Jorge L. DeSantiago

Friends, I want to share something with you. This stay here has made me grow strong in
my faith. It has gotten me so close with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I know my change is not going to happen overnight---it is a process, a process that started here in the Wheeler Unit.

I’ve come to realize God does things for a reason. He has a plan for each and every one
of us, like I know He has a plan for me. I started going to the streets at the age of 12, joined a gang at 13, and from there it has been nothing but the wrong ride. I’ve done all the drugs there are to do and been with many women in the wrong way. I first went to jail at the age of 18 and have been in and out of jail ever since.

I have four lovely children that I love a lot, but I feel I haven’t been the father they
deserve. My oldest is going to be 14 years and I’ve missed so many years of her life. I couldn’t see the problem I had. Both my parents tried to show me the right way. My daughters kept asking why their dad was not in their life – doesn’t he love us? I was too busy - involved with drugs, alcohol, women, or in jail.

I got involved with heroin. I had two overdoses with heroin and one with cocaine. I still
did what I was doing – my evil ways. I lost both of my two families due to my stays in jail and my drug use.

In 2005, I moved to Pampa, TX to try and change my life. I met a girl and got together.
We have two beautiful children, but my evil was following me. I had a good job in the oilfield until I started messing this time with crack cocaine. I forgot about my beautiful family and was all about my drinking and drug use. I lost this family, too, and I ended up here at the Wheeler Unit.

It was here, and this time being locked up, that I said to myself: “Enough is enough!” I
realized I had to do something different. I need to break this cycle. So, one day, I asked God for help, and He answered me. He answered me by making me realize He has been there all along, knocking. I just needed to open the door. He was there to bring me back from the heroin overdoses – I should have been dead. He was there when I got shot, when I walked away from “three” wrecks that I went through without a scratch, He’s always been there looking out for me.

Now my Lord has helped me open my eyes and look at life in a totally different way.
I’ve come to humble myself, to use this stay here to become stronger in faith, and to become the better person I need to be – first for myself, then for my lovely children. I’m ready to bury my past and join the good ride.

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