At the age of 14, I was addicted to gambling but everything started at school with my friends. We use to gamble in exchange of sweets and nuts, but it got serious and I went far in the gambling business. I started gambling for money and that’s all I wanted, nice clothes, the best shoes, go out partying, having many girls and drinking beer. I wanted to show everyone that I could be on my own.
I use to break into people’s houses for money, for objects that could be sold and I would use the money on the behalf of my addiction as well.
Just the voice of my mother use to annoy me because of that we use to have argument every day at home. I just wanted to hear her when she had to give me something. I didn’t have respect for my mother and for nobody, the rage was consuming me; the anger was growing little by little and together the desire of killing people. I was young but full of myself and full of evil in my mind.
I use to send stones in people houses, trouble my teachers and go out with different girls because of that I was not respecting woman.
One day I decided to go to the cinema and suddenly some guys grab me and beat me till I fell unconscious, they took away my phone and run. That day I could be dead but the hands of God kept me safe because of that I had the desire to have my own gun, my friends had their gun and as I didn’t want nobody taking me for papishow. I thought that was the best way to keep them far from me.
I use to sell drugs but family didn’t know, to be sincere my life was broken, my family was destroyed and my future was wasted. I was smiling on the outside but when I use to put my head on my pillow I question myself, why I was getting bad instead of doing good? At school I was doing well and I knew inside of me I had potential, I could reach far in life but I was finishing my future in exchange for nothing.
One day I meet a friend and he told me about the Youth Power Group (YPG) in Saint Lucia, he invited me for one of their meetings and when I reach there, I saw many other youths, they were smiling and I was not. They talked to me, they listened to my problems and never laugh at my poor choices in life, and they shook my hands and said we will help you. After that I dropped the bad friends, stopped gambling, drinking, I have peace with my family, have respect for women and I got a Job. In these one year and two months since I make part of the YPG I’m a new man and I serve God with my testimony.
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