My name is Sam and I'm 22 years old. I come from a broken family. My father left when my siblings and I were very young. My mom was addicted to drugs and eventually left us also. I got involved in the street life and started using drugs and alcohol, and did whatever I had to do to get it. I was broken and asked God to take my life. I got in trouble with the law and ended up serving almost 5 years in prison, at the age of 17.
I was released from prison on October 2nd and entered the CITA program the very next day. Things weren't easy at first, as I was still living the prison lifestyle. I was speaking to our Chaplain one day and he spoke things to me that really hit me hard. I started to cry right then and there and I made a commitment to Christ that I would not live the rest of my life like that.
I recieved Christ as my Savior on October 14th. I am now 5 years sober and my walk with the Lord is getting stronger every day. In the future, I'd like to help people who have experience some of the same things I've experienced and show them that there is hope, if they allow God to work in their lives.
I would like to thank CITA and my brothers here for supporting me through every step. I also want to thank God for showing grace and mercy to me. I now know He was there through everything I've ever gone through, knocking on the door of my heart, I just had to let him in. So, no matter your past or what you may be going through, open the door to your heart because He's knocking. God bless.