Wesley was born to a mother who was addicted to drugs. Not able to care for him properly, she placed him in an adoption home, and he was adopted by very loving Christian parents. He was raised in church and sent to a Christian school, but he remembers that, even at a young age, he was filled with a lot of rage.
“When my parents tried to punish me, I would yell, ‘You don’t have the right to spank me. You’re not my real parents!’”
By the time he was in junior high school, Wesley started smoking and drinking and found himself running away from the Lord. At 14, he went to a revival and felt that God was calling him to preach. Accepting this calling, he spent the next two years learning to walk with the Lord.
But when Wesley turned 16, he started playing sports, but got in with the wrong crowd and started smoking and drinking once again. He found a job, but some of his new friends at work introduced him to pain pills, and he became addicted. In exchange for getting his drugs for free, Wesley became involved with transporting illegal drugs. He later got arrested and faced serving time in prison. Wesley’s life was completely out of control.
“I felt that I couldn’t live without drugs. My first week in jail, I felt relief. It seemed like a way out.”
Wesley was eligible for drug court and, after 18 months, his record was expunged. During that time, he met Mary. The two married and had a son together. Wesley got a high-paying job that required a lot of travel. Left to his own devices, he began taking pain pills once again. Eventually, the pills led to harder drugs, and Wesley was introduced to crystal meth.
“All I cared about was meth. One day, I grabbed Mary and threw her to the ground in front of our son. That was the final straw. I came home to an empty house and didn’t know where they were.”
After losing his family’s respect and trust, Wesley was out on the streets.
“I felt dead. I wanted to die. I prayed to God and said, ‘If there is a better life than this, I want it. If you can forgive me and use me again, I want that too.’ This time, I knew I wanted something different.”
Wesley called Mary for help, and she took him to the Mobile Rescue Mission. The Mission was exactly what he needed.
“I have been holding on to God. It is intense, in depth, and every day there is more discipleship. I can’t afford to get lax, and they will not let me. I am learning so much at the Mission, and I have a desire to preach again.”
Wesley is thankful to the Mission and to God for putting his family back together.
“I know I am not still here because I’m special but because God is special. He loves with an everlasting love. The Lord has allowed me to live for a reason. Maybe I can help other people now. I am going to spend the rest of my life serving God and taking care of my family.”