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Elsa’s Story,
My life growing up was dysfunctional. My parents divorced when I was 9 years old. My older brothers were
heroin addicts. Growing up my brother and I (we are 1 ½ years apart) saw the entire drug scene. It was a
difficult time in life.
At the age of 13 I became sexually active. I had my first son at 15. I didn’t know it was wrong. I lived with my children’s dad in a horrible relation. He was much older than me and abused me physically and mentally. He
even hit me when I was pregnant. I had three more kids with him and then left. At the age of 19 I started
doing drugs. From the age of 19 till 30 I continued using drugs, it got to the point where it couldn’t have
gotten worse in my life; probably the only thing worse would have been death.
My life was miserable, I felt like I had no purpose in life and I didn’t want to live anymore. I was suicidal and felt trapped I was a slave to drugs and my past. I wanted to quit and had the desire to do so but I couldn’t, because mentally and physically it was very hard. There was something inside of me that wanted so bad to have a better life.
The lowest point in my life came when I had lost my job and I realized my children were heading in the wrong direction like me and it was my fault. I wasn’t the best example as a mother for them.
I truly believe God had it all planed out for my family. I was introduced to God by a friend of mine. I went to church one day with her hopeless and depressed and not knowing how I was going to get out of the hole that I had placed myself into. The preacher was talking about people who are tired and need a change in their lives and he gave an invitation for those wanting change to come forward. I walked to the front altar of the church
and I remember saying God if you are there and if you can help me, here I am and I need you! And that was it for me, my life changed in that very instant. God cleansed my body I stopped the drug use from one day to another. I didn’t go through any withdrawals and I have now been clean since 2002, not once have I relapsed. It’s amazing what God does.
My life now has meaning and purpose. I cannot compare my life now to the way it was before. I am not
saying my life is now perfect, but I do say this is the best time of my life. I now have hope, love, joy, and above
all God. My husband and children are all saved and we serve the Lord as a family, we are blessed.
Elsa,
Escondido, California