Testimonies

 

Halston     – Fort Valley, Georgia

My name is Halston. I am 20 years old. Growing up I came from a home that was broken and full of drugs. I enjoyed playing sports until I found another sense of purpose in alcohol and drugs. From there I made many choices that would always end up hurting the people that loved me the most. And at that point in my addiction I did not care if I lived nor died. But by God’s grace I was able to get help; I came to Waypoint on August 12th, 2015 to avoid going to prison. On September 6, 2015, I was baptized at The Church @ War Hill and a couple weeks later I received the Holy Spirit. God has delivered me from self-destructive ways; He has given me life, restored my relationships with family, and recently my criminal history has been cleaned. Through these miracles, along with many others, I have come to know Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior.  Without a relationship with Him there is no telling where I would have ended up. I love and trust in Christ alone and will continue to share my testimony wherever and whenever needed.

 

Mike     – Dahlonega, Georgia

My childhood was not anything out of the ordinary. There was no abuse or real neglect. However my father was a passive aggressive man, even though he was there he wasn’t there. So I relied on my mother. I grew up on  a 300 acre farm in Indiana. My brother was 5 years younger than me so I had to use my imagination to bide my time growing up. I was a very good son up until my first day of college, where I began to drink and use drugs. After 2 years I flunked out of college and began a career playing music professionally. As a young man who loved to party, this was not the best choice of work for me. I had 2 DUI’s by the time I was 21. I got married at the age of 23 and soon after that started having children. My life started to slow down, but I would quickly cycle back to binge drinking every couple of years, which of course caused problems in my marriage.

On January 14, 2001, I had hit rock bottom. My marriage was not in the best shape, I started drinking again, and pornography quickly became a stronghold in my life. Jesus showed me His grace and changed my life. I felt a calling to ministry; I started taking classes at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. During this time my marriage was mended and I started to plant a church. In 2008, I had hip replacement surgery that had complications. I was in physical therapy for 9 months; I also became dependent on hydrocodone during this time. That dependency soon became an addiction. My life again started to fall apart as everything once again became about me. Strongholds returned, and the hydrocodone addiction got worse and worse. My church plant at this time was located in a store front and had about 25 members. I was preaching sermons on Sunday morning, drowning in the Internet at night while high on opiates and drinking heavily. I finally came to the point of resigning in front of my congregation as they could all tell something was wrong. I was dismissed from seminary just 8 months from ordination. I got off opiates on my own and stopped drinking… for a while.

In 2014 my wife and I moved to Lumpkin County. I was driving a lumber truck, delivering lumber. I had started to cycle back to drinking and watching porn again. On August 20, 2015 I mad a pit stop on the way home from work to pick up beer. I was driving my lumber truck while drinking. I was 4 miles from home when I drove my truck off the road into the ditch and through the trees. I was arrested for my fourth DUI. I entered Waypoint twenty-one days later. While at Waypoint, I have found my true friendship with Jesus Christ who I lost due to my selfishness. Jesus was waiting for me; He is my redeemer and mender of my damages I have done to my family and friends. I am getting to know the Mike that God created me to be. I am also learning that it is not just about me through serving others and sharing me story. Through the grace of God, I have learned the difference between who I thought I was and who I really am.

 

Alexander     – Statesboro, Georgia

I came from a background of poverty, rejection, abuse, and neglect. All of the clothes and shoes that I wore were old and torn. I was rejected by my father because he couldn’t believe I was his son. I was molested by my uncle from the ages of 7 to 9. My mother did not spend much time with my brother and me, because she was on dialysis and never felt well enough to do much of anything. So through all these different pains and struggles that I faced, I decided to turn to a life of drinking, using drugs, and homosexuality.

I continued on the road of destruction until I couldn’t take anymore. God saw fit to bring me to Waypoint on November 6th, 2015. This is where I found my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. By the grace of God I am no longer guided by those strongholds. Jesus saw fit that I didn’t die out there in that life of sin and misery. I am truly grateful to Him. When I think back over my life and remember where I came from, I begin to wonder “Why me Lord, what did you see in me?” But I am here not out there. I have a true sense of joy and peace that I can’t explain in words. Jesus took an old rugged sinner like me and has cleaned my heart, mind, body, and soul.

