Staff Testimonies

Deanna Evans

From birth to graduation I was raised in church. My parents moved from a Baptist to a Non Denominational church while I was in 5th grade. My mother passed away while I was in 7th grade and from there we moved to the Church of God denomination. There were not too many services we missed. Without realizing it, I lived off of my parent’s church-related coat tail. I lived as a grandchild of the Father instead of a child of the Father. As an adult. I played the church game off and on for years; at my low points, I’d start going back to church. Everything would start going good and well, then I’d do my own thing. Then things started changing for me. I wanted more, but I didn’t know what or how. The Holy Spirit started dealing with me. At this point, I’d get back into church and make a commitment that is when the enemy began messing with me. I’d return to Jesus and plan on making a commitment only to be met by the enemy as soon as I got out the church door. This rocked on for several years. I did not know the power I had over the enemy. I got to the point where I’d say, “Okay Jesus, I am here for you, now fix my husband so I can live for you.” The Holy Spirit would tell me, “get yourself vertical with Jesus and everything else will line up for you.” I did not realize that all Jesus wanted from me was a relationship with him. In 2018 I got serious with Jesus and started seeking his face. Slowly, but surely I committed myself to Jesus Christ and his ways. Today I have a deep intimate relationship with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and he has given me the peace that passes all understanding that comes from being a daughter of the Most High King.

In 2019 an opportunity opened up for me to volunteer to teach a group of women how to sew. These women were in a faith-based program for drug and alcohol addiction. This was very exciting for me. I knew nothing about addiction – all I wanted to do was love those women and teach them what I love to do. By March/April 2020 I was asked to be part of the ministry leadership team. It was a big responsibility, but I knew that God would supernaturally guide and teach me. It was around this same time that we moved the ladies in the program to Cartersville Outreach. My time with them abruptly ended in November 2020. Through this departure, I was able to keep my head held high and stayed focused on the things of God, and prayed for the leaders of that ministry. Matthew 5:44. Pray for those who despitefully use you. I trusted that God would see me through and he did not disappoint. During the storm I kept my eyes on Jesus and took that opportunity to grow in him Though the storm assails me, I shall not be moved. Psalm 27:3.
1 Corinthians 15:58 – Be firm. Do not be moved….your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

My labor was not in vain. In July 2020 Pastor David invited me to join the group that goes to the Bartow County Jail on Thursday evenings. When he asked, I knew that was what was missing in my life, but the enemy did not like that. I got violently sick., but greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world, 1 John 4:4. Not only do I get to be part of the church services on Thursday nights at the Bartow County Jail, I get to meet with female inmates individually or in small groups on Friday afternoons We pray, study, and talk. The ladies request to meet with me. I also have an email ministry with the female inmates. My heart goes out to these women. I know there is a new life and freedom for them through Jesus Christ and that is what I teach them. It is up to them to grab hold of what Jesus has for them.

Joel 2:25 – I will restore everything that the locusts have taken. For years I longed to have my husband sit with me in church because he wanted to, not because I begged him to go. I firmly believe that because of my obedience to Christ, I was granted the desire of my heart. Psalm 37:4 – Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. January 2021 was the beginning of a new life for the two of us together with Christ front and center in our lives. Proverbs 16:24 – Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. In the 33 years we have been together our relationship has NEVER been as sweet as it is right now. I truly believe with Christ, it will only get better. Mountains move with Christ front and center. We are both a testament to that.

I am proud to be part of Cartersville Outreach, but more importantly, I am proud that I am a part of the family of God. I look forward to seeing what God has in store for Cartersville Outreach Women’s Center. With the team we have assembled and Christ front and center of every move, we can only be prosperous in everything our hands touch.

Deuteronomy 29:9 So keep the words of this covenant to do them, that you may prosper in all that you do. On September 18, 2022 I was licensed as a Minister of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ through Cartersville Outreach. Glory to God!

