The destruction all started when I was 10. My best friend was killed in a DUI auto accident. I never could get over it. Age 12, I started drinking; age 13 smoking pot; age 14 was cocaine; age 15 dealing drugs and leaving home, never to return. Living on the edge, I had become a very violent person, hurting anyone who got in my way.
Coming from upstate New York and moving to Florida in 1993, I thought the move would change my life, not realizing I needed to change the inside of me before I could make the new outside work. I thought I was doing the right thing; working, not using cocaine, but still drinking and smoking pot. I went 7 years without using cocaine. Then it happened! I had a full-blown relapse.
During surgery for a broken back, I received 6 screws, 2 rods, and a titanium cage in my back. I was mad at the world and God. Why me? My mom told me that God has His reasons for all things to happen. Well, I was pretty mad at God. Four months after surgery; in 2004, my ex-wife caught me using cocaine. It was over. I left home only to get on the super-highway to hell.
I continued to get high until I ran out of money and picked up eight felonies and three misdemeanors. Off to jail I went, praise God! I spent ten months there still fighting the urge to use. God introduced me to some good people who told me, “Only God can set you free from the life that you are living.” It was suggested to me to go to Faith Farm Ministries. “That is where you will find what you need,” said Pastor Al and Counselor Nolli. I defeated the odds with the charges brought against me. I realized that I could have done 47 years in prison. It could by God at work – no money, no one to help me, except God.
After about a month of not being very nice to my fellow students, the pastor – my hero – sat me down. He let me know what time it was and asked if I wanted to continue with my program. He told me to stop trying to fix my life; God has already fixed it through the gift of His son, Jesus, and when I am ready to receive the grace He died for, my life would begin to change.
Two months later, a staff member approached me on a Monday morning and said, “I have a message for you. Your ex-wife called and said she was coming on Wednesday to pick you up to see your children!” I dropped to my knees in the hallway and cried uncontrollably for at least thirty minutes. God was delivering on the promise Pastor told me about.
I found comfort in the numbing effects of methamphetamine. Within in a year, I was on the streets, selling to live and living to stay high. I alienated myself away from my family and friends, and I surrounded myself with drugs, money and guns. I had become an IV user and a drug dealer. To top it off, I was lured into my Prince Charming’s arms, under the protective covering of a con artist. I was soon exposed to rage, jealousy, and control I had never known before… threats to harm me and those I loved, if I were to leave him. Soon, I was isolated from everyone and kept under constant watch. I was broken down into a person I didn’t even know. I lost control of myself, and I was being controlled by someone else.
With the sound of the loud crack of the front door breaking in by the sheriff’s department, my thoughts were, “This is all over.” On my way to jail, I ingested a lethal amount of meth and cocaine. Shortly after they placed me in the cell, I overdosed. I was rushed to the emergency room. I don’t remember much, but the doctors and police were stunned when there were no signs of drugs in my stomach. I look back now, and I realize I was not arrested that day, I was rescued.
I thank God for Faith Farm every day. The decision to come here was the best decision I have made. It was life or death, and Jesus calls on us to choose life. Faith Farm helped me restore my mind, body, and soul. I rededicated my life to Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I was baptized here (at Faith Farm). Although at first, I didn’t understand why everyone was raising their hands and praising God, I learned that it’s all worship… and it feels good to worship God. I am happier than I have been my whole life. I have that real true peace inside my heart that only comes from God. I know that I have a Heavenly Father who is always watching over me. For the new students, I encourage you stay. It takes time to change, especially to change the way we think.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary and Faith Farm Ministries have partnered to offer long term, residential, recovery students college credits upon completion and mastery of Faith Farm’s recovery curriculum. Both organizations believe that this partnership may be the first ever of its kind. The first college transcripts will be awarded at the Boynton Beach graduation on August 3, 2014, followed by Ft. Lauderdale’s graduation on August 10th and Okeechobee’s graduation on August 17th.
Faith Farm Ministries operates three south Florida campuses with men’s recovery programs in Ft. Lauderdale, Boynton Beach and Okeechobee. The Women’s program is located at the Boynton Beach location. Faith Farm is a 62 year old, free, faith based, residential recovery program for men and women who struggle with addiction.
South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary, established in 1985, is located in Deerfield Beach, Florida, and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education and is listed as a Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Vendor by the Florida Department of Education. The bible college is an inter-denominational institution of higher learning where men and women can fulfill the call of God upon their lives.
The partnership allows for academic opportunities for Faith Farm students through offering college credits for completing the minimum, 9 month recovery program and passing a comprehensive test. It also provides an avenue for continuing their education, either online or classroom instruction, for a student in Faith Farm’s extended program, specifically the Omega College Program. This is a student who desires to obtain either an Associate of Arts degree, any of six Bachelor of Arts degrees or a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies or a Master of Divinity degree. The partnership also offers collaborative opportunities for faculty and staff.
For more information, contact Judy Walters, Project Manager, at (561) 737-2259 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary and Faith Farm Minis-tries have partnered to offer long term, residential, recovery students college credits upon completion and mastery of Faith Farm’s 9 to 12 month aca-demic curriculum. Both organizations believe that this partnership may be the first ever of its kind. The partnership allows for academic opportunities for Faith Farm students through offering college credits for completing the Phase I, 9 to 12 month recovery program and passing a comprehensive test. It also provides an avenue for continuing their education, either online or class-room instruction, for a student in Faith Farm’s Phase II Program, specifically the Omega College Program. read more →
CALF OF THE MONTH
“…Ahh, the smell of my son is like the smell of a field that the Lord has blessed.” Gen. 27:27(NIV)