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Christine. Member of No Turning Back
Hello, my name is Christine, I am a 29 year old mother of 3. By the grace of God I have been free from drugs since April 13, 2001. I grew up in a very abusive household by an alcoholic mother of 2. My dad left when I was around 3 and did not meet him until August of 2000. I was raised catholic and was taught that you can do whatever you want as long as I confessed on Wednesday to the priest and ate the bread and drank wine on Sundays..So religion in my eyes was nothing more than the definition of hypocrisy. I fought with beliefs all of my life and found myself getting farther and farther away into drugs and other unmentionables. In August of 2000, I was reunited at the age of 16 with my father. He was everything that lost little girl had longed for..or so I thought. He was on drugs and I at that time loved to party..so what better way then to be able to do it with my dad right? Well, Jan 2001 the task force received permission from the state to serve the warrant for our arrests..My dad went to prison and was sentenced 23 years where he died 2 weeks before being released. I on the other hand faced 25 to life for other drug charges. As a 17 year old who had only had one juvenile record and never had a run in with "big people jail" as I had called it once before as a kid..I was terrified on the inside but had to act hard to protect what I thought my family name stood for. I ended up getting sentenced to Cenikor, the VOA, a year and a half in county and 10 years probation. I met my oldest girls dad at Cenikor. Had ups and downs..lived in homeless shelters, slept many nights in a cold car with no heat, lived in an apartment with no electricity and a newborn, stayed under a couple bridges all to chase what I thought was a man who loved me..I finally started to get my life together. I stayed off of drugs since I was 17 through all that i had been through and was with someone who had even relapsed. I met a Godly loving man in 2006, we had a son together but just couldn't seem to not fight. I held many resentments to men after what I had endured in the time I had been on drugs. I then had met Jimmy and Beth one cold December evening with a phone call about an angel tree program. It seems as though God shows his face when you least expect it. My girls dad had submitted their names to this angel tree and Jimmy called to verify the information. After 2 hours of my testimony I couldn't help myself but puke up my past to him..lol, I felt like I had known them forever. I met them for the gifts a few weeks later and after getting fronted out to tell my testimony in front of a bunch of people I didn't know, I realized what my calling was. I wanted to help others. My dad and I had always said after we got arrested that we would start a youth ministry and tell our testimonies, and try to help those who are too scared to ask for it. I have been through more than my share of ups and downs and I am sure that more have gone through far worse, but I am sure as I am writing this that EVERYTHING happens for a reason! God doesn't give us what we want when we want it, but rather what we need, when we need it. and This too shall pass. I am proud to say that i have completed my 10 year probation sentence, I have gotten my GED and am now in college. I still go to groups on Tuesdays with No Turning Back since 2008. I will continue to walk the road that God has paved for me and my children. God Bless and keep lookin up!