"Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy." Psalm 107:2

BRIAN SAYS SO...

Brian Vavrara, Co-FOUNDer, Lost2Found

 I grew up in Spokane Washington. I was raised by a single mother who struggled with alcoholism although she did the best she could to raise me on her own. I eventually became a very rebellious teenager. I started out by smoking pot and drinking at the age of about 13 years old. By the time I was fifteen years old I turned to harder drugs. By the time I was 16 years old I was a full-blown crack cocaine and crank addict. This developed into eventually using heroin by the by the time I was 18 also finding a close friend who overdosed and passed away on my couch when I was 19 years old. This gave me more of a reason to party harder in my own mind. My early twenties I was pretty out of control though I was a functioning alcoholic addict in the eyes of society. I worked construction since I was a teenager but always spent my paychecks on drugs and alcohol. 

I had my first child, a baby girl, at the age of 27 with my ex-wife. I started a business, bought a house, and got married in 2006. The business was very successful for the first couple of years and I continued to mismanage my life. I would use drugs and alcohol for fun, and it eventually opened the door for the enemy to come into my marriage. I found myself getting divorced and closing the business down. I tried to escape the realities of what was happening in my life and to my children's life by using meth I was on a downhill spiral ended up selling all of my possessions and became homeless. The people that I began running with took me in like family and I continued to use to steal and to keep digging for rock bottom. I ended up doing things that I never thought I would to people who didn't deserve it. I ended up in and out of jail six or seven times in the course of a couple years.

 I was finally broken in that rock bottom and I quit digging. My whole life I knew God was real, l I just thought that I didn't matter and he didn't have a plan for my life. But when I called out to him to help me he was there. I was finally able to check myself into inpatient treatment for the first time in my life at the age of 36. There I finally surrendered my life and my will over to the hands of the Lord. His word says in Romans 8:28 that "All things work together for good of those who are called according to his purposes."  I believe that God uses the things that we go through and the bad choices that we make for his good and Glory. 

Today I have been clean and sober for three and a half years. Since I was 13 I wasn't able to put together more than a few days of sobriety. But with the help of the Lord Jesus Christ I am now saved and given the opportunity to do outreach ministry at the same Treatment Center that I checked myself into over three years ago. God has shown me so much in the last 3 years. I worship Him with my loving family at Family of Faith Community Church in Spokane. I continue to grow and to read his word. I would say I once was lost but now I'm found. Thank you for letting me share a little bit of my life story. 

 

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