“God awakened hope in me.”
Jayson grew up in a close-knit family, but he was keeping a terrible secret. “My halfbrother had been molesting me since I was five,” he says. “I finally told my mom when I was 10, but she called me a liar. She thought I was just trying to sow discord in the family.”
Jayson felt betrayed and it took a heavy toll. By the time he was 11, he was being treated for anxiety, depression, insomnia and bipolar tendencies. “I didn’t like myself on the medications they prescribed, so at 12, I stopped taking them,” he says. “In order to slow down my crazy, racing thoughts so I could focus, I started using meth instead.”
For the next 20 years, Jayson struggled with an addiction that cost him jobs, broke up his marriage, and drove him deeper into depression. Finally, he decided to take his own life, but his suicide attempt failed. “In that moment, I hit my knees and cried out to God,” he says. “Somewhere inside me there was hope I didn’t see, but God knew it was there. He awakened it and I stopped doing drugs immediately.”
It was then he entered our New Life Program, where chapel services, biblical counseling and faith-based classes led him to surrender his life to the Lord. “It was like a light came on. God started changing my core values, my perspective, everything,” he says.
“God replaced my depression and anxiety with joy.”
Jayson now has a full-time job and, after graduation, plans to reunite with his wife and pursue a career in ministry, sharing his testimony to help transform lives. “I have a fire burning inside me to show people what God can do,” he says.
Because of your generosity, Jayson’s heart has been filled with thanksgiving… and God’s love! “I used to think I was a lost cause, but now I know I’m a child of God and an heir to His kingdom. It’s a beautiful thing.”
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