Breaking the chains of addiction
through the power of Christ
“Certainly we cannot claim a magical cure for addiction. The devil which hides in the needle, the pills and the powder is so deadly strong that any such claim would be foolish. All we can say is that we have found a power that captures a person more strongly than narcotics but, He captures only to liberate.”
David Wilkerson, Founder of Teen Challenge - 1958
What We Do
You've tried to change, but you can't. You try to do the right thing, but you do the wrong things anyway. Every time you finally seem to get on the right track, something comes along and trips you up. Does this describe you?
The apostle Paul described his own feelings in exactly the same way during his struggle with sin. In a world of imperfect people, our greatest hope is in a perfect God. Teen Challenge is one path that will show you how to throw down the lifestyle of addiction and live in God's will.
Western Michigan Teen Challenge is a one year live-in discipleship program. Its main focus is to help adults who are struggling with life controlling addictions of any kind. We believe that addicts can be set free by the power of Jesus Christ, and that you don't have to live the rest of your life as an addict. We teach students how to have a relationship with God. How to get their lives back on track, and how to remain free from the bondage of addictions.
Evangelize people who have life-controlling problems and initiate the discipleship process to the point where the student can function as a Christian in society applying spiritually motivated biblical principles to relationships in the family, local church, chosen vocation, and the community. Teen Challenge endeavors to help people become mentally sound, emotionally balanced, socially adjusted, physically well, and spiritually alive.
Western Michigan Teen Challenge is founded on firm moral principles grounded in the Bible. We believe and promote these principles as put forth in the Scripture, as the basis and foundation for healing, restoration and life recovery.
“I saw it being lived out there, they had joy and that’s what I wanted. I also wanted to get out and be a father to my children. To God be the glory, I’ve never gone back to the drug scene.”
“I started to smoke marijuana and drink alcohol at 11, and by the time I was twelve I was using cocaine. After multiple suicide attempts, being homeless and seemingly hopeless, I came to WMTC. Since my arrival, God has given me more peace and joy than I ever had. For the first time in my life, I can look at myself in the mirror and be OK with the person looking back at me. The creator of the universe has a plan for my future today. Praise God!”
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I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.
- 1 Timothy 1:12-16