A Changed Life, Patrick
I give honor to God and my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for saving me and for Jesus is the Way Prison Ministry which helped me and played a major part in the change that has been done in my life.
I once was an alcoholic, a drug addict, a thief, a liar, and a gang member. I have been in and out of jail and prison numerous times. I have spent thirteen years of my life in prison; which is where I first made my decision to give my life to Jesus. I would study the Bible but when I got out of prison I would sooner or later find myself back on that destructive path.
I met John Henderson a prison minister at Jesus is the Way (currently serving as Interim Director) who came to the prison to have Bible Studies and that is how I learned of Jesus is the Way. John also made it possible for me to parole to JITWPM. While I was in the program there I received discipleship and many other teachings and lessons on living life in Christ on the outside of prison, something I thought I could only do in prison where there are fewer temptations.
Since graduating from the New Beginnings Aftercare Center, I have been sober for five (5) years. I have had a job at the public library for eighteen (18) months. I have also held a second job at a local fast food restaurant for one (1) year, the longest I have ever held any jobs I have ever had. I have my own apartment, a car, a savings account; I attend Christian Life Church where I worship and am a member of small groups, which are accountability partners. I continue to attend Bible studies at Jesus is the Way Prison Ministry on Tuesday and Thursday nights. I am also a grateful member of Alcoholic Anonymous. I go inside treatment centers and hold meetings with addicts that are still suffering from a horrible life of addiction at the Prairie Center every Sunday night. I still face many trials and tribulations from time to time, but from the teachings at Jesus is the Way, Christian Life Church and Alcoholics Anonymous, I am learning how to live life on life’s terms without running to drugs and alcohol. I am learning how to make better choices and decisions in the situations and circumstances that won’t result in undesirable results. I am learning to help and give and not be a taker.