overcome drug addiction, self love

From Gang Life to Jesus!

Say Hello to Ms. Ceci!

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Precious Testimonies #407

Ceci was the only child, born 10 years into her parents’ marriage. Around the age of 11 years old she started experimenting with marijuana and alcohol. In high school she became fascinated with gangs and fighting. At the tender age of 13, Ceci joined a gang and started a romantic interest with a 19 y/o gang leader.

“I liked fighting”

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Ceci went head first into the gang lifestyle. She ran away with her boyfriend and started using heroin before the age of 14. By the time Ceci was 16, she was strung out on heroin and cocaine.

By the age of 19, she was involved in numerous gang fights, robberies, experienced domestic violence and sadly, ganged raped. Things would get a lot worse before they became better for Ceci.

A few years later Ceci exchanged her gang leader boyfriend for a dope dealing husband. In the beginning life was great, with all the money rolling in. They had it all, including the white picket fenced home. This union brought a beautiful baby girl into the world.

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With all the money, happiness seemed to elude the young couple. Eventually they started using heroin and crack cocaine, and the downward spiral continued for Ceci. Her husband became abusive, threatening to kill her and himself.

Sadly, her husband words became true when he drove his car off a 6000-foot cliff, tragically ending his life. This was the beginning of the end for Ceci, she could no longer take life. Ceci relinquished custody of her daughter to her parents and went into an abyss of drugs and street life.

“I am a person too”single butterfly

One day Ceci found herself on the other end of a knife as she attempted to rob a man. She was stabbed numerous times, as she managed to flee her would be killer. During this horrific attack, it had occurred to her that she had value.

But one day…single butterfly

It had been over a week since her last shower, she was disheveled and out of control. Ceci was approached by a group of people who offered her prayer. This group of individuals expressed love and empathy, offering food and housing resources. From this moment, her life would change forever!

“I was told I was a Princess”

2 Corinthians 5:17

“Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new”single butterfly

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Today Ceci is a new creature, she became saved and started giving back to the community! Ceci works in the Spanish Ministry of her church, volunteer at the women prison and works with the youth as a substitute teacher! Ceci’s relationships has been restored, glory be to God!

 

Can you relate to this story? Take a chance on change, let God transform from this inside out. You have value and was born with a purpose. It’s time to get free, transform into that beautiful butterfly you were created to be!

Watch Ceci’s testimony video on You Tube, start at 42:46

 

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