This was the letter I wrote when I was just graduating from Centrall MNTC in 04/2013
Dear Danno & Chuck,
Hey guy’s long time no see, or hear. Sorry about that but I have been kind of restricted when it comes to communication. In case you did not realize it has been 13 months since I left for Adult & Teen Challenge in Brainerd, MN and I wanted to touch base to let you both know how things have been and “what’s up” for the immediate future.
I guess I will start by telling you both of one small miracle that has happened since being here. I have been sober since 3/10/12, for the first time in over 26 years I am free of alcohol, tobacco, & drugs. As you both know I have struggled with these demons for many years. I was never able to “break the chains” through traditional methods or by my own will power. So after losing everything and everyone in my life I found myself absolutely broken, lost and hopeless. There was no reason in this world that I should have even been still alive, but I know now that one reason was God. Through my Dad seeing the Teen Challenge choir at Church, e-mailing me about it, and then to have something burning inside of me telling me to walk several miles to the Ellsworth public library and check something that I never checked was nothing short of a miracle! I gave my life back to Christ in a baptismal service last Good Friday (4/6/12). Since this spiritual rebirth, the Lord has been restoring not only my family but my mind and health. I have always, and will always consider you both my family and want to restore our friendships as well. I want to thank you “brothers” for all of your love, support, and help throughout my life. I also wanted to apologize for all of the things that I have done to make you angry or things I did not do because was wasted or just gone.
I have had God open many doors for me to walk through and continue to serve him here in Brainerd. I will be graduating Thursday April 6th at 6:00 pm here at the Central MN Adult & Teen Challenge Center. There is a ceremony where each graduate will speak, with a small reception to follow. After Graduation I will be moving not too far from here to share a home with a few other past graduates. I have some part time work lined up and I am networking with a few close friends that are helping me towards a new career path. I have become a part of an awesome Church and have made many great friends. One thing that I have also been involved with is working as an intern here at Teen Challenge. Every year we have a huge fishing event called MN Fishing Challenge. This is a fishing contest that all proceeds will benefit Adult & Teen Challenge who rely on private donations for funding because of the “faith based” nature of the program.
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