TRANSFORMING BROKEN LIVES
From the beginning, Teen Challenge has operated under the concept that, “a person
with life-controlling problems can change, if that person wants to change.”
The real heart of our program is that we focus on the man as a whole, rather than look at the dysfunction, whether it’s addiction, depression,
criminal activity or something else.
STORIES OF CHANGED LIVES
Hi, my name is Ben and I am 38 years old. I was what everyone said I was: a lost cause that there was no hope for. That’s what I thought about myself, too. I started down the wrong road with drugs when I was 12 years old. Because of the path of destruction this choice lead me down, I continued a life of sin and eventually I lost my relationship with my son. My Dad didn’t want to see me or talk to me. Over a 13-year period I committed five felonies. I have done 10 years in the penitentiary and this last time in jail I was told about Teen Challenge and I thought I would give it a chance. So far, God has done so much for me. He put my son back in my life and my dad, too. I am happy for the first time in a long time. I have a great job that God has blessed me with. I got my driver’s license back and have money saved in the bank. It’s been a long time since I had that. Now I am not the lost person that I was, and I can’t wait to see what God has for me next.
Hi, my name is Brett. I’m 23 years old, originally from Nebraska, but came to Teen Challenge of the Dakotas from Rapid City, SD. Before I came to Teen Challenge I was a hopeless, broken mess. I didn’t care if I was dead or alive. I eventually got into trouble and came to TCD. It was a rough start, as I wanted to run away in the middle of the night because I didn’t want my past to be unveiled. But God really started to change my heart as time went on and I responded to His voice when He spoke to me. I used to be super insecure about myself and never believed that I was good enough. One day God said to me, “You are worth it”, and I chose to believe Him. As time went on, I continued to see Him move as I obeyed Him, but I still had a lot of struggles and things I battled with. Through the Re-Entry phase of the program, God showed me how to handle money, save money and pay bills. He taught me how to be a man. I see how totally faithful He is. Now I have graduated and completed the program and I have a job and an apartment. I’ve never had my own place before. Everything I’ve ever wanted, He has provided. Thank you, Teen Challenge!
Being in the Re-Entry program has meant the world to me. As I prepared to move into this phase of the program, I knew I was taking another leap of faith and putting my trust in God. During this whole journey I’ve been given opportunities to see the man I’ve become, and to remember how I used to handle situations. At least two times I’ve reached out to my leaders saying, “I can’t do it, I’m feeling fainthearted.” They helped me change my attitude toward these situations and I am being blessed. One of the best feelings is handling a situation, then looking back on it and saying, “This is not the way I used to deal with things!” I am learning to be an adult. Moreover, I’m finally ready to be an adult at age 29. Paying off debt, holding a job, volunteering my time, restoring and cultivating my relationships, and standing firmly on my convictions as a man are all things I’m doing now. These are but a few of the things that Re-Entry has given me the opportunity to do as a man of God. I’m grateful for the opportunity I’ve had here.