My name is Michelle, I’m 39 years old. When I was 13 my dad left my mom for her best friend. My mom was drunk most of the time, and I was left to my own devices. I became extremely rebellious and no one could tell me anything. I began drinking at age 13 and doing drugs at 14. When I was 16 I became pregnant and had an abortion. I left the abortion clinic without a baby and without God. At age 17, I was put into my first secular rehab, 12 more would follow. At the age of 24, I was given my first prison term. In prison I was introduced to the gospel and accepted Jesus. My time in prison was blessed but when released from prison I didn’t have a clue how to live for Christ in the regular world. I tried desperately to live for God, but I had one foot in the world and one in the church. I wanted to serve Jesus, but I wanted to do it my way. My way, sadly, landed me with an 80 year prison term. Once again God’s mercy reigned down and I served only three years. After 3 years of being clean, I started using again. For several months I begged God to let me die and realized I needed some real help. I surrendered and called my Pastor and to ask for help. He and my friends came and took me Teen Challenge in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Since coming to Teen Challenge my life is totally different because God has set me free. I no longer struggle with having one foot in the world and another in church. I find my strength and worth in Christ. I am not worthless. When I walked through the front door of the Robby Dawson Home, I was desperate and broken. Today, I am free and alive. Teen Challenge is the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but it has also been one of the most rewarding. Thanks to the people supporting this program, Michelle is now in her second phase in Teen Challenge Columbus, Georgia. Please pray for her as she moves forward with her new life in Christ.