 

David     – Ball Ground, Georgia

Growing up we didn’t go to church. My parents got divorced when I was young and I moved in with my father by the time I was eight. I was about 12 the first time I went to church. That same year, I went to a church camp with Temple Baptist Church and got saved. It was an awesome feeling. I still remember that feeling to this today. It didn’t last long, because at the age of 13 I decided to try pot. I smoked pot for awhile and at the age of 20 I began to use meth for the first time. For the next 12 years of my life, it became a wreck. I lost my kids, home, family, and soon everything was gone that I knew and loved. Once that happened, I lost all hope. I didn’t care who I hurt, I didn’t even care if I lived or not. In 2015, I caught my first drug charge. I got out of jail and had no place to go. I called my sister and asked for help. She being a Christian, quickly helped me get into Waypoint Ministry. I didn’t believe in God when I got first got here. I was angry and hated everyone and myself. All this hate and anger I had towards others was because I hated who I became. The love shown by my brothers here at Waypoint changed that. After a while I started loving myself and my relationship with God started to grow stronger. God has done some amazing things in my life. God has turned my messy life into a message and He has given me a testimony that can save lives. I know God has a plan for me and at times life will get hard  and the devil will tempt me, but I’m not scared anymore. I have a friend that will always be there for me and he is Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior.

 

Miles     – Atlanta, Georgia

I started using drugs and alcohol at the age of eleven. I used drugs and alcohol to fill a void of having an absent father. I followed my father’s foot steps, finding my identity in selling drugs. On multiple occasions, I would seek attention from my family by getting arrested. I ended up dropping out of college, because of my addiction. I worked several dead end jobs to support my habit. Due to my decision to pursue drugs, I quickly became homeless. Shortly after, I was consumed with suicidal thoughts and continued to fall into a deep dark hole of loneliness and hopelessness. This fueled my fire and my drug addiction continued to spin out of control. After a long exhaustion of consuming all my resources, I reached out to my Mom and she finally allowed me to stay with her. I pleaded with God to save and deliver me from my misery.

Through many prayers from my mom, aunt, and myself my aunt introduced me to Waypoint. I was at the point in my life of giving up when I decided to give them a call. On November 11, 2015 my mom dropped me off at Waypoint. They accepted me with open arms and showed me love that I have never experienced before. This program was patient with me and taught me a new way of living through the Gospel. God delivered me from my past by sending his one and only son to die on the cross. On July 5, 2016 I gave my heart to Him where He would break the spirit of depression and suicide off of me. I experienced love, peace, and a true heart change for myself and others.

I have walked on the path of forgiveness, forgiving my father, myself, and God. After graduating my first year at Waypoint, I felt a strong calling to give back and decided to stay on another year in the Servant Leader in Training program. Now I am eighteen months clean and sober. I am grateful to Jesus for giving my life back. I enjoy sharing what He has done in my life with others especially with individuals coming into the program. Jesus saved my life and I have a testimony and strong close relationship with Him.

 

Jordan     – Warner Robins, Georgia

Before Christ, I was lost in worldly things. I was using anything I could get my hands on to numb the emotional and physical pain. I’d have my way with drugs, people, and relationships. My life was chaotic and to say the least I became comfortable in it. I quit going to college and soon after, my relationship with my family became nonexistent. I cared only about drugs and myself. My life literally was Hell, an eternal life with no relationships and a separation from God. I had no knowledge of God and didn’t know where to began.

I was brought to Christ by a desperate choice on Christmas day of 2015 when I went to the ER for overdosing on meth. I came to Waypoint two weeks after I thought I was going to die. While I have been here, I learned who Jesus Christ is and was introduced to the Bible. It took some time but I finally got the Gospel into my heart and the faith to believe in and receive it.

On March 2nd, 2016 I received Jesus Christ in my heart at The Church @ War Hill. Things turned around completely from that point on. I don’t hate myself anymore. I have learned that God loves me for who I am. I am growing to love God, Jesus, myself, and others. Each day I am learning what my identity looks like in Christ by continuously learning about myself. I have experienced conviction from the Holy Spirit, a relationship with God, God’s restoration in my family, and His divine love. I have died and been born again. God deserves all the glory for giving me a testimony and I use it to serve and help others.

