My name is Craig Eagleton and this is my testimony. As a child I never wanted to become who I became before I a Christian. I was severely bullied at school as well as at home, by my father. As a child I lived in fear 24hrs a day because of what was happening at school as well as what was happening at home. As a child I was sexually abused by a close member of the family who I looked up to. I was also physically and mentally abused which left me very depressed and upset. As I was only a child I thought this was a normal child's life.
I had a younger brother, who I was very close to, but he sadly passed away when I was 13. This took me a while to come to terms with even though when Darren passed to the next world, the abuse never stopped. Soon after my real father and my older brother moved out which was great news for me! But for years after I had counseling for what happened with in that house. Looking back I guess I could not open up what I felt inside because all I had and had for years was pure hate for everyone. Years went by and though I still had all of this hate inside of me I decided to join the army to be part of a family. I loved being in the army. I was achieving something and I started to open up but half way through my training I got an injury to my shins and the army medically discharged me. To be honest with you all, I did not want to go back to Wolverhampton but, for what ever reason, I went back. To this day I do not no why I went back.
I went back and met a lady and we spent three years together but we never loved each other. I don't know why we was together for so long but about six month in to the relationship we had a daughter and we named her Kimberly but at 38 weeks pregnant Kimberly sadly passed away and my ex girlfriend gave birth to a dead baby. As far I was concerned that was it, I had had enough. I knew this man and he was the leader of the wolves "firm" (yya) yam yam army. I joined them and soon after I fell in love with football violence and the drug and alcohol culture, going up and down the country doing over other "firms". Looking back I guess I wanted to die at a football game and have my name in history for the wrong reasons how stupid was that. A few months later my me and my ex had a second daughter called Ashleigh, who I love very much but at that time, as much as this hurts me to say this I could not care less about Ashleigh. Four months after Ashleigh was born I got arrested for fighting Millwall in Wolverhampton in the FA cup. You know how they say the past will come back and bite you when you at least expect it? It does. Less than two weeks later I had two houses dawn raided and then the police came to my place of work and arrested me in front of the manager live on TV. I still remember the headlines ?once a hero now a zero' but I did not care about anything except football violence and the drugs. Reading the headlines, what I found amusing was that I became what I despised as a child a bully I just laughed at that thought.
Three weeks later in front of the crown court judge I was sentenced to 16 months in prison with an 8 year banning order from all the grounds in the country. The judge said I had no place in society and I was scum and a disgrace to wolves and England I just laughed it off. Prison was fun at first but towards the end of my sentence I got sent to a jail just outside Cambridge called Edmunds Hill. I met a lady there called Nikki who told me to grow and said I am not as hard as I make out to be. Upon my release from that jail nikki had arranged me to go the a Christian home (rehab) v, o, u, k, and they were on about God but, me being me I did not want faith in my life but God had other plans. A few weeks went by and Wolves got Man Utd in the FA cup on that sat. Wolves and Man Utd have history and I was going to leave and go to that game but on the Tues night before that game there was a meeting on forgiveness and what god has forgiven us for and what we should forgive other people for. So I said to God if you are real I will make a deal with you. I will forgive all the people in my life for what they had put me through. The most amazing thing happened for about ten seconds something walked threw me and took every last bit of hate, tiredness and upset and God had set me free from all the years of pain. I did not find being a Christian being easy but it made me happy. Nine months later I returned back to Wolverhampton and soon I feel back in to my old ways. The other court case finally came up and I got sent back to prison for 10 months with a 6 year banning order. I was happy though because I knew God was giving me another chance. So I went to a jail Standford hill on the Isle of Sheppey. The vicar there said I can put you in touch with a church in Canterbury, SMB. A couple of days after my release I came to see Chris P at the church and he said welcome to the family", I can tell you I nearly cried-family at last. Now I'm part of the football team and touch rugby team and the outreach team. I am all so training to do a half marathon in sept for the church building project. God has given me more than I could ever wish for. If you take anything from this testimony please let be not how strong I am because I am so week with our God it is how god can change such a sinner like me I am so thankful now to God.
God be with you all and God bless you all.