be with me every step of the way!
“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”
1 Peter 5:10