I was scarred from head to toe by my own self injuries but God had a different plan...
I grew up in a wonderful christian home with parents and grandparents that loved me. However at the age of ten I began to hate my appearance. I was especially close to my grandfather so when he died I felt devastated. I was only fourteen and his death caused my family a lot of pain. At this point, my self hatred really began to grow and I became so depressed I ate very little and started cutting my wrists. When I did eat I would just purge and this worsened my depression. I felt so empty and tried numerous things to fill up that void I was experiencing. I began to smoke marijuana and drink alcohol. I looked for acceptance from boys and wanted to feel beautiful but that never worked. As my depression worsened so did my cutting. I was scarred from head to toe and I tried to take my life because of the shame. Fortunately my mother came home and found me unconscious in my bedroom. Something had to change and that’s when my parents found Teen Challenge.
At first I was so homesick that I couldn’t accept the fact I was here but over time I began to feel God drawing me. The walls I had up for so long began to come down. The staff took time to get to know me and helped me be myself, a person I had not been for so long. I began to feel so happy with the simple understanding that Jesus loves me. That understanding began to heal wounds I never thought would.
I have a long way to go but I am so thankful for the good things that God is doing in my life such as restoring family relationships and giving me a purpose for living. I am so thankful that God is working in my life through Teen Challenge and I am excited for all the things I have to look forward to in my new life with Him.
Thank you for making this possible for me.