A story of finding god within the darkness.

One day I went to the end of my bed, and I got on my knees, and I cried out to a god that I had never prayed to before - for Him to save me, to save me from the life of hell that I had created for myself. I couldn’t do it on my own.

Growing up I had only been to church a handful of times. I just hung out with the wrong crowd, and when I was 21 I entered into a relationship where I was abused emotionally, physically, and sexually. A few months later, I ended up being trafficked in Houston for several months. I was completely lost, and empty, and alone. I didn't know where to turn to. It was some of the darkest days of my life.

One day I called a drug dealer because all I felt was emptiness and sorrow, and I didn't even really want to live anymore. He asked me, "Well, are you a Christian?" And I realized I didn't know the answer. So over the next couple of days, I realized that I didn't want to live a life in darkness - that I wanted to live a life in the light - not even really knowing what that meant.

One day I went to the end of my bed, and I got on my knees, and I cried out to a god that I had never prayed to before - for Him to save me, to save me from the life of hell that I had created for myself. I couldn't do it on my own. I felt instantly complete. I didn't have this emptiness anymore that I had to try to fill with relationships or substances. I didn't have to live for this world anymore. I could live with the hopes of eternity in Christ.

And after being saved, there’s just no looking back. He gives my life purpose - He gives me everything to live for.

Within hours of praying that prayer, God provided a way for me to be rescued from that situation, and that's when I found Church Project. Every Sunday God was speaking into my heart, pouring into my soul. I felt like I was where I belonged. God has changed me and redeemed me so much to the point of where I don't even know how to relate to my old self. It was like until I surrendered and prayed that prayer, I didn't know that there was power in the name of Jesus. And after being saved, there's just no looking back. He gives my life purpose - He gives me everything to live for.


PRODUCTION CREDITS

 

AARON THARPE, FILM LAB CREATIVE

JOEY MATTHEWS, FILM LAB CREATIVE

PRODUCERS/EDITORS

 

Taylor Torres

PHOTOGRAPHY

 

brandie patsis

WRITER