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Hello My Name Is...Child Of The One True King

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Hello My Name Is...Child Of The One True King

My name is Jason P born May 31, 1986. I am 27 years of age. Born and raised in Upland, California. I was one of four brothers born to my biological mother who was not able to take care of me and my four biological brothers due to her to drug habits. We were given up to foster care when I was one years old. I was separated from my brothers and was eventually adopted at age 2 as a only child. I never saw my brothers again. I was adopted and into a beautiful and loving family. My childhood was the best that a kid could ask for. My parents raised me to be a productive citizen of society by being a perfect example of owning their own contracting business and always being supportive in all that I do. I played baseball all throughout my childhood and into my high school years. I got average grades and got along socially throughout my childhood. Once I hit high school things changed for me emotionally.
After a few broken relationships, Satan began to slowly drain me of the joy that I once had as a child. I joined the peer counseling club at the high school to be a peer counselor to help other students with emotional and drug issues to help gain self esteem in my own life. Little did I know that this was God showing me what I"d later be called to do. I graduated high school in 2004 with out touching alcohol or drugs of any sort. Immediately following graduation I moved out of my parents house with a few acquaintances. For the first time I was around a crowd that would introduce and expose me to alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamines. I found no pleasures in any of those except methamphetamines.
Meth took over my life. In the beginning it seemed like a dream come true as it did for many who have gone the same path. I became selfish and numb. I began to change from the caring person I once knew into a sinful thief and liar. I destroyed my life and everyone in it. I disappeared for 7 months from the face of the earth after stealing from my parents. The guilt and selfishness lead me to zero contact with my parents, not even to let them know I"m alive. Between the years of 2004-2008, I was arrested five times during my first four years of my drug abuse for numerous under the influence charges and theft crimes.
In March of 2008, I finally hit my rock bottom and had nothing left in my life besides my life, my car, and a little bit of meth. I called upon God for the first time to help me out of the hole I"ve put myself in, a hole of emptiness, despair, and agony. God gave me the courage to finally step up and call my parents to ask for forgiveness and for help. I contacted my mother and she told me that she could not help me but God can. She told me about Teen Challenge, and said I would have to complete Teen Challenge if I ever wanted to be part of the family again.
I entered San Diego Teen Challenge on March 13, 2008, almost immediately God began to touch my heart. I transferred to Riverside Teen Challenge where God continued to work in my life and restore everything that I once lost. God also blessed me with a great opportunity to work in the accounting department there in Riverside as a student for seven months, in which I also continued working as an intern in the office for an additional four months. In addition to working in administration, I also participated in the juvenile hall ministry weekly, to give five minute devotions of Christ"s love and a word of encouragement. I graduated my internship and the complete Teen Challenge Program in August 2009, God had brought my life out from the pit of hell and sat my feet upon a foundation that would be shaken and tested to the point of affliction and death just four months later that would teach me the value of life and would change the rest of my life forever.
Four months after graduating on January 23, 2010 I received word that my best friend or “sister” Telassie Dague had been killed with her best friend Renee Hardee in a dui accident in La Verne, California coming home from a birthday party that she invited me to attend with her. I decided to make other plans, little did I know that it was Gods hand that kept me alive. Satan used this incident to worm his way into my head and heart and filled me with guilt and shame for not being the designated driver or being there for her to make sure she made it home safely. I was charged with the burden of telling all her friends that she had died, and to inform them of the vigil and the memorial service. I was crushed and ran straight back to the hell I had been delivered from. I found meth again and began to use again as I prepared the memorial video and eulogy for their funerals.

On February 1, 2010, just a week later I received word that my grandmother had passed away. In addition, exactly two years of my date of entry into Teen Challenge on March 13, 2010, Larry Hampsten a graduate of Teen Challenge, my best friend throughout the program had been hit by a train and was killed. After Larry"s death I had no foundation left, no love, just anger towards God. I felt victimized, lost, and depressed. Anguish and sorrow filled my life and made a hole that not even meth could numb. I only got deeper and deeper into my addiction to try and numb the pain. A few months later after Larry"s funeral, I began to sell and distribute meth to be “cool” and gain “friends,” to try and take my mind off their death and my failure as a son, friend, and follower of Christ.
In May 2011 I picked up a controlled substance for sale charge that I ran from for a year that had a warrant out for me. In March 2012 I finally got picked up for the warrant the day before I was going to move to Lake Havasu, Arizona to live with my parents to try and live a sober life. Being incarcerated finally gave me the time to focus enough to pick up a Bible again for the first time in years. I called my father to tell him I was incarcerated and he told me that he would never forgive me for letting him down once again and that I am as good as dead to him. My father passed away on March 22, 2012 just 4 days after my phone call with him. God blessed with a release from jail in time to attend his funeral. The shame and guilt just grew. I transferred probation to Lake Havasu, Az to live with my mom. I thought I could just relocate and forget about the drug that has been latched to me for almost 10 years. I couldn"t escape the meth or emotional issues that were rapidly destroying everything I ever was or was going to be.
However, it didn"t matter how angry I was with God and how much I denied His love for me, God always kept me safe from those who wanted to hurt me, more then that he kept me from harming myself during suicidal times. In June 2013 I finally realized I cant escape my past, I can"t live in happiness ever without finding God and the joy that He once gave me. I was utterly lost in my own head and had nothing to look forward too. God gave me a revelation that there is a reason why I have gone through so much pain and affliction.

On June 20, 2013, I entered Orange County Teen Challenge for restoration. I came back with a open heart and will to find God"s love and peace that I once had. Since being here in OCTC I"ve gained a whole new outlook and desire to have a intimate relationship with Jesus. My attitude and relationship with Jesus has grown substantially beyond what I gained when I went through Teen Challenge the first time. God blessed me with the position of front desk receptionist. Working the front lines with those who are struggling and need help has really pushed me into realizing my calling to attend TCMI. I want to be used by God to lead those who are in darkness, into the light and hope of God"s love and mercy. I want to make a difference in my life as well as others with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, TCMI curriculum, and the Godly counsel at TCMI. God has revealed to me that only His grace, mercy and love can pull me out of the arms of the devil. I never had the power to do it on my own. I"m excited to see what God will reveal to me for my future, and will be praying for a future right here at Orange County Teen Challenge along side the men

Thank You Everybody For Your Support,

Jason P

Isaiah 42:6-7 “I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.”

Isaiah 38:17-“Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish. In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction. You have put all my sins behind your back.”

Ecclesiastes 7:13-14- “Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what he has made crooked? When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore no one can discover anything about their future.”

This Story of Hope was created in celebration of recovery and to let families know that there are pathways to hope and healing. The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is the only nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families who are struggling with their son or daughter's substance use. Please consider sharing this page so that families know where to turn to for help, and that there is always hope.

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