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Reconnecting at the 2015 Alumni Reunions

On March 7, 2015 Adult & Teen Challenge of Texas held three alumni reunions at three locations. Teen Challenge graduates from various years and various campuses attended these reunions held at the Azle men’s campus, Houston women’s campus, and San Antonio men’s and women’s campus. It was a great opportunity for Teen Challenge alumni to reconnect with other graduates, hear about new and exciting things happening at all of the campuses, and to reflect on the amazing things God has done in each of their lives.

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Save the dates for the 2016 Banquets

Adult & Teen Challenge of Texas 2015 Spring Banquets

For more ticket information or how you can become a banquet sponsor, click onto one of the 2015 Spring Banquets below:

MAGNOLIA MEN’S CAMPUS 2015 BANQUET
THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2015
Spring First Church
1851 Spring Cypress, Rd.
Spring, TX 77388
(281) 941-2720

HOUSTON WOMEN’S CAMPUS 2015 BANQUET
THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2015
Gran Palacio Houston Event Center
9906 Gulf Freeway
Houston, TX 77034
(713) 941-2720

AZLE MEN’S CAMPUS 2015 BANQUET
THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2015
New River Fellowship Church
3252 I-20  (frontage Road)
Hudson Oaks, Tx 76087
(817) 406-4441

SAN ANTONIO CAMPUS 2015 BANQUET
THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2015
The Rosenberg Sky Room at the University of Incarnate Word
4301 Broadway
San Antonio, TX 78209
(210) 264-2075

BRENHAM CAMPUS 2015 BANQUET
THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2015
Washington County Fairgrounds
1305 East Blue Bell Road, Brenham, TX 77833
 (979) 337-9696

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Alumni Reunions SAT MARCH 7, 2015 – 3 Locations

ADULT & TEEN CHALLENGE OF TEXAS
2015 ALUMNI REUNIONS MARCH 7

Save the date on Saturday, March 7, 2015 from noon to 5:00 p.m. for the Adult & Teen Challenge of Texas annual Alumni Reunions. This year we are hosting three alumni reunions in three locations for alumni in Dallas/Fort Worth area, Houston area, and San Antonio area. If you are a graduate from ANY of the Adult & Teen Challenge of Texas campuses, come to an alumni reunion nearest you. Bring your whole family and join us for a full day of fun, food, and fellowship.

Adult & Teen Challenge of Texas alumni reunions will be hosted at:

Azle Campus
1099 Flat Rock Rd.
Azle, TX 76020

Houston Women’s Campus
802 Fresa Rd.
Pasadena, TX 77502

San Antonio Campus
3850 S. Loop 1604 W
San Antonio, TX 78264

Please RSVP with Sara Woodcock at sara.woodcock@tctexas.org and let her know HOW MANY guests are coming with you and WHAT CAMPUS REUNION you will be attending (Azle, Houston, or San Antonio).

Watch for more details coming soon on the Events page.

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

Alumni Spotlight: Navy McGee

A Love Story of Forgiveness and Reconciliation in Marriage.

 

Teen  Challenge graduate Navy McGee is blessed with a beautiful wife and two young daughters and is thriving with his new job. However, life was not always filled with joy for Navy. In 2010 his marriage was on the rocks after another DWI. “I lived a life of self-pleasure and self-gratification,” said Navy. “I was depressed and addicted to alcohol. I had plans to attempt suicide, but before I could end my life, I got pulled over by the cops for a third DWI and went to prison.”

“When I got arrested, I left my family high and dry with no money. I thought it was over. I thought I was losing everything. But God said, ‘I have this.’ It doesn’t make any sense in the natural, but God works in the supernatural. He knew that a healing process needed to take place. While in prison, I began reading the Bible and had an encounter with God. I read the book of Acts and the words just started jumping off the pages. I still had to go through the consequences of my actions, but God did not condemn me. He forgave me.”

