Peter, youngest of three brothers, was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. In 1977, Peter took his first valium and ever since had been chasing the inducement of feeling on top of the world. Due to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder he quit school and went to work. Peter quickly fell into experimenting with drugs. It escalated from taking valium, to smoking marijuana and then main lining cocaine, speed and morphine. Peter started to get into trouble with the law from 1977 until 2003. He had 4 counts of armed robberies, breaking and entering, and fraudulent prescriptions.
In 1982 Peter gave his life to Jesus Christ after being in lock down for 23 hours due to armed robberies. In 1989 he found the love of his life and his best friend. In 1990 and 1992 God gave him two wonderful children. At that time, he thought he had his addiction under control, but he was living a double-life and caused his family severe pain with his deceit and hypocritical lifestyle. His wife kept bringing him back, believing in him that he would be the example of a godly man for their family. Peter went in and out of treatment centers, Teen Challenge six times, and even graduate from Teen Challenge in 2013. Sadly, after graduating he went back into his old addiction ways.
His son Scott was also suffering from depression and drug abuse. His wife raised their kids with the hope that one day they would have a sober father. Peter’s life took a shocking turn for the worse when his 26-year-old shot himself with a shotgun in the head, a result of dealing with his addiction and depression. Two months later Peter’s niece shot herself, also in the head resulting from depression and drug addiction. The trauma stopped Peter in his tracks. On August 1st Peter came to UGM to rededicate his life to Jesus Christ and to break the cycle of addiction. Peter believes that his family has forgiven him for his negligence and the trauma that he had caused them. After three overdoses, Peter believes he is still alive because God has a plan for his life. Philippians 1:6 and John 10:28 say that God started the work in him and therefore nothing will snatch him out of His hand. God has proved that! Please pray for this work to continue.
Peter’s main focus is to have Jesus Christ at the center of his life and to have reconciliation with his family. Joel 2:25, “God says, I will restore what the locust have eaten”.