alanna_cropped_optI was filled with anger and self-hatred because I had been sexually abused as a child. I wanted to escape from the horrible memories and my behavior was very self-destructive. I drank alcohol, used drugs, and even cut and burned myself.

After years of reckless and hopeless living, I ended up in jail. I was in such bad shape that I had to be in the mental health unit. My grandmother’s pastor contacted the chaplain (Steve Malik) at Macomb County Jail. He suggested Life Challenge and, out of desperation, I agreed.

Just six days after coming to Life Challenge, I gave my heart to Jesus Christ. The Lord has forgiven me and is healing me. He reconciled me with my son, and my family. Now, for the first time in my life, I wake up and I am happy to be alive. One of the most amazing things that has taken place in me since coming to Christ is that I have hope!

My favorite scripture is Philippians 4:6,7 ‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.’

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