Before Jon came to The Fold, his life was a mess. His mom didn't trust him. His father was gone. Jon was hanging around the wrong crowd and in trouble with the law.
"It got to a point where my mom had no other choice than to send me away to a military school. It was a college prep school and my entire future was in it. I was on the football team and doing well for a while, but I eventually started to get involved with the wrong crowd again. I even started using drugs."
It wasn't long before Jon got caught. When that happened he was expelled from school. The consequences of his actions shocked him and left him depressed and feeling more hopeless than ever before.
"I couldn't believe it had happened; I couldn't understand why I did something so stupid and had thrown away my whole future. At least, that school was what I thought my future was supposed to be, but God had different plans."
Jon returned home broken. He and his mother had a hard time even speaking. She didn't know how else to help him, and so she turned to a local church. It was there she found out about a program called The Fold.
Jon said, "I was willing to consider going because I had been so broken and was eager for something to finally work."
Coming into The Fold, Jon wanted to learn about God. He found himself curious about the promises He had to offer.
"I jumped into His Word and reading it taught me so much about life, things that I didn't imagine were possible. I fell in love with Him. His Word is what continues to grow my passion each day."
Jon said he found his time at The Fold satisfying because it felt good to finally be doing something that had value. He found himself turning from bad habits. He lost the desire to smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol. He was hungry for the Word.
"Praise God, my precious Redeemer! Trials still came and will always come, but now I know how I should handle them. I saw the evidence that God was starting to clean up my life and that helped deepen my faith."
One of the key verses for him during these trials, was James 1:2-4, because it talks about the fruit of the trials. "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."
Jon said the verse helped him build an unbreakable perseverance.
"As I look back on how much God has changed me, it almost makes me cry. Ephesians 5:15 says to make the most of every opportunity and to take advantage of that with which God has blessed you. My advice? Don't waste any time or opportunity and persevere to the end."
Jon is currently living at home with his family. He is attending college full time and is majoring in business administration.
The turnaround Jon experienced at The Fold is nothing new. It's happening every day to the parents and teens who come to The Fold with a willingness to change. Our ministry is fully equipped to deal with the struggles teens face today. Whether it's the emotional scars of abuse or self-harm, teens who struggle with addictive issues or anger, or teens who simply need someone to come alongside them and offer grace and acceptance, we are here for you.
The Fold's mission is to help bring healing to families in crisis. If your teen is in trouble, please call or email us for help. Our caring and attentive staff can help get you started with the intake process to determine if The Fold is the right fit for your child.
The Fold Family Ministries
PO Box 1188 Lyndonville