I will lift my eyes to the hills, From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 121 v 1-2.
The Teen Challenge Bus will be in Renfrew on Wednesday nights on Paisley Road opposite the victoria bar between 7pm and 9pm.
Tea, coffee and a selection of cakes and savorys are available for free. Come along and meet the team. We are here to listen, pray and offer advice to all caught in addiction. There is a better way. Come and meet with people whose lives have been changed miraculously. Come and take the first steps to a new life of freedom and hope found only in God through Jesus Christ.
I was born in Fraserburgh and brought up in the nearby village of Sandhaven for the first nine years of my life. I enjoyed a happy childhood with good parents, who both worked extremely hard to raise my two sisters and I.
When an opportunity came up for my Dad to secure a better-paid job, we all moved south to a place called Irvine, which was exciting but also scary at the same time.
When I was around 14 I started to smoke cigarettes, before – at the age of 16 – I moved onto smoking cannabis.
Things in my life began to spiral out of control and when I was 26, and my daughter Shannon was just 3-years-old, I ended up in prison after getting caught with a significant amount of cannabis, which I was selling to fund a cocaine and temazepam addiction.
It was whilst I was in jail, that I was first introduced to heroin.
One day, when I was going through a really tough time, I saw someone take the drug and decided to try it myself.
To be honest, I thought it was great because all my worries seemed to instantly disappear.
Then, when I got out of prison in October 1999 I quickly became a full-blown heroin addict. My life was a complete shambles. At one point I nearly lost a leg and had to get an operation to cut an infected lump out of my chest after I was kicked in a fight.
Thankfully though, while I was in hospital my sister Denise got talking to a Christian who pointed her in the direction of Teen Challenge Sunnybrae.
My Mum and Denise wasted no time in getting me to contact Sunnybrae and I was quickly interviewed by the centre manager, Gordon Cruden, who painted a grim picture of life there (which I later learned was to test me and see how much I wanted the programme).
I was so sick and tired of being sick and tired I knew I needed to do something – or I would be dead soon.
On the November 17, 2003, I entered the Teen Challenge programme a broken man, physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Although I found it very difficult to change at first, as I couldn’t get my head around Christianity, I found myself being drawn towards Jesus.
I could see Him at work in the people around me and I wanted what they had so, in February 2004, I gave my life to the Lord.
Since then, I have been completely transformed from a lying, stealing, cheating heroin addict into a loving father, devoted husband and dedicated disciple of Christ.
I now have a full time job in Teen Challenge and have been blessed with wonderful relationships with my daughter Shannon, and my beautiful wife Lindsay, who I got married to in August 2008.