Ryan A.

My life went well when I was growing up. I was loved by both my mother and father and my family and I would spend a lot of time together. When I was young my father’s drinking would cause problems in the family and it was difficult in the home.  I love both my parents very much and know that they did their best and continue to do their best.  I began experimenting at the age of twelve, for me drugs and alcohol were a way to feel better and to avoid feelings of reality. I ended up sleeping in my car for about a month and I was absolutely miserable with my life and what I was doing to myself.  I was slowly losing my family and was just about out of money and had no hope.  I felt horrible about trying to run from Jesus and for telling Him that I was not going to live for Him.  I wanted to learn about Jesus and also become a pastor and I knew that Teen Challenge would be a great start. I am here at Teen Challenge to learn who Jesus is and what his plan is for my life.  I hope to continue to learn about myself and receive breakthroughs and healing. I also hope to rebuild relationships with loved ones and learn the word of God so I can better my life and help others.