Trees of Hope: Daryl's Story

Baihly Warfield
Created: December 10, 2018 02:23 PM

DULUTH, Minn. - Daryl Warwas used to live a pretty fast life. 

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"I was in a lot of fear, fear of getting charges and getting a lot of time in prison," Warwas said. 

He was searching for something missing, and he turned to drugs. He is matter-of-fact about that time. 

"I committed the crimes of first-degree manufacture of methamphetamine, second-degree sales and third-degree possession," he said. "I've sat a total of 10 years for that."

He's done time at prison and spent plenty of days at treatment centers. Seven times, he tried to cure his addiction. 

"In all of them treatments, I took them all very seriously," Warwas said. 

But despite his efforts, the addiction seemed to win every time. That is, until he arrived at the Duluth campus of Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge. 

"What was different at Teen Challenge was I learned that it's not me that does the changing, it's Jesus that does the changing," he said. 

He said that realization was like flipping a switch. 

"Everyone I know that had significant change had a spiritual experience," he explained. 

He spent 13 months at Teen Challenge in the long-term program. And since getting sober, he's felt called to lead others down the same path. 

"I think all we can do is just plant a seed. That's all I do, I just look to plant a seed," Warwas said. 

He now writes and calls people in jails all over the state. With his time in the system, he said usually there are familiar names on almost any jail roster.

"They're the most open when they're broken, when they're going through some suffering, when they're in jail," Warwas said. 

Teen Challenge helped him learn his mistakes are not his identity. 

"I don't think that God planned for me to go through these struggles. He gave me the power of choice, and I chose wrong," he said."But I believe that He is using that for His good."

You can donate to Minnesota Teen Challenge online or by calling into the phone bank during Good Morning Northland and WDIO News at 5, 6 and 10 on Tuesday.


Baihly Warfield

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