I grew up in Huntington Beach, Ca; I had a normal happy childhood. My parents separated when I was young, and I experimented with alcohol for the first time at the age of 9. As a young man, I was unsupervised a lot of the time due to my parents divorced, at age 15. I was hanging with the wrong crowd, drinking, and smoking marijuana on a daily basis.
My mother is a very Godly woman, so I grew up in the church. However, I never really knew the Lord. By the time I was in my 30’s, I was physically addicted to alcohol. My life began to spiral out of control. When I came to U-Turn in 2017, I had been arrested multiple times, charged with a DUI, and I was almost completely destroyed by the enemy.
I graduated from U-Turn in June of 2017. When I left, I returned to my old ways and did not get plugged into a new church. Just as Proverbs 26:11 says “like a dog that returns to his vomit, is a fool who repeats his folly.” I was living with a women out of wedlock, drinking heavily every day, and using drugs. I heard the Lord speak to me loud and clear saying “Go back to U-Turn”. I sold almost everything I had, and I donated my car to the ministry. As it says in Romans 11:29 “The Gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable”.
I came back to U-Turn in May of 2018 and the Lord has blessed me ever since. I have been sober for 7 month. I have developed a real relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and through the power of prayer God has restored my relationship with my family. I no longer have the overwhelming feeling of guilt and shame. The Lord has blessed me with hope, peace, and joy that can only come from Him. The emptiness that I had been trying to fill inside of me with drugs and alcohol has been filled with the Holy Spirit.
I have now moved into leadership on the ranch, and it strengthens my faith everyday to see the Lord working in other men. I feel that the Lord is calling me to be in ministry full time and I am exited to see what the Lord has planned for my future!