This is the story of Kenneth and God's mercy and grace in his life. I was born in Paris, France. My parents divorced when I was a young age. I grew up looking for answers and comfort in all the wrong places...the world. Junior high is when I started rebelling and getting into trouble, suspension after suspension...and after school detention after detention.
I then got into the crowd that leads to destruction, and in doing so my life had been engulfed with chaos and storms. I got into a fight in the 7th grade that led to some very interesting results; the two people that I had called out wanted to have a huge fight with the people I was associated with and the people they were associated with. I told none of my friends of it because I thought it was silly. Well, they all showed up where my friends and I were supposed to meet with various weapons. In the process, they said that my dad drove by (he didn't, he was at work.) and shortly after the police arrived busting people with guns and various weapons. Not long after that, my mother received various life threatening calls as to what these people were to do to us for revenge. We moved. I got in more trouble fighting and then was suspended for half of a year due to being caught with drugs in school. We moved from there and I went through high school at a different school. It was there after graduation that my life took a dramatic turn for the worse. I began drinking alcohol and doing drugs. So much so, that in a 2 month span I lost 50 pounds from cocaine. Needless to say, shortly after my mother learned of my addiction. I felt as if I had no reason to live any longer. I went home and wrote a letter to my family telling them that I loved them and I could no longer take the pain that this life brings. I took a gun and went to a river bank in Texas. It was there on a hot sunny day that I would take my last breath. On that clear sunny day, with blue skies, I knelt down against a tree and lifted the gun up. As I went to pull the trigger the beautiful clear sky cracked with thunder! It was there that I knew there was a living true God. I dropped the gun instantly and there began my recovery from the drugs and alcohol through my new found Savior Jesus Christ. I then got into the Word, which is the Bible, and found the comfort I had always searched for, the peace...the answer. You see I was addicted to drugs, now my addiction is in the King of kings (Jesus Christ). I once was consumed in alcohol but now I am completely consumed in the Lord of lords. It took me almost losing my life to find it and, now that I have Him in my life, it will never be the same. Thank you my BEAUTIFUL SAVIOR, MY KING, MY LORD, MY ROCK, MY HEALER, MY REDEEMER, MY FORTRESS, MY JOY, AND MY ALL IN ALL FOREVERMORE...JESUS CHRIST MY LORD AND SAVIOR. Kenneth Charleston, West Virginia