My name is Brian Foley. I’m 30 years old from East Freetown, Massachusetts. I’m the oldest of three children. I was raised by an alcoholic father and a wonderful, loving, Christian mother.
I grew up feeling like a square peg trying to fit in a round hole, and I acted out in many ways trying to gain acceptance from my peers. I found myself in trouble often, and eventually I wound up on a dark path of substance abuse and sin.
Broken trust, broken relationships, and a broken spirit were the rewards of my lifestyle.
I had known of the Lord since I was a child, but I never surrendered. I put my own wants and desires at the top of my priority list. I wanted a new life, but I couldn’t get it right, no matter how hard I tried. Against my own will, I spent all my time looking for the next high. I felt stuck and started to give up hope of having a future.
Finally, through a series of events, God’s sovereignty brought me to Teen Challenge.
My first two weeks in the program I wondered, what have I gotten myself into?! I wanted to leave the program and tried to get out many times, but each time God would send in His troops to help me stick it out a little longer.
My relationship with my family has been miraculously restored and I see them on a regular basis.
My mother has been extremely supportive and my younger brothers and my father have rallied around me and made me feel not so alone in this battle. The look in their eyes when they see me is no longer a look of disappointment, but of pride in their brother and son.
I am so grateful to the Lord for His provision. He is building me up as a leader and a man of integrity. I graduated the program in July 2016 and God has opened up doors of opportunity to attend the Teen Challenge Ministry Institute in California.
Today I am filled with hope for my future, joy and peace daily, and a right relationship with God. I remember a point at which I couldn’t imagine this could be possible. I am so grateful, and all glory goes to Jesus Christ.