Anniston's Story

When I was in middle school, I was bullied, and on top of that, things at home weren’t the greatest either. My step-dad and I both had a temper, so we butted heads a lot! I began struggling with the anger and pain I was feeling inside which led to me hurting myself to numb the pain. Not long after, I started having thoughts of wanting to kill myself. I felt like I had no purpose to be alive. I was constantly in pain! At the time, I didn't have a relationship with God. My family and I would go to church every Sunday, but I felt like there was nothing there for me. The struggle and pain lasted for three years.

In 2011, some friends introduced my family to The Bayou Church in Youngsville. I knew a few kids there from school, so I didn't feel as uncomfortable. I decided that I wanted to get involved in the student ministry to see if I could find help for the things I was struggling with. My first experience at D-Now is when my life changed completely! The guest speaker was describing my life as if he knew me; I knew that God was using this man to talk to me. After that night, my relationship with God changed tremendously! On May 28, 2013, I got baptized. It’s one of the greatest decisions I’ve ever made. I love the family I have made at The Bayou. When I go to church, I feel like I am at home. They support and accept me through everything, even though they know my past and the mistakes I’ve made. God has changed my life more than I could have imagined. I would have never thought I would be where I am today!

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