Testimony of Zach C
My name is Zachary J. from Bolton, NC; Buckhead Community. I was raised in a Christian home growing up, but at a very young age, my life took a turn for the worse.
When I was 14, I started smoking pot with the guys. This went on for about 2 years until one day I tried cocaine. It was a whole different level than just smoking a little “weed”. It took me on a roller coaster ride all through my teenage years and into my late twenties. I always kept a good job through all these years to support my habit and still managed to spend every dime.
At the age of seventeen, I started dating who is now my wife. She has been there through the entire time and dealt with my problem of addiction. She is truly a woman among women, knowing at anytime she could have gotten out. When I was 21, we had a little girl, Callie Amanda. She took my heart at first sight. At 22, I married my high school sweetheart. I had so many things pushing me in the right direction, but didn’t take heed to God’s signs He placed before me.
My dad being a Pastor and middle brother, also a preacher, I surely knew the right thing to do; but didn’t. I had a beautiful family and so much to live the right way for, but I continued to follow satan down a road of destruction.
By the age of 26, I went from using cocaine and pot to smoking “crack”. My life went into downward spiral, very fast. I neglected my family, wasted many years of our lives, and almost destroyed my marriage. I the whole time that God was dealing with me and I ran from his plan.
Something happened in 2016 at age 29. I was just fed up with my life and on June 1, I started the program at Carolina Crossroads, where Jesus Christ changed my life and delivered me from the bondage of addiction. I was in and out of church all those years, but never really surrendered it all to God. In a revival during the program, I repented of my sins and my heart, soul, and mind to Jesus Christ. He not only delivered me, he also saved my 8 year old daughter that week. I received the greatest Father’s Day gift possible. My daughter and I were baptized together on June 19. I know the Lord has so much more in store for me and I thank Him everyday for it. Thank you Lord for your Grace and Mercy.
Acts 16:31 - "They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with everyone in your household.”
Testimony Calvin S.
My name is Calvin S. and this is my testimony. I started using drugs when I was around 13 years old. I spent the next 40 years using any kind of drug I could. To this day, I’m not really sure why. The only thing I can think of is I was broken.
My childhood wasn’t the greatest. I remember that my dad drank a lot. He and my mother would argue fight all the time. He left when I was around 6 years old and after that mom married another alcoholic. This man was worse than my dad in the manner of throwing and hitting everything. Needless to say, my step-dad and I didn’t get along to well. At this time I had become a teenager and wouldn’t stand for the hitting any longer.
I started striking back with every of rebellion I could possibly muster up. When I was 15, my mom was pregnant. He started a fight with her and I got in the middle of it. He got a hold of me and about choked me out for some reason he stopped. I then swung a baseball bat at him and by the grace of God, I missed. If I would have hit him, I would have spent my life in prison for murder.
My drug use continued until I was 17 years old. I enlisted in the U.S. Navy, met my first wife, and had two beautiful children. After 5 years of marriage, she died from cancer. I had to stop using while I was in the service for 8 years. I got out of the Navy and went straight back to getting high, I suppose out of grief. I started selling and using cocaine and in 1991 went to prison for distributing it. I spent 3 years in lock-up. When I got out, I met the girl I would spend the next 27 years with. The party was on.
I tried quitting drugs 3 or 4 times with very limited success. When I found heroin, I found a new love. After 15 years of heroin and crack, my wife of 27 years died from an overdose. The death certificate stated it was a heart attack but the coroner says he found cocaine in her system. For the next year and a half I tried my best to overdose, but God had a different plan because I am still here.
Today, I know I don’t have to live in that misery anymore. I can have the life that God intended me to have. I thank all of you at Southeastern Carolina Crossroads. I now have a new beginning.
Revelation 3:20 - "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me."
Testimony of Dave M.
My name is Dave M. and I have struggled with a life of sin and drug addiction. As a child, I was taken to church by my father, which was a recovering drug addict, and my step-mother. Although brought up in church, I chose to go in my own direction.
At age thirteen (13), I tried cigarettes, alcohol, and marijuana. By the age of sixteen (16), I was trying cocaine, pills, and even used a needle for the first time with my mother and contracted Hepatitis “C” from her.
At the age of eighteen (18), my father relapsed after the death of my step-mother with a terminal brain tumor. I began to use “meth” with my father. I grew angry with God hating everyone and everything.
I delved into witchcraft and satanic worship I became involved in armed robbery, theft, pornography, prostitution, and organized crime. I hurt everyone I came in contact with. I would go to rehab, find God, and start a relationship with Him. Eventually, I would turn my back on God and fall back into my old ways with the same routines.
I finally became frustrated with myself and attempted suicide. The Lord spared me and even then, I didn’t change my evil ways. I lost everything and everyone in my life and had just given up hope.
In a time of despair, I was remembered a scripture that my father always told me and stood behind. The scripture was Philippians 4:13, “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength”. I cried out to the Lord for help. After a few phone calls, I was given the number to Carolina Crossroads. I was accepted and entered the program April 11.
Since being at Crossroads, I have rededicated my life to the Lord. He showed me how to love myself and others. The Lord gave me a peace and joy that I had never experienced before, and the ability to share His love and Word with others. I stand on the Word of God now for He tells me in John 15:16, “You did not choose me, I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using My name”. God is the only reason I am a new man, today. I graduated the program with the help of the Lord and
God has now opened the door for me to become a resident mentor with the Carolina Crossroads’ “mentorship program”. I help other men, new to the Crossroads’ 42-day program, build a relationship with God through scriptures of the Bible so that we all may show God’s great glory to the entire world.