In the Word of God John 10:10 says "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly." I can remember even from a very young age thirsting to know who I was, what my purpose here in life was. But the world only had empty lies and promises for me. It seemed like I never fit in but so desperately wanted too. At the age of 18 I went to find out what life was about, it was easy to fit in with the drug crowd because the bar was so low to be accepted. But what I didn't know was that it was going to destroy every good thing that I did have. I spent 3 years of my life addicted to marijuana and Crystal Meth and my life came crashing down. From that point I felt "well I guess I have to live life like everyone else." You know the American dream, good job, wife and kids, the house with the white picket fence. So I went out and achieved all of those things (except the white picket fence, you don't see many of those in Arizona.) I worked hard everyday to get more and more of those things that on a daily basis the world tells us we need. My identity was in my spouse, in my job and having nice things. But deep down inside I felt so empty, I knew I was living a lie. And again in a a split moment my life came crashing down with one sentence "Jon I'm miserable in this marriage, your miserable in this marriage and I have found someone else that makes me happy". And the American dream came crashing down for me. I felt so lost, so broken and felt there was no hope in this life. It was pointless, so back to the drugs I went. At least then I could be numb to the hurts and disappointments in life. I just wanted to die. But God's hand was on me and in the darkest moment in my life I called on the name of Jesus. If your real help me!!! And he answered!! In 2002 I entered the Teen Challenge program broken and beat up. But i had nothing to lose, this was my last hope. That year was the best year of my life, everything I was looking for I found in my savior Jesus. Many miracles have happened since then. God placed a vision and purpose in my heart to help those just like my self. I have served here at Teen Challenge for 9 years now. My parents have been saved and live for Jesus. God restored my relationship to my daughter Sydney. She has since been baptized and saved. In 2009 God brought me together with my beautiful wife Katherine and her two kids Jacob and Kayla. And in 2011 our son Luke was born. Living a God centered life has made everything meaningful. I can say truly today that I have abundant life, that i have purpose, that i have a passionate dream and a vision for the lost and I can only give thanks and praise to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
I want to personally thank all of our faithful supporters who have generously partnered with the ministry of Teen Challenge. In many cases addicts have spent all that they have and have burned all their bridges. And it is you who graciously gives them the opportunity to have a changed life. I was one of those individuals. Thank you so much!! My pledge to you is to continue to spend my life serving and training the lost and hopeless. So they too may have Abundant Life