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Farmer’s Life a Testimony


Williamsburg, Ky. – Joe Farmer uses his life as a former drug addict and his years of soberness as a sign of hope. As a UNITE faith-based coordinator, his job is to educate others about drugs and to offer a second chance. During convocation services held recently on University of the Cumberlands’ campus, Farmer urged the audience to not pass judgment on others.

"People called me a dope head and I lived up to their expectations," said Farmer. "God sent a Pastor and he began to love me and the church began to pray for me," he said.

Farmer was adopted into a negative and abusive home as a child, which ultimately lead to his experimenting with drugs at age 12. By 15, he had become an addict, but on July 26, 1992, his life changed when a friend invited Farmer to his house. There, his friend and his friend's mother began to talk to Farmer about God and Farmer decided to accept God into his life.

"For 13 ½ years I have not used drugs," Farmer said.

He said that during his times as an addict, many Christians looked down on him and said he was hopeless and he believed what they had said.

"No body is hopeless," he said.

He challenged the audience to get involved with project UNITE as well as to witness to drug addicts they may know. "It starts with one life at a time," Farmer said.

Project UNITE was launched by US Congressman Hale Rogers of the 5th Congressional District. Operation UNITE stands for Unlawful Narcotics Investigation, Treatment, and Education. According to Operation UNITE’s website, it “serves to educate and activate individuals, through the development of community coalitions, to no longer accept or tolerate the drug culture in southern and eastern Kentucky.”

University of the Cumberlands, located in Williamsburg, Ky., is a private liberal arts university in its 117th year of operation. UC offers four undergraduate degrees in 37 major fields of study, 30 minors and nine pre-professional programs, as well as online and accelerated, non-traditional programs for adults.