Christy Puli

I began doing drugs when I was thirteen years old. That was when I found out I was adopted. I began using meth, xanax, and anything else that could take the pain away. I struggled with feeling loved. I never felt like I had anybody. I pretty much resorted to any and everything that would make me feel accepted. Drugs, the streets, men. I was in so many abusive relationships, and hospitalized nine times. I fell so deep into the pits of hell that I was selling my body just to feel the acceptance I needed. It was never about the money.. I just wanted to feel loved. The devil told me nobody wanted me, and I listened. I was addicted to that lifestyle for 12 years. In 2015, it all caught up with me and I served time in three different counties. I remember I had been up for days from shooting meth and I cried out to God and said ‘Lord please, I know I’ll die like this’. In Bartow County Jail, I ran into Pastor David. He laid his hand on my shoulder and he said ‘You have a calling on your life. Step into it.’ From that point forward, I sought God. For so long I felt lost and without purpose my whole life. So when God called my name, I ran to Him. He began to change me. I had no idea what my heart was going to be like. “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and will bring you back from captivity.” Jeremiah 29:12-13. Immediately once I got out of jail, He began to restore my life. Everything was different. I got an amazing new job, a new car, and I had a beautiful daughter. “I will restore you to health and heal your wounds, declares the Lord, because you are called an outcast, Zion for whom no one cares.” Jeremiah 30:17 I was out for about two months, and Pastor David told me it was time for me to give back. I began going into the jail with the ministry, and my testimony made such a huge impact on so many people’s lives. My family began to see the change in me, and they allowed me back into their life. Even when the courts said it would never happen. I am blessed to have the family that I do. But I never knew my birth family. My birth mother served seventeen years in prison for killing somebody and my dad died from an overdose. In 2020, my brother was murdered. It took my spiritual breath away. I truly had to give him to God and learn to forgive. “For we are not fighting against flesh and blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12 This opened my eyes to the spiritual warfare we are in. I had to choose – either the darkness was going to overtake me or I was going to choose the only Light of the world. I chose to serve Him. Otherwise it would’ve been my end. But it wasn’t my end. It was my beginning. 

“They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to renounce their faith even when faced with death.” Revelation 12:11

I cannot express how thankful I am that He is using me to reach these women in this center. For He knows the plans He has for us…

Dulcy Minter

As worldly people we get caught up in society and concerned about what everyone around us thinks. We want to fit in, keep up with the Jones’ and have the latest styles and fashions, because we don’t have our eyes focused on the big picture. I want to thank God for this opportunity, if not for Him, I wouldn’t be here today. God has shown me so much love, mercy, and grace.
A little bit of background on me, I grew up in a Christian home, going to church on Sundays with my loving parents and had a great home life. I was saved in my teens, but then life happens, some of us drift away from God. Years later, I married, and we had a son and went to church. We dedicated our son to the Lord and was trying to do the right thing, but we didn’t feel God’s presence and didn’t see the move of God there, so we stopped going to church, and didn’t raise our son in church, except for special occasions. Later, in life, he went to Awana on Wednesday nights and seemed to enjoy it.
April 2021, I had surgery and approximately 6 (six) weeks later, I started getting a bacterial skin infection all over my body, which continued until September 2021. However, during this time, I visited with 5 (five) or 6 (six) different doctors and they all told me there was nothing wrong. I had them perform 2 (two) skin biopsies, but the results were hardening of the skin where I had been scratching. Keep in mind, I’m literally broken out from head to toe, and so afraid my entire family was going to catch this disease. I am having trouble swallowing, which is known as dysphagia and I needed my esophagus stretched. However, once you have your esophagus stretched, it will need stretching from now on.
I advised my husband something wasn’t right, and I thought I may be possessed (this was on a Saturday). Thank God for a man that prayed for me, loved me, and cared enough about me to not run out on me, but stuck by my side, even though I was about to lose my mind. The next day, Sunday, I had to go to the emergency room because I couldn’t swallow and was panicking, but again, they couldn’t find anything wrong with me. That night, while going to bed, I started praying and whatever was inside of me felt like it was coming out. I set up in the bed and started praying, out loud, so loud that our son heard me on the other end of the house and came to our bedroom and asked if the police needed to be called? This was not my finest hour as a mother. I continued to pray but couldn’t get whatever it was inside of me to come out and needed my whole family to help pray with and for me. I wondered if my son would come back in there after seeing me like that. Thank God, he came back in there and we all continued to pray, after what seemed like hours, I was for certain the demonic spirit had left me, and I was able to sleep that night. Monday morning, my husband got up and went to work, as normal, but I struggled with this situation again, so that afternoon, I called him and asked what he was doing and he replied just working,

