God has brought me from death to life through Cartersville Outreach. A little over 2 years ago I was a broken woman who had lost everything, including herself. I walked into that Church and felt the power of God, and since going to church my life has forever changed. He’s restored everything the devil has taken from me and I’m so blessed that the people of Cartersville outreach are so obedient to God and welcome everyone with open arms. They helped me at the lowest point of my life and through God helped mold me into the woman I am today.
“For with God, nothing shall be impossible.” Luke 1:37
I start with this scripture because God did the impossible in my life. According to statistics, only 3% of addicts who attempt to get clean stay clean. I stand here today to say that I am not a statistic, I am a miracle. My name is Donna Ellinger. I’m 36 years old. God did things in my life that can’t be explained in any natural way besides ‘God did that!’ God used Cartersville Outreach to reach me – the impossible to reach. Rehabs stopped accepting me, jails were tired of seeing me over and over again for the same thing, my family was tired of not knowing if they would wake up to that dreadful phone call that I was found dead or overdosed in the hospital. My kids were tired of missing their mama. Most of all, I was tired of the insanity of the life I was living, but I had no clue how to stop it. I had tried so many times, I was beginning to believe it was impossible for me; that I would never have freedom from the chaos that I was living. For over twenty years I used drugs – all of them – I did not care. Meth was the demon that was attached, and I couldn’t get out of its grasp. I shot up for eighteen years. I lost everything I owned atleast twice. I’d been to jail all over Georgia and Kentucky. It became normal to me. I’ve done and seen things I’ll never speak of, because the human heart wouldn’t know how to not judge me. On March 7, 2019 things changed for me. I looked up to the heavens and said “God, if this is all life has for me, I just assume be dead.” God had a plan for me. That same night, I got arrested and put in Bartow County Jail for being in a stolen vehicle with drugs and so much more. I got to my cell and on my bunk sat a little New Testament Bible. I picked it up. On Monday March 11, 2019 Cartersville Outreach came for church. Pastor David read “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11. It made me think of my mom, so immediately the tears began to flow. But when he read “While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8, I broke with sorrow and repentance and… joy. He loved me when I was unlovable. I gave my life back to God that night. I stayed in my Bible and prayed constantly. For the first time in twenty years, I felt free and at peace. I faced prison time but my faith was in God and I kept my faith even when it looked as if my prayers were not being answered. My lawyer told me that I was making a mistake when I refused every offer that they offered me, but I knew God had something better for me. I was told that if I did not take a plea deal, that I would serve the max amount of time possible. God walked in that courtroom with me. The judge’s words were “I don’t know why I’m doing this, but for some reason I’m going to give you what you asked for.” Jaws hit the floor. I was also told “Do not come back, or it will be the max.” I went to a two-year Christian program, and if Cartersville Outreach had not reached the unreachable, I would not be where I’m at today. I completed the two-year program, I got my 8 year-old child back, all of my kids are in my life, I have my own place, I’ve held the same job for a year now, and I’ve been clean almost four years now. All because Cartersville Outreach touched my heart with God’s love through them. All glory be to God the Father. Freed, redeemed, and delivered.