My name is Jason Jaworski. I am now 33 years old and a Technical Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. In my youth, I was a very hurt, depressed, and empty soul. My father left home when I was six years old. My mother had many abusive relationships. I had no fatherly guide in my life, and I always took second place to my mother’s relationships.
Degrading name calling, screaming matches, and dangerous car chases were a common occurrence. Eventually, I changed from a normal inquisitive, loving, caring son to a closed person in order to be safe and shut out the pain. I would just retreat to my room to drown out the sounds of screaming and shrieking with my pillow over my head.
I turned to drugs as the answer to my inner pain. I had no income and yet I needed drugs, which took money. I would do anything to keep myself supplied, and high. I became a drug pusher, to sustain my habit. I belonged to the drug world.
The day came, that I was arrested. I was charged with nine drug counts. I knew I had to seek help and while in a detoxification center, I learned of a former heroin addict that graduated from Teen Challenge. I decided to give it a try. I found it very difficult at first. I was torn between two worlds. My reality had been cocaine and staying high. Now I had to involve myself fully — mentally, physically, and spiritually.
It was about one month into the program that I began to wake up to the gravity of my situation. I was facing a very lengthy prison term, if I were raised to adult court. I was only 17 ½ years old!
I still felt all the pain of my home situation, and at Teen Challenge I was learning why I felt empty. My heart was aching for something, and that something, was God.
I prayed, ‘Lord, I want you to wash my slate clean, and keep me from prison because I want to be able to join the Air Force. I want you to take me away from my home. Also, I want my own family one day, a loving home, a faithful and loving wife, and children. If you’re there God, and you really care about me, then that is what I want. If you do this for me, it will help me to serve you for the rest of my life.” (Pictured above is Jason and his son, pictured to left is Jason and his family)
God knows the heart better than anyone. I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior, and He has answered every part of my prayer. He influenced the decisions of the court to allow me to continue in the program. God also gave me a sympathetic and compassionate Judge who took an interest in me.
I went to Cape Girardeau, Missouri to graduate from the program. During my stay, my court case was miraculously dismissed! I never had to return to my dysfunctional home. The Lord was blessing me through new friends in the church and a new wholesome life. ‘So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.’ John 8:36
I was in Tucson, Arizona, when I applied to join the Air Force. I enrolled in college to meet the entrance requirements, with the help of my Arizona Teen Challenge mentor. God had not forgotten. I was accepted and have been serving my country now for 12½ years. During that time, I was introduced to my beautiful wife Giana, in 2003, who is also in the Air Force. We have been blessed with two wonderful children.
My life has been made anew since 1995. However, the Lord does not let me forget the life that He brought me out of. I have so many people that I work with, attend church with, and even close friends who have not heard the tough details of my life from before my knowing Christ’s forgiveness. They see me as a man of integrity, one they can trust, and one who trusts in the Lord. If I do have the opportunity to share my full story, it is hard for them to believe it is true. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17