When I was 31 years old, I had an emotional break down due to my childhood issues which led me to pop pills. The doctors prescribed the highest dose possible to help me function in every day life. I used pills as a way to suppress all of my emotions, fears, anxieties and anger.

 

The hurt and pain I felt in my life brought me to Wisconsin Teen Challenge over ten years ago. At that time, the Women’s Center had just opened in Waukesha.

 

Taking pills every day and emotionally eating left me with a huge void in my life and I was desperately seeking something to fill it.

 

Through Teen Challenge, I was able to learn how to live for God and how to commit my life to Him. I love the new me! After graduating the program, a volunteer opportunity opened up at Teen Challenge in Rudolph, Wisconsin.

After spending five years there and being so touched by the ministry, the decision was made to enter the Teen Challenge Ministry Institute in Jacksonville, Florida. When the training was over, I came back to Wisconsin Teen Challenge as a full time staff member.

 

Currently, I have been with Teen Challenge in Milwaukee for six years. Looking back over the years of my life, I would never have believed this would be possible. All my dreams and desires are possible through God. It is one thing to know about God and a totally different thing to truly give your life to Him.

 

I am looking forward to impacting our students and community through the Women’s Center.

 

Melanie has a heart for the Teen Challenge ministry and devotes many hours to the women in the program. One of her favorite verses is Mark 10:27 – ”With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”