In their own words,
I guess I should start with my name. Hi, my name is Jordan. I am 15 years old. When I was eight my parents divorced and I started having some problems. By seven I was diagnosed with ADHD, Bipolar, and temper lobe epilepsy. By the time I was 13 I had been to eight different mental health facilities. Once I turned 13 I began to mature and do a lot better, but I was told that I would never be anything. My Mom and I always had problems. When I was 14 I went to the Juvenile Detention Center for domestic violence four times. I am now 15 1/2. In July I turn 16. I am now saved and turning on to a new path led by God. No matter what happens, I am determined to prove everybody wrong and not be another statistic. And I am proud to say the Lord is my Savior and that I am saved.
I started living in DHS custody when I was three years old. I’ve been in fifty-nine placements total. I was extremely rebellious beginning at the age of nine. I tried taking my life three times. I struggled with drugs and alcohol addiction. I’ve self-harmed constantly to deal with emotional pain inside when the whole time I could have put that pain and suffering in God’s hands. I denied Him more than once just like Peter did but only because things weren’t going my way.
Then I finally realized God sets things in my path for a reason. He wants the best for me, just like he does for everybody else. He loves me and everyone else and I finally came to realize that, and when I did I felt like I had all those bricks I was carrying lifted gently off my back. I finally trust Him and I don’t regret it one bit.
I’m here at the detention center and I started working this amazing relationship with God about three weeks ago. God is always on time. He never makes a mistake. My first time being around the Chaplain I wasn’t interested. I refused the session twice but then I found myself reading my Bible every single day, praying constantly not just for myself but for others too. Now I can’t put down the Bible and I don’t get mad any more when things don’t go my way. I suddenly get happy because I know it’s all a part of His plan.