but out of nowhere, a voice tells him, “It’s back”. At that time, he said, I’m going to have to call you back. This was like a scene from the movies where you see a demonic spirit possessing people, this spirit had been in me, and it was still there. I looked in the mirror, my eyes were so dark and black and the lights started to flicker and I was speaking in a different voice that I didn’t even recognize myself. At that time, I decided I was leaving the house so that I could release the demon out of me miles down the road from the house, because I didn’t want to release it in or near our house. I left and didn’t want anyone to know where I was or where I was going, because I was going to get rid of this thing by myself, I was going to pray it through on my own. For some reason, I was able to call my husband back and he told me to come to his workplace. In the meantime, my husband had spoken to a pastor friend, who passes out commissary and does the jail ministry, and advised him that I may be demon possessed. The pastor immediately said this is a Divine Appointment and the hairs stood up on his arms and the Lord told the pastor that I was demon possessed. My husband asked the pastor if he would mind going to the parking lot and praying for his wife and the pastor said he would be glad to. I don’t even remember driving up to the jail that day, but I do remember calling a friend of mine, Lynn, and asking her if she would come and pray with me. Lynn said she was in town and would meet her at the jail. I don’t remember my husband or the pastor walking out that day, but I do remember that demon trying to choke me, while I was sitting in my car. The pastor, my husband and my friend, Lynn, started praying for me and it seemed like hours for the demonic spirit to finally leave my body, but IT’S GONE!!!!!!

Glory to GOD for Pastor David, my husband, family, and my friend Lynn and thank you LORD for setting me free.

On October 04, 2021, I rededicated my life back to Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. It’s not an easy path, but it’s SO worth it, because HIS ways are so much better than our ways and HIS thoughts are so much better than our thoughts. The ways of JESUS are better than the ways of the world, because HE always goes before us and makes a way. HE is our foundation and our solid rock. We have to change our mindset and the way we think about things, to be more like JESUS. Walk closer to HIM, have an intimate relationship with HIM, because we are NOT worldly people anymore, HE transforms us into what we need to be for HIS Glory and Kingdom.

Thank you, LORD, for your many blessings, thank you for your love, grace, and mercy.

LORD, please use this testimony to GLORIFY YOUR KINGDOM and help touch someone’s life through my experience, in JESUS name, Amen.

Jessica York

John 15:16 “You did not choose me but I chose you and appointed you …”

This Bible verse could not be any more true when it comes to how Jesus found me on a Friday night January 12th, 2018 at the Good Neighbor homeless shelter. I had just been released from Paulding County Jail 2 days prior. I had been doing my all too familiar “tour” of Acworth City Jail, Polk County Jail and Paulding County Jail except this time Floyd County was thrown in the mix with new pending charges. My now husband (Trey York) and another man, who had been set free from addiction by the power of God, had come to the shelter that night for their weekly Bible study. I can still remember the girls in my hall saying “You going to Bible Study?” And I said, “Yes, if anybody needs it I do.” I had no intention of having an encounter with Jesus that night. I expected more of a pick me up – This is a “God is love” type of Bible study. Jesus loves me and He understands I’m just going through a hard time. Just try harder. Honestly, in the past, I thought me and God were alright. Well, addiction, mainly meth accompanied by alcohol and marijuana, was slowly killing me. It had devoured 6-7 years of my life. At that point I had nothing but the hope of a good phone call with my 2 kids who I hadn’t seen in months. I had let my children down in so many ways and I felt like a complete failure of a mother. When they began to speak in that room that night I can remember feeling a deep awareness of how lost I was and how little I knew Jesus. I always thought I was saved. I wasn’t a horrible person. I did bad things, but bad things had happened to me. It wasn’t that I did not believe in God, but at that point I knew I was on the path straight to hell. It wasn’t until, in that room when I felt the presence of God, I knew there was more to life. Who was this Jesus they knew?  I wanted to know Him. These men had been set free from everything I was dealing with. Jesus was real. I knew that He had led me to that room. God brought me to that place to hear the word from Him. I cried out to Jesus at that moment and he heard me. When I surrendered to Him everything changed. The very next morning I wasn’t able to cuss (which had become my first language). I was amazed. I literally felt as if someone had taken my brain out and put a new one in. I was a new person.2 Corinthians 5:17 “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature the old things have passed away; behold new things have come.” I knew I wasn’t perfect, but I wasn’t going back to the way it was. I HAD to know Jesus. I was delivered from addiction and it was only the beginning of so much more. I knew it wasn’t just about church or trying to do right. I knew He was alive and my life would never be the same. I can remember the first time walking into Cartersville Outreach Ministry and feeling such an overwhelming peace and the presence of God. When the worship music started I just cried and cried! I became undone before the Lord and he did such a work in me!  Through our pastor, David Bojczuk, the hand of God literally began to restore me and break the chains of bondage in my life.   1 John 3:8 “The Son of God appeared for this purpose; to destroy the works of the devil.”

