Tina’s Story: I am 39 years old. I was born in Allentown, PA. I have good and bad memories of my childhood. My father was an alcoholic, and I would often witness him beating my mother up. I would hide under the bed until the cops came and arrested him. My parents got divorced, and when I was 8 my mother got saved and brought me up in a Christian home. I was baptized at age 15 and was home schooled. By the age of 20, I was making poor choices, hanging around with the wrong people and going to raves, and began doing hard-core drugs. I fell in love with a man that I dated for six years, until he left me for another man. I was crushed and blamed myself. I felt completely empty, and began going out to bars, living a careless life, allowing drugs and alcohol to run my life. At age 26, I decided to go to college. I got my B.A., but I was still empty, lost, and unhappy. I kept God out of my equation, and went back to my old lifestyle. By 2009 I had a trail of DUIs. I spent time in jail, but that didn’t stop me. While on probation I had a heated argument with my sister and drank and drove. I woke up in the hospital with a blood alcohol level of .054% and was on life support. The doctors told my mom I wouldn’t make it, but she prayed to God, put her hands on me, and told God that she was giving me back to Him. God spared my life. I was arrested for that DUI and spent more time in jail. That was when I decided to get out of the pit I had created for myself, and gave my life back to God. I still had to face charges for my third DUI, and I knew that being institutionalized would not free me from my addiction because I was not free in Christ. I heard about the Walter Hoving Home and entered the program.
Being at the Home has been amazing. I know what real freedom is. I am coming to know God all over again. Without Him I was empty. I am now at peace and in the process of healing. I know I don’t want to be the old person I was. I am a new creation in Christ, and my past is forgiven. My plan is to stay strong, have faith in God, and put my life in His hands. Where He leads me I will follow.
Ephesians 2:4-5: But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions — it is by grace you have been saved.