Archive for October 2015

3rd Phase-Employed with a fresh start

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Adult & Teen Challenge of Texas is a 12 month program.  In the first phase, students acclimate to campus life, learn fundamentals of Christian faith, and develop a work ethic.  In the second phase, students develop life skills and mature in their Christian faith.  In the final third phase of the program, students gain employment and develop a strategy for transition back into the community. This last phase of the program also provides Christian discipleship classes, counseling, and essential educational tools, such as Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University materials, which teaches men and women how to create and live by a budget.  The transitional living facilities for the third phase include a men’s campus in Brenham, and women’s campuses in San Antonio and Houston.

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Our Adult & Teen Challenge of Texas staff and leaders are doing an amazing job at our transitional living facilities to help our students in their last phase.  Once the students complete the third phase of the program, they are invited back to their original campus for a celebration and graduation ceremony.  Often, directors and staff from other campuses will drop by the third phase transitional living campuses to lift-up, pray for, and encourage the students.

 

San Antonio Men’s Director, Floyd Miles, III went to visit his San Antonio students who recently entered into the third phase at the Brenham men’s transitional living campus.  Miles said, “I spent the day at the Brenham campus.  I went there to encourage and check up on the San Antonio guys.  All of the guys are gainfully employed and attending their home church.  We have about 22 students from the San Antonio campus.  We praise the Lord for these changed lives.”

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Divine Appointments & the Power of Prayer

Pink ribboncancer_awarenessOur God is an all-knowing God and He meets us right where we are at, even in life’s most difficult trials.  Sometimes He brings angels who cross our paths.  And sometimes He simply uses willing vessels to speak encouragement and life into another person in need of God’s tender love.  Recently some of our students from the Azle Men’s Campus had a divine appointment when they had an opportunity to pray with a woman named Carol, a breast cancer survivor.Azle fundraising
 

Adult & Teen Challenge of Texas staff member Matt Barrientos said, “While three of our Teen Challenge students and I sat at our Adult & Teen Challenge of Texas Drug Awareness table in front of a Christian bookstore, we were approached by a woman interested in the hand crafted wooden crosses that are made by our Adult & Teen Challenge men.”
 

“After talking with this lady for a couple of minutes,” Matt said,  “We could tell that she was upset.  I asked if there was anything we could pray with her about.  She started crying and told us that she had cancer and was scared.  The four of us stood up, surrounded her, and began praying. The presence of God was so strong and when we had finished praying, the woman was very thankful and hugged us all.  The rest of the day, God continued filling us with His Spirit as we were uplifted, encouraged, and humbled that God could use us as His vessels that day to pray with this woman.”
 

Adult & Teen Challenge student Austin Zang said, “After we prayed with that incredibly strong woman of God, all of our spirits were lifted and we could feel the presence of the Holy Spirit all day long.”
 

This is Carol’s story…

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“While running errands in Frisco, Texas a few weeks ago, I noticed the Adult & Teen Challenge table with young men, drug-awareness handouts, wooden crosses, and friendly faces.  I had just come from my doctor’s office where I had been given the results of my recent pathology tests.  I had just had a double mastectomy due to breast cancer. The pathology results revealed that precancerous cells were present, but with surgery and treatment, my chances looked hopeful.  I had been crying….it was not my first journey with cancer, since I had been in the battle since 2011,” said Carol Martin.
 

As she approached these young men, Carol said, “They all sensed my needs and could see my concerns through my tears.  Before I could enter the store, the whole group stood and then surrounded me and began to pray.  I was speechless.  I could not even explain to them that God had been with me in my cancer fight, yet these strangers were lifting me up to the Great Physician for healing and strength.  It was a precious moment and I was moved to more tears and gratefulness.”pink-cancer-awareness-wristbands
 

“This wonderful group of Christian men were there helping those who need God in their life.  Mainly they assisted those who had drug problems,” said Carol.  Drugs can destroy and tear down people and families.  However, self-control and discipline can be regained with the power of God, and the guidance of His word.  Freedom, hope, healing, and strength are possible through the love of Jesus Christ.  “Surrounding oneself with Christians is the first step,” Carol said.  “Believing is the next step, and never giving up is another step.  Just keep trusting Him.”  As the Adult & Teen Challenge men were praying for Carol, she was in turn encouraging them.
 

“As I went into the store after praying with these men, God continued to speak to my heart,” said Carol.  “These Teen Challenge men made an impact on me.  I am not a drug addict.  I am just a sinner saved by grace and I was reminded that day how important it is to be encouraged and supported when you are at your lowest.  I dropped a check into their donation box on the table, along with a prayer that God will continue to use this group to do His work.  There is so much work to do for His kingdom, and I am so thankful for the opportunity to see Him at work in the lives of the men at Adult & Teen Challenge of Texas.”
 

‘Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us; looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.’   Hebrews 12

A New Creation: Elizabeth

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I grew up believing my dad didn’t want me.  I struggled with low self-esteem.  I started drinking from the age of 15 to 34.  Then I got court ordered to Adult & Teen Challenge of Texas.  Since I have been in this program, my life has changed.  God has given me a reason to live and has taught me to surrender my life to Him.  Thank you Teen Challenge.

Blood Drive at San Antonio Campus

SA blood drive1 SA blood drive2The guys at the San Antonio Men’s campus at Adult & Teen Challenge of Texas are ready for a healthy fall and winter. Walgreens Pharmacy recently came out to the San Antonio men’s center and offered over 50 free flu shots to the students and staff. The campus was very appreciative and would like to say thank you to Walgreens for their generosity.

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.