When I arrived at Destiny Haven I was in a very bad way. I was having an extremely hard time managing life and was desperately uncomfortable within myself, I had struggled on and off with drugs, alcohol, and abusive relationships for many years.
At 23 years old, I had basically given up on life before it had even really begun. Following the suicide of my father in late 2018 I reached the point where I couldn’t stop drinking or using drugs on my own and I knew it was going to take a miracle to get me out of the violent and co-dependent relationship that I was in. I felt broken and damaged beyond repair and there are no words for the fear that caused me.
Destiny has taught me that there is a whole different existence available to me if only I will get up and fight for it. God has already won the war, but it’s up to me to play my part in the battles. My life is important. It has purpose and value. I am a walking treasure that can choose more for myself from each thought and action to the bigger life decisions. The most valuable element of the program at Destiny has been the staff examples. The staff live openly in community and their commitment and dedication to God, the program and all they do is evident in their everyday lives. I have seen for myself what a life surrendered to God can achieve and the impact it has on other lives around it.
When I came here everyone, especially Jodie, kept telling me that I was going to have a brand-new life and that kind of annoyed me because I didn’t want a new life. I just wanted to know how to live the life I had been given. I wasn’t actually fully aware of what was holding me captive or in bondage until the education within this program set me free. John 8:36 says, ‘So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.’ I’ve learnt to talk to God about anything and go to Him for everything. Most importantly I’ve been taught to allow Him to talk to me as well as actually listening for and obeying what He says. Living in the environment at Destiny has allowed me to truly centre my life around Him as well as learn to know His voice and heart for me.
Destiny’s program has been an incredible journey and worth every minute; the most challenging, yet best thing I’ve ever done. I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to come here, but I am even more thankful for the privilege that it is to be able to stay on and undergo Internship while I commence my Diploma in Ministry at Morling College.
Thank you, Destiny, for raising me from my tomb, setting my feet upon solid ground, daring me to dream and better yet, teaching me how to pursue those dreams. I am not just a survivor, nor a thriver, I am a warrior!