Growing up I felt very alone. I was raised mostly by my older sister because my mother was in jail.  I felt I had no one to talk to. I began drinking and using marijuana in high school.

At age 23, after the loss of a very close friend, I started experimenting with all kinds of drugs — cocaine, crack, meth, pcp, fentanyl, weed, methadone, subs, dabs, nitrous, pills. I would aimlessly wander the streets of Chicago late at night.  Depression, anger, and pride were my fuel yet the hope that kept me together.

Eventually, I began dating a man who introduced me to heroin. He was extremely abusive. This was the weakest point in my life. I knew I needed help and remembered my sister telling me about Teen Challenge. She had heard about it from a friend who went through the program years ago. This is my life and by the grace of God I had enough. I decided to go to detox and a month later after I stopped a month of methadone, I came to Teen Challenge.

Now I can feel the pieces of my heart being picked up as God’s love flows down putting me back together. I am knowing a love so overwhelming and kind I cannot stand on my feet, but to my knees I fall. Being at Teen Challenge this past year, I learned that the labels others tried to put on me were not true.  God has given me a second chance I will hold on to it and trust him with my life.

I graduated late last year and will be starting Teen Challenge Ministry Institute in South Gate, California in a few weeks.  I sense God calling me to helping hurting people.  The scripture I stand on is Psalm 91:1 “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Pictured is Jannette at Spiritual Emphasis Week with Special Speaker Pastor Ron Auch, Jr.