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Bethany Wilcox

Bethany Wilcox

Hi, my name is Bethany Wilcox, I’m 28 years old from Cleveland Tenn. I’ve been in the program 9 months, and the verse I choose to share is Proverbs 3:5,6: trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him and He will direct your path straight. I look back and see how God has had his hand on me all through my life all he ask is to trust him, obey him, live for him. I knew right from wrong, growing up. I was raised in church. My father wasn’t very affectionate towards me so at an early age I went looking for love in all the wrong places, which lead up to a very improper situation or experience with the leadership at my church that caused me to doubt the church and God, so I turned away from both.

I very quickly started on my downward spiral. I got married, had my son and divorced as a young adult, then I found myself involved in drugs. It got so deep, and consumed me, I was doing things I never thought I would do especially, after I lost of my son and all the while God had His hand on me becaused He loves me and never did forsake me although I turned away from Him. I realized sin will take you further than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay. My experience has taught me that our God is a jealous God. He allowed me to see right in front of me my friend killed in a motorecycle accident. That was it for me, I had to make some changes, but that wasn’t enough. God wants all of us the total person an I wasn’t ready to do that, so I ended up in trouble with law. Then I knew it had to be all or nothing, I can’t do this half way. I have to be totally surrendered. Thank God for praying mom’s that never give up on their children. I’ve been here as I stated 9 months, my relationships have grown, with my mother, my sister, my father, and especially my Heavenly Father. He is restoring to me custody of my son. God is just so good, I have experience “The Most High” and that’s all I need, because, blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled.

Wesley Brian Young

Wesley Brian Young


Grace after the Lie

 Grace, this is what saved my life, it’s a wonderful gift from God, that’s turned my wrongs to right.

God is Love, and Grace is Jesus, or the other way around, but both needed pieces. For fixin what’s wrong with me.

A broken and contrite spirit is what my father seeks.

My mess is His glory, my weakness His perfections,

Jesus is our savior much more than some legend.

Now my problems didn’t start because I lived in poverty, or because I did drugs, or a whole lot of partying.

I didn’t run with gangsters because I thought it was cool.

I only wanted protection from those I considered fools

Unaware the whole time I was the devils tool.

I didn’t fight or hurt people because I thought it was fun,

I didn’t plot or scheme or hang out in slums, because I chose to.

I did those things because I was lied too.

There’s a grand schemer who’s ever slicker than me,

Who said it’s ok to chase women and live free.

Now I have baby-mommas, yes, plural, there’s 3.

I was full of self ambition, full of vain conceit,

Self-gratification, lie steal, and cheat,

In and out of jail, Looking to make bail, a prisoner inside of myself,

not only in this cell.

Now I’m sitting on my bunk impatiently waiting, looking for my kids at next visitation,

Talking with lawyers trying to get deferred probation..

My kids are growing up, and their mom’s are getting tired.

I’ve been working for the devil and beginning to feel the fire.

I really want to change but its so hard being good.

Besides you gotta be tough to survive in my hood.

Nobody trusts me and that really hurts, but whose gona love me when I only do good in spurts.

The devil told me no one, but again that’s a lie.

He wanted me for himself so he could watch me fry.

With death around the corner, I desperately need a way out.

A voice deep within me said to the Lord you’ll cry out.

But I don’t know what to say, or how I should say it.

I’ve broken every law the bible considers sacred.

But I met a God fearing man who showed me the way.

He introduced me to prayers that all sinners should say.

And ever since then I haven’t been the same.

I’m a new creation in Christ Jesus name.

I’ve lost my tough act, and my gangster fasad, so I could live clean and walk closer to GOD.

How, could something so different feel so right?

To forgive my brother seventy times seven rather than pick a fight.

And all I have to do is look into my heart,

to see that God through Jesus had me from the start.

My sins were bought and paid for by the blood of Jesus Christ.

Love that provided everyone a chance at eternal life.

With Jesus in my heart, a light shines through my eyes,

Its proof the old man is dead; with him I’ve cut ties.

Now that the Lord has cast my sins as far as the east is from the west.

I feel the weight of the entire worlds has been lifted off my chest.

Since I’ve found Grace, I’m done with the lie.

I put my trust into God, and on eagles wings I will fly.

Now with God out in front and the devil at my feet,

I’ll walk in my deliverance, and live in victory.

Wesley Brian Young

Janie Burkett Harrison

Janie Burkett Harrison lived a life of abuse, bulimia, drug use and prison. At the age of 24 she requested to be court-ordered to Teen Challenge of Texas – San Antonio Women’s program. Hear her story now…


Wade McNutt

Wade McNutt

Wade McNutt, Alumni
I’m Wade McNutt, 22 years old. Growing up, I had a loving family with parents who wanted nothing but the best for me. I went to church and knew about God, but I never had a real relationship with Him. Not knowing about His promises and love for me, I found it hard to cope with life. I began drinking and using drugs at a very young age, and as I got older the abuse only got worse. After hurting my family repeatedly, I felt like I had no one left to turn to. I found myself hopeless, and ready for a change. I went to Teen Challenge of Texas – Magnolia Men’s Campus to get my life back together, and graduated in December 2009. Since then my life has been filled with so many blessings. I met my beautiful wife, and now we are leading worship at our church in New York. I thank God for this program and all the wonderful things He has done for me.

Joe Lee

Joe Lee

I entered Teen Challenge on Dec. 13, 2007. On Dec. 17th I totally surrendered myself to Christ and began a walk with Him that continues to this day (praise God). Art is a gift God has given me and while at TC and since all my artwork has been done to bring glory to God. This pastel painting is of the Bible I received upon graduating TC and the commitment I made to Christ with the symbolic check written to Jesus Christ for 100% of my Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength dated Dec. 17,2007. I thank God for TC and the lives that have been changed by this wonderful ministry. – Teen Challenge Graduate Joe Lee

Emily Williams Kirtner

Emily Williams Kirtner

Emily Williams Kirtner, TCOT San Antonio Women’s Campus Graduate 2007

My name is Emily.  I graduated in 2007 from Teen Challenge of Texas – San Antonio Women’s Campus.  I remember my first day there.  My younger sister (who would later complete the program herself) dropped me off at the office.  All I could do was sob.  My life was broken after 10 years of addiction, prostitution, prison, and heart surgery.  For years I tried to run my life, but the truth is I only ruined my life.

Because of Christ I am FREE, and he who the Son sets free is free indeed!  I have been clean and sober since the day I arrived at TC.  One of the coolest things is I have no desire for the old life.  What Paul wrote to the Corinthians is so true, “those who are in Christ are new creations, the old is dead and gone and all things are new!”

At TC I learned responsibility, accountability, productivity, and integrity.  I am truly thankful for God using this program and the people there to love and teach me new habits and new ways of life.  After graduation I accepted an internship with joy.  I loved working there.  I thought that was the coolest thing…I got paid to read my Bible and share my testimony/experience.  At least that’s how I looked at it!

After TC I went on to work in a women’s transition home called Grace House for three years and loved it, too.  During my employment there I met Beau, my husband, an amazing man of God with a phenomenal testimony.  Currently I am a full-time college student and I volunteer weekly in several ministries.  God has taken care of me every inch of the way.  Matthew 6:33 says, “First seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.”

I want to encourage the students at TC to allow God to complete the work which He has begun.  I know it is hard but it is so worth it.  Special thanks to those who support Teen Challenge of Texas through prayer, as volunteers, and with donations…thank you for all you do. -Redeemed, Emily Williams Kirtner

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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.