I grew up in Bolosse. My parents never got along, they were always arguing and my father had to made all kinds of bad deals to take care of us. When I was 11 he was put into prison for 3 years, this was a punishment on my whole family. I could no longer go to school; people in the neighborhood pointed at us, made fun of us and humiliated us. When he was released my dad promised that he would never return to his old life, but months passed without him finding a job and he started doing bad deals again.
In February of 2014, my father was shot and killed. It caused me great pain. I saw my father as a failure, he destroyed our lives and left us no inheritance, it was difficult to even eat. I began to use drugs and alcohol and sought happiness in all kinds of sexual pleasures. I was trying to fill the void inside of me, and creating even more pain for my mother. I quit visiting her so I would not see her cry any more.
I was now the failure, I thought I was nothing, but I called on God to help me.
A friend told me about Haiti Teen Challenge and I signed up for the program. It was really difficult at first, but I learned how much God valued me and I asked him to be my Lord and my Savior. From that moment I felt liberated, God took me out of the prison I was living in. I was no longer afraid and I lost my desire for alcohol and drugs.
I couldn't have imagined that my life could be different from my father's. I just graduated with the Promotion 11 class. I am getting closer to God, I trust him, and I pray regularly now. A verse that comforts me is: Galatians 2:20, "I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loves me and gave himself for me."
When I go home to my community I want to be a light. Bolosse is a really, really dark place, I want to bring light. People love rap music and I want to use rap to bring glory to God. People may laugh at me, but I cannot wait to share Jesus. Jesus changes lives.
Thank you. God bless you!
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