So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God.” – Mark 11:22

“Ms. Davis NEVER gave up on me!”

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) 

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