Archive for September 2014

Randy: A New Creation

Randy Summerall-Magnolia MenHello, my name is Randy and I am 57 years old from Virginia Beach, Virginia.  For a Good part of my adult life I have been involved in drugs and alcohol.  I have caused much pain to my family and friends while I was in my addiction.  It was like a tornado where everything I touched left a path of devastation and destruction.  This past spring I hit rock bottom.

 

Through the grace of God, and the support and love of some of my family members, the door was opened for me to come to Adult & Teen Challenge of Texas.  Having been through Teen Challenge before, I knew what was already expected of me.  I came with an open heart and the willingness to surrender everything to God and really, for the first time, allow God to come in and have His way in my life.  I have allowed God to be the leader in my life and to live for Him.  I want to soak in everything Teen Challenge has to offer.  Since being here, the old man has changed.  I am a new creation.  I am at peace for the first time in a long time.  I thank God daily for never leaving or forsaking me as He promises.

 

As the word says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” II Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)

2014 Leakey Retreat

The students and staff from every campus at Adult & Teen Challenge of Texas recently came back from a retreat at the HEB campgrounds near Leakey, Texas.  They had fun participating in a variety of activities all week including: swimming in the river, canoeing, playing in the basketball and softball tournaments, and just enjoying the peaceful sounds of nature in their quiet devotional time with the Lord.

 

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Surrounded by the Lord’s beautiful creation, this was a spiritual time for renewal and revival, as well as a time to search one’s heart and get right with God.  Daily messages were presented by staff and friends of the ministry in the open pavilion overlooking the river.  The encouraging and powerful words from each speaker spoke to the essence of each person.

 

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The Holy Spirit was present at each service as the Lord tugged on the hearts of the men and women at Adult & Teen Challenge of Texas.  Several people gave their hearts to Jesus for the very first time.  Many others rededicated their lives to the Lord.  When they repented of their sins Jesus forgave them.  Their old flesh died and a new creation rose up.  On the third day of the retreat 104 students were baptized in the river.

 

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The Lord was doing some amazing things in the lives of the students at this retreat.  Many were learning to let go and lay down their addictive behaviors while running to the cross and allowing God to do miracles in their lives, heal their broken hearts, and bring restoration to their families.

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Thank you HEB for making this retreat possible.

Ryan: A New Creation

Ryan Fogle PicRunning your whole life from doing the right thing was always easy.  However, deep down I knew there was something better.  After serving 10 years in prison I came to a place where my heart and mind where empty and drained.  I came to Jesus in 2008 with 2 years left on my sentence and from there, I began to change.  I did not truly know what it was to be a disciple of Christ.  The only thing I knew was that Jesus loves me and that He is always at work.  Upon my release I had a distorted view of being a husband and father.  I was still involved with drugs and alcohol and didn’t know how to live for Jesus.  I came to Adult & Teen Challenge in 2012 and haven’t looked back.  I am a minister and being a part of this work is what God created me to do. Thank you Adult & Teen Challenge of Texas for your commitment to the WAY!

Ryan Fogle, Adult & Teen Challenge of Texas graduate

About Us

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.