 

Michael     – Cumming, Georgia

My name is Michael; I am 30 years old. I was born in Atlanta, Georgia and grew up in a small family. I did not grow up in a church nor had a relationship with God. At the age of 17, I began using alcohol at the cul-de-sac parties with the neighbors. Through college I wanted to associate myself with the “cool kids”, so I began hanging out with the crowd that drank and partied on the weekends. The life of drugs, sex, and alcohol become an everyday addictive lifestyle. Through this I thought I would eventually find acceptance. However, I began to head down a blind path of rage, destruction, and hate. My life continued to spiral out of control. I pushed away anyone who was close to me; which included my wife, parents, brother, and friends. The end result was losing all of those relationships and hitting rock bottom. I went in and out of jails and then eventually I became homeless.

On March 11, 2016 I finally accepted I’ll never be in control nor I can do this on my own. I desperately needed God. I made the choice to submit my life to a year commitment at Waypoint Ministry. Through my walk here I gave my heart to Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savoir. By remaining obedient to Him, God fills up my empty void with the amazing power and love of the Holy Spirit. Through the Spirit my relationship with myself, family, and others continue to grow and mature. I no longer let fear and anger get the best of me.

I decided to stay another year in the Servant Leader in Training program. This gives me a great opportunity to serve and help others who feel lost, hopeless, and completely helpless as I once felt.  God has given me life so I may use it in giving back to the community. Through my journey, I am finding true love, joy, peace, and the fruits of the Spirit. I constantly make the decision to put my struggles in the past, the choices I make determine who I am today. I am not sure what the future has in store for me; However, by faith I know it is planned out better than I could ever imagine. I do know God’s calling me to share my testimony and encouraging others through the Gospel.

 

David     – Overland Park, Kansas

My name is David. I am 27 years old and from Kansas. I originally came to Waypoint back in 2012 and completed the program as well as the SLT program, however, I was not in a good place. I didn’t deal with a lot of issues and misconceptions that I carried which only led me to go back out and use again. And it got so much worse than it had ever previously been. After about 2 and a half years I found myself at a new all-time low; sitting in jail with nothing and nowhere to go.

I really fooled myself into thinking that I was okay and that I really didn’t need God in order to live a sober life. I quickly found out exactly how wrong I was. I knew that I desperately needed to get back into a relationship with God, but I lacked the motivation to do what I needed to do to accomplish that. Unfortunately, what it took was pretty rough because of how hard-headed and stubborn I am.

I am filled with an overwhelming sense of gratitude towards my family, for loving, supporting, and forgiving me; to Waypoint for allowing me to come back and being patient and willing to work with me; and ultimately to God for his grace and redemption.

I am currently doing the SLT program again, but this time with the understanding of how serious it is and a realization that I need God more now than ever. I can’t imagine trying to get sober, let alone live life without God. I’m excited (and a little anxious) to see what He has in store for me!

 

Stephen     – Atlanta, Georgia

My name is Stephen Pratt. I am 28 years old. I was born in Atlanta, Georgia. I grew up in a dysfunctional home. I moved from the Atlanta area when I was about 12 years old. Around this time I started using heavy drugs, which became a big part of my life and destroyed many relationships in my life.

June 15th, 2016 I came to Waypoint. In return, I now have hope and a true relationship with Jesus Christ my Savior. I have confidence in being a father to two awesome boys, Skylan and Shaelan. I have graduated the first year of Waypoint and am really looking forward to what God has for my life. All the Glory goes to the Lord!

 

Elliot     – Fort Worth, Texas

My name is Elliot. I was an alcoholic and lost, not having much direction in my life. Recently, I spent time in Salvation Army in Fort Worth before I came to Waypoint. At the Salvation Army I began to learn about God and Jesus; However, I didn’t know them in my heart. The previous year my Dad had passed from alcoholism and heart disease. I did my best to stay sober and be proactive while there, but I missed my family. My mom had moved to Cumming, GA to live with her aunt. So, I left Salvation Army and moved to Cumming. I tried my best to be a good son and help my mom who was also suffering from alcoholism. In my heart I thought I was doing the right thing, but I was no where near equipped to handle my addiction let alone someone’s else. A month after moving to Cumming I began to drink. I got drunk one night and crashed my mom’s car. I almost died. Sitting in jail with no one to turn to, I began talking with another guy who ended up encouraging me to call Waypoint.

