To:  Every Mom, Grandma, Aunt, Niece, Cousin, Sister, Wife and caring female friend of an addict.


I am 22 years old, born in Seattle, and raised in Port Angeles WA. Two 21-day rehabs, two five-day detox facilities, and one sober house did not keep me off of drugs! Jesus did!


I am 20 years old, and I was born in Seattle but raised both here and in Southern California. Before Teen Challenge and Jesus, I was literally living in a tent under a bridge in downtown Seattle. Like most tragic stories, I experimented with drugs and alcohol at a very young age, but would consider the age of 11 as the start of my addiction. I could tell you stories that could be used as a script of a horror movie, but I would rather tell you what God has done in my life since I've surrendered to Him.


I was born and raised in Monrovia, California. Drugs were a part of my life from the age of three or so. It was normal for adults to pass around a pipe filled with marijuana and I was taking a puff or two right along with them. Biker clubs and bar scenes were a part of my norm. I remember one of my very first jobs was selling drugs at the age of 14. To me, selling drugs had a two-fold purpose, getting money and getting free drugs! By the age of 16 I had tried almost every drug possible except for heroin.


My name is Matt, and I am 32 years old from Snohomish, Washington. I dropped out of high school my Junior year. I went to work in the construction industry. I leveraged my construction skills through the real estate boom by flipping houses. Pride blurred my vision and my partying turned to bigger risks. I soon found OxyContin which ultimately lead to intravenous Heroin use. I lost multiple homes to foreclosure, cars repossessed and the collapse of my business. Within twelve months I found myself no longer living in my luxurious home but rather residing in a tent.

How John Found Freedom

John is one of our students who was asked to share his testimony at our Tri-Cities Campus first annual Pies and Ties event. His story is really touching because it includes a stranger named David — an average joe — who took time out of his life that could have been spent with his wife and five kids. Instead he went to the prison and facilitated a bible study and fellowship with some of the inmates.

I was raised in a Christian home, but I was never truly interested in being a Christian myself.  All church ever was to me was another wasted Sunday that could have been better spent on the river fishing with my dad.


My name is Corey and this is my story.  I grew up in the Willamette Valley in Oregon.  As far back as I can remember, my family life was a mess. My dad drank and partied a lot, and my mom worked more than I saw her.  My dad’s drinking lead him to having anger outbursts towards me which made me feel unwanted.  What sealed the deal with feeling unwanted were his physical attacks. 


Matt is our newest alumni as of September 2014. We are extremely proud of Matt, and we're excited for the future that he has taken back and is now using to serve the Lord. Praise God! Take a minute to watch as Matt tells his story. You will be glad you did!


My name is Chris, and I am 20 years old.  Growing up, I had loving parents who loved Jesus.  We went to church every Sunday, and at a very young age I had a relationship with God.  I was privileged, and had great opportunities.