My name is Anthony. At the age of thirteen I started using drugs. Now, I am thirty. When it came to the drug scene I’ve done it all, from weed to pharmaceuticals, and everything in between. To me, at the time, drugs were my savior. I used drugs for everything and would do whatever it took to get them. I’ve been on top of the world and at the bottom of the barrel. I’ve hurt more people than I can count, both physically and emotionally and didn’t care.
Around two years ago I started going these, what I called, “feedings”, near the desert I live in. Yes, I said “live in” because I still live there, which today, in my eyes, is a blessing, let me tell you why. Whenever I would go to these “feedings” theses people would preach the word of God, and out of respect, I would sit there. Not listen, just sit there quietly. Mainly because I was so stoned I couldn’t have listened even if I had wanted to. Then about a year after I started going, my mind started to open up to this “word” and it scared the crap out of me. So, I made up every excuse I could think of not to go. “I wasn’t hungry” when I was starving, and “I shouldn’t go high” when that was exactly the time I needed to go most. Then six months ago I ran out of excuses. I was finally broken, in the most extreme sense of the word, so I went back to the “feedings”. this time I went with an open mind. I tried to go sober as often as my flesh would allow me to. And the Word of God started sinking in a little at a time.
On April 7, 2009 I was reborn and am now on fire for the Lord. Everywhere I go and everyone I talk to, I tell them about the amazing things God is doing in my life. I attend at least five church services a week, most of which are homeless ministries, “feedings”, but now I go to get more of God’s word, and the food is just a nice bonus. I started a bible study in the desert I live in with a guy I know and all are welcome to join us. I have a wonderful woman in my life who was saved right along with me, and was just as broken as I was. We are both on fire for God. Presently I am looking for employment so we can get on our feet but I know that when I find a job I will be just as on fire for God as I am today, if not more.
“Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19
Thank you for reading this and may God bless you as he has so graciously blessed me.