Drug raid that led to faith
Drug raid that led to faith
My house was raided by police on 10 February 2018. It was a rude awakening from a 16-year stint in and out of drug abuse.
I was addicted to smoking the drug ice, an addiction unknown to anyone in my family until the police raid. They actually raided my mother’s house because I was living in the shed.
My life had become that bad. When I woke up the next morning in a prison cell I was gobsmacked. Heartbroken.
I just thought about my mum’s heart, whether it was still beating, because I knew what it would have done to her. I would not be here without my mother.
She’s still kept that door open for me after her home was raided and the embarrassment of that. That feeling I had that morning in the cell, it was gut-wrenching.
And then I realised that I’d been caught, and the time had come to learn the really hard part of living, so that I wouldn’t do this ever again. It was time to change.
Brian Rennie, a Salvation Army court chaplain, was my godsend. I came into contact with Brian at the courthouse on one of my court dates (I eventually received a suspended sentence).
My solicitor suggested that I see him and do the Positive Lifestyle Program (PLP), run by The Salvation Army.
Brian opened doors that I didn’t think could open; he showed me things about myself I didn’t know existed. I left every PLP session with a new tool that I could understand, that I could apply and that I was ready to use. I still use every module, every day.
The program has changed my way of thinking. And Brian is a really great facilitator; he’s really understanding. He’s put up with me, from being a rude drug addict at the beginning, to what I am now. He has seen quite a transformation!
Last Easter, my daughter asked me where the Easter Bunny came from. I said, “I don’t know.” So I asked my mum if we could go to church at Easter because I really wanted to answer that question correctly. My daughter just loved it.
It was the first time in a long time that I felt I had a faith. So, it was all for my daughter initially, but in the end, I sort of started to go to church (for myself).
I’ve now made Northlakes Salvation Army my church. I started volunteering at Westlakes Salvation Army Family Store and the local Northlakes Salvation Army in Kids Church and Streetsafe Salvos, a Northlakes initiative in the city of Newcastle.
Northlakes Salvation Army is my ‘home away from home’. I feel really welcomed, not just by Brian but by everyone else. It’s a place of peace for me from my anxiety.
God is working miracles. Brian gave me a Bible ... I really love that Bible; I read it every day, I take it everywhere, I do Bible studies every day just by choice because I now want more and more of God.
It’s a feeling that I can’t get anywhere else – not even from drugs!