“Before I gave my life to Jesus I used to be a troublemaker on the streets, getting into police chases and everything. I used to break stuff, break cars up, a lot of stuff that was illegal”.
Sobering words from 15-year-old Tyler.
Tyler is from Abbey Wood in South East London, an area where young people's futures are often stolen from them by the drug, crime and gang culture that has arisen out of poverty.
“If I didn’t decide to become a Christian I’d probably have been beaten up a lot and arrested a number of times by now. I still have friends that do that today, but I don’t talk to them much anymore because I have changed my life all around and I have become someone different” says Tyler.
Through the support and encouragement of Church Army Evangelist Nicholas Lebey, Tyler is thriving. He has become a Christian and has a bright future ahead of him.
"Without Nicholas and his work I wouldn’t be here today. Without meeting Nicholas, I wouldn’t have come to God, so I have to say thank you to him and everyone who supports him" says Tyler.
Knowing God’s love transforms young people’s lives - this is Tyler's story. Watch this video to hear more from Tyler about his life before and after Jesus:
Stories like Tyler’s give us hope and propel us on. Their stories show just how risky life is for these young people. They also offer hope that a better future is possible for all the vulnerable teens our evangelists work with. Church Army Evangelist Nicholas Lebey says, “Seeing some of their lives turned around I say to myself, if it can happen for this young person it can happen for the others”.
Thanks to people like you Tyler has come to faith and has hope for his future. If you'd like to support young people like Tyler, you can donate now.
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