Graduated From: Teen Challenge International Mid-America
Testimony: Growing up, I came from a Christian family but never actually got saved or took it serious. When I was 16 my biological father passed away and shortly after that, I began smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol. This began a 10 year struggle with addiction and I would eventually experiment with everything except for heroin, with cocaine, benzos, weed, and alcohol being my drugs of choice. On November 24, 2014 I got my second DUI and was sentenced to 30 days in jail. While there I finally got saved and gave my life over to God. Upon being released on Christmas Eve, I entered Mercy House in Hurley, MS and then transferred to the Teen Challenge in Cape Girardeau, MO after completing induction. After graduating there I came to Pensacola Teen Challenge where I am currently serving in the Education department.
The Purpose and Calling God has Given Me: I believe God has called me to work at Teen Challenge and give the same gift I was given to others who are struggling with addiction.
The ELP’s impact on my leadership: It has made me a more patient and understanding person. It has also strengthened my relationship with God.
My Testimony in Brief: As a young man from a broken home I felt unloved and had no identity. I began looking for help in drugs, alcohol, violence, and gangs. From high school until last year I was in and out of jail. In 2012 while on crack I racked up 27 new charges. In jail I was so lost and broken I received Jesus through the help of a former hell’s angel. I was eventually released and after several failures I ended up here in Jacksonville.
The Purpose and Calling God has Given Me: God has used Teen Challenge to restore my relationship with Jesus and my family. He is showing me how to be a light that guides all nations to Him(Is 42:6) as well as help people who are still in bondage.
The ELP’s Impact on My Leadership: The ELP program has taught me about balance, boundaries, how to study God’s Word and hear His voice.
My name is Jarret Murray and I am thirty-three years old. I am from Labelle, Florida and am currently a student at the Ft. Meyers, Florida Teen Challenge.
I believe the purpose and calling God has given me is to serve others who have been through similar struggles. ELP has been a part of me fulfilling my purpose and calling by helping me to become a Christ-centered leader.
I started using drugs at the age of thirteen which led to my life spiraling out of control. I began leading the lifestyle of a criminal and ended up in jail and prison many times. I tried to stop using and get my life under control on my own many times. In 2012, after not being able to take anymore I tried to commit suicide multiple times. I eventually ended up back in jail where I learned about Teen Challenge. Through this center I have found God’s grace. He has restored my life and I helped me to find purpose for my life.