I didn’t have the privilege of growing up in a Christian home. I was very young when I began to experiment with drugs and alcohol. By the time I was 13, I was already using methamphetamines. Drugs and alcohol consumed my entire life throughout my teenage years. Shortly after graduating from high school my addiction progressed to the point where I was using meth intravenously, which took my life to a new low.
While on bond for my first felony conviction, I sat down with the Intake Coordinator at Teen Challenge Phoenix. He shared with me that Jesus was the way and how he had been delivered from drug addiction. His story had a powerful impact on me for months. Although I didn’t enter Teen Challenge at that time, I just couldn’t shake his testimony of how the Lord had brought liberty into his life. I was hopeless and in despair when I fell to my knees on a canal bank. I cried out to the Lord from the bottom of my heart. He met me right there on that canal bank and delivered me.
After my encounter with the Lord I finally entered Teen Challenge Phoenix. Through the discipleship process at Teen Challenge I have continued to experience true liberty and freedom in every area of my life. Jesus said, ” If you continue in My Word then you are truly a disciple of mine; and you will know the truth and the truth will truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32) Since being at Teen Challenge I have come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, who is the only way to experience true freedom from any life threatening addiction.
Teen Challenge Graduate