My name is Patrick. I am 21 years old and originally from Chicago, IL. My dad graduated from Teen Challenge when I was 3 and raised me in a good home. We always went to church, but I never had a relationship with God. In the 5th grade, my cousin opened the door of drug use for me. I was still able to participate in 3 different sports, with football being the one I excelled in the most. During my high school years, I became a star athlete on my football team, but struggled with the party lifestyle. I did not realize how much of an impact that lifestyle would have on me. I went on to play college ball, but tore my MCL, which ended my career. Instead of leaning on Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, I dove deeper into drugs and the approval of others through that party lifestyle. The spiral downward into sin quickly consumed me. I eventually found myself lying and stealing to feed the addiction to drugs, but that's the old man, praise God! My sin led me straight to jail. It was there that I realized I needed Christ. Soon after, I was presented with the opportunity to enter Teen Challenge. Here, I discovered the peace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ. God has forever changed my life. Galations 5:16 says, "So I say, walk by the Spirit , and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh."
Hello, my name is Michael. I am 26 years old from Livingston, TN. I was blessed to grow up in a loving home with great parents. I played sports and was active in school. I excelled in golf. Hanging around country clubs, I was introduced to all kinds of sinful desires and started down the wrong path with the wrong people. What started as recreation ended up in addiction that ruled my life. After several years of feeding my selfish desires, I hit rock bottom. Beaten and broken, I cried out to God and begged for a way out. My prayers were answered through a great Godly man, Pastor Tim McLaughlin, who led me to Teen Challenge. My time in the program has changed me dramatically. God has done great things in mine and my family's lives. I am excited to see what my future hold. Even though I am not sure what it holds, I do know that through Christ all things are possible. That thought truly is exciting to me. The verse I stand on is 2 Timothy 1:7 "For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline."
Hi, I'm Brenna. I'm 31 years old, and I'm from Grand Haven MI. I was raised in an amazing loving home, but at a young age, Satan got ahold of my mind and spoke lies to me. Thoughts of being worthless and insufficient gave me a false identity. I began using alcohol to change the way I felt and quickly found myself in utter darkness. Depression, shame and physical dependence on alcohol kept me in bondage for years. Treatment centers, doctors and medication could not break the chains of sin in my life. But Jesus Christ has. I know now, that Satan is a liar and has no power in my life. The Lord has delivered me and promises me a future of hope and happiness. I am grateful to each and every one of you who support Teen Challenge with your prayers and contributions.
My name is Chas, I’m 23 and am from the Muskegon area. I want to start out by saying thank you for your giving to Teen Challenge. Without this ministry I would be lost, but now I am found and saved. I am married with two kids. I grew up in Twin Lake, MI and was brought up in church, so I knew a little bit about God and the Word. I first started down the wrong path the summer before high school, when I began to smoke weed. That led me to hanging out with the wrong people, and then I soon started drinking and doing pills. Alcohol and sinful activities slowly brought me to the lowest point in my life. I got into a wreck while drinking and driving. After that, I came to Teen Challenge. The first time I was here for 10 months and left. I thought I had it down, but I didn’t. Slowly, I went back to drinking and found myself in jail again. This time I truly, whole-heartedly called out to the Lord and gave myself to Him again. From then on, He’s opened my eyes to a number of things I missed the first time. He’s restored my marriage, relationships and my life. I give all the glory to God. 1 Corinthians 1:31 says, “That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.”
My name is Jovan. I’m 23 years old from Saginaw, MI. I grew up in a Christian home with loving parents who took me to church regularly. After the traumatic loss of a friend, I rebelled against God, isolated myself, and began to experiment with drugs to self-medicate. From that point, I was always chasing the next high, and it led me down a very destructive path. After two overdoses last year, I hit rock bottom and turned to God. I’m so thankful that God had his hands on me. It is by His grace that I am alive. Since coming to Teen Challenge, God has shown me love like I’ve never known before. He has filled the emptiness in my heart to overflowing. Today, I look forward to the future that God has in store for me. Philippians 3:13-14: “No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”