Steve tried a lot of different programs, and made a lot of mistakes in between. By 21 he was in his fifth inpatient program, “Among felony probation, I had pending cases and warrants out for my arrest. I was really at the end of myself.” But he remembers looking up and seeing a sign on the wall that read, “But by the grace of God.”
He knew at that point God had a purpose for his life, even if he still didn’t understand.
Steve got his answer through the prison chaplain, who led him to Jesus a couple days later.
In 2001, a judge sent him to Teen Challenge. As soon as he walked through the doors, he was handed a Bible and told when to be at church. He realized that pulling himself up by his bootstraps wouldn’t work — he needed the Holy Spirit to intervene in his life.
Through Teen Challenge, Steve found that Jesus Christ alone could change his life.
Today he serves as a lead pastor in South Fresno, and he and his wife are raising a family who serves the Lord.
There are so many others like Steve, who have found hope and purpose through the work of Teen Challenge —but there are so many more who haven’t found their way yet. Would you consider making a donation to help us continue rescuing people who need to find their way out of the darkness of addiction?
May God’s blessings rest on you.