“Growing up I dealt with loneliness and anxiety which eventually lead to depression, anorexia, and self harming. One day I was in class and I had gotten really hot so I took my jacket off and tried to hide my arms. My teacher noticed, called the guidance counselor, and made me go talk to her. When I went into the guidance counselor’s office two police officers were waiting for me. They escorted me to a treatment facility where I underwent counseling and entered the foster care system. While being in foster care I began to have issues with God. My foster parents would go to church on Sundays, but during the week would not show it. They would constantly put me down and make fun of me. I began to curse God. I hated Him. I believed that if He truly existed, He wouldn’t have let all of these things happen to me.
After running away from a foster home, I was taken to a children’s home where I started to do a lot better. It was an open campus, the president of the home took me in and made me realize that I could be whatever I set my mind to. So while there I got back into school and graduated two years early. I was accepted into college on my own at 17, and with the help of some very loving people I was able to purchase books, food, and clothing."
"Last year I ended up in an abusive relationship. I went downhill fast, my GPA dropped, and I was evicted from my home. Life was at a low point until I met Rachel and Tyler who attend The Creek Church. They helped me get my life back on track. They taught me about God and show me everyday what a real Christian is supposed to look like. Ever since December, I have been attending The Creek and learning that God is amazing. He puts you through things like my story to get you to a place where you need to be. Every struggle has a meaning behind it and it’s all God working for you without you ever realizing it. That is truly amazing. Thanks to Rachel, Tyler, and The Creek I have found a new love for Christ. I’m glad that The Creek is so welcoming and fun. If it hadn't been, I don’t know where I would be right now.
Everyone Can Reach Someone."