“After being released from prison, I heard about Teen Challenge and went into the program wanting everything to be fixed immediately. I told God that I wanted my kids back, my wife back, and my job back. However, I quickly learned it was all in God’s timing, not mine.”Navy’s wife Sheree wanted nothing to do with him. Tired of the alcoholism and addictive behavior from her husband, she had divorce papers ready to sign and a boyfriend waiting for her. She was ready to call it “quits” and throw in the towel.

“While I was in Teen Challenge it dawned on me that more than my job, money, and my family, God wanted ME! That’s when things started to change. I prayed and fasted for 40 days and came to a point where I realized that all I wanted was God’s will for my life…nothing more and nothing less. The Lord gave me a vision and told me to stop looking back and to keep my eyes fixed on Him. We were facing foreclosure on our home and having our car repossessed. But God kept saying, ‘If you’re about My business, I’m going to take care of your business.’ I had to trust in Him completely.”

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Navy & Sheree celebrate God’s miracles in marriage.

Sheree said, “I grew up in a single-parent family after my father walked out when I was 1 years old. I wanted to make sure my kids still had a relationship with their father. Even after filing for divorce and not believing our marriage would work, I didn’t want to hinder my children’s relationship with their father. In the process of taking my daughters to see Navy, I witnessed a transformation and spiritual growth in my husband while he was in Teen Challenge. I got rid of the boyfriend and knew I had to do what was right by God and my family. I let go and let God take over. I had to learn patience, forgiveness, and how to listen. The Lord was growing me in my faith and restoring my marriage.”

As time went on, romantic feelings blossomed all over again for Sherree and Navy. The night that Navy graduated from Teen Challenge, the McGees renewed their wedding vows. It was the start of a new beginning.

“Our past does not define us,” said Navy. “What defines us is our identity in Christ and how we live today. Our sins of yesterday have been forgiven and washed by the blood of Jesus. Love is a choice. We wake up every day and we choose each other. It’s the same love that God has for each of us. You can’t break that kind of love. When I fall, I make amends quickly so things don’t fester. I try to honor my wife and lift her up like Christ loved the church in Ephesians 5:25-28.”

The McGees were able to keep their house and their car, and this year they celebrate 21 years of marriage. They are putting Christ in the center of their relationship. They continue to trust in God each day and are both thankful for God’s amazing love in saving their marriage.

Janie Burkett Testimony on CBN

Janie Burkett was raised in a quiet town in Oklahoma. She was a pastor’s daughter with a happy childhood and loving family.

“We had a great church,” Janie said. “I always knew I was going to do something big for God. I loved Jesus so much.”

But when Janie was 10 years old, her parents separated.

“We were busy, busy with God,” Janie said. “They were busy helping other people but they forgot about themselves. The vision that I had of God began to switch. That He is a judgmental God. The vision of God was “If you are a loving God, then why do you let such bad things happen to good people?”

A few months later, Janie’s parents reconciled. They decided to travel full-time as evangelists but Janie hated her new life on the road.

“My childhood from that point on was hard because everything that I had known was crumbling,” Janie said. “I began to comfort eat. It was the one thing that would be there when everybody else left. I was 200 pounds at 15, 16 years old.”

At the age of 15, while her parents were preaching at a revival, Janie was raped by a boy her age. For years, she kept it a secret.

“For a long time, I took the blame of it, that it was my fault,” Janie said, “and I hated myself. I was raped when I was fat, so I just wanted to get rid of it. I wanted to get rid of it, so I think that is where most of the bulimia started.”

After five years on the road, Janie’s family settled down in a small Texas town. Janie plunged into the party life.

“I began to get in with the wrong crowd,” Janie said. “Then when I took my first hit of cocaine at 17 is when it was ‘over the top.’ The whole insecurity faded. And, this is what caught me with the drugs, because it completely took away the reality of what I thought about myself. But, as soon as the high faded off the insecurity came right back. So, I was hooked, my first hit and I was hooked.”

