Most Saturday mornings, this time of the year, you'll find Dezi Davis at a Whitehouse Gym, refereeing youth basketball. But 20 years ago, it would have been a much different Saturday morning.
As a young man in North Texas, Davis began using drugs. It's high and reputation took over his life. It would eventually land him on the streets of Dallas as a homeless teenage drug addict.
"I started doing drugs on a youth outing at church. That shocks a lot of people, that that would happen," says Davis. "We were at Six Flags, that was the first time I got high on marijuana. If I had something, if I had the drugs, the alcohol, etc... While you had that you were a popular person. But when it runs out your not so popular."
Seeing him today, it's hard to imagine a homeless teen, roaming the streets of Dallas. But at a time suicide seemed more appealing than life, Davis headed back home. Suffering withdrawals and hepatitis, Davis father found the right doctor.
"I came back to Dallas and I went to a physician, Dr. Carl Couch," remembers Davis. "He examined me. He was an elder at the church there. Little did I know he was laying hands on me and praying over me and for me. He calls me his miracle from God. And between my dad and physicians and then people started praying for me and that's what started turning my life around."
His change was not easy. Davis checked himself into a psychiatric hospital and spent several years getting back on the right track. But now 20 years later, Davis says he is a reformed drug and alcohol addict. Today he spends a lot of his free time with kids, young and older. Sharing his experience, passing on the lesson of a life changed and the power of prayer.
"I just think it is the power of God, the power of Jesus and the power of prayer. I think that bad things and I did bad things happen but we can take those things and sometimes we don't realize but that is our ministry. The sin in our lives is our ministry sometimes. And I want to give back by showing them that people care. And its okay. And try to teach them things through basketball."
"We are all in recovery from sin. Everybody has their sin. Its just a matter of giving testimony and giving witness and telling people. The best way for me to get over what I've been through is giving it away. Telling people, hey I had this problem, I did this, maybe we can prevent that."
Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:31 AM EDT2014-09-16 11:31:48 GMT
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