Good morning. Hi my name is Anthony. I am 31 years old. I can say by the grace that God has shown me, he has pulled me out of some pretty dark times. Always knowing there was a God. I was so blinded by worldly things. Filled with so much hurt, never feeling loved, feeling abandoned, losing my mom and dad at a young age to drugs and being raised by my grandparents that abused us mentally and physically. I would act out for attention. Suspension after suspension (from school) , expelled four times, and then Juvenile Hall. I was following in my family’s footsteps. I was out on my own when I was 17. I got my first felony a week later after I turned eighteen. I gave up on life. I started hanging around people that I called “friends” that were using drugs. Before I knew it, I was using with them. I felt like it filled a void that was missing with all the wrong things. I felt a sense of belonging finally, someone that cared. The lifestyle I was living was going to take me down a dark road, and it did from selling drugs to using every drug in the book. Felony upon felony and pushing everyone that did care away. I was isolating myself from the world only to find out I was looking at twelve years in prison. God showed mercy. I ended up doing eleven months, and all I could think about is all of the wrong doing and hurt I caused people. I did not want to be the same person I had been. I was sure that I was done with that lifestyle. I found myself homeless and on drugs. Then I finally had enough. I started going to NA meetings with the willingness and desire to want better for myself. For the first time in my life, I had a little over a year and a half off of hard drugs. Because I had that gift of desperation, I was able to get off of probation. I held down a career with the Carpenter’s Union for a little while, over a year. I know my Lord Jesus Christ was there the whole time. I truly feel that he place people in our path for a reason. I feel like God brought me to God’s Ranches to strengthen our relationship. I have come to realize that I can’t live life without Him. I just felt in my heart that this is where God wanted me, and I am learning so much here. 1 Peter 5:8 tells us, “Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the Devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking who he may devour.” See I find truth in that. I truly feel that the Bible is basic instructions before leaving earth. With that being said, I am here to do God’s will, not my own.
Thank you Tommy , Vance, Rick, Jeremiah, Rob, Billy, Tom, Chris, Andrew, Brett, Lou and Country, for being great disciples and showing the way. Thank you also to all my brothers in Christ. You all helped strengthen my walk with the Lord.