Testimonies

“In religion, a testimony is a solemn attestation as to the truth of a matter. All testimonies should be well thought out and truthful.” 
- Located in the Wikipedia explanation of a Testimony.

Isaac Dunteman's Testimony - Chad's Hope KY

Isaac Dunteman

Finally Surrendered

My name is Isaac and I’m from the central Kentucky area. I mostly grew up in the small town of Winchester just outside of Lexington. I was blessed with loving, Christian parents and a unique childhood. I am the oldest of seven children (all from the same two parents). We all were home schooled and grew up with a strong biblical background. From an early age I knew that God had gifted me in the areas of creativity and music and that I was to use those gifts to serve Him wholeheartedly. However, in my later teenage years I started holding on to a lot of un-forgiveness and resentment towards my parents and I became extremely angry and bitter towards them. I began to see the way I was raised as boring, controlling, and overly conservative. When I was eighteen my family moved to Kansas City in response to the direction that God gave them to be involved with the International House of Prayer. Instead of going with them, I chose to ignore God and follow my own path. I began heavily using drugs and alcohol on a daily basis and partying became my life, it was all I did. My whole life became a hellish roller coaster ride of drugs, alcohol, and jail. I got to the point where dealing drugs and shooting up consumed all my time and energy. In 2008, just after my 23rd birthday, I found out that my girlfriend Bethany was pregnant and I knew that the way we were living would have to change if we were to raise a child; instead, I ignored the reality check and continued down the path I was on. I started making counterfeit money in November which was the final straw. I was picked up by the police and charged with trafficking narcotics and forgery. I was looking at 18 years in prison. Overwhelmed by that thought, I cried out to God while I was in jail and asked Him for mercy. Two months later, despite what everyone expected, I was sentenced to only 360 days with no felonies which shocked even my own lawyer. After 3 months in jail I transferred to Chad’s Hope Teen Challenge where I began to develop a personal relationship with the Creator of the universe. 

My time at Chad’s Hope was a God ordained mixture of personal refreshment and absolute emotional turmoil. Jesus used that time to show me that I mattered enough to Him that he would rake me over the coals of His cleansing fire just so that I could have a relationship with him (Hebrews 12:6) and be a co-heir with Him in heaven. Through a complicated set of circumstances God brought me to the place where I saw that I could either completely surrender to Him and his love or I could continue to resist and completely miss out on what He had for me. Thankfully, I chose to surrender everything regardless of the cost. I cannot emphasize enough how critical that decision was. I have been blessed so far beyond what I anticipated because of that choice.

After graduation in 2010, I obeyed the Lords direction and moved to Kansas City to be a part of the IHOP-KC community. The Lord has continued what he started in me when I entered Chad’s Hope by guiding us (my wife Bethany and I...yes, we got married!) into a "Sermon on the Mount" lifestyle of humility, repentance, generosity, faithfulness, and obedience.  God has been with me every step of the way and He has miraculously provided for me (yes, miraculously...so that I can't take credit).  The peace, joy, and favor that I have now makes the journey of dying to self worth it and I would encourage others to do the same.

"For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made, your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:13 - 14

Lon Harrelson's Testimony - Chad's Hope KY

Lon Harrelson

Testimony of God’s Grace


I thank God for His mercy and grace. I struggled with drug addiction since High School, but I was a rather ‘high-functioning’ addict – even graduating with my MA in Guidance & Counseling, and receiving my 2LT Commission through ROTC at NMSU. While attending a Christian Businessmen’s Dinner meeting in 1985, I was super-naturally delivered from my Life-Controlling addictions. I was ‘Drug-Free’ for 17 years, until an Army Training accident required long-term pain meds. My addiction soon spiraled out of control, and I made some poor decisions – resulting in a Court-Martial Trial. I lost, and served 22 months at the United States Disciplinary Barracks, Fort Leavenworth.

Being confined, and once again ‘drug-free’, I was able to ‘come to my senses’ again – much like the Prodigal son. I repented of my sins, re-dedicated my life to God, and grew in-Christ…while incarcerated. I was accepted into Chad’s Hope TC, a requirement of my release and Parole, and thrived in the Christian discipleship of CHTC. I found the ‘work-therapy’ program of clearing hiking trails and landscaping very beneficial to my ‘mind, body, and soul’. The leadership of the CHTC Staff poured themselves into my life, helping me to become truly grounded in-Christ. I graduated May 22, 2009.

I have continued to serve in the Chicago Teen Challenge as both Teacher and Counselor, and I look forward to assisting in future Fund-Raising, and Leadership Development / Team-Building events. I also serve as an Independent Health & Fitness Promoter with VISALUS SCIENCES, promoting The 90-Day Body By Vi Challenge. Like the Holiday movie classic: It’s a Wonderful Life, I am living a full and fruitful life – and I owe a huge ‘Thank You’ to the Grace of God, and the ministry of Chad’s Hope TC. Blessings to All! 