Today, I am in my second year in the Servant Leader in Training Program. For me, Waypoint turned out to be what my heart had been seeking for my adult life. God started working in my life, He softened my heart, showing me it was okay to love, be vulnerable, and find His purpose for my life. I now have hope for my future, regained relationships with my family, and peace that I’ve never felt before. Through Jesus compassion for me, I have a future far greater then I could have ever imagined and a Savior that will never leave me.

 

Eddie     – Gainesville, Georgia

My name is Eddie. I was born and raised in Gainesville, GA. My whole life I’ve lived in bad parts of Gainesville with drugs, drinking, and crime including my own home. So, living and seeing these things like that is why I took on a life of Hell, because I didn’t know anything else. I have been in and out of jail since I was 17 year old. From that point on, my life was going down hill fast. This life was all I knew, but God saw fit for me, had a plan that I would see and find something greater, His son Jesus Christ.

Now, I have graduated my first year and am currently serving my second year in the Servant Leader in Training Program. God is moving in my life revealing His love to me everyday. As long as I keep my head up and stay focused on God there is no telling where I will go in life!

 

Baker     – Greenville, North Carolina

My name is Baker and I am 25 year old. I am currently serving my second year in the Servant Leader in Training Program.  Before I arrived here, my life was quickly falling apart. I started experimenting with drugs and alcohol as a teenager, which eventually lead to full blown addiction. My using cost me several jobs, relationships, and nearly my life when I had a drug related seizure that lead me in an Intensive Care Unit for a week. While in the hospital, my family and I found out about Waypoint and I knew it was time to get help.

A little over a year later, I can honestly say that Waypoint is the best thing that ever happened to me. Not only because of my sobriety, but mainly because of my relationships with God that I have developed during my time here. I am the happiest now that I have ever been and look forward to learning more about myself and who God has created me to be.

 

Justin     – Gainesville, Georgia

My name is Justin and I am 29 years old. I have had issues with chemical dependency for most of my life. I had a tough childhood and began using tobacco and alcohol before I was in high school. I never knew my father, which among other things contributed to a lack of identity and self-worth. As I grew up I became angry and rebellious, defiant to my authority and increasingly isolated and antisocial. I eventually began to get in trouble with the police. Life in and out of jail became the norm for me.

It was at this point, that I was court ordered to seek help for my addictions. In retrospect I see that God brought me here to Waypoint to find freedom for the bondage I was living in. My life was out of control and I lived in constant fear of what tomorrow might bring. But, I have peace now as a result of my relationship with Jesus and I thank God for my brothers and the staff here at Waypoint.

 

Bruce     – Marietta, Georgia

Prior to Waypoint, I made the choice to follow a dark path in my life. I was bitter, unforgiving, selfish, manipulating, and angry toward everyone and everything. I blamed God all the time for the way I was and for the things that happened to me. In February of 2016, I caught my first possession charge. After 7 days, I made bond and walked right back into thinking I could go back to selling and using, but would be smarter this time. In April of 2016, I caught another possession charge. This time God wasn’t sending me back out on the street to continue to use IV heroine and kill myself or anyone else. After serving nearly 6 months, I got an opportunity to see a judge. In September of 2016, Judge Leonard agreed to send me to Waypoint instead of prison.

Since I have been at Waypoint I have learned just how much power God really has and is capable of! Before coming to Waypoint I had no knowledge of the Bible, nor did I attend church. Now I enjoy getting in the Word and attending Church on a regular basis. God has shown me who I truly am and changed my whole outlook on life. I have learned what the meaning of a true relationship is with God and others. He has restored me to my family, who didn’t ever trust me before. Even though this program is the hardest thing I have ever done, I wouldn’t trade this opportunity for anything. I am now in my second year at Waypoint in the Servant Leadership in  Training Program and look forward to what God has planned for my future.

 

George     – Orlando, Florida

When I got to Waypoint I was broken and needed direction. God through the men, staff, and SLT’s, helped give me that direction. I have been provided education and guidance to the submission of my will to God. I received my salvation and so restoration began. Simply put, I was tired and began to seek something different. While the staff held me accountable to what God was doing in my life. The Inner Healing class was the most impacting part of the work God was doing in my heart. I fought through my many internal struggles with my identity crisis and made-up beliefs. I was delivered from those bondage’s through a relationship with God and my foundation is in Christ and what He did on cavalry. Now I’m in my second year in the Servant Leader in Training Program where I am learning and developing who I truly am in God’s view.