All Testimonies are True and Actual and Used With Permission.
The evidence of transformation is found in the stories of our current clients, our graduates and research studies which have been done on the efficacy of the MnTC program.
God transformed my heart…
I always believed my addiction was going to kill me. My meth use brought me to jails, prison, and treatment centers. Death seemed like the next stop on a bleak journey. I heard of MnTC from friends, and I knew I needed a program focused on God. After two weeks of heavy using I ended up in jail and eventually at MnTC. Here I met Jesus and my beliefs began to change.
God transformed my heart and renewed my mind. I went on to graduate from the Leadership Institute and now work here as program staff. This summer I married a fellow MnTC graduate, and God continues to bless me beyond my imagination.
I had a plan to kill myself, but God heard my prayer…
I came home from work crying and in shambles one Tuesday in 2008; that day I urgently prayed, “Lord, if you do not do something by Friday to end this cycle of addiction, I will.” I had a plan to kill myself, but God heard my prayer and a few days later I was on my way to MnTC. I began to realize that I am no longer a victim of my circumstances or the abuse I had experienced.
I decided to attend the Teen Challenge Leadership Institute where I was able to continue healing and growing in the Lord. In addition to working here at MnTC, I hold a leadership position and am participating on the worship team at my church.
When my mom passed away I was heartbroken and homeless.
I basically raised two sisters since I was eight years old. My mom was not around much. She was addicted to cocaine and it eventually took her life. During my mother’s illness I began drinking, smoking marijuana, and even became involved in gangs. Beside her bed in the hospital, a cousin of mine mentioned MnTC.
When my mom passed away I was heartbroken and homeless. At this broken state I was led to MnTC where I received healing and hope. I continued my walk with God by attending the Leadership Institute for two years. I have been blessed to work at MnTC both as program staff and as a teacher.
God softened my heart and built me up into the person He intended me to be.
Growing up, I never felt accepted. I found my identity in the drug culture when friends offered me ecstasy. I started selling drugs to support my addiction. In my twenties I was using meth, and it stole my potential. While on the road to buy drugs, I asked God to save me and proceeded to drive by a billboard that read “sick and tired of being sick and tired?” I was.
That night I went to the MnTC website and read the whole thing. Here, God softened my heart and built me up into the person He intended me to be. I now work in the kitchen at the Portland building at MnTC and am starting my second year of college.
I knew this was my last chance at a good life.
I started drinking and smoking marijuana as a teen. When two close friends of mine died, I turned to meth to cope with the pain, becoming an addict and a dealer. I was arrested when my house was raided by police, and I was facing five years in prison.
An application to MnTC made its way into my hands, and I knew this was my last chance at a good life. It was here that I gave my life to my Savior. I have now been drug-free for more than three years. Today, I am a married man, a father, and a homeowner. Whether as a family man or as staff at MnTC’s Duluth Campus, I am a living example of what God can do!
I couldn’t believe that this was how life was for me.
I was smoking and selling marijuana as a teen. Partying and popularity was all I cared about, and I thought the drugs were the way to get it. After high school, I progressed into pain medications, telling myself that they couldn’t be bad if they were doctor prescribed. I had dropped out of college and pawned my possessions to buy drugs. I couldn’t believe that this was how life was for me.
By grace, I ended up at MnTC and my life has been restored. After graduation I interned for the Know the Truth program, telling my story to thousands of high school kids so they can make better choices than I did. I give God all the glory.
I discovered that through Him there is freedom and joy that I never knew existed.
Most of my life was complete chaos. Dysfunction was all I knew and drugs became a way for me to escape the pain. Thirteen years of drug addiction caused great pain and took me from my friends, my home, and my hope. Something had to change, or I would soon be dead.
While at my weakest point, God used a faithful friend to lead me to MnTC. Here I encountered the unfailing love of Jesus that has restored me to the person I am today. I discovered that through Him there is freedom and joy that I never knew existed. After completing an internship at MnTC, I now work full time and plan to go into ministry.
Refusing to deal with problems kept me stuck in hopelessness.
I could never break free from the thoughts of all that I had messed up because of my addiction; disappointing my family, especially my son, financial struggles, and legal issues. Refusing to deal with problems kept me stuck in hopelessness. When I surrendered and entered this program, I found the faith to believe that God would get me through.
After MnTC, I completed my bachelor’s degree. God has blessed me with a rewarding position in the Admissions Department where I can truly help people. God brought restoration with my son and all of my family. The greatest thing is that I feel peace throughout each day.
After being released from another stay in jail, I took a bottle of pills… wanting to end my life.
As a teenager, I thought alcohol would allow me to escape from the worthlessness I felt. But ten years of trying to “escape” only brought me into bondage. Problems piled up: arrests; lost friendships; and the destruction of my family. After being released from another stay in jail, I took a bottle of pills…wanting to end my life.
Days later I walked through the doors of MnTC. The relationship with God I found here is the greatest gift I’ve been given. I have not taken a drink in five years. I am thankful to work as program staff, helping those who are battling addiction as I once did. I give praise to God who used MnTC to save my life.
After years of selling and using, I found myself facing 14 years in prison.
Raised in poverty by cocaine-addicted parents, I felt that my path was already determined. I became an addict and a drug dealer. By 21, I was in a broken marriage and my two children did not have a real father. After years of selling and using, I found myself facing 14 years in prison. I was given a second chance by a judge who sentenced me to MnTC instead of prison.
It was here that I was changed into a person of integrity and optimism and where I became the father I was destined to be. God has given me the privilege of being program coordinator at our Minneapolis Campus, helping others turn their lives around.