Looking back on my old self is like looking at a different person. Because of my addictions and rebellion against God, I lost everything; custody of my kids, my license, most of my possessions and all sense of what was moral. I had overdosed, almost been beaten to death, and was sexually abused.  I had 2 probations looking at possibly 4. I had been arrested in 2 different states so many times I lost count. I had been to mental hospitals and rehab. I had become delusional about the state of my life and had been tormented by demons. Mental health had given me 6-7 diagnoses and said that without mental health medication I was like a scuba diver at the bottom of the ocean with no gear on… basically I would not make it. Those were the words of mental health doctors. I give all the glory to God because here I stand almost 4 and half years later FREE.

 I am now a wife to an amazing man of God who is the associate pastor at our ministry. The Lord put us together and that is a whole testimony in itself! We have 4 beautiful children who are being taught about Jesus and have experienced the power of God.  They have even been used to minister to the broken, all for the glory of God!! I am a stay at home mom which has always been the desire of my heart (Psalm 37:4 “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”)  And now the Lord has given me the ministry of my children being at home with our new additions and I am preparing to home school them.  This is like whoa God! Who you call you equip!!!

The Lord has given me a gift to sing and made me worship leader at the ministry for almost 4 years!!! Which singing praises to the King of kings is a joy and honor in itself!!! At the Bartow County Jail I got to sing and be part of the church services for a little over a year. That was an amazing experience that I will never forget. I was able to go back to the place Jesus found me at the Good Neighbor homeless shelter and do a Bible study with my husband.  We ministered there together for 3 years. Now I go there with some of the women from Cartersville Outreach Ministry.  I have an amazing church family who I thank Jesus for everyday. I have seen many people restored and touched by the power of God over these past years. God moves not just in the jail and shelter but wherever we go when we are willing to speak on His behalf. Praise Jesus!!! If He can do it for me He can do it for you. Don’t try to understand it all or figure out how it will happen. Only believe that He is able to change everything. Surrender it ALL to Jesus today.

Makenna Brown

February 22nd 2021 is the day the Lord said “no more”. Little did I know, He had been pursuing me my whole life. But so had the enemy. On this day, two separate counties did a bust and I was arrested and charged with – possession of a firearm or knife during commission or attempt to commit certain felonies; possession of a sawed-off shotgun or rifle, machine gun, dangerous weapon or silencer; possession and use of drug related objects; possession of a Schedule V controlled substance; possession of a Schedule I or II controlled substance with intent to distribute; possession of methamphetamine; possession of a Schedule II controlled substance; possession of a Schedule I controlled substance; aggravated assault; and aggravated battery. Some wonder how a 24 year old girl that grew up in a Christian school and never lacked a thing could wind up so deep in the street life. But I am proof that the devil does not discriminate. I let him convince me that I had no purpose; that God didn’t even exist. Had you asked me a year ago whether I was going to hell or not, I’d have told you I was already in it. The devil indeed comes to kill, steal and destroy… But He came to give life and that in all its fullness. I praise God that He had a plan for me the entire time. I, like many individuals, found Jesus in a jail cell. I cried out to Him (not knowing if He was even listening). I remember saying the words, ‘God, at this point I trust you entirely more than I trust myself. Do something.’ From that day forward, He revealed Himself to me in a way I’d never known. He rained down so supernaturally in my life that I had no way of denying Him. The girls all started lining up at the dorm door, and they said we were going to church. I figured if that was my only way of getting out of those four walls, I may as well take advantage of the opportunity. But you see, God knows the plans He has for us – even when we’re oblivious. I was sitting there with my arms crossed, mad at the world, not even paying attention to the sermon. That’s when Pastor David, who didn’t know me from Adam, stopped and pointed at me and said “the Holy Spirit said you need to stop denying your calling.” Me? A calling? The Holy Spirit must not know I’m facing federal prison time. He must not know the things I’ve done. He must have me mistaken for someone else. But you see, the Lord doesn’t make mistakes, and He wipes clean the ones we’ve made. That night, something in me changed. A stirring within me began. A burning hunger. I began seeking Him and serving Him from where I was at. I began to have peace and joy. No matter what happened to me as far as my case went, I was in the middle of His perfect will, and I knew that was the best place to be. He has since gotten me released from Bartow County Jail and completely supernaturally had the Fulton county charges dismissed. I now go into the jail every Thursday night with Pastor David and the church team to minister to women and men who He is calling – just like me. He has put to use the gifts He’s given me – I sing and worship Him everywhere I go. I have a job that I love at the Good Neighbor homeless shelter here in Cartersville. He spoke to me not very long ago and told me ‘I am going to show you the definition of outreach.’ It is an honor to be on the front line of the army of the Lord, pulling people out of the pit I myself used to be in.  Cartersville Outreach Women’s Center is going to restore so many lives. I am in awe and reverence of Him for choosing me to be a part of this family. 

