My life began to spiral out of control as a young child, Major depression and schizophrenia afflicted me at a young age, and by the age of 16 I was put in a mental institution. This would be the first of many trips. By the time I was 17 years old I was hooked on drugs. There did not seem to be any hope in my life. I was caught up in demonology and witchcraft; using drugs and alcohol; and hearing angry voices because of my disease. I struggled with suicide almost daily. Prison or death did not seem far off. Luckily for me, death was not my sentence. At 17 I was involved in a murder and was sent to ‘prison with Life without parole. The prosecutors had asked for the death penalty, but the jury voted for Life. For my first few years in prison I was a searcher, looking for some kind of meaning. I studied Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, and several other obscure religions looking for something meaningful, but I could not find it Finally, I found the Truth. Jesus Christ came into my life and saved me and I became a Christian. Peace and joy flooded my life. For the first time in my adult life I did not want to die. For the first time in my adult life I was truly happy, even in prison, I embraced Christ, got a job working in the Chapel, and started to enjoy the true Serenity that comes for being a child of God. I’ve been working in the Chapel for over a decade now, and I still have that same peace that I had when I first I started. I still have Life Without Parole, but I also have Afterlife Without End, and that’s what’s most important. My prayer is that everyone may eventually find what I have found ….. the love of Jesus Christ.
This is a testimony of an incarcerated brother inside the facility that I serve in.