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Shannon L.

My name is Shannon, I am 41 years old and a heroin addict. I was born in Marietta, GA. I had a good childhood and was raised well. At age 11, my parents divorced. 10 years later at the age of 19, my mother died. Already estranged from my father, I was already feeling abandonment issues. When my mother passed, I felt really alone in this world. So, I decided it was me against the world and started experimenting with drugs. They seemed to take all the pain away and allowed me to keep on living. I was in denial, I was slowly dying. I was stubborn and rebellious and was going to live my life the way I wanted to live my life. I have been living this way for 20 years and I am tired. The Lord has done for me what I could not do myself. He is helping me set right what was defective and to lift my bondage. I walked into the doors of Shining Light Ministries surrendered, willing and accepting of who I was and what I had become. Through the Lord’s grace I have been able to renew my mind. Through the MRT Therapy, 12 Step Program, and Matrix I have been able to walk out of my self imprisonment. I am so grateful for the Shining Light Ministries program and Teresa Bestwick. Jeremiah 29 speaks to me and promises “Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into. I will come to you and full fill my gracious promise to bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. To give you a hope and a future. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you declares the Lord, and will bring you back from captivity. And I will bring you back from the place in which I carried you into exile.”

There are no words to express my gratitude for what Shining Light Ministries program has done for me. Today I walk tall and with a hope for my future.

Special Thanks to Judge Collier, Mary Lorton and family, and Teresa Bestwick.