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New Hope Christian Academy gets help from Chi Alpha to complete several campus projects

Thank you again to Chi Alpha.  Chi Alpha student ministries has recently sent missions teams from different universities to some of the Adult & Teen Challenge of Texas campuses including our new adolescent boys campus, New Hope Christian Academy (NHCA).Chi Alpha missions1

As NHCA has been working hard in preparation for their first group of adolescent boys to reside on their campus soon, Chi Alpha has come alongside NHCA to help complete several campus projects.  The Chi Alpha missions team helped turned one big dorm into four dorms.  They framed out walls, hung drywall, and put insulation in the rooms. Some of the Chi Alpha students scraped off old wall paper, while others painted the classroom and in the trailer house. They also demolished five closets to create more floor space for the boys dorm and common rooms.

“These guys were a huge help and it was truly my pleasure to host them,” said New Hope Christian Academy Director, Desmond Atkins.

Adult & Teen Challenge of Texas has planned and prepared for two years to open a campus to serve teens and NHCA will be the first Teen Challenge adolescent program for boys in the state of Texas.  Many residents in our adult programs admit to beginning their substance abuse in their adolescence.  We understand that it is best to intervene at the onset of addiction or other behavioral problems in order to prevent a lifetime of hardships.

New Hope Christian Academy (NHCA) located in Bastrop, Texas, 30 miles southeast of Austin, is a residential discipleship and academic program for adolescent boys, ages 12-17 years old.  NHCA assists teens and their families who are struggling with an addiction or an emotional, social, behavioral, or spiritual struggle through a year long, 5 phase program.

 

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Speed The Light Gives Magnolia Campus New Van

The Magnolia Men’s Campus would like to shout out a big THANK YOU to Speed the light!  Speed The Light recently donated a new eleven passenger van!  This provides the Magnolia men’s campus with a reliable vehicle to transport our Adult & Teen Challenge of Texas students and to disciple others into relationship with the Lord.

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Speed the light (STL) began in 1944 through the National Youth Ministries department of the Assemblies of God as a way to give youth the opportunity to help missionaries spread the gospel message to the lost.  STL is the student-initiated, volunteer, charitable program that provides much-needed equipment to those on the front lines of ministry.  Since its beginning, STL has raised over $253 million for missionary equipment around the world  By providing essential and reliable transportation, ministries like Adult & Teen Challenge of Texas can better fulfill the Great Commission and speed the light of the gospel to a world in darkness.

 

 

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GIVE the GIFT of HOPE

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Give the gift that can change a family’s world!  You can help provide lasting love and restoration to a student and their family…and share the blessing of doing so as a Christmas gift to those you love.

Make a donation to Adult & Teen Challenge of Texas in honor of a family member or friend and we’ll send them a beautiful Adult & Teen Challenge of Texas Christmas card notifying them of your donation.

Click HERE to give your gift today or e-mail: giving@tctexas.org.

Thank you to all of our Adult & Teen Challenge of Texas friends and family for your generous gifts to this ministry.

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REMEMBER THE CROSS

Nail CrossFor God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16

During the celebration of Christ’s resurrection, remember the cross. He died and shed His blood for every single person in this world. It costs us nothing for this gift of salvation. It cost him everything. He suffered and died so that we could live. He loves us that much. Then, on the third day, He rose from the dead. He is alive. His Holy Spirit lives. Jesus is, and always will be forever the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Halleluiah!

Thank you Lord, for all of the Teen Challenge men and women who have been transformed, renewed, and cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ. Thank you for saving so many souls. Thank you for the cross.

HAPPY EASTER!

Have you heard of our new traveling Christian band?

Have you heard of our new traveling Christian band? They are absolutely awesome and…. they are “anointed” by the Lord! They are called “The Brothers Band”….and are under the direction of our very own Pastor Eddie Johnston. Virtually every Sunday they are traveling all throughout Texas “ministering” to people. There effectiveness has been absolutely unbelievable. We really think that if the opportunity was given for the band to make a CD a lot more lives would be touched and…..there would be a great demand for the CD. We need your help! Would you pray about helping us accomplish this “vision” to record a CD? Do you have a studio where we can lay down some music tracks? Do you know someone in a position to help us? Our band has it’s own original music to play and they sing some of the latest songs of contemporary Christian artists. We can do the artwork for the CD. If you can help, please give us a call…..asap. We’d love to see the band go into the recording studio now while the Spirit of God is resting so heavily upon them. Thank you for your prayers and support!

