I was born in Las Cruces, NM on March 29, 1982, but I grew up in Laredo, TX from the time that I was six until I graduated high school. Growing up, I had a great childhood. My parents brought me up with Christian values and good morals. I was a straight A student excelling in both scholastics and sports. My hard work in school made it possible for me to attend Texas A&M University in College Station. This is where my downward spiral began. I had been playing guitar since I was a young child and still do till this day. This interest in music led me to meet and hang out with some very "interesting" people. With these new friends I started experimenting with marijuana and other more intense psychedelics. This experimentation led to daily habitual abuse of these drugs. I decided, after two years, that I wanted to peruse a music career. So, I discontinued my education at Texas A & M, and moved down to San Antonio, TX. Still doing drugs, experiencing extreme depression, and destroying every relationship I had by lying and stealing, I came to my end. In December of 2004, I went home to see my parents after having not talked to them in over 6 months. I told them I needed help and that I couldn't do it anymore on my own.
My mom, being a woman of faith, had been praying for me and already had some information ready about the Straightway Training Program, in the event that I would come home. She told me about it and I agreed to tour the campus. As soon as I got to Straightway in Hungerford, TX, I knew that this was the place for me. I entered the program in January 14, 2005. Since then my life has changed radically for the better. The Lord has restored all of the relationships that I destroyed, and has given me a bright future. I have a new confidence that whatever I put my hand to, the Lord is faithful to bless and it will be prosperous. I entered this program with so many problems and hang-ups, but I will be graduating this program a blessed man. I have plans on returning to Laredo and assisting my dad in opening a home appraisal business. Also, I will be concurrently attending Texas A&M International University pursuing a degree in Business Management. I also plan on playing golf for the University as I get my degree.
All in all, I cannot express how grateful I am for God bringing me to Straightway, a place of sanctuary and training. With the help of God, and the dedicated staff here at Straightway, I have no doubt in my mind that I will be a success in both life and the church. It is a calling that not only has changed my life here on earth, but one that has everlasting significance.