Much of Allan’s early years, however, weren’t a laughing matter. Raised in a home that was characterized by his parent’s heated arguments, their eventual divorce, and his mother’s remarriage which ended with his stepfather being escorted from their house in handcuffs after an incident of domestic abuse, Allan remembers his childhood as one marked by rejection.
Allan’s home life continued to deteriorate during his teen years. He fell into the destructive clutches of drug use. At his lowest point, he found himself in Dallas, with no place to live and smoking crystal meth. In desperation, he cried out to God.
God’s answer came in an unlikely form: an arrest. It was during his time in jail that Allan’s life was radically changed. “It was my nineteenth day in jail, and I remember thinking – I don’t have to live like this anymore. In Psalms, it says, ‘I am close to the brokenhearted, I save those who are crushed in spirit.’ He set me free, forgave me, and gave me a new life.”