“I will prove the holiness of my great name, which you once dishonored among them. The nations will know that I AM the Lord when I prove myself holy before their eyes, says the Lord God. They will say ‘This land was ruined, but now it has become like the garden of Eden. The cities were destroyed, empty, and ruined but now they are protected and have people living in them.’ Her ruined cities will be filled with flocks of people. I, the Lord, have spoken, and I will do it. Then they will know that I AM the Lord.”  Inspired by Ezekiel 36

Rebecca Reeves

From death to life. I stand here today free from bondage, free from strongholds, free from addiction, free from myself and only by the power of Jesus Christ I can confidently say that, so He gets all the Glory. I was in bondage to drugs, alcohol, immorality…SIN for over 13 years. I was in and out of handcuffs…in and out of the hospital…That was my life. The enemy had me convinced that this was who I was, and this is how I will always be. I would never be anything else than a worthless drug addict that doesn’t care about anything else but myself. Well, the devil did a good job because I believed it and I went harder, and I didn’t care about life anymore. I didn’t care about the one I love…I didn’t care about who I hurt. At first, I could “maintain” addiction and still take care of my responsibilities as a Mom and a “grown up”. Then that day came when I couldn’t. The devil had me so bound…so blind…I lost myself. It got to the point of just wanting to be dead…I was tired of the pain, the demons tormenting me all day…tired of who I have become…tired of hurting my son…tired of hurting my family…just tired of life. I wanted to escape it all and the only thing I could think of was death. I had no joy…no peace…no love, the enemy stole that from me… and he almost killed me. JOHN 10:10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy BUT MY purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. I didn’t walk with the Lord at all…I knew about 

Jesus but didn’t know Jesus. I started crying out to the Lord to save me and He heard my cry…He answered me. He saved me. He put me in a transitional center…Genesis MBTC 4 hours away from home and supplied my every need and took care of my son while I was gone and now our relationship is better than ever because I put God first in everything I do. I learned how to live again…I found my first-love and that is Jesus. Jeremiah 29:11-13 “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. When I thought there was no way…God split the red sea to make a way for me. My future is in the Lord’s hands. He has a plan for me, and His plan is prevailing in my life. I have hope. I have a purpose. I am confident in who I am. I have no fear of evil. I have joy, peace and love and I have a peaceful satisfying life that the Lord promised me that He would give me and I’m walking in it. Now I live for Christ and Christ alone. I am transformed, my mind is renewed, and I am being used by God in a mighty way…teaching others about the Living God and how real and amazing He is. I am a mighty woman of God and I will never be anything less than that. I represent my Jesus… who loves me and gave His life for me so I can live. Revelations 12:11 And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony. And they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die. I know who I am in Christ. I am confident in knowing where I am going when I die. I HAVE NO FEAR. He completely changed my life around and every day I walk in VICTORY. The devil is defeated. Now I have a job…and that is to tell the world what Jesus did for me and give the lost hope just like someone gave me. Genesis 50:20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it ALL for the good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people. Seeing people set free is my desire. There is Freedom in the name of Jesus.  God has no favorites.  If He can do it for me…He can do it for you too.

On September 18, 2022 I was licensed as a Minister of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ through Cartersville Outreach.  Glory to God! From Death to Life.