Rene Fuentes

I grew up in a La Puente, California. I’m the middle child of three. Having two working parents, growing up, made it easy to get into trouble. I was 14 years old, when I first tried ecstasy. It made me feel exactly what the word means (An over whelming of great happiness or joyful excitement). I began to use crystal meth, alcohol, cocaine, and marijuana.

I dropped out of school when I was 17. My father put me to work in the labor Union. I was making good money for a young person. I had a nice truck, and life seemed to be good. I continued to really party hard, which led to two DUI’s. I lost my job and my truck.

Shortly after, I met my future wife. We had two boys, and a step daughter. I continued on this reckless life style addicted to alcohol, and anything else I could get my hands on. I surrounded myself, with gang members (who where also addicted to drugs). I was living a life full of sin, sickness, and unemployed. I hit rockbottom. I got sick with diabetes, diabetic neuropathy, my liver was showing damage, and I was loosing my kids. I was given a choice, U-Turn for Christ or the street. My family had given up on me, and I was in a dark place.

The Lord meet me at U-Turn. I surrendered my life. God slowly restored me, stretched me, and called me into worship ( something I never did before but had a desire to do). During second phase, I took up a leadership roll offered to me. Instead of going to work, I served full- time on the ranch. The Lord even restored my family. I got my kids back and He is also restoring my marriage. The Lord has now blessed me with great job and a home for my family, with the help of U-Turn. I’m so grateful to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ for saving my life. He has truly made beauty out of ashes. I look forward to see where the Lord is going to take me. I thank God for leading me to U-Turn For Christ, where death was arrested. My new life begins, in Christ. Thank you U-Turn For Christ. Your faithfulness in serving the Lord, Jesus Christ, has touched my life.