Student Testimony – Brittney

Both my parents were heavy drug addicts and alcoholics. They were very abusive to each other as well as my baby sister and me. I became the caregiver to my sister and myself. I lived like this until I was ten years old when a man my mom occasionally “dated” molested my sister and me. At this point we were finally removed from my parents’ home and placed into state custody with my grandparents as our guardians. My grandparents had been a part of my life constantly taking us to church every time the doors were open. I knew who God was. I also knew that no matter what I was going through, He was with me. I had seen Him save my life too many times. My life from that moment on was seemingly perfect in comparison to what I had lived in before. I started singing in church and playing music. I began to learn where my place was in life.

I started leading praise and worship at church at about 12 years old, and that’s where I knew I belonged. I have been doing that ever since. I made good grades in school and graduated with a full ride scholarship to a bible college in Alabama. I was married to my husband who was a youth pastor a couple of months after I graduated. We moved immediately so that I could begin my degree in music ministry. We found a church family and immediately began our work there. I loved it and so did he.

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Student Testimony – Carrie

Hi, my name is Carrie and I’m 22 years old and I grew up in Missouri.  My stand on scripture is Romans 12:2 “Don’t be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.”  I’ve been in Teen Challenge right under five months and in that time I’ve started a transformation myself.

Addiction for me started very early on.  My mother was stuck in her own addiction when she found out that she was pregnant.  She was unable to break this so at the time of my birth I to tested positive for the substance. The state picked up on the charges and the day I got to leave the hospital it was in the arms of a social worker.  My mom tried to get me back and would for a period of time but it never lasted.  She just couldn’t break free.  She lost two of my other siblings and then got the news…. Her rights to me as a mother were terminated.

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