Jesus Loves You -- Murderer finds God's forgiveness and love.
My name is David (Ty) Eugene Johnston, I am on death row
here in Florida now going on 17 years.
May this letter find you healthy, and your friends too
in joyful spirits.
I have no family, my family abandoned me when I
was ten years of age. I suffered physical torture,
abuse, psychological cruelty, inhuman mistreatment,
and willful emotional neglect.
I truly have nobody. No one to help or care about me.
Nobody to show me any love and affection I need. No
friends, no person to write to. I do not receive any
visitors, I absolutely just do not have anyone.
The only greatest love and affection and care and friend
I honestly do have is God (Jesus) My Savior.
I would like to share with you all how I found God.
All my life I was abused. I was nearly killed several times
as a child by my own mother and father- from their physical
beatings. I was abused by my brothers and sisters. I never had
emotional support, encouragement, guidance, love and all the
rest that goes with being a child.
My father raped me as a young child. I was really sad and hurt
and disappointed. I never received any gifts nor Christmas gifts
from my family.
My life became filled with alcohol and drugs, as I was sleeping
on the streets at a young age. Not caring about people's feelings.
I was hurting.
I have never been given the actual chance in life. I have no education,
because due to the severe beatings, they kept me out of school
and secretly locked inside of the bedroom closet, with a lock
on the door so I couldn't come out of the closet.
I was deprived of food, clothes and medical treatment.
The little education I do have is by my self learning's and teachings.
I have tried to kill myself, only to awaken in the ICU and recover.
I trusted easily and they took whatever innocence that I had.
I let people abuse me, it was the only way I knew. I became even
more confused, lonely and heartsick. I have tried to end my life
several times here on death row: taking pills, cutting my wrists,
and attempted to hang myself, because I thought I had nobody to
live for, and nobody would care if I did kill myself. Nobody
would miss me.
Then I tried several religions, all the way to Islamic, trying to
find God. But I wasn't finding God through prayers and reading
religious materials, and still felt lonely.
The thought entered my head: nobody loves me, wants me, cares
about me, needs me, not even God. I had no money, or warm clothes,
or good food, or hygiene, received no letters or visitors, and nobody
wants to help me. I am just worthless. I cried a lot, not even other
death row inmates cared about me.
So on December 1999, I had a brand new razor blade, and in tears and
sick hearted, I pressed the razor blade up against the right side of
my neck with my right hand, closed my eyes and I yelled out "Forgive me
Suddenly, something slapped my hand very hard, knocking the razor blade
from my hand, and forcing my hand outward and completely away from my
I reopened my eyes and I saw this Bright Glow of Light inside the cell
with me. I heard this Voice say to me,
"I AM THE WAY, Nobody can come to My Father but only through ME.
Islam isn't the way,
Batinism isn't the way,
Baptist isn't the way,
Buddha isn't the way,
Catholic isn't the way,
Pentecost isn't the way,
killing yourself isn't the way,
I AM THE WAY."
I kneeled down to the cold concrete cell floor and bowed down and
prayed. I went to God in the Name of His Son Jesus Christ. I repented
of all and every sin I committed. And repented every commandment
of God's laws I violated. Repented of every lie I had told, every
profanity I used, repented of all the people I had hurt emotionally,
by stealing their property, repented of all the drugs and alcohol
I had used, repented for misusing my body, repented for trying to kill
myself. I asked God to forgive my family of all the terrible things
they did to me, and I told God I am tired of living my life my way,
and want to live my life God's way. I gave God control of my life, and
accepted Jesus Christ into my heart, into my life, into my soul,
into my mind, and into my spirit as God's Son and as my Saviour.
I am happy now, I don't feel lonely nor sick hearted anymore. I get a
visit every day and every night, when I pray to God!! God Loves me,
Jesus Loves me and cares about me, and needs me, and wants me.
And is my best Friend. Amen
I have peace, I read the Bible every day and I love God with all of
my mind, heart, soul, life, and spirit.
I no longer care about being cold in here, I don't care about having no
radio, or television, I don't care about having no shoes, or nobody to
love or care for me, or visit me, or help me, or write me. I no longer
care about hunger pains, or sores on my feet, or poor health.
Why? I have God!! Jesus' Love is so beautiful!! No more worries, no
pains in my heart, no more sick heartness, no more loneliness, no more
sorrows, no more feelings of blue. I know real peace and love!
For Jesus Christ, I write three words: "I LOVE YOU."
He really does love me too.
Thank you all for reading my letter
and may God Bless you
You are all in my prayers.
Your Brother in Christ
David E. Johnston # A084761
P.O. Box 221
Raiford, Florida 32083
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