Jesus delivered me from drug addiction. I was addicted for about 25 yrs. My Mom & sister died from alcoholism. When I joined the Army, I started experimenting with drugs. I also started drinking. The addiction progressed to cocaine & heroin, which caused me to get arrested. I kept going back and forth to jail because of the desire to feed the habit that I had at that time. I even ‘stole.’ I met Ms. Davis, while at the Correctional Facility for stealing, when she came to teach Christian Worship Service. I kept going in and out of jail because I kept going around the same areas / environment and kept hanging around the same people. I couldn’t get a job because of the habit that I had. I was tired, wanted to quit but didn’t know how. I was homeless & living in an abandoned building. One day I was walking down the street praying – “God help me!” I felt like I let God down, but I went back to drugs anyway. I felt like a hypocrite. I felt desperate.
Then, one day after I’d just used drugs, someone (with a gun) kicked down my door claiming that I stole something from them. When I left and started walking down the street, a childhood friend saw me & started talking to me and asked me if I wanted to ‘stop.’ He took me to Christian Love Church, where a lady was able to get me into the Salvation Army detox program. The doctor then cleared me to go and a brother bought me a bus ticket to Albany. I’m very grateful for Ms. Davis coming to the Correctional Facility cause she planted the seeds that I needed to get me off of the path that I was on. There were things that she said that I didn’t forget (even today & that was 5 1/2 years ago). She brought me into remembrance of who Jesus created me to be. Her ministering to me inside of & outside of the Facility has helped me out a lot! You can NEVER give up on a person & I’m grateful that Ms. Davis NEVER gave up on me! I thank Jesus for bringing her into my life to get me on the right path!”
– Roderyck Terrell Armstrong (New York)