Life after Meth and a Prison Sentence

Everything changed after I asked Jesus a Question

This is Dewayne's story. It's how his whole life turned around, and it starts in the field in West Eugene where he was arrested.

Meth, a 15-year prison sentence and a toddler in the next room, he couldn't believe the state of his life. That night, a conversation with Jesus changed everything.

Video Transcription

My name is Dewayne Peters, and I was born and raised right here in Eugene, Oregon. I'm actually going to pick up right here in this wooded area where I was arrested in 2008 for breaking and entering. And at the time I was running from the cops, we were in a house about three blocks down, and a police officer shows up in the driveway, and we have bags of stuff loaded up. We run out the back of the house, jump the fence, and we're running. And I'm running for like three blocks, and I am not in shape. I'm a meth addict and tired and probably no muscle. I'm probably 110 pounds maybe. I look and I see this wooded area behind me, and I'm thinking to myself, if I can make it to that wooded area, I'll get away.

I'm running and I'm running, and I got so tired. I fell down right here, just gave up. No, take me. So they loaded me up in the car around the block, and in that car, I remember feeling just terrible. Like, what have I made of my life? I never expected to be in the back of a police car for robbing a house. I had racked up a minimum sentence of 15 years, all things that they had me dead to rights on.

And it all kind of culminated one day. One night, I'm facing the 15 years prison sentence. I can hear my son in the next room. He's about two years old, playing around. And my wife and my mother-in-law were like watching him take his first steps. And there was a moment in there where I was just so desperate. So the prison sentence, not the father I want to be. And in that moment, I just cried out.

I didn't even know Jesus at the time I was raised in the church but I cried out in my heart just something that there was a deep longing then I heard a voice talking back I could hear it like if you were here talking with me I was asking him questions about religion what's what's the true religion he would say well what do you think the true religion is but in that moment what what occurred to my heart was I am the way it wasn't about religion it was about Jesus only and that I was like okay you're really answering some questions here and so I said well how do I know what you have to say to me how do I know how to live my life and I had a vision in my brain and just the Bible and I remember feeling really stupid after I even asked him the question like duh that night I gave my life to Jesus it was Easter and I was up for two days straight and so you could argue and say well maybe you weren't really hearing Jesus and that would be valid but my heart was changed from that point on so I gave my whole life to him I said help me make up for lost time because I've botched this life and I don't want it anymore it's yours and I asked him what do I do now you've made yourself real to me what do I do now and I did not get an answer for that but I got a feeling in my heart that I was okay I was safe I was secure felt like a child like with my father amazingly that prompted a whole lot of changes my wife and I she wasn't my wife at the time we ended up getting married and I was like oh my god what do I do now.

I'm married the whole wedding was all set for Jesus that night that I gave my life to him he actually took my meth addiction I tried twice after that to use and it didn't work I was a drug addict for years so there was still a lot of things I thought living life with Jesus was gonna be perfect and easy and good after that I realized that I'm more messed up than I possibly could know and so I'm still very dependent on him year after year and I'm having to call in to the DA's office every week for about four years I'm living my life and I have this this feeling inside that if I'm just walking with Jesus that that things are gonna be fine so eventually the four years go by and the charges were all dropped I was going to a church at the time this lady sweet lady she walks up to me and she says Duane you need to know that what happened with you was a miracle I couldn't tell you for the last four years but I was one of the DA clerks that you would check in with every week what had happened is the DA agent that was processing your case he fast-tracked all the people that stayed in trouble and because he was retiring that year he let everybody else off but there wasn't a whole lot of everybody else so I was like okay I'm gonna go to church and go in and see you there was nobody else it was yours was one of the cases that just got dropped all together she says that never happens and so I was just like yay Jesus like you're faithful you just you looked after me told me to keep my nose straight I did and I felt rewarded for it I want you to know no matter where you're at Jesus loves to meet people in lost places. And that was what changed my life. That's what changed my heart. And that's why today I can stand firmly where I was arrested and I could say that Jesus breaks chains. Jesus to me is, I mean, he's a friend. He's a constant source of strength. The idea of him being outside of space, time, and matter, and yet I still matter. And he shows up and he does little stupid miraculous things just to interact with me.

Jesus is everything. He is life itself. I couldn't imagine living life without him.