Grafted - Luke's story

Tuesday, 4 January, 2011

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Luke Wardle: Life before I met Paul and Elaine Little, who run the Grafted project was pretty shocking to be honest. When I was 13 years old I started smoking cannabis and then by the time I was 14 I had started to become a dealer, selling quite large amounts for my age at the time, and really the draw of money and power, respect was quite high and then I very quickly became addicted and I started to work my way up the ladder and started taking what you'd call harder drugs.

Eventually when I was like 19 I ended up with a really bad cocaine habit. Had a heart attack at the age of 20 induced by an overdose and then shortly after that I started taking heroin. I was addicted to heroin for about a year and then I got put on the methadone for two years and to be honest it really wasn't really much of what I would call a life, it wasn't really living. I got to the stage where I really feel that God actually brought me to such a level where I had no other option but to cry out to him and ask for his forgiveness. And being with Paul and Elaine and the rest of the people on the project, they actually helped me through my withdrawals when I decided to come off methadone. They prayed me through it and I do know for a fact that it was nowhere near as bad as what it should have been and that was the power of God working in my life to help me through that struggle.

I've now got my qualification for walking so I'm a leader in that and my mountain biking, I can lead that as well. My father now lives in Australia so my plans for the future hopefully in a year's time will be, once I have enough qualifications, I would really like to move out to Australia and be an evangelist over there through outdoor activities such as mountain biking and hill walking. I really feel that it would be a great way for me to get the message of the gospel across to people so I'm really looking forward to visiting a new country, especially one that is going to be sunny!

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