Personal testimonies have been a part of the Celebrate Recovery® program since the very first meeting in 1991. The purpose of the Testimonies video series is twofold: To help new Celebrate Recovery® ministries introduce the concept of sharing a personal witness as a regular part of the weekly large and small group time, as well as provide encouragement to all the courageous individuals as they grow in their own recovery. These testimonies of actual participants demonstrate how God has used Celebrate Recovery® to change the lives of believers with a variety of hurts, hang-ups, and habits.
Heather: Abused at a young age, living with secrets and shame, Heather learned to cope using self-injury and addiction. The love, acceptance, and healing Heather sought after was found through a relationship with Jesus.
Jennene: Struggling with perfectionism, deception, out of control spending habits, and eating disorders, she finally reached a breaking point in her life and in her marriage. A moment of decision: To surrender, become vulnerable, and finally, to understand that value is something that God gives, and can never be taken away.
Christie: Christie shares her painful past that left her feeling hopeless and abandoned. She discovered CR while in prison and is now a CR Leader and the founder of a program which teaches Cosmetology skills to incarcerated women.
Julie: The wife of a senior pastor, Julie seemed to have the picture-perfect life, but deep down she was carrying around tremendous pain. It was only through a CR step study that Julie opened up to her sponsor about the past and began to experience freedom through Jesus Christ.
Tyler: Tyler’s complicated childhood left him feeling lonely and insecure. After years of drug and alcohol abuse, he eventually found Celebrate Recovery® and the grace and healing he had never known.
Lynn: Lynn shares about her recovery from alcohol and healing from the guilt and shame of her past. Lynn tells how she has learned through CR how to live a life of joy and purpose—no matter what life brings!
Johnny: Taken from his mom at the age of one and abandoned by his father, Johnny tried to cope with the pain of life with drugs, alcohol, and porn. After serving in Iraq, Johnny had reached a level of loneliness and despair that was unbearable. Watch as God takes a messy life and turns into something beautiful for his glory.
Ashley: In March 2005, Ashley made headlines when she miraculously talked her way out of the hands of alleged courthouse killer Brian Nichols after he took her hostage. Ashley used the pain of her past to share the hope and new life found in Jesus Christ.
Jeni: Wounded at a young age by her parent’s divorce, Jeni learned to process her hurt through anger, control, and bitterness. Through CR, Jeni has found victory over her hurts, hang ups, and habits.
Anthony: Anthony is a survivor of abuse. He felt confused and ashamed, which later led to a sexual addiction through his young adult years. God used CR to break through Anthony’s denial and heal his relationships.