I'm 44 years old and I come from Irvine. I grew up in a loving family. From the late 80's my friends and I experimented with recreational drugs. My life started to go downhill which lead to time in the young offenders and then adult prison. I tried heroin in prison and was still having a good time. But in the end I destroyed everything; I found myself in a very lonely place and this was to be my life for the next 15 years; it was my family who paid the heaviest price.
At the age of 34 I was in prison again; I started to say sorry to God before going to sleep at night. I always believed in God but I was now aware that the way I was living was somehow an issue between me and God. I felt that I had three options; long term prison, suicide or that someone would kill me. I left prison and was soon back to square one. Whilst in a homeless hostel, I cried out to God, “Is this it for me?” Within two days a guy who had done the Teen Challenge programme came to the hostel and told us his story and asked if anyone wanted to "get away". I knew that I had to do something or I would die an addict. So I came to The Haven in 2006 and got saved and God did an amazing work in my life; the reality of God was very real but surrendering to the will of God however was another matter. I completed the programme and left with good intentions but I still wanted to live life on my terms; within a matter of months I was back in a place of addiction.
Some people encouraged me to get back to rehab - this time I went to Teen Challenge, in July 2008, where I really got serious about God and the life he was calling me to. I knuckled down and I gave God all of my ‘baggage’ and accepted the brand new life that was always on offer.
Since graduating the programme I went to the Teen Challenge School of Ministry and then worked for Teen Challenge as a support worker for 8 years in England. I met my wife Lea-Anne who also came through the program and worked for Teen Challenge; we have been married for three years and have a beautiful seven months old daughter. In August this year we returned to Scotland. The beautiful thing is that God brought me back to where it all began and I have recently been employed by The Haven as a senior support worker where I get to continue to fulfil my heart’s desire in seeing other men find freedom through Christ.
God has been continually by my side and I have known his love for many years now. I am living a totally fulfilled life, with an amazing family and friends. I often think about how life would have turned out had God not stepped in; I would have missed all that I have now and that is very sobering to think about.
I trust God with all I have and have confidence that in this new season of life he is totally with me.