Terra’s double life finds a singular purpose

Terra grew up in a Christian home. With two Christian ministers as parents and a Christian school background, life on the streets as part of a violent gang seemed like a scene from a movie… a movie about someone else’s life. But sadly, this was Terra’s truth. Teased and bullied after she transferred to public school, Terra eventually reached a breaking point. “I was so tired of [the teasing],” Terra says. “I just wanted to fit in, so I made a promise that I would never be disrespected again.

Involved with the wrong crowd

“I began to act like everyone else, and I got involved with the wrong crowd. I became someone I didn’t even know. I was living two separate lives: I was a good girl at home, but then I’d go to the streets and act like I didn’t have a family that cared about me.” Terra became part of a gang in Knoxville. She was involved in multiple robberies, finally getting arrested and sent to jail at the age of 21.

Set apart for God’s glory

Released on probation, Terra came to KARM and found a place at Serenity. From that day on, everything changed. “God has been working in me in such a miraculous way!” Terra smiles. “When I was younger, I was on fire for the Lord, and today, it’s like He never left. I heard the Lord say, ‘I know the plans I have for you.’ I belonged to Him this whole time! He set me apart for a reason, and I’m just so thankful that now I see that.”

Celebrating restored relationships

Terra is now working and has started back to college. She’s playing music and writing poetry again, even singing on the worship team at her church. And thankfully, she’s celebrating a restored relationship with her family. “We’re closer than ever before. I see Him moving in my family’s life, and I thank Him for everything I’ve been through, because if it wasn’t for that, I wouldn’t be able to appreciate what I have today.” Terra is also grateful for those at Serenity who took the time to care for and disciple her. “Without KARM, I’d probably be dead, honestly,” she says, shaking her head. “But God separated me from that. All along, it was Him saving me.”

KARM saved my life

Terra is also grateful for those at Serenity who took the time to care for and disciple her. “Without KARM, I’d probably be dead, honestly,” she says, shaking her head. “But God separated me from that. All along, it was Him saving me.”

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