My name is Trevor. I’m currently serving time for impaired driving.
As a kid, I never felt like I belonged. My mom and I were physically abused by my stepfather. I used to pee my pants when I was little, and my stepfather made fun of me and had me sit on the toilet for hours. He mocked me in front of his friends, and kids teased me and beat me up. I was sent to live with my aunt, in Toronto. Moving to the city, I lost my native language, and my identity.
After three years, my mom finally got me back, but the teasing continued. Now, they called me an “apple”: red on the outside, and white on the inside. I made my way through institutions, from young offenders to correctional centres, to “the Pen” (Penitentiary).
I was in the Pen for 13 years. When I finally got out, I found a good-paying job, and helped my elderly mother with her bills. It looked like I was doing good, but I just had everyone fooled.
I was drinking a lot—too much. All of a sudden, nobody wanted to be around me: I was broke and at times didn’t even have a place to sleep. I went days without changing my clothes, and drank anything that came my way. Then I was arrested for impaired driving.
Now I’m back in the Pen. But instead of that being the end of my story, it’s just the beginning.
Since I’ve been incarcerated, I’ve completed a Bible study, and received my very own Bible. I put my name in it. I learned that Jesus died for ME! I now believe in Jesus Christ, and I promise that I will learn as much as I can about Him. I want to tell my story so other people can see how the Holy Spirit is working in my life, even in jail.
I have no support in the community I came from, but because of Jesus I don’t feel alone or abandoned. I truly believe the Holy Spirit wants me to share my story right here in prison, and help other people by sharing how the Lord has helped me. For the first time in my life, I feel peace and purpose.
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