Hello, my name is Oliver. When my dad retired from the army, we moved into a residential neighborhood. Trying to make new friends at 14, I began smoking cigarettes, pot, and drinking beer. By the time I was 18, I had gone to juvenile hall for residential burglary. I continued in this lifestyle. I believe God brought Georgia into my life to slow me down. We dated for a year before we married. We had a baby boy soon after. One day my wife and son died in a car accident. For years I tried to drown my sorrows with drinking. God sent me a Christian friend who told me about Teen Challenge. I was so addicted to alcohol that I was rushed to a hospital where I was able to detox. I asked a nurse for a Bible. As I began reading the Gospel, all my shakes, sweats, and hallucinations disappeared. God’s word says in 2nd Corinthians 5:17 “They that are in Christ are a new creation, the past is gone, behold all has become new.” I thank Jesus for new beginnings and know if I continue to follow Christ, joy and happiness will be upon my heart. Amen!