Archive for March 2011

Aaron Barber

Aaron Barber

Hello my name is Aaron Barber. I am 29 years old and from Dallas, TX. I come from a rough past including a lot of drug and alcohol abuse. I spent the last 15 years of my life in and out of jail and high and drunk on anything that I could get my hands on. In August of 2010 I was facing a 10 year sentence. But instead of going to the penitentiary I was sent to Teen Challenge of Texas – Azle Men’s Campus.

Here I have learned a lot. One of the best things about Teen Challenge for me has been the extensive class time I get from our education department. I have learned how to read the word and apply it to my life. The group studies that we do helped me to identify things in myself that I didn’t know were there. We had a class on managing money that has been a great help to improve the way I look at my finances. Now we’re involved in a study called the Ultimate Journey. This class helps me identify the lies that I believed about myself as a kid growing up and how to deal with them now in a more positive and Godly way. I have spent my whole life doing wrong for selfish reasons; now I am learning through a new kind of spiritual education to do things for others and for Gods kingdom.

Crystal Hart

Crystal Hart

Crystal Hart, Alumni

I’m Crystal Hart, I’m 25 years old. I was raised in Angleton, TX. In high school I gave in to the pressures of trying to be cool by joining the crowd passing pills in the halls and skipping school to get high. I quickly lost interest in sports, church, and real friends, and turned my back on my family. I was running the streets and stealing from stores. I had lost my focus on what mattered in life. I wanted to do right, but I couldn’t let go of my “fast” easy lifestyle. I prayed to God in desperation many nights. He heard my cry – He showed me mercy when I was in jail. Years of drugs and alcohol had taken a toll on my mind and body. I went through a stage of psychosis where my reality became terror. On the cold floor, alone and desperate in the dark, Jesus was there to help me through it. Soon after my release I went to Teen Challenge – San Antonio Women’s campus. Jesus met me there and showed me love through others in a way I had never experienced. I started to open up and be honest with myself and others; I learned to face my problems and not run from them. Slowly I regained my family’s trust. I no longer need medication; I am free from all the chains that once bound me. God’s way is a lot better than my way! I trust Him more every day. What peace I have knowing I am free and loved no matter what. I graduated in March 2011. Currently I am working 2 jobs and singing in my church choir. I will be returning to school next semester. I thank God for the ministry of Teen Challenge of Texas, I am forever grateful. To God be the glory!

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Adult and Teen Challenge is the faith-based SOLUTION for the drug epidemic. The scope of Adult & Teen Challenge has grown over the years, and now serves adults as well as teenagers. There are over 200 Teen Challenge campuses in the United States, and over 1000 centers world wide in over 80 countries, which provide Christian recovery services to individuals of every age and social background. Typically, these services are long-term residential recovery centers which provide a life-encompassing environment through which the participant is able to change their lifestyle and develop a plan for a future free from addiction.