I was born and raised in Klamath Falls, Oregon. My early years were a mix of adjusting to my parents’ divorce and learning how to suck it up and keep moving. After years of seclusion and homeschooling under my grandmas tutelage; my dad, younger brother, and me moved into town. I quickly exploited my new freedom by exploring all the ways I could get into trouble. I started with marijuana and alcohol but progressed quickly to anything I could get my hands on.

Brett

Hi my name is Brett, I am 24 years old, and I was born and raised in Corvallis Oregon. I am the youngest of five children. Having two amazing parents along with for loving sisters, you could make the assumption that I was very much pampered in my early childhood.

Chris

I’ve lived in Eugene, Oregon or the close surrounding areas all of my life.  Growing up, I never dreamed of having life-controlling addictions or making decisions to serve a life of slavery over my family. 

I had what I considered to be a normal, even privileged childhood.  I got to play sports, my family was very close, always going camping and enjoying lots of outdoor activities.  This kept me pretty grounded throughout my adolescent and young adult years.

Executive Director Theresa Pueschel and two members of the Eugene Campus talk about how they became involved in this ministry, and the importance of recovery programs.

Marshall

I grew up in a loving family and in the church.  I always struggled in school — comparing myself to others and thinking I was not good enough.  I was dealing with rejection, shame, and doubt.

The life I led before I knew the Lord was one of destruction, confusion, and emptiness.  I grew up pretty typical.  My parents got a divorce when I was young, and my mom got remarried.  This came with a lie from the enemy that it was somehow my fault that I was not loved by my father; that he left me and did not care about me. 

Silvia

I was born in Mexico, but have lived in the U.S. most of my life.  I grew up in the Catholic faith, attending Mass faithfully, and have known about the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.  What I realize I didn't have, however, is a personal and direct relationship with Jesus, and I did not have an understanding of Grace.

Tamara

My name is Tamara. I was in jail in Crescent City, California when I encountered the Lord once again and knew there had to be more to this life. I really wanted to go to Adult & Teen Challenge in Graham, but there was no bed availability, and I didn't want to go anywhere else. I decided to call every day — sometimes three times a day or more. I had met someone in my hometown that had been to the Graham Campus and told me lots of great things about what happened to her, and I wanted that for my life more then anything else.

Danielle

I came to the Graham Campus struggling with addiction.  I remember being told I couldn't smoke cigarettes, and that was more overwhelming than anything.  I was really scared the first day, and I remember asking if I could have anything else like a patch. The staff said "No, its the power of prayer that will take that craving away."  I thought they were all crazy.

Becky

My name is Becky and I am 23 years old. I was raised in a Christian home with two brothers and two sisters. We were a typical family: we all played sports and went on family vacations. My parents are still together, and we were actively involved in whatever church we attended. I went to private school until 6th grade, and until that point I was certain I would never do drugs, never drink, or give myself to a man before marriage. But just like most teenagers, I struggled with finding my identity and began compromising my morals. I got lost in a world of depression and developed an unhealthy desire for the approval of men, which resulted in shoplifting, drinking, sexual immorality, and bulimia.

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