I grew up with a father who was very abusive to my mother and unfaithful to her. He left when I was seven years old. I grew up without him and my mom was always working.
I had a lot of freedom. I hung out with the wrong crowd. I was doing drugs. I smoked marijuana. At age 13, I started drinking alcohol. I was always partying. I almost died from an alcohol overdose. I rode with cliques. I got in fights. I sold drugs and I packed guns. I was into gangster rap music and the lifestyle it brought.
My best friend, Gary, died from a drug overdose. My friend, Marty, is serving a ten year prison sentence. I am in a ten year probation sentence for shooting at guys coming to my house. At 17 years old, I had a daughter and she was the star in the sky for me and I started walking toward Bethlehem, but I couldn’t stop smoking weed. I couldn’t stop drinking and I couldn’t leave my lifestyle.
My brother invited me to a retreat last year. There, I surrendered my life to the Lord. His love and grace, through the power of the cross, changed me and I was born again.
Now, I am a new creation and a witness that Christ did this. I don’t want to smoke anymore. I don’t want to listen to the same rappers I used to listen to. I make rap for the Lord now and I changed my entire life. Most importantly, I am a committed father and husband to my family – something I could only be with Christ in me.
I found Fortress Church through the radio ministry. I got baptized here at Fortress Church on November 5th. And it is official, I am a bondservant of Jesus Christ!
What if God wrote your story? How different would it look than what it is now? I think those blessings may not money, but the relationships you gain with family is what counts. It is worth it. Receive what God has for you. It is the best!