A ‘pikey’ found the love of Jesus, got freed from heroin


As a part of the traveling Romani Gypsies in Scotland, David Buckland grew up in a trailer without heat or running water. His father was a farmworker and they connected the T.V. to the car battery when they wanted to watch something.

The Scottish kids called him a pikey, a pejorative term for the minority European group.

“We had to learn to defend ourselves. It was the only way I knew was fighting. I had a younger brother to defend as well,” David told God Reports.

Today at 49, David is saved after 25 years of heroin addiction. “I was a king of sin, but He is The King of Salvation,” the Victory Outreach volunteer says.

David Buckland’s dad was a given to blows.

“My father was a violent man and we were all terrified of him,” David says. “He beat up everybody, me, my brother, the neighbors.”

His mother abused alcohol and prescription drugs.

To cope with the brokenness of his home, David got into boxing.

“When I was eight, I got obsessed by boxing and put my all into becoming a Sugar Ray or Ali,” he says. “I loved boxing. That was my claim to escape.”

But at 17, his claim to escape became running with a youth gang. He drank and started smoking weed, along with hallucinogenic drugs.

“I dabbled in the occult not knowing what I was opening doors to,” he says. “I ended up becoming a heroin addict for 25 years.”

Once while serving a jail sentence, he read Blood in Blood Out, the story of Art Blajos who trained for the Mexican Mafia in San Quentin and became a big-time drug dealer and abuser before coming to Christ and dedicating… Read the rest: Victory Outreach England.

3 responses to “A ‘pikey’ found the love of Jesus, got freed from heroin

  1. Amen! I love to read these testimonies. 🙂

  2. Keep sharing them Christian testimonies

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