There came a time in my life when I started to feel a huge amount of guilt for all of the things I had done. I can’t explain it—I just felt ashamed, dirty and overwhelmed by life. I had recently gotten expelled from high school for selling drugs and I was heavily addicted to cigarettes and porn. I wanted to change so I began to read self-help books. I also did a 12-step program and I started seeing a little progress, but it wasn't enough.

One day, I was on the train headed t...o work, and a woman started to preach about Jesus. People preach all the time on the train, but with her, I noticed something different. She was alive and energetic—like she really believed everything she was saying. It made such an impression on me that I thought about her all day at work. When I got home that night, I started to cry. I said, "God I need you." I didn’t know how, but I knew He heard my prayer. I felt his presence. I asked him to live inside me, and he did. Jesus changed my life. And since that day, there has never been a moment of doubt that He is real.


I was one of nine children my mom raised as a single parent. Growing up, I moved around so often that I felt like I had nothing to call my own. In the 9th grade, I dropped out of school to provide for my girlfriend and our unborn child; but I later found out that she secretly had an abortion. I felt so betrayed, and I became extremely depressed.

This sounds crazy, but I was actually inspired to pray to God after watching a sitcom on TV. I saw one of the characters praying bes...ide her bed, and I felt led to pray too. I didn't really understand what I was doing, but I woke up the next day feeling completely different. I had a sense of hope that I couldn’t explain. When I started going to church, I learned that it was Jesus who had saved me. I began to understand that God loves me. He's changed me so much since I gave my life to him. I got my GED and graduated from bible school. It just blows my mind. I can't wait to see what God will do in my life next.



I was extremely rebellious as a teenager. When my parents ran out of options, they sent me to live with my aunt. One night while she was sleeping, I watched an adult movie. Overcome with a huge sense of failure, I turned it off, walked outside and sat down on a highway overpass. It was close to midnight. As I sat watching these 18-wheelers drive down the freeway one by one, this voice in my head told me to jump.

For some reason, I didn’t have the courage to jump that night. ...A few months later, I was sent to a juvenile center. While I was alone in my room, a thought hit me: you’re going nowhere in life, and you've hurt everyone you love. I got down on my knees and said, “God, if you’re real, make something happen out of my life.” From that point on, I began changing. God gave me the power to do what was right. He took my brokenness, healed me and fixed my broken relationships.


Robert Grant

A few months after my mom had me, my dad left. A few years later she met my stepdad, who was into idol worshiping and witchcraft. By 9-years-old I was initiated into this religion where I was sacrificing animals. There was no moral code in it and I fell into a lot of things like drug dealing, fights and heavy partying. Sometime later, my mom became a Christian. Everyone in our family cut her off. I told her she was bugged out, and I resented her for it but she kept praying for me. I thank God for her prayers. I never thought an ex-drug dealing, idol worshiper could fall in love with a God named Jesus, but I did. I now know that I have a purpose. And for the first time since like the 8th grade, I’m excited to see what God has in store for my life.


Sue Christie1

Someone shot my older sister while we were both working as prostitutes in the Cass Corridor of Detroit. A year later, she died of a heroin overdose. She was 25 years old. I thought I was going to follow in her footsteps. So shortly after, I took a razor to myself and tried to commit suicide—it didn’t work. I woke up in a hospital bed with big, wide stiches. I didn’t know anything about God, but I remember lying there in bed thinking, “God, if you’re real, and merciful like everyone says you are...why didn’t you just let me die?”

A little later I met this born again Christian who invited me to church. The preacher was a former gang member of one of the biggest gangs in Detroit. I was reluctant to this whole “god thing,” but I couldn’t shake his words. He spoke right to my heart, as if he knew everything about me. I went to the altar and he laid his hands on me. He prayed that Jesus would heal me, give me a new heart and make me a new person. I went home and sat on the edge of my bed because I didn’t feel like kneeling. But with tears in my eyes I said, “God, if you want me…if you can use me at all, here I am.”

Sue Christie is now a Pastor in Detroit, Mi.


I always thought that I had to fight because I had nobody to fight for me. My mom died when I was 15, and my dad was never really in my life. So, I thought that it was me against the world. But after my mom died, my godparents took me in. They’re pastors. They told me that I didn’t have to fight anymore because God Himself died on a cross for me. And they taught me that the only way I should fight was through prayer. I was really confused in life, but I heard God saying— "I will set you free, you just have to say yes to Me."
Once I said yes to God He opened up so many doors. He lead me down the right path and removed my confusion. It was unbelievable. I didn’t have to do anything. So if you feel alone, remember, God is fighting for you.


I had an American dream like everyone else. Mine was to make a better life for me and my family. I was desperate because we struggled so much growing up. My dad tried his best to support us financially, but it was hard. Some nights we couldn’t even fall asleep because we were so hungry. My mom was the only Christian in our family. I used to see her praying to God—and it bothered me. I kept asking her, “why would you believe in something that doesn’t exist?” I just decided it ...was easier not to believe in God.
It’s ironic, because I ended up getting a scholarship to a seminary school in Manhattan. In order to write my papers, I had to read the gospels. I’ve read many books… but these words were not ordinary words –they came to life. I couldn’t resist the love of Jesus. I went to my knees and said, “If you are my savior, forgive me of my sins and come into my heart.”
Some people get saved and then go to seminary… I went to seminary and got saved.


Leslie Cutchen

At age 18, I was a full blown crystal meth addict. At 21, I was on the needle. By the time I was 23, I was manufacturing methamphetamine. I remember sitting in my car in a parking lot thinking "Leslie, is this going to change?" I would beg God not to send me to hell. But I couldn't stop using or sleeping around so I thought —this Jesus isn't going to work out for me. Well, this Jesus put a stop to everything when I landed in jail but it saved my life. I realized Christ's desire to save me was much greater than I could ever imagine. I surrendered everything to Him. I'm so grateful. I spent my 26th birthday locked up but I spent my 27th birthday at Summit International School of Ministry.

Daniel Stephen

As a preacher’s kid, I knew Jesus was the remedy but I didn’t want to go to Him. I was depressed, lonely and empty inside but I still didn’t want to turn to God. By the time I turned 20 I was fed up. I couldn’t find happiness anywhere. I broke down, called my mom and all she said was, “it’s time to come home.” I went home but it took me two years to finally surrender to God – but I did. It was the best decision I ever made. God poured His love on my life and changed absolutely everything.


Earl and I were in a relationship but he was involved in all kinds of things. Drugs, dealings, etc…I wasn’t doing any of that at the time...but I knew about it.
I believe that you can’t co-sign on something that’s not right. If you love Jesus, you either get away from it or something has to change.
Well, something did change. One afternoon, in September 2005, someone ran to my apartment and told me that Earl and our son had been arrested for possession of narcotics. I felt like my whole world crashed before my eyes. But, just five minutes later, the police busted in my door, put a shotgun to my head and arrested me. I was sent to Riker’s for 21 days. It was the most devastating time I’d ever experienced.
When I got out, I had absolutely nothing. A friend of mine brought me to church. Long story short, Jesus met me at the altar. I surrendered my life to Him. God is truly amazing. He is a restorer. My husband and I have been together over 40 years and we’ve enjoyed serving the Lord side by side.