When I was about 2 years old my mom and dad divorced. As a result of this, my mother’s parents helped raise me. At that lime, my grandfather became a father figure in my life.
When I was 13 years old my grandfather died.  I felt as though God was punishing me.  I became angry on the inside and rebellious on the outside.  I thought his death was my fault. At age 15, I
was arrested for the first time for underage drinking and curfew.

This was the first of many arrests to come and the beginning of a miserable path.  When I began college I was introduced to marijuana and cocaine. My drinking and drugs increased tremendously.
After I received a DUI, my motives for going into a secular program were all wrong. All I wanted back in my life was my girlfriend and 7-month-old son. Needless to say it did not work out. I still felt like I was so empty inside.

I felt like I was missing something in my life but I could not figure out what it was.  About a year and a half ago my grandmother became very sick. She had the priest come to her house
to read her last rights. This made me very angry, again I thought God is going to take someone else that I love away from me. After the priest left my grandmother’s house she was so happy and peaceful.  Even though I didn’t know what made her that way I knew that I wanted what she had.

That very same week I called my Pastor and gave my life to the Lord. I finally got tired of feeling so miserable and unloved. My pastor suggested I enter the Teen Challenge program and I decided to go.  The morning that I woke up to come into the program I realized that I had the same peace in my heart that I saw in my grandmother.

Today, I love and care about myself. After being here for four months I’ve learned who the real David is through Jesus Christ. I always knew of the Lord but today I have a deeper relationship with Jesus. I am so grateful for this program!