Tarzan is his yard name, or what they used to call him in his old life. The yard is a prison yard. His old life was one of addiction and violence. He was doing life in the sin yard of destruction. Christos Terzan and his wife Michelle visited Celebrate Recovery at Church For The Nations Flagstaff last Friday night. They brought new life with them and inspired a bunch of folks with their courage to surrender their lives to Christ.
Violence was a normal part of Tarzan's life as a youngster. When the violence wasn't physical, it was emotional and verbal - it started at home. Eventually street life contaminated his character and he was immersed in thug life. Christos became a hardened man, a gangster and a drug addict. Mean and nasty are character traits for hoodlums who have a one track mind focused on self-survival. Gangsters are the apex predator and everyone else is just prey.
Eventually all gangsters end up dead or in jail. Only by God's grace and mercy did Chris end up in alive prison. For three years after his arrest, even though he was alive, all Chris could think of was death. He planned to kill people when he got out of prison. One day, Chris wandered into a program called Celebrate Recovery. The guys were smiling, peaceful, content and happy. He wanted what they had, it was contagious!
Chris almost ran when he found out these guys were into Jesus, but God drew him in. One of the greatest things we can say about Christos Terzan is that he constantly works on his character in Christ. His speech is almost like one long litany of God's attributes. He gives God all the credit. He also gives God gratitude for his Wifey4Lifey Michelle. She's a Godsend! Lives are being redeemed from the pits of addictive hell because of what God is doing through these reclaimed children of God.
As a master mechanic Chris used to build lowriders for gangsters and drug dealers. A lowrider is a customized car or truck with a body that's nearly lowered to the road. Chris is now a master preacher, humbled by Christ, whose life is lowered to the Way. From an apex predator out for prey to a lowrider in Christ looking to pray, Chris has become a Godsend.
"But God demonstrates his own love toward us and while we're still sinners Christ died for us."
The only reason Christos Terzan is alive today is because he did die; Tarzan died to himself and became alive in Christ.
Thanks for your time. Go do something nice for somebody. Jesus loves you and so do we.
MORE ABOUT CHRIS
He's also the Founder and Director of Dunamis Prison Ministries. You can help Chris and Michelle bring the message of hope and redemption through Christ to other people in prison and on the streets by clicking this link to donate.
CONTACT CELEBRATE RECOVERY - CR IS FOR EVERYONE!
Celebrate Recovery is held every Friday night from 6-9 pm at Church For The Nations Flagstaff, 755 N. Bonito St. 86001
"A safe place to find community and freedom from issues that are controlling our life. We are a Christ-centered, 12 step recovery program providing healthy tools for anyone struggling with hurt, pain or addiction of any kind."