My name is Robyn, I am 24 years old. I grew up in a very loving Christian home, my father was a preacher until the year I turned 15 and that was the year everything seemed to fall apart. My parents ended up getting divorced and after that my father was gone. I had a void I no longer allowed God to fill and decided to believe there was no God. I began to fill that void with men and drugs which graduated to a full blown IV user with methamphetamine. I not only lost everything I had, but most importantly, I lost who God created me to be.
From sleeping in my car, to sleeping in strangers’ homes I became comfortable in the discomfort. I stole, I lied, I cheated and turned into a person I never imagined I could be. I lost my self-worth in an abusive relationship, being locked in his car high while he was at work, spat on, abused and then forced into human trafficking to support our addiction. Because of the choices I made, I was facing seven years of prison time. I had two felonies and two misdemeanors, but God…
God showed me true grace and mercy which led me to Teen Challenge Women’s Ministries on March 21st, 2016. Since then God has opened so many doors I never knew were possible to open. From that moment forward I was surrounded by people who truly loved me and who could see something in me that I could not.
In the seventh month in my program, God dismissed all my charges so I could have a clean record (1 Corinthians 5:17) and I am currently going on four years clean and sober! God has opened my eyes to truly know Him and He is the only one that satisfies my soul! I am no longer looking for a man to fill that void but I’m now chasing fervently after God’s own heart.
The Lord has given me the desires of my heart by allowing me to stay on with Teen Challenge Women’s Ministries. Through my program I stood on Acts 16:31 which states, “If you are saved, you and your household will be saved” and because of this, God has saved my family. God has since opened the doors for my mother to enter the program while at the same time the relationship between my father and I has been restored! I am reminded daily of 1 Corinthians 15:10 which says, “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace towards me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me.” It is not in my own strength that I have come so far, but only in God’s strength I am where I am today and I know this is just the beginning!