Brennon Battles has a new life.
“I had hit rock bottom in a seven-day-a-week drug habit, using everything from alcohol to morphine,” Battles said. “I was really strung out. I had gone from drug seller to drug user when me and my wife separated and I committed armed robbery.”
Battles, 52, was grateful for his arrest. He believed the Lord granted him a second chance.
In late July, Battles returned to Ocala, Florida for the eighth New Life reunion. About 200 people celebrated as former convicts described how their lives continue to be transformed through “God and Christ.”
New Life is a Chrstian support and networking group comprised of several different ministries. It began with a group of former Marion (County) Correctional Institute inmates playing basketball. Most of the New Life members were former Tier III inmates. The Tier III drug treatment program is designed to keep inmates from returning to their destructive drug habits