Charles Lee's Testimony - Chad's Hope KY

Charles Lee

I Was a Mess, But God . . .

A little over 3 yrs. ago I was facing jail due to probation violation. I had lost my driver's license from DUI, and I was in trouble on several counts with the law in Tennessee and Kentucky. I had been an addict for the past 20 yrs. My life was in shambles. In June 2009 I enrolled in Chad's Hope TC. After graduation on May 4th, 2010 I did a 3 month internship with my local pastor, Kevin Alexander of Faith Tabernacle A/G. That was necessary for my acceptance into Teen Challenge Ministry Institute in L.A. California. On Sept. 10, 2010 I was in  California enrolled in TCMI and graduated one yr. later on Sept. 11th, 2011. While at Chad's Hope I learned to face the truth of my sin and trust in Christ's forgiveness. That was a very hard year. Then at TCMI I learned about serving others. That was a difficult year as well. Going from self absorbed to loving and helping others is something only God can do! AND HE DID IT FOR ME!!

"SING, O barren, thou that didst not bear; and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife,” saith the LORD. Isaiah 54:1.  I was a mess, but God had a different plan. This is the msg. of God's great kindness! Thank you Jesus! Thanks Chad's Hope TC.


Shawn Epperson

Shawn Epperson

Shawn Epperson's Tetimony

Shawn came to Chad’s Hope in the fall of 2009 and graduated in February 2011.  Upon graduation, his church hired him as a custodian and shortly thereafter, he also became the owner of a mowing company.  Shawn will be married on June 16 to a wonderful Christian lady named Kayla.  Recently he applied for a job with a large regional corporation, but didn’t get the job due to his prior arrest.  A few hours later the company called him back and offered Shawn a supervisory position that is actually a better, higher paying job! 

Shawn is a life that has been changed!

Shawn came to Chad’s Hope in the fall of 2009 and graduated in February 2011.  Upon graduation, his church hired him as a custodian and shortly thereafter, he also became the owner of a mowing company.  Shawn will be married on June 16 to a wonderful Christian lady named Kayla.  Recently he applied for a job with a large regional corporation, but didn’t get the job due to his prior arrest.  A few hours later the company called him back and offered Shawn a supervisory position that is actually a better, higher paying job! 

Shawn is a life that has been changed!

 

 

Update: 

Shawn married his sweet bride on June 16, 2012 in a beautiful wedding ceremony. Shawn has also already received a promotion at his new job.   God is so good to us!

 

Ryan Sutton

Ryan Sutton

This is how I came to know the Lord

It seems just like yesterday that I was riding out that curvy road to Chad's Hope.  A few days before I came to CHTC, I was released, yet again, from jail.  While I was to getting a few things taken care of in preparation for my stay at Chad's Hope; I laughed to myself at the thought that God would do anything with my life.  My view of God at that time was not very pleasant, nor did I want anything from Him.  I had one goal in mind and that was to beat the system again. This was the third time that I was being sent for help.  So by then, I was prepared to blend in and play the “games” they wanted to play.  But as you read this today, I am here to tell you that God didn't allow that to happen.

I walked in the door at Chad's Hope utterly broken inside.  I was completely numb to any emotion or feelings.  You could have run me over with anything of your choosing and I would have thanked you.  I only wanted death to come and come quickly.  After 10 years of being a heavy IV drug user, I saw no hope for myself.  My family had mostly given up on me and some of them never wanted me to return.  After about a month of being at CHTC, after seeing all the changes going on in the lives of those around me; I could feel something happening inside of me.  It was the Holy Spirit working on me from the inside out, and I just couldn’t resist, I surrendered my life over to Jesus Christ.

            Since that day, I have been pressing forward non-stop.  I consider myself a warrior for Christ and I will go wherever He leads me.  I used to live a meaningless, sinful, crooked life.  Now I live a life full of purpose.  I am working full time at Blackboard Student Services and have made several friends that are believers.  I also recently started going back to college to finish my degree in Computer Programming/Networking.  Never in the past 10 years could I see my life free from the bondage of addiction, but by the unfailing love of Christ I have been SET FREE!  I know that I have nothing to worry about in the future because He has it all planned out.

            I now attend Campground Baptist Church in Somerset Kentucky.  The Lord has placed Pastor Brian Thomas in my life and he has become a great friend to me.  He sees something in me that I do not see and because of this, he is helping me to find God's calling for my life.  It feels good to know that God is working in and all around my life, and that He is going to allow me to share the Good News with all.

            That being said, I leave you with a verse of scripture that really sums up how I feel:  “And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.”   -  James 5:15