[Testimony] From Gangster To God

Timothy Rau


FREEDOM… July 2, 2008. My testimony of the amazing Grace and Faithfulness of Jesus Christ, His Saving Power, and how my life was changed forever because of His Love.

I grew up in a seemingly normal life, attending Church and being enrolled in Christian private schools from grade school until 7th grade.My family was very dysfunctional. At age 6 i got exposed to marijuana and alcohol where it was frequently used by my older siblings at home and grew older using drugs and alcohol as to escape the pains in life as a teenager and lost all touch with God, and Jesus became just a distant memory after losing the life’s of my loved ones. My life became very dark after that, and year after year my addiction progressed. I used drugs on a daily basis, and became angrier, hopeless and rebelled against all authority and began getting in trouble with the law, first in and out of juvenile halls, jail, and then finally ending up in prison.I spent the next 10 years of my life in prison. One night in the county Jail I took a book to read in my cell, and after a few days, on July 2, 2008, I prayed and asked God to forgive me, and asked Jesus to save my life, and the most profound thing that has ever happened to me, came to life at that very moment inside of me. I wept tears that I had kept inside for so many years, for all the pain I had endured, for every wrong I had ever done, and for the way I had been living my life. Jesus freed me that day, freed from all that was weighing me down, freed me from my past, and from everything that was hurting me inside.

Jesus touched my life and my heart in a way that no one ever could. He got through to me, and my life would be changed forever in the blink of an eye because of it. My heart started to soften as I started praying and reading The Bible, slowly learning what I knew as a child growing up so long ago, that Jesus loved me and that I had a Father in Heaven who cared deeply about me and cared about my life. I started to realize that I wasn’t ever alone and that Jesus was there with me, that He had always been there with me, even in the darkest times of my life when I thought I was all alone, He was there, and I knew that God was about to help me turn my life around for good. He was showing me who I really was and who I would grow to be.

God touched my life in that county jail in such a powerful way that I knew I would never be the same again. After about a month God started speaking to me about Teen Challenge and I half years in prison instead of a life sentence.

It was a miracle, a gift that went beyond my understanding. In July of 2009 I was released from prison and started my new life outside those prison walls forever.

Today and everyday I’m grateful that God reached out to me before it was too late….I am a living testimony of The Power Of Jesus Christ to save and change a life that was lost with no hope. Nothing is impossible for God…..