“I never imagined it would be possible for me to have a normal life,” says Steven. Stuck in a “gang mentality,” he believed the rest of his years would be an endless round of doing drugs and doing time. “But God had another plan for me.”
When Steven was released from prison last year, he managed to stay away from drugs for a while. But he soon found himself falling back into old habits. “I just kept going downhill until I got to UGM.” He says.
After joining our New Life Fellowship program, Steven began to see God’s plan unfold before him. “When I got here, I was a practicing Muslim. UGM showed me nothing but love, even though I wasn’t a Christian. I saw how everybody was living and it started to work inside me,” he recalls. “About two months ago, I accepted Jesus into my life. It’s been an eye-opening experience, transformational. My whole thought process is different.”
Steven says the most valuable lesson he has learned is how to challenge his false beliefs. “It turns your world upside down, but for good! I was an addict and a gang member, but I’m not defined by that anymore. I’m defined in Jesus Christ as a child of God. Learning that was a big thing for me.”
After he graduates from the program, Steven plans to attend college and eventually pursue a recovery ministry – goals that would have been unreachable without help from friends like you. “We’re so blessed with everything we have at The Mission,” he tells us. “Things are falling into place. I’m just thankful to be here!”