A turbulent childhood can make change seem impossible. As a boy, Darrien witnessed the effects of both drug abuse and physical abuse simply by watching the way his parents interacted with one another. It wasn’t long before he began to imitate what he saw. “My mother was addicted to drugs and my father was very abusive toward her," he shares. "I grew up hurting seeing that at home. I started to drink and use drugs myself.”
Now 30 years old, Darrien is serving time in jail at the Winnebago County Jail located about 100 miles outside of Chicago, Illinois. He is there because of charges associated with his own drug addiction. He explains, “I felt very distant from God growing up, but now I am experiencing God in my life!” After taking part in Project Philip Bible studies, Darrien was so eager to learn more about God’s Word that he went on to complete Church Planter Training as well. He’s among the first inmates to receive this training behind bars. He is highly motivated to make a change once he is released from jail.
He explains, “I want to use what I have learned to break the cycle of addiction and reach youth with the Gospel once I am released. I want to use this training to begin a youth ministry in my old neighborhood, working with the kids between the ages of 14 and 21 years old. I want to help them find new life in Christ. I believe this is my purpose! And I want to thank everyone whose giving made this possible.”