For six months, Yvette Castillo was homeless, popping pills and drinking alcohol. She was pregnant and found refuge in abandoned house with crack addicts where she was raped.
“I was trusting the drugs instead of trusted God to make me happy,” Yvette said in a YouTube testimony. “I thought it was an easier solution, but it wasn’t.”
Yvette now lives in Houston with her husband and kids and goes to church. She’s come a long way from the beginning of her downfall at three-years-old, when she was first molested.
Raised by an alcoholic father and a mother who also disappointed her, Yvette became a troubled teen. With hate raging within from deep hurts, she actually invoked the powers of darkness one day while alone in her bedroom.
“I said, ‘Give me the power to hurt everyone, to stop people from messing with me.’” she said. “I didn’t know that I was making a pact with the devil. I knew who I was talking to, but I didn’t know how serious it was.”
She fought everyone at school who looked at her funny and disrespected her teachers. She was cutting and using drugs. Not youth camp, not juvenile hall, not counselors could help her change course.
She gave birth to a child at 14 years old.
“Not even my child stopped me from doing bad things,” she said. “It was a force that had taken over me, and nobody could stop me.”
Kicked out of school and her house, Yvette fell into the clutches of an abusive boyfriend.
“He hit me. He mistreated me. And I felt like I deserved every bit of it.”
In the midst of her ordeal, she had two abortions.
Leaving that boyfriend is how she became homeless. Pregnant and alone, she tried to mask the inner pain with pills and alcohol, which she paid for by stealing.
“I no longer had a heart,” she said. “I couldn’t love my kids. I couldn’t love myself. I was so drained.”
Her next boyfriend got saved and pulled her into church. She was on fire and serving God for a time, but then… Read the rest of the story.