Lee’s Testimony

My childhood was a good one. My father worked, my mother stayed at home and a grandmother lived with us most of the year. We were a solid middle-class family.  I grew up in the Methodist church and we were there every Sunday.  By the fourth grade, we had moved back to Tennessee to my father’s hometown. Making good grades and pleasing my parents and family became very important to me.  I enjoyed the praise I received from doing well. My mother passed away when I was 11. It was devastating for my father.  While my resolve strengthened to be a “good kid” for him, I was lost because my mother...

read more

Donald’s Testimony

I grew up in South Louisiana in what you would call a very dysfunctional family. My dad was a violent alcoholic who abused me, and my mom. I can remember my uncles giving me alcohol at a very early age just to have a good laugh at seeing me wobble. Mom even told me they put beer in my bottle when I was a baby. I remember smoking my first joint at 10 or 11. I began at an early age to stay out late at night. I didn’t have any consequences from doing what I wanted to do. I remember riding through the neighborhood with my friends, stealing cb radios and bicycles out of yards and selling them or...

read more

Richard’s Testimony

Richard’s struggle with addiction began at the age of thirteen when his father introduced him to heroin. Listen as he shares his story of addiction, salvation, relapse, and finally living in true freedom in Christ. When I turned thirteen years old my father introduced me to heroin. As a birthday present, he gave me an injection of heroin and introduced me to a life of crime. By the age of 19 years old, I was already in bad shape. I lived a life of selling drugs, and was sentenced to prison. I continued the life of crime inside the prison walls and looked for a way out…so after...

read more

Mitch’s Testimony

Within six months of my birth in Ft. Worth, Texas, my dad was put into prison. Seven years later he was released, and it was at that point he introduced me to alcohol and cigarettes, and sexually molested me as well. He locked me into closets and water heater rooms, leaving me in there for two to three days at a time. During this time we moved back and forth between Texas and Missouri, then to Quincy, Illinois. At the age of 10, I was struck by a car and almost died, but I was brought back to life by an A.E.D. They administered this from the scene of the accident to the ambulance and finally...

read more

Robert’s Testimony

Robert grew up on a hundred-head dairy farm in southern Missouri. Here is the story of how his choices in life—and God’s intervention—brought him to Heartland. I was born and raised in a small town in Southern Missouri. I had good parents and had a good upbringing. Shortly after high school I started to mess around with drugs, and not long after I became addicted to methamphetamine. I had it under control for about four years. In my mind snorting it or smoking it was not as bad. Then in 2004 I started injecting meth and it turned my world upside down. All I wanted to do was stay high. I had...

read more

Jeff’s Testimony

I grew up in Lake Elsinore, California, and started using methamphetamine at the age of 13. In my addiction I started running with a group called the Black Triangle Punks. I was looking for something to belong to and they were just as angry and frustrated as I was. Through the years of the punk rock scene, I began to associate with a number of hate groups and before too long, I was following their beliefs. I met my wife Kathy when I was trying to score some dope; she too was as addicted to meth. Our marriage didn’t last very long, maybe a year and half or two years. My wife left and...

read more