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Christopher Posada

Christopher Posada

Hello, my name is Christopher.  I was raised in the church and attended a Christian school.  Jesus was my first love.  I remember studying the fascinating stories of the bible, singing praise and worship songs during chapel, and being surrounded by kind and loving people.  Well, life at home was much different.  My mother was the only one going to church with us while dad ran his own program.  He became violent towards her throughout the years and I would beg God to remove him from our home. One day he finally left.  By that time I was so emotionally damaged that I started to rebel and sin against God.  This went on for about 20 years. Thanks to the radio program, K-Love, I heard about Teen Challenge and my wife and I came to an agreement that our family is worth saving.  I came to Teen Challenge and established a true solid relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Now I am able to be the peaceful, attentive, and courageous Christian husband and father for my wife and our three children.

Oliver

Oliver

Hello, my name is Oliver. When my dad retired from the army, we moved into a residential neighborhood.  Trying to make new friends at 14, I began smoking cigarettes, pot, and drinking beer.  By the time I was 18, I had gone to juvenile hall for residential burglary.  I continued in this lifestyle.  I believe God brought Georgia into my life to slow me down.  We dated for a year before we married.  We had a baby boy soon after.  One day my wife and son died in a car accident.  For years I tried to drown my sorrows with drinking.  God sent me a Christian friend who told me about Teen Challenge.  I was so addicted to alcohol that I was rushed to a hospital where I was able to detox.  I asked a nurse for a Bible. As I began reading the Gospel, all my shakes, sweats, and hallucinations disappeared.  God’s word says in 2nd Corinthians 5:17 “They that are in Christ are a new creation, the past is gone, behold all has become new.”  I thank Jesus for new beginnings and know if I continue to follow Christ, joy and happiness will be upon my heart.  Amen!

 

Thank You

Thank You

Thank You

 

Thank you to everyone who attended our TCoT benefit banquets! We are so thankful for those of you who came out and showed your support for Teen Challenge, and hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Kyle Wyatt

Kyle Wyatt

Hello, my name is Kyle.  I grew up in church but never had a relationship with Christ.  After a failed marriage and losing really good jobs, friends, and family to drugs, I came to Teen Challenge broken.  In October 2012 Teen Challenge took me in and introduced me to a relationship with Jesus Christ.  Life is great and now I have hope!

Phil Desselle

Phil Desselle

Hello, my name is Phil.  I was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Before I came to Teen Challenge I was living a life of sin.  I was a puppet for the devil.  Drugs had totally consumed me and all the relationships with the people I love.  I had become a different person.  I thought there was no hope for me and I remember thinking one morning, “Wow, this is what I have become…a drug addict.”  I thought that is what I was going to be.  I knew there had to be hope somewhere.  I was arrested and put in jail.  It allowed my mind to clear and I cried out to God.  I made the decision to come to Teen Challenge.  I no longer consider myself the black sheep of the family, or the outcast of society.  God has given me a new name and I am singing a new song.  Hallelujah!

TCoT Alumni Testimony

TCoT Alumni Testimony

Keith

It took me a little longer to get here than most, and it took me a little longer to graduate than most. I came to teen challenge on Nov, 18, 2011.

Hello.  My name is Keith.  Before coming to Teen Challenge I had been an out-of-control drinker and self-destructive for about 30 years.   I built myself up to potential great success, and then tore myself down with alcohol.  This happened several times.

Some might say I was hopeless.  I spent over eight years in prison due to alcohol.  My life was a total disaster.  I came to Teen Challenge with hopes of restoring my life, and my family.  While at Teen Challenge I developed a relationship with the Lord and lost that life-controlling desire to drink.  My relationship with my family is still in the process of being restored and is a work in progress.  At one point I wanted to quit, but rather than giving up, I chose to honor the commitment I made to God, myself, my family, and Teen Challenge.  God only knows how much I prayed that I had made the right choice.

The Word of God helped me through the process of finishing the race and the testing of my endurance, patience, faith, and so much more.  One scripture that I stood on was Hebrews 10:35-36 which says, ‘So, do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.  You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.’

I am going to trust in His timing and not my own.  I thank God for bringing me to Teen Challenge and giving me the opportunity to become sober.

Keith has graduated from Teen Challenge of Texas and is now in the Re-entry program in Brenham, TX and doing great!

Daniel Blackwell

Daniel Blackwell

Hello, my name is Daniel and I’m twenty-two years old.  I’ve been saved by the grace of God, but I haven’t always walked this path.  Before coming to Teen Challenge, I was addicted to pain pills and alcohol.  My life was going nowhere fast.  Between incarcerations and rehabs, I was wrapped up in a life of sin.  Teen Challenge opened my eyes and my heart up to Jesus Christ who came and died for my sins, so that I may live in eternity with Him.  I recently gave my life over to Him after returning to Teen Challenge.  Initially, I was unwilling to change my ways and was ultimately kicked out of the program.  Now I’m back with a new outlook on life and living for my Savior, who rescued me from a deep, dark place.  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  My future is looking bright and I’m happy to say, “I am redeemed!”

