Meet Trevor and Krista
Our journey together began a little over 6 years ago. Five of those years we were in bondage to the darkness and corruption of the world, consuming ourselves with drugs, alcohol, violence and deception. Eventually we got to the end of ourselves as well as our relationship, having lost everything. Reluctantly we came to the fact that we needed help. Thats when we found U-Turn For Christ. Here we discovered restoration, forgiveness, and healing through a precious Redeemer, Jesus. Because of the mercies of God we are alive today to share of His amazing grace together as overcomers of sin and addiction.
Ecclesiastes 4: 9-12
Trevor and Krista have now been in the ministry serving for almost 3 years. Since arriving here unmarried and in desperate need of restoration God has healed their relationship and Pastor Gerry has had the privilege of marrying them. Trevor now helps oversee the maintenance department & Krista serves in the U-Turn For Christ Coffee Shop.
Growing up in a good home, with a loving family I have no one to blame for the kind of life I lived before meeting the Lord. My excuse was I was a defiant individual and all I ultimately cared about was my own wants. For too long I lived a violent and selfish life that included gangs, drugs and many years in prison. In 2012 the Lord used a 71 year old lady and her husband to begin to soften my heart and that was the beginning of my walk with the Lord. When I arrived at U-Turn for Christ I was broken and in need of a deeper relationship with the Lord and that is exactly what I found. The Lord broke through in my life in a powerful way and I have found a joy and faith in my God that I never had nor did I think was possible. I am so grateful for my new life in Christ.
Mike has now completed his commitment as an overseer. He is now anticipating on getting married within the year and is employed as a chef with a well know catering company. He is being stretched by the Lord with the support of a local Christian community.
Every day I wake up I am grateful to be alive. To be free from the bondage of my sin. To be a testimony of a broken man coming before the Lord with gratitude for my life. But it hasn’t been without a struggle that I have come to that point. I grew up watching my father beat up my mother and knowing that was wrong but not being able to do anything about it. We moved when I was 7 years old to a gang-infested neighborhood where my only means to survive was to fight and to make money was to sell drugs. My mom provided as best she could but we had nothing extra. As I got older, the partying got harder and the violence became more aggressive. My friends and I would gang bang for violence sake I quickly began serving time in jail followed by prison. My temperament seemed to fit well locked up. I could use my violent nature to gain the respect I thought I needed to sustain me but my life was on course for an early death. Then the Lord, through a series of miracles, put me in a cell with a man who introduced me to Him. That began my journey. Years later I heard of U-Turn for Christ from a man who comes and speaks to the Ranch monthly. Again, through a series of miracles, I came to the Ranch right out of prison and my life has radically changed. I love the Lord for all He has done in my life and believe my life was sparred for a reason and I believe that reason was to tell others about the saving grace of Jesus Christ. U-Turn for Christ is truly a gift from God I will treasure forever.
God uses U-Turn for Christ in my life every day. Before coming here my life characterized by selfish, dishonest and self-centered desires. Today, even though I fall short, my life is improving and my hearts desire is to help others because of the grace I have been shown. I used to live in a world that was p
ainful and destructive to now settling in world that is at peace and content with who I am. I used to sweep in like a tornado leaving wreckage all around me. Today I ask the Lord to use me to help other ‘tornados’ find Him, cause thats what changed me. God used police officers and many years in jail to rescue me from me. I just wanted to die. While locked up I remember falling to my knees and asking God to remove everything and everyone that was blocking me from Him. I also remember that was when I felt the Holy Spirit dwelling within me, and realized was I was sinning against God and Him alone. After that I felt freedom from the bondage of my sin and understood that I am redeemed not condemne
d as I was used to telling myself.
At U-Turn for Christ I am taught obedience and what putting Jesus Christ first in my life really means. I am taught how to have love and compassion for others. I am taught how to ‘die’ to self and serve other women with my whole heart. I am taught how to not be ashamed of my past knowing that God can use my story to help others find Him. Philippians 4:11-13 says, “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength”. Thank you Jesus!
Josie has now been in the ministry for almost 2 years and has been the overseer of the Women’s Ranch for 1 year this July.
I grew up in a family where God was rejected by my parents but embraced by my two sisters and my grandmother, who loved the Lord and really taught me how to pray. But because my parents where the bigger influence on my life well into my 30’s I lived as an atheist who was very lost. It was a normal childhood on many accounts; trips to Disney World were a family favorite. After my parents divorced I began a normal routine of drinking and using with my dad on the weekends. By the age of 15 I was a crystal meth addict. After a suicide attempt my mother had me professionally kidnapped to my first program where I graduated and lived until I was 18. I fell back into drinking at 19 but moved out and had a successful career for 12 years. After losing a number of friends and feeling bitter and resentful I fell deeper into my sin, almost to the point of losing my own life. My family introduced me to U-turn for Christ where I learned about God’s grace and love and that all way required of me was obedience and in doing so I am able to live in His love forever. One day I surrendered my life at the crosses at the Ranch and almost immediately i was hit with a great respect for His Love and Power. Romans 12:1-2 says: “Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
For as long as I can remember, I struggled with a variety of mental health issues; including anxiety, anorexia, ADHD, and manic behavior. Since the age of 12, doctors attempted to diagnose and “fix” me with medication. I was in and out of several secular treatment facilities for much of my life. For years, the world had convinced me that medication was the only thing I needed to be “well”. Just as the doctors would come up with the right combination of meds to “normalize” my behavior, I would become dependent and immune to the effects at the same time. I spent the majority of my time drug-seeking and anticipating that the effects would work but they never did. Although I managed a career and family for over 18 years, the battle with mental illness and prescription medication. My relationships were often volatile and unstable. My self-esteem was based on whatever the world told me, which was usually not good.
In 2014, after a traumatic experience that almost took my life, my family intervened on my behalf and introduced me to U-Turn For Christ. By God’s grace, instead of turning to drugs to heal my pain, I was able to turn to Him; the Ultimate Healer. Over the past year, God has given me the courage to forgive others and to ask for forgiveness in return. I have been able to see myself as God sees me, created in His likeness. (Genesis 1:27) I have learned to accept my testimony as a vehicle that God can use to encourage other women to surrender to the healing power of Christ. It is only by the peace of my salvation that I can have the power of a “sound mind” today. (2 Timothy 1:7)
My name is Adam Carlton and I have lived in the Perris area since 1986. I remember driving by the the huge orange “Prayer Changes Things” sign long before I knew what U-Turn for Christ was. I have been drinking and using since I was 16 years old. I grew up without a mother in my life because of her drug and alcohol problems. My father was always at work and he would drink after work, so I was left to raise myself. As a result, I substituted my friends’ families to fill that void. It worked for a while, but at the end of the day, I always found myself alone and miserable. Eventually, I decided to make my own family to take the place of the family I didn’t have growing up. It worked for a while. I was married for 5 years and had two beautiful kids before we filed for a divorce and I lost everything. Not being comfortable with that, I began drinking heavily and using drugs on and off for the next 10 years. On November 2, 2015 I decided to put most of my thing’s into storage and check myself into U-Turn for Christ. Like a lot of people I had every intention of just staying for the 60 days, getting sober and going back home. But when I got here I found that my reason for being here was much bigger than just getting sober. I graduated from the program in July but I have remained close to the church for the last 13 months and have been blessed beyond my wildest dreams. He restored my relationship with my children and even gave me a full-time job. He even opened the door for me to own a home and for my kids to get a great education at Calvary Chapel Romoland. I couldn’t be more grateful for the amazing things that have happened in my life as result of coming to U-Turn for Christ and meeting Jesus here.