Troy’s Story

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But, the greatest thing of all was the change that was going on inside of me!

Troy’s Testimony

From the files of New Life Prison Ministries

Most of my life has been spent living on the inside of institutions across Canada. Abandoned as a young child I was placed into foster homes. I was a subjected to physical, mental and sexual abuse in these homes and I quickly found myself living on the streets.

The streets seemed safer than most of the homes in which I had lived. By the age of thirteen, I was committing crimes to support an addiction and I jumped into my first gang. From that point on, I would spend the next 27 years of my life behind bars with little time on the outside. I was filled with anger and abandonment. The gang welcomed me (as did the prison) so I felt like “I belonged”.

In 2006, while I was drinking, I was involved in a serious bar fight. I woke up the next morning not remembering what happened until a police detective came and arrested me for attempt murder. The next couple of weeks were a fog.  I couldn’t remember what I had done. My girlfriend was 3 months pregnant with our son and I was looking at 10-15 years in prison. I began to think of my son’s life without me, just as I had grown up without my father.

I had given my heart to Christ a couple years prior, but never really felt that I deserved forgiveness or the love the Bible talked about. Why would God love someone like me? I was a street thug, a liar and a thief.

But, the greatest thing of all was the change that was going on inside of me!

I knew I needed to make a change if I ever wanted to see my son again. So, I got down on my knees in my cell and I asked God to help me.  I asked him to save me from myself and help me to be the father that I aspired to be. The Chaplin came by that week with some bible study courses and I asked him if I could start a bible study? He smiled at me and said, “sure son, they are free to whomever wants to know God’s word” and handed me my first bible study from NLPM.

I struggled to get through my first lesson and what I thought the bible was saying – but I sent off my answers to the NLPM office to be marked. To my surprise, I received a short note in return from my new instructor, encouraging me and commending me for completing my first lesson.  And so, I did another lesson and many more. While serving the remainder of my sentence, I continued to complete each and every lesson sent my way – all the while building a relationship with the Lord through His word.

For the first time in as long as I can remember, I felt hope! I felt like I was given the chance to get out, live a regular life, be a father to my son and be free for the first time in my life.

In 2009, I was paroled and today I am a leader in the church that I attend.  My son is now 11 years old and I have been instrumental in his life since my release.

Recently I was able to reconnect with my NLPM mentor, Robert.  He remembered who I was and also my son’s name. I left the reunion with Robert knowing that so many volunteers and mentors at NLPM give of their time to help other inmates, just like me.  And they do it for one reason – “to continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering” Heb 13:3

Your circumstances of today do not dictate your destiny and future. Fifteen years ago, when I first asked Jesus into my life I did not see a future.  But today I’m glad to say, that “nothing is impossible with God!”