TCoT Alumni Meet for 2nd Annual Reunion

TCoT Alumni Meet for 2nd Annual Reunion

It was a beautiful sunny day on Saturday, March 2nd when the Teen Challenge of Texas Alumni met for the 2nd annual TCOT Alumni Reunion at the Magnolia Men’s campus.  Dozens of TCOT graduates and their families came out to reconnect with their fellow alumni and friends.  The Magnolia campus hosted this event and provided a delicious, mouth-watering Bar-BQ.  As alumni enjoyed the outdoor picnic overlooking the lovely pond behind the TCOT Magnolia house, long-time friends were able to reconnect.

The alumni and their families had fun playing pool, basketball, and other games.  Directors and staff from each of the six Teen Challenge of Texas campuses conveyed some exciting news about what was happening on each of their campuses, including updates on the new Freedom Hill Restoration and Re-entry campus for men and women in Brenham, TX.  Two alumni shared tear-jerking testimonies about how Teen Challenge has changed their lives, and TCOT president, George Thomas, talked about the non-residential program, Lifeline Connection groups and how TCOT alumni can continue to stay involved with Teen Challenge.  He gave an encouraging word and one of the Magnolia students led everyone in some worship songs.  The event concluded with more fellowship with friends and campus tours of the Magnolia facility and the Star-Man T-shirt factory.

“We are proud of our students when they complete the Teen Challenge of Texas program and graduate,” said TCOT Public Relations Manager, Sara Woodcock.  “However, graduating is not the end of the road for our TCOT alumni.  We want to encourage our alumni to stay involved with TCOT, be accountable to other TCOT alumni friends, and keep living the Christian principles that they learned at Teen Challenge.  We want every TCOT alumni to know that we are still there for them.”

TCOT San Antonio Men’s Campus Program Coordinator, Austin Baughman said, “I hear it all the time.  Guys graduate from the program and go out into the world and say how alone they feel.  The TCOT alumni group is an important piece for everyone to still feel connected.”

Baughman, a TCOT alum and current full-time staff at TCOT said, “I’ve met some of my best friends at TCOT as a student. To this day I still stay connected with them for support. Our alumni are growing strong and they are making big difference in their communities… remember you are not alone!”

Teen Challenge of Texas plans to continue to offer alumni events each year hosted by different TCOT campuses.  You can stay connected with TCOT on Facebook, sign up to receive the monthly e-newsletter, and join us at the next TCOT alumni event and other TCOT events throughout the year.

Diamond

Diamond

Hello. My Name is Diamond.  I am 22 years old from Spring Branch, Texas.  My whole life I’ve grown up as a Christian. I was always well educated, very active in sports and extra activities. As I grew older, out of acceptance by negative people, I began using gateway drugs and it quickly grew into harder drugs.  By high school my focus was less on sports and more on drugs.  I was allowing the devil to just take hold of my life.  Three months before graduation I dropped out of high school and found myself in a bad relationship with a boy.  I ended up getting into some legal trouble and was placed on probation for eight years.  By age 18 with five felonies, I felt like my life was ruined.  About three years into probation I found myself relapsing on an IV drug and ended up on life support and in a coma for 14 days.  After waking up, I couldn’t walk or talk and I realized I needed God to direct my path again.

I have now rededicated my life again to Christ through Teen Challenge.  Because of my overdose I had revoked my probation and was facing a prison sentence.  I brought the idea of Teen Challenge to my judge’s attention but he was not for it.  Twelve months had gone by and in the end I had the choice to either attend a six month rehab through the system or go to Teen Challenge for 12 months.  I chose Teen Challenge because I wanted that relationship with God.

The Lord has blessed me in so many ways.  I am now married to a wonderful man, basing our marriage on Christ. I’m not afraid of completing probation.  I know now that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  My passion in life is to counsel juvenile kids struggling with acceptance and to just let them know it’s not worth trying drugs to “fit in”. The enemy has been defeated by MY Savior Jesus Christ!

Lisa

Lisa

Hello, my name is Lisa.  I’m 45 years old and grew up in Houston, Texas.  I was not brought up as a Christian.  Intelligence and education were stressed as the most important things in life, so I became a very good student and had aspirations for myself.  At age 13 I was sexually assaulted.  I then became rebellious and started experimenting with drugs, which became a lifestyle for me.  By age 24 I started using heroin, which led to a 20-year-addiction and a lot of psychological problems.  All of my dreams faded away and I was dying in my addiction.  I lost my will to live and was completely broken.  I decided to go to Teen Challenge and after a few months I turned over everything to the Lord Jesus Christ.  My life has permanently changed.  I finally felt God’s presence.  I never wake up sad or depressed anymore.  I’m happy to be alive and I dedicate my life to Christ.

The following scripture is the most profound thing I have ever read: “He was pierced for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities.  The punishment that gave us peace was upon him.  By His wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:4

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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.