I began experimenting with drugs in my teens. By the time I was in my early 20's I was in full blown addiction to heroin trying to numb the emotional pain and satisfy the physical cravings that develop from long term opiate use. I started committing crimes to obtain money to purchase drugs, which led to multiple incarcerations. It was during one of these incarcerations that I reluctantly decided to attend the Free Indeed church service ministered by Pastor Theresa, more to escape the monotony of prison life than anything else. Although I had been raised in church and knew the Word of God, I had strayed far from Him and wasn't in any hurry to return to my Christian life.
The message from God that night made an impact on my life and for the next few years I thought of the experience of that service. I can absolutely say that if it were not for His Amazing Grace, I would not be here today. Today I am free from heroin, alcohol and marijuana. God has restored me back with my family, I am part of a great church(Honey Rock), gainfully employed, a volunteer with Free Indeed Ministries and have a heart to serve other women coming out of life challenging situations. I was once an heroin addict but I've always been a child of God. He left the 99 to bring me home and He'll do the same for you.
Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Update March 2022: After 16 years of living in bondage to drugs, jail and prison Shanika is celebrating 8 years free from drugs and incarceration.
All things are possible with God!
"I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13).
I am a college graduate with a degree in Nursing. I developed an addiction to painkillers after several surgeries. My addiction escalated to methamphetamine's, and I found myself in and out of jail, which led to prison. While in a prison cell I looked on the wall and there was written the scripture,
Who the Son sets Free is Free Indeed!
That evening I attended Free Indeed church service and that night I gave my life to Christ. I was released four months later. I have been reunited with my family, have my voting rights reinstated, completed my parole with no incidents, a faithful member of a great church and a volunteer with Free Indeed Ministries!
The testimonies above are testimonies of women who have come forth with a new life as a manifestation of the redemptive love of God ministered through our Women's Prison Re-entry ministry. We have witnessed many women, who have had multiple incarcerations, come out of prison and go on to live a life of freedom overcoming substance abuse, Domestic violence, sex trafficking, mental disorders, and their past! These precious women are no longer looking downward but are looking upward to a bright future.