I overdosed on LSD and spent some time in treatment programs. None of them worked. Shortly after I was arrested for drugs and facing 30 years in prison. It is not the future I had envisioned. I had been a very successful high school foot ball player from a great family. My parents kept praying and never gave up on me. They told me about Teen Challenge. If I continued down the road I was going, it was going to lead to death.
“For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give future and hope” (Jeremiah 29:11). I entered Milwaukee Teen Challenge. The next four months, I was discipled and ministered to. I was taught scripture and work ethic.
The next phase sent me to Cape Girardeau, Missouri for 10 more months. That is when I was considering leaving. I remembered where my choices left me, so I agreed to go. God continued working on me there. He gave me opportunities to share my story as we traveled to other churches. I finished Teen Challenge and God gave me a heart for teens. I reside in Missouri and was blessed with the opportunity to be the youth leader at our church. I no longer work with the youth, but remain very active in the church. When God felt I was ready, he placed a wonderful woman in my path. She had an amazing son and we were married in the Teen Challenge Chapel in Missouri. We celebrated our 20th anniversary in March!
There are several things that make Teen Challenge successful. First, it is the staff who pour their hearts into broken lives. Volunteers also give their time and talents to minister to the needs of others. The program relies solely on prayers and financial gifts from donors. The students in the program have to be willing to let God have control, while he molds them like clay into his image. Thank God for everyone that has a hand in this program. Please continue to pray for the student s and the staff that have given us so much. Thank you!!!!
Photos: Roger is pictured above at a construction site and on the left with his wife of 20 years, Renea. The Lord’s Blessings Roger and Renea!