A graduate from Adult and Teen Challenge has 'hidden the word of God' in her heart, and upon sharing it, received her own vehicle.
Justice entered the doors of the women's center of Adult and Teen Challenge (ATC) in Brandon on January 15, 2021, to get help battling her addictions.
"Up until that point, I was living a very desperate and unhealthy lifestyle," says Justice. "I knew that if I didn't make changes or take hold of some opportunities that I had, this would be a last road for me."
Taking this leap of faith meant she could offer her son a better life, even if it meant initially leaving him in someone else's care for a year.
"It really felt like the end. It was probably one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make. I slowly came to realize that my recovery is a huge part of my son's future. It's been more worth it, more than I ever thought it would be. Coming to Teen Challenge has given me the tools to change my life and live a healthy lifestyle."
A Car for Free?
Justice graduated from the one-year program at ATC last week and she was in need of a car.
"Teen Challenge has this challenge. Psalm 119 is well-known for the biggest chapter in the Bible with 176 verses. They have challenged students that if they can recite it by memory all at once, you'll be rewarded with a vehicle."
After hearing this, Justice got to work on memorizing the Psalm chapter so that she could 'buy' a car with Bible verses.
"It was a lot of hard work and took me two months to learn. It took up a lot of free time that I would use for other fun activities, but I knew for myself, this was the only opportunity for me to acquire a vehicle."
With no extra finances after completing the one-year program and being reunited with her son, Justice is grateful that the organization offers students this opportunity. ATC can offer this because of its vehicle donation program.
"I have a little crazy story. The car I received was actually my uncle's grandma's car that she donated over two years ago. It really is amazing how God works."
Big Plans for the Future
"Reuniting with my son was amazing. It felt like a dream to me. God very much took care of my son and protected his heart and his little mind. Now that I know more about Jesus I can teach my son more about who God is and how he can have a relationship with Him. It's a start to a really awesome journey."
Justice is hoping to go back to the University of Winnipeg this fall.
"I did try to pursue medical aesthetics for a while but I wasn't in the right frame of mind. Now that I feel I have the tools to cope and push forward, I've decided to pursue that goal again. My goal is to become a dermatologist."