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Gunshots were fired into my parents' bedroom.

Evie

As the school year progressed I became deeper and deeper involved in the knowledge of gang life, and eventually made a decision to get ”Jumped in” to a gang, which means you get beaten for about one minute as an initiation ri...

Shacked up at 14, but now we lead marriage classes.

Rachel

"I was raised in the church. But through my teenage years, I got a little wild and did things I shouldn’t have done."

An abused boy must prove his sexual manhood.

Joe R.

I had gotten so far down I was eating out of a garbage can. A pastor came to the campsite where I was living and said, ‘Would you like to go to church today?’ I said, “Well, not particularly, not really.” When he said, “We're...

From poverty, near abortion and death, to dreams and miracles.

Ishmael

Her grandmother threw her out. She lived in a little 16‘x9’ shack by the roadside. I was born in that little shack.

Would do anything for approval.

Hannah

I didn’t know if God loved me. I was just so desperate. I started to try to find my identity in relationships with guys.

Shot up meth as a 16-year-old mother. Now I’m sober.

Ashley

I was sixteen when I got pregnant, at the end of my ninth grade year. I met Cory who ended up being my daughter’s father. I quit hanging out with all my friends on the cheer leading team, and started hanging out with his frie...

Baseball All-Star, girlfriend with benefits. Life seemed perfect.

Andrew

"She went to the doctor for a sports physical. While there she was asked if she was sexually active. She said; “Yes.” She panicked and froze. Stuff hit the fan."

Chased by a narcotics agent. Caught by God.

Bob Lubell

"I got into buying drugs from the mafia in New York and selling drugs on college campuses. Just raising all the hell that I could at a young age."

He loved me through the sexual abuse—then suddenly died.

Kim

One day he brought a friend with him to also have sex with me. I then realized he didn’t love me. He just thought he could use me and get sex from me.

He was 60. I was 14.

Cheryl

"I started to understand that was the void I was trying to fill is that I didn’t have Him in my life."