“This is my story of how I was delivered from drugs and prostitution and how I have let the Lord come into my life and allowed him to work in my everyday living.”

I was dealing with a problem of Addiction, I was also dealing with wanting to do right by God. Therefore, he sat me down in the jail so that I could have time to think about my life and what I wanted to do about it. Did I want to live or die?

I knew that I didn’t want to die, so, I had to get it together – for myself! I also know that if I didn’t get with God, I would die. My life had a purpose, it had meaning and it was worth living and the Word of God would work for me if I would apply it to my everyday life.

While I was in jail, I went to Bible study classes and listened to what the leaders had to say about JESUS. I knew about God, and I knew that he sent his son to die on the cross for our sins, but I was not so sure of what he could do for a sinner like me.

It all happened on a Sunday in June. I gave my life to the Lord and let him set me free from the torment and harm of the devil. I thank the Lord for opening my eyes to a new way of life.

When I allowed him to come into my heart, it was like a warm blanket covering my body. I guess you could say it was his love covering me.

I went to jail in May of 2003 for prostitution for the fourth time, but I knew that this time that my life was changed completely, because it now belonged to God.

I was to get out of jail on September 5th, 2004, and before I did, I wanted more of God. I wanted the Baptism of the Holy Ghost with speaking in tongues. Two days before my release, the Chaplin, Steve Coyle, brought a man into the jail named Bob Bassler from the New Life Deliverance Center. At the time, I was in lockdown for fighting with another inmate. Yes, the devil snuck back in. But when Bob came to my cell and began to pray for me, I began to feel things that just set my soul on fire for the Lord. The more he prayed, the more I felt free from the hold of the devil. Then, I began to speak in tongues. I began to cry, not even knowing why. I knew it was the power of God.

Today, I am living at the Center for the Homeless, thanks to Bob. A good sister in the Lord opened her home to my daughter and me, and let us stay until we could get into the center. My daughter Denise is my heart and soul and she has been a big part of my recovery and my walk in Christ. She has been there for me from the beginning, I am so grateful for her. Today, I am happy to say that she too has given her life to the Lord, and is serving him. I just want to give thanks, first to my Lord and then to everyone who has had a part in my new found life.

Thank you and bless you all.

Jeanette Doaks