Brief Testimony: From an early age of 15 I started using drugs. After a scare to my parents, I put it off until college when freedom was given to me. I went all in with the party scene until I got dismissed from college and began my adventure into a dark tunnel of drugs, women and masked failure. Then I was brought to the end of myself by my own destruction and at the end of the tunnel God’s light overcame me. I ended up going to Teen Challenge where God has moved in my life in significant ways. It has been a very beneficial roller coaster and I can’t wait for the next loop.
What is the vision and calling that God has given you? – The vision I have is to be an optimistic minister. I want to open a ministry for community and love for those needing God.
How has the ELP Program impacted you? – ELP has brought me to terms with who I wanted to be and the challenges of being that person. I am now becoming who God wants me to be.
Teen Challenge Center: Southwest Florida Women’s Home; Fort Myers, Florida
Testimony: Before coming to Teen Challenge I was lost, confused and hopeless. I was overwhelmed with the world and things that had haunted me from my past. I was stuck in addiction with drugs and alcohol. I tried inpatient and outpatient facilities, but nothing seemed to work. I finally made the decision to come into Teen Challenge where I was introduced to Christ. I discovered a new identity and was able to surrender everything to Him. The Lord opened my eyes and softened heart and through Him I was given a completely new life.
What is the vision and calling God has given you? – I believe the Lord is wanting me to help women that have gone through abuse and addiction. I want to help them out of the entanglement of death and help introduce them to Christ and proclaim His truth.
How has the ELP Program impacted you? – ELP has taught me a lot! The curriculum has given me insight for my future, by teaching me how to be an armor bearer to my leaders. It has also shown me how to support the Teen Challenge ministry, by always being available to the Holy Spirit. ELP also allows me to continue my education.
Teen Challenge Center: On staff with TC Jacksonville Men’s Center 2 years.
Which Center/What Year did you Graduate: I graduated Jacksonville Men’ Center August 2013 and was hired March 2014. I will complete ELP Level II in a few months.
My Testimony in Brief: I didn’t want for material things but had no real life skills due to my parents own addictions and bad life skills. I used alcohol and pot at age 15, cocaine at age 16, ecstasy and LSD at age 20, pills and crack from age 24 to 30 and pills and meth age 30 to 33. I was busted by DEA for manufacturing meth in 2012 and soon after entered Teen Challenge where God transformed my life.
The Purpose and Calling God has Given Me: My purpose and calling is to teach relationship skills based on the Word of God; having Agape love that goes where it isn’t deserved and doesn’t have expectations when it isn’t received. Destroying the work of the devil; namely division.
The ELP’s Impact on My Leadership: ELP has given me the tools and desire to achieve this by learning about influence, selflessness and serving others. It has also brought out giftings and dreams that I didn’t know I had.