In my life I truly wanted to follow God but I continued to struggle with relapse. My staff would always tell me that God had a plan and purpose for my life, but the shame and mistakes made it so hard to believe. All I could see was the person I was, but God allowed them to see who I would be in the future.
Looking back, I gave God and my leaders countless reasons to give up and turn their back on me; but they never did. They continued to believe in the calling on my life even when I couldn’t see it. For that I am eternally grateful.
I am 23 years old now and have more joy and hope for my future than ever before. I have allowed God to completely heal my heart and I believe that I am worth the good things He has planned for me. After I graduated Teen Challenge Wisconsin, I came to the Emerging Leaders College in Jesup, Georgia. This school is for Teen Challenge graduates who feel called into ministry. While in the program, God called me to be a missionary and the first country He laid on my heart was Swaziland.
For two weeks this summer I have been given the opportunity to serve the Teen Challenge in Swaziland! God has continued to open doors and fulfill the promises He gave me in the program.Swaziland Teen Challenge has programs for men and women, as well as homes for abandoned and abused children. These children are referred to them by the national social welfare office. Most of these children have been impacted by the AIDS and orphan pandemic in Swaziland. This Teen Challenge also has a Bible school, church, and vocational training center.
After I graduate ELC, my future plan is to work with Global Teen Challenge. For the rest of my life I want to help those in addiction and hopelessness. God has promised me that all the pain and turmoil I experienced doesn’t have to be in vain. But if I let Him, He will use it for His glory.
If you or a loved one is struggling with drug and/or alcohol Addiction and in need of Treatment Services, please contact Adult and Teen Challenge Wisconsin today at 414-748-HELP(4357) or email Intake@teenchallengeonline.com. We offer many services including the following but not limited to;