While her drug use was rising, Janie’s weight was plummeting.

“When I would look in the mirror and I was 110 pounds I was like, I have got to get thinner,” Janie said.  “The only way I am going to be loved is if I am really, really, really thin. The more dope I can do, the thinner I can get. The more I throw up, the thinner I can get.”

Soon, Janie found a new way to take drugs; the needle.

“I had like a $300 a day or $400 a day habit,” Janie said. So then you start selling dope, then you start doing forgery, you start doing organized crime. It wasn’t a party life anymore, it was a way of survival”

Janie’s family was grieved over her addictions, but their efforts to pull her out were futile.

“They would try to do as much as they could to pour Jesus into me the time that I would be home,” Janie said.  “They would put on Christian worship music when I would come home and I would clean up for a day, and there I’d go. I can remember my dad being in the driveway with tears pouring down his face because he knew he wouldn’t see me again for months.”

By the age of 22, Janie was a high profile drug dealer with 17 warrants out for her arrest.

“They had set my bond at 1.5 million dollars,” Janie said. “Like, 1.5 million dollars”

Janie eventually served 18 months of a 5 year prison sentence. But, less than a year after her release, she violated her probation with alcohol and drug use.

“On Dec. 18th was my hearing for me to go in front of the judge,” Janie said. “She looked at me through her glasses and she said, ‘I am confining miss Burkett to the Texas Department of Corrections for 40 years.”

“I thought about, when its time to get married, I’m going to be in prison. When it is time to have kids and watch them grow up. I’m going to be in prison. 24 years old, completely broken, 90-something pounds, alcoholic, drug addict. I had no life left before me.”

“I was transferred back to the Women’s State Prison to serve out my 40 years,” Janie said. “I remember looking out the window, seeing all that was before me, it was just me and Jesus…me and the Savior who died for me.”

“And I said God, I have made a mess out of my life,” Janie said. “I said if you can take this broken person and make something good out of it, then do it. And I ask you Lord, that if it be your will, would you please overturn this sentence? But if not, then give me grace to accept the fact that this is where I will spend most of my life and give me peace and love to do it.”

“My inside began to change,” Janie said. “I began to read my Bible. I began to pray, my anger began to break and my hate began to break and the love of God began to flow through me.

At the same time Janie and her parents were praying for a miracle, the judge who sentenced her resigned. Soon after, Janie received a letter from her mother.

“And it said, ‘YAYYYY! We got a new trial.’  In big letters it said, ‘the new judge is going to hear your case.’”

Janie asked the new judge to send her to a Christian rehab program called Teen Challenge.

“She came out and she said, ‘If I could give you a 60 year prison sentence and probate it, I would because what you did was wrong and unacceptable with this court.’ She said, ‘however, that would not be merciful nor would it be compassionate. What I am going to do it probate that sentence, that you go to Teen Challenge, you complete the program, and you make something of yourself. ‘”

“I saw a God that day that loved me,” Janie said, “Not a judgmental God. Not a God that is going to throw you away because you are worthless, but a God that makes broken things new! I saw a God who loved me more than I loved myself.”

Janie left for Teen Challenge.

“I went in basically dead,” Janie said, “a dead person with skin and bones and the Lord was transforming me this 13 months.  I graduated at 135 pounds. I had finally completed something in my life and God had given me a new start. And I looked in the mirror and I saw somebody completely different. I saw my hair was fuller and my eyes were beautiful. I didn’t see fat anymore. I saw who God saw.”

Today, Janie is drug free and has completely reconciled with her family. She is also a full time speaker and has written a book called, “Unshackled.”

“There is no drug that is too big for God,” Janie said. “There is no prison that is too big for God.  Give your life to Jesus because it will be the best decision that you have ever made in your life.  Just try Jesus. Don’t let him be your last shot. Try him and see what a difference he can make in your life.”

From CBN.com at http://www.cbn.com/700club/features/amazing/ASH21_Janie_Burkett.aspx

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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.