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.
Hometown: Orlando, FL
Teen Challenge Center: Davie, FL
Which Center/What Year did you Graduate: Davie Women’s Home 2013
My Testimony in Brief: After 25 years of marriage, my husband was killed in an automobile accident and I turned to alcohol to cope. Eventually the drinking took over my life and even eating wasn’t important to me. Gradually my health became so poor, that my children feared for my life and reached out to Teen Challenge, where I was accepted into the program. A miracle was prayed for me, God heard, and restored my soul, health and family.
The Purpose and Calling God has Given Me: The calling God has given me is to stay at Teen Challenge, of South Florida as an ELP Vocational Intern in the role of Cook for this amazing ministry.
The ELP’s Impact on My Leadership: I have learned to lead like Jesus, be a successful team player, use the motivational gift God gave me to be a servant leader, and many, many other facets that have inspired me.