Contact directly at 210.319.1323 or email us marketingsa@tctexas.org

We look forward hearing from you!

Azle Teen Challenge Guys Meet Matthew West

Azle Teen Challenge Guys Meet Matthew West

On November 16, the guys from the Azle men’s campus at Teen Challenge of Texas were invited to go to a live Matthew West concert in Decatur, Texas. Matthew West wrote a song called “My Name Is…”. The song was originally inspired by a true story about a Teen Challenge graduate who went through some hardships that led to addictions. When the Teen Challenge student found Christ, he also found a new identity. He now introduces himself as “a child of the one true King.” This song, as well as many of the other songs written about real life stories in Matthew West’s “Into the Light” tour was an inspiration and encouragement to all of the Teen Challenge students attending the concert. Many of the students had never been to a Christian concert until that night. When they heard some of the songs being sung, they could relate the lyrics to their own lives.

 
Matthew West recognized the Teen Challenge students as his special guests at the concert. The students were invited to meet and talk with him backstage. West encouraged the students to continue serving God and finishing the race they started at Teen Challenge. This concert brought a positive message of hope, forgiveness, and God’s amazing love. The Teen Challenge Azle men had an awesome experience and express their appreciation to Matthew West and his ministry.

Teen Challenge Opening New Referral Office in Austin!

Teen Challenge Opening New Referral Office in Austin!

Teen Challenge of Texas has finally opened a Referral Office in our renowned state capital of Austin! With a population of nearly 2 million people, Greater Austin is a five-county metropolitan area with the fourth largest city in Texas at its center.

Many believe that the Austin area serves as a major drug trafficking hub, a gateway primarily for cocaine and methamphetamines. It is suspected that a portion of the drugs that arrive in Austin remains in the city, spilling into neighborhoods for street-level dealing.

Austin is believed to have the highest per capita drug abuse rates in all of Texas. Over 20% of adults living in the Austin area struggle with alcoholism and over 10% struggle with drug addiction.  A Teen Challenge presence is very much needed!”

Our Referral Office staff will offer crisis counseling, Lifeline support groups, admissions interviews and referral to Teen Challenge residential programs in the Houston, San Antonio and Fort Worth areas. Our hope is, if God opens the door, to expand to offering residential recovery services for men and women by the end of 2014.

If you are interested in volunteering, supporting, or finding out more information about our Referral Office in Austin, please call.

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

TCoT Becomes an ECFA Accredited Organization

TCoT Becomes an ECFA Accredited Organization

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The ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability) recently announced the accreditation of

Teen Challenge of Texas.

ECFA accreditation is based on the ECFA Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship™, including financial accountability, transparency, sound board governance and ethical fundraising.

Teen Challenge of Texas joins a growing number of Christ-centered churches and ministries across America, supported by over 20 million donors that have earned the right to display the ECFA seal.  When an organization is accredited by ECFA, it demonstrates its willingness to follow the model of biblical accountability.

“We are pleased to accredit a ministry committed to being a faith-based solution to the drug epidemic,” said Dan Busby, president of ECFA.

Founded in 1968, Teen Challenge of Texas provides Christian recovery services to individuals of every age and social background. They also provide drug abuse prevention, by educating people on the dangers and reality of drug abuse in our society.

To learn more about Teen Challenge of Texas and their stewardship opportunities, visit ServantMatch®, ECFA’s program that matches God’s servants with the stewardship options of ECFA members based on ministry sectors and categories.  It is ECFA’s newest online feature that allows you to quickly and easily find giving opportunities.

ECFA, founded in 1979, provides accreditation to leading Christian nonprofit organizations that faithfully demonstrate compliance with the ECFA Standards pertaining to financial accountability, fundraising and board governance.  For more information about ECFA, including information about accreditation and a listing of ECFA-accredited members, visit www.ECFA.org or call 1-800-323-9473.

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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!

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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.