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A Ray of Light

Dearly Beloved,
Grace be unto you and peace from God our father and the lord Jesus Christ. I would like to share with you a true testimony based on a real life event. My name is Johnny Terry, I grew up in Pinson, AL that is where I met my wife and had our three children. I do my very best from day to day to please God, support my family and take care of them. But, I haven’t always been a servant of the lord, a good husband, or a very good father to my children. I started using drugs at an early age in my life. When I first met my wife at the age of twenty-one, I was already battling a drug addiction of about five years, and without God in my life I wasn’t about to stop anytime soon. I got married when I was twenty-two and about four or five years into my marriage and three kids later, my drug addiction became worse and worse, until I finally ended up losing custody of my three children and splitting up with my wife, and still, without God in my life. I became so hopeless, I often thought of just killing myself. So, with no regard for my life or any other life around me I became a very violent and reckless person. At the age of twenty-six, I became so desperate for money to support my drug addiction that I made a decision to go and rob a local arcade at gun point. One month later I got caught, arrested, and charged with first degree armed robbery, and second degree assault. I found myself all alone in a Jefferson County jail cell facing a maximum sentence of 99 years for the crimes that I committed. And still with no God in my life and no way to get the drugs that I needed to feed the demon that I was battling, I became very sick. At that point I attempted suicide by slicing my wrist with a razor. The attempt failed, and it landed me in solitary confinement. For the next three days, I was stripped naked tossed into a rubber cell, where I would be on suicide watch. The officer turned the air up so cold, the second day I came down with pneumonia. The floor in the cell was so cold that it was impossible to sit or lay down so I squatted and shivered for so long that my sides became so sore and my legs became so weak, that I wasn’t able to stand any longer. My lungs felt like they were going to collapse. I had given up all hope of ever getting out or ever seeing my wife and children again. I was sure that I was going to die in that very cell. Then out of nowhere a ray of light began to shine through the tiny window in the jail cell and began hitting the wall on the opposite side of the jail cell. I felt like if I could just get up and into the light that it would warm me up. But I was so weak that I couldn’t stand, then I noticed the sun was shining on the wall lighting up a place where a person who had been there before me had picked out a heart on the rubber wall and inside the heart it said that God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have ever lasting life. When I read these words the spirit of God entered into my body and immediately I received strength and I rose to my feet and moved into the light. For the first time in my life I felt ashamed of the things that I have done and I felt remorse for the people that had hurt along the way. I began to cry out unto a God who had in a moments time made himself so real that there was no denying what was happening to me, and the void in my heart that I had spent all those years trying to fill with drugs and alcohol was now full of the holy spirit of God. From that day forward God did one miracle after another until my life was completely restored. Today me and my wife and children are back together as a family and faithfully serving our Lord Jesus Christ. My wife and I belive in God that he will provide for us a good home to raise our three children and we are also belivin that one day we will have our own ministry talking to children and teens about substance abuse and letting them know that there is hope in Jesus Christ and through him God can change your life the same way he changed ours.

The Bond Servant of Jesus Christ,
Johnny Terry For any comments and encouragement,
please feel free to write me at 9778
Silley Dean Rd. Pinson, Al 35126