My name is Stephen Chaires, I am 28 years old. I’m from Las Vegas and I started using drugs when I was about 17. It’s been on and off for about the last ten years. From the time I was eighteen to about 25, I was in and out of jail and just causing my family a lot of issues and money. Finally my parents had enough of the way I was acting and cut me off. So that’s when I started using meth heavy and selling it and living hotel to hotel. I did that for about two years or so and I had no means of slowing down. Until one day my little brother that is an overseer at the Florida Set Free reached out to me and started telling me how Christ changed his life. I don’t know what it was, but something came over me at that point and told me to give it a shot., so I dropped everything and got on a plane and went to the Florida Set Free and it was the best decision I have ever made in my life because that is where I opened the Bible and started walking with Christ. My brother was right, Jesus Christ changed my life and I know now God has brought me through everything for a reason. I knew for awhile that God was calling me back to the West Coast. So I asked my brother and Pastor out there if they could set me up with a California Set Free and I had no idea where Phelan was, but now that I am here I truly believe God has me exactly where I should be and God has a plan for me out here. SO what it all comes down to is just trust in the plan God has set for you and if He is telling you to do something, just do it. I love Set Free and I’m grateful for everything they do, and I’m excited to continue with ministry and doing God’s work.
Stephen Ryan Chaires