For the past ten years I lived a life of drug addiction, excessive partying, and was just plain lost.
Searching for comfort, love and acceptance in all the wrong places. I turned from the church and God at a young age and started my downward path of destruction at the age of 15. I am originally from brick town, NJ A beach town with a reputation for drunken summer nights, surf, and the largest number of reported overdoses due to heroin in the state if NJ.
My whole livelihood was just existing to party and hook up with girls. I moved here two years ago trying to stay clean, which failed miserably and met this eagles fan named mark my first night in Gettysburg.
Ya God has a sense of humor. But that was probably one of my first God moment because he helped me adjust even though I hated it out here. I went from surfboards to tractors and felt out of place and even though I had numerous opportunities to leave here god intervened in ways I can never fully understand.
During my last run of drug abuse I got to a point of complete brokenness, through friends at The Intersection and few others I was shown the love of Christ. It didn't matter if I was high or using in there eyes they just wanted to show me love and hope. God blessed me by putting these people in my life, who annoyingly never gave up on me. I went thru an extremely painful detox with the help of these people and the staff of white deer run.
Then with four days of sobriety I entered the freedom house program through Freedom Valley church. It was there that I was introduced to Christ and his love for me, a sinner. I devoted my life to finding him and begin a rapid transformation. He lifted the obsession to use, and brought me to a place of pure joy. After leaving the house I started working very closely with The Intersection and stayed plugged in with great people.
I am now being discipled by a gentleman in the church who I truly respect and am learning really what it means to have an identity in Christ. Today I have a joy, and a peace I have never experienced before in my life. I have a personal relationship not just with my savior but my Lord Jesus Christ who has been busy transforming me and renewing my mind.
I spend my days now seeking first him and all his glory, I spent my whole life seeking cheep thrills and quick fixes and the results were always the same, a disappointment. Now I seek the one who will never let me down. I volunteer here at The Intersection everyday I can and stay plugged in.
I have experienced things I never thought imaginable, I've been baptized by the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues, I've been part of prayer teams and helped run small groups and bible studies. I never thought I would be at a place in my life where I would spend my Friday nights painting murals for children and enjoy doing it, only God could have done this working in my life.
Not only has he redeemed me from the pit of hell but he has placed a calling for ministry in my heart & I am truly chasing after it as hard as I can. I still am dealing with the wreckage of my past in some ways, but I know God provides and has already made a way for me to overcome it now it just takes me walking in it. I can't thank the people at the intersection and freedom valley enough for the love the have shown me or the countless hours they have put in keeping my head on straight, especially at times when I fought it kicking and screaming. The one verse that I've carried on my heart since the beginning was written by Paul in 1 Tim 1:15-16 he states:
"Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners - of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe and receive eternal life."