Watch Joe's story of how Jesus answered his prayer when he had nowhere else to turn.

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I was brought up in a Christian family
We used to worship at a Catholic Church but I used to just go to church because it was expected of me by my family
Then I got the age of about 16 And church and faith didn't have no meaning in my life
My name is Joe and this is my story At the age of about 19 I got involved in substance misuse and that was my life for about 20 years
I tried numerous times to get out of addiction I'd been into rehabs, come out and continued to use
I'd been on methadone prescriptions
In the end I felt like I was just a failure addicted to failure, so in the end I was just desperate
I just wanted out of my situation
You know, cause I'd been brought up in faith and knew God from them times
And I just sort of like, I'm just going to try something different
You know, and just cried out to God just begging him for help
If there is a God, then I need you now, sort of thing
Within several weeks of calling out to God and God answering my prayers and placing people in my life who were there to support me and encourage me
I found that I'd detoxed myself within a few weeks I gained a strength, quite quickly, that I'd never had before
I thought I was unemployable
And I now work within a detox centre, where I went through myself
So I'm there now, I can share my experience of how, you know, and I do, I share my faith within my work and show, you know, that was a big impact of how I became abstinent from drugs
I'm in the process of becoming a member of an Eden team and I'm running a men's group from my flat, and people are coming and getting saved, you know, and now I know what God was calling me to do at that time
It's just, its just amazing
Yeah I was recently given an overcomers award through The Message Trust
I'd never won anything in my life
For someone to see that I deserved to be awarded something for my, for overcoming my dark times and being brought into light since I gave my life to God, was just, it just took me back
It was a real privilege
For me Jesus is love
It's just to know that no matter what I've done in my life and where I've come from, that Jesus forgives and he wipes my slate clean You know, he doesn't judge me
He's just there to support me and no matter what, he loves me And so I would just
yeah, yeah that's what it means to me
My future just excites me
I've got a life now and I just want to make the most of it
I get chills when I think about it like that