Jessica-G (1)I was living a self-destructive lifestyle of drugs, depression, and despair. I was in and out of jail, another hopeless felon caught in the vicious cycle of the court system, destined to spend my life incarcerated.

After my last jail time, I was facing prison time and was released to wait for  sentencing. I had nowhere to go, except back into my old environment. I ended up back on the streets and using heroin as well. I fell deeper into addiction.  But through God’s relentless love and my spiritual family,  I was given another chance and brought to Life Challenge.

When I came into the program, everything in me wanted to leave. But I knew deep inside if I persevered the Lord would be by my side. I am learning to step into God’s grace and to grow in a intimate relationship with Jesus. I’m allowing Him to transform me and my desire is to be closer to Him every day.

My favorite scripture is Isaiah 61:3 “And provide for those who grieve in Zion to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning and garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of  the Lord for the display of His splendor.”

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  1. It is so wonderful to receive these testimonies from the student. They are inspirational, and they make me feel very good that we are supporting a student.

    The number of graduates for the November 1 ceremony is evidence of the successes of the Life Challenge experience.

    It also provides evidence that my personal daily prayers for Life Challenge, Jeff, the staff and the students are being answered by our Lord.

  2. Hang in there Jessica it’s the best decision you will ever make. I graduated in July 2013. Like you when I first got there I wanted no part if it and I grew up in church, but I stayed and I will be eternally grateful for Life Challenge. It and God changed my life. I will be praying for you.

  3. Keep on Keeping on Jessica ! What a Wonderful God we serve ..And what a Beautiful Testimony ! Blessings ..Dave & Debbie P.

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