During my incarceration, I gained a reputation as a prayer warrior. I prayed because I didn't know how things would turn out, and soon everyone around me was asking me to pray for them, too. Sometimes, I would stand on my desk so the woman in the next cell could hear me. And now, after almost 5 months in jail, the end of my sentence was in sight.
At first, I didn't have a plan. Then, one day, right before another inmate was released, she handed me a piece of paper with the information for Exodus House on it. As soon as I saw that it was a Christian-based ministry, I knew this was the place for me. If I was connected to God, I knew I would be okay. Not long after, I was released, and I headed straight there with only the clothes on my back.
At Exodus House, Debra told me that she would love me until I was able to love myself. I was a broken person, carrying with me the pain of traumas that began in childhood. Here, I discovered I wasn't alone in my journey from incarceration and addiction to wholeness. I was humble and hungry to live right and stay clean. The staff and residents treated me with so much love that it felt like I was home! Pretty soon, I was cooking and cleaning as if I was in my own house. And over time, I learned to forgive myself.
When you walk through the doors of Exodus House, God is waiting. If you know the Lord but have gotten lost in the world, you’ll feel like you've come home; and if you don't know Him, you'll find Him! If it weren't for the foundation that Exodus 3 Ministries gave me, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I don't need to do the things I used to do anymore. I've learned how to live, how to be reliable, how to be responsible. Exodus House meant new life for me.
After only 5 months at the House filled with much prayer and conversation, I knew I had surrendered. I was ready to get back out into the world and live independently again. I moved out on my own and continued to stay clean and go to meetings, church, and Bible studies.
I have now been alcohol- and drug-free for 6 years! I'm working on my GED. I have great credit and am buying my own house at the end of the year. I'm blessed to be with a man who loves the Lord with all his heart. I am restored!