Women at the Well Ministries
"Whoever drinks of the water I shall give him shall never thirst." John 4:14
Greetings in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ:
My name is Lisa Pinckney and I from Rayne, Louisiana. I had a pretty rough childhood, although I didn't know it at the time. I, like most children, accepted it as normal. There was extreme sexual immorality and addictions. And although these things influenced some decisions I began to make, I chose to go down a path that would almost be the death of me. Without even knowing it, I was cooperating with the devil and his plans for me; to kill, steal, and destroy me. John 10:10 One of many traps I would fall into throughout my life.
As a teenager I began willingly having sex many times with much older men. I also began smoking and using drugs and alcohol. It wasn't very long until someone introduced me to the concept that I did not have to give myself away, people would pay. So I began stripping and working for an escort service (a fancy word for prostitute). For the first time in my life I felt in control. Coming from a family that had very little money, this became my addiction very quickly. I thought I found a way out, what I found was another trap.
I was introduced to some very strong drugs and lots of it. It was at this point that I began using IV drugs. My coworkers told me it was the most "discreet" way to get high. Again I fell into another trap.
I tried many times in my mess to straighten up. I was married three times, hoping that being "in love" would fix me. I went to secular rehab, which only helped for a little while. I even went to psychiatrists and they told me I was bi-polar and put me on psychotic medications. This left me feeling desperate, hopeless, and suicidal. More traps set by the enemy that I fell right into. As long as I can remember I have been a very angry person. When I mixed money, power, sex, alcohol, and drugs together, it often fueled me into violent rages that would last for days. Often times I would end up in jail which became the norm for me. There were several times I did not even know why I was there until I was released and read my charge papers.
In 2008 I found myself in Lexington, Tennessee, homeless and alone with a drug and alcohol addiction that had no boundaries. After being arrested for the third time that year and possibly facing prison time, my probation officer gave me the option of coming to Women at the Well. I figured I had tried everything else, why not give this Jesus a try. On December 28, 2008 I came to WATW and it was a whole new world. Here they had order and structure, something I desperately needed. I came to salvation on April 11, 2009 after a play where I saw Jesus knock down all the demons that were attacking a man by simply holding out His hands. I knew in my heart I needed Him to be my Savior. After we returned home I went to our prayer closet and surrendered my life to Him. I meant it and so did He and my life has not been the same since! God used WATW to bring forth Romans 12:2, transforming my life by renewing my mind. He has and continues to move me forward into the image and character of Jesus Christ.
I graduated the program on February 19, 2010 and felt called to stay and complete a six month internship. To my surprise, but not to His, I am still working at WATW as a full time staff member. I have completed my PSNC training which permits me to teach Teen Challenge curriculum. I have also completed a course in Biblical Counseling and this gives me the opportunity to mentor and counsel the students in our program at WATW. There are so many things that the Lord has accomplished in my life, the list is really endless because He continues to work in me. Here are just a few of these accomplishments:
1. On December 22, 2009 I received my drivers license that I haven't
had since 1999.
2. I have health insurance for the first time in my adult life.
3. I go to the jail weekly to teach and minister to the female inmates.
One of those courses is Anger management.
4. He has restored to me my family which I had long ago burnt
5. I am the first in my family to go to college. I attend Tennessee
Temple University of Chattanooga and I am half way to earning
my associates degree.
More than anything, I want others to know that no one is hopeless. No one is so far that the Grace of God cannot reach them.
Genesis 50:20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good, to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
My name is Nikki, I came to WATW on June 11, 2009. At this point in my life I had lost custody of both my children, had been on drugs for many years, and living with whoever would take me in. Two drug rehabs, a family intervention, and going to jail had not changed how I was living. I thought I was hopeless but God has now assured me that I do have hope.
My addiction began when I was 18. Soon after my oldest son was born I began using prescription pain medication. Several years later, barely hanging on to my job, going to jail and my mother raising my son, I was told about a methadone maintenance program. I was told, "This would help me," and methadone became my world. Sometimes with no car and very little money, I would find a ride to the clinic and the money to pay for it however I could.
I got a job as a 911 operator, still abusing methadone along with other drugs. I came to work high one night and fell asleep on an emergency call and was fired. I was arrested soon after that for theft and my brother took my youngest son because I was unable to care for him.
I had hit rock bottom. My mom, still holding out hope that I could change, helped me enter a Teen Challenge crisis center and they sent me to WATW. My life has been truly changed by God's Word and a personal relationship that I now have with Jesus. I learned to submit to authority and how to be in authority. I no longer lay awake at night and think of the things I have done. God has forgiven me and helped me to forgive myself. I graduated WATW on October 23, 2010 and served as an intern and I am now a full time staff member.
God has done amazing things in my life. I now have custody back of my youngest son, and a great relationship with my oldest son. We live in the new staff house at WATW. I am getting the opportunity to be a mother again. I am starting college at TTU and eventually planning on going to nursing school. The Bible says that God has plans for my future, I'm not sure what all that is but I do know it will be filled with hope for me and my family.
Women at the Well Ministries
881 County Road 655
Athens, TN 37303