This testimony will “awaken” us to realize the impact our choices can have…
I started attending a local church after much coaxing from my 10-year-old son. I was allowing everything and anything to affect my attendance. I am an emotional drinker and allowed stress to drive me to drink alcohol. In November of 2018, after a very stressful day, I went out with the family for some drinks and relaxation. I did not drive since I knew I had been drinking. Eventually, my, cousin and his girlfriend joined us to celebrate their anniversary.
We all continued in our drinking. While driving home, my cousin argued with his girlfriend and stormed out of the vehicle to begin walking home. I got behind the wheel and went after him. I felt the impact of hitting something, when I looked back in the rearview mirror, my cousin was on the ground being held by his girlfriend. I had hit my cousin with the car, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
I was taken to jail where I remained for 114 days while the case was under investigation. While inside the jail, I began the RU Inside recovery program and my life was forever changed.
Note from Group Leader
This student began the RU program with the RU Inside program. Today, she attends our Friday night class every week, not missing a meeting. She regularly attends the local church with her 10-year-old son. I am blessed to be her challenge group leader.
Here is a recent testimony of an abused and addicted women that was recently received at RU Recovery Ministries and we want to share it with you!
I grew up in a loving Christian home. We were at church every time the doors were open.
Sadly, when I was 10 yrs old, the Pastor’s son molested and abused me. Within the next following months, my parents separated and divorced. I was so young, and yet so full of anger and hatred—and not really knowing at whom! Perhaps this explains my pattern of self-destruction and the past 20 years I spent far away from God.
Later in life, I was beaten, raped, and almost murdered. I think I actually felt more pain in my soul, than in my body. As I lay in a hospital bed, I knew that God was the only way out. I knew that if I did not repent and come back to Him, I would soon be dead and maybe by my own hand. I knew what to do and with all my heart, I cried out to God. I asked for help and praised Him for being with me in my mess.
When I left the hospital, I headed towards the first Baptist church service I could find, where I rededicated my life to Christ, and asked Him to break the chains of the past.
Several months later, I found out there was a warrant for my arrest, so I turned myself into the police. I’m now serving a 9-month sentence. I was praying for some kind of godly program to come into the jail and God truly answered that prayer with RU Inside! I wish the program could meet every day, but once I’m released, I will continue with RU, as I know it will help me build the right foundation.
I love the Lord so much and am so grateful that He is now using me here in this jail. He has me here for a reason…and that reason is to seek and serve Him.
Most of my childhood, I was raised in a Christian home. We were always in a church until my parents started backsliding and drinking. Quickly, the booze became more important than anything, including going to church.
I knew at a young age and without a doubt, that I had a Heavenly Father who loved me dearly. I accepted Jesus into my heart as my personal Savior and as I prayed I remember feeling the Lord’s presence – even throughout my dysfunctional childhood. All I knew was chaos. My parents fought all the time, and sometimes my mom would leave for days. She started taking prescription drugs in mass amounts and varieties and literally could not function.
I was 13 years old when I found my mom had died in her bedroom. It was an accidental overdose, but to me, it felt like she did it on purpose – to leave me. My life was drastically altered for the worse.
I began using drugs at age 18. I’m now 28. The last 10 years have been nothing but a downward spiral of pills, shooting heroin, and multiple trips to jail—all drug-related. I have now been in jail for a year.
I can see now that this last arrest saved my life, and I thank God for His love and mercy, which was the divine intervention to my self-destruction. From my childhood I have believed that the Lord has a plan for me – I just chose not to follow Him.
I have now rededicated my life to the Lord and now ask that He show me that plan He has for me. I will not only call myself a Christian but, now, I will live like one.
Thank you, Jesus, for everything you have done for me – especially paying the penalty for my sins when you died on the cross. Amen.
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This short, yet powerful testimony of a inmate who was jailed on drug possession was recently received at the RU office in Rockford, Illinois. May this be a reminder to all of you who serve God in various ministries that your labor is NOT in vain!
Thanks be to God that I am now a fruit-bearing Christian! I came to Union County jail for a reason, and that reason was crime, but God had a bigger reason! Shortly after being jailed on drug possession, I learned about the RU Inside program held by Director Robert Coleman of Welcome Baptist Church and I haven’t looked back since!
I began with a burning desire to be free from drugs and alcohol, but that has been washed over with a bigger desire to walk in the Spirit and please God!! I now have a real belief that I can live in victory over sin (not sinless), but humbly accepting God’s grace to carry me through this life.
The Bible sums it up for us all, and so I will ask Him to help me love Him with all my heart, and then show His love to all around me.
Praise the Lord for RU, and the people there that have become my family!