After 24 years of homelessness and addiction, Yvester Johnson found a Savior he will never doubt again
By Stephanie Morris-Graves
Yvester Johnson went to college to play basketball. He had extraordinary leaping ability, and his superior shooting skills made him a high-school star. Added to that, he was a southpaw. The perfect package for a point guard.
But about halfway through his freshman season at Western Oklahoma State College, his girlfriend summoned him home to Sapulpa, Oklahoma, to see their baby son. Three weeks later Yvester was addicted to crack cocaine and decided to trade dorm life for street life.
Between highs—and the many more lows--he vowed that he’d get it together, thinking basketball would be there when he got back on track. But it never happened. Months turned to years and then decades in a crack-induced cycle of addiction, homelessness, and despair.