"My core desire was to be fathered, to be guided, to be led, to be encouraged, to be affirmed."
"I wasn't just this kid that she would take care of for a few hours after school. She didn't just see me- she noticed me."
"Not having my father around, I looked for a guy that I could look up to. So I got introduced to the gang life pretty early... they always seemed to have the things that my mom was struggling to give us... money, food, the jewelry, the cars- and I thought that, that was what a man was supposed to be."
"I remember as a camp counselor teaching the kids about God... I was teaching these kids all about Christianity but I wasn't living it out myself. Through that time I was, I guess, ministering to myself... God was showing me things I needed to change."