My name is Natalie and I’m 20 years old. I am proud to say I have found God, and there is no going back for me. Over one year ago I came into the program, a completely broken and lost soul. I had tried everything that the world had to offer me, explored every religion, but I was still left empty. I was facing prison time.
As far back as I can remember, I have had anxiety and depression. I carried pain around as my identity, not knowing there was a world outside of darkness. At a young age I experimented with drugs and the occult. I thought that was the end of my misery, but little did I know, the only thing worse than that night was the trauma that followed.
I had panic attacks everyday for a year and Satan’s small whispers became loud shouts in my ear, telling me I’m worthless and better off dead. I attempted suicide multiple times, and never understood why I couldn’t die.
My carelessness landed me in and out of jail. In April of 2015 I got into a car crash, from passing out at the wheel, and got 3 years of probation. I remember being pulled out of my car and the only thing I thought was I wish I didn’t wake up.
Since coming to Teen Challenge, I’ve given my life to Christ, and He has not let me down. What I’ve learned since being here, is that the voice of Christ can drown out all other voices of the world. I used to be too ashamed to show my face, but now I have a light that can’t be burned out. Today I am working as an intern in the intake department for Teen Challenge.
The scripture that I stand on is found in Isaiah 40:31 "But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not grow faint."
“If you’re thinking that it’s not worth it – yeah, it is – when you buy it from Teen Challenge! If you don’t want it, buy it, and bring it again next year. Listening to statistics about Teen Challenge graduates, you don’t find that after six months they are out there doing the same old thing again.”
“With the deterioration of society, Teen Challenge has become one of the most important arms of the church to this generation.”
“Thank you for ministering the gifts of mercy and servanthood at our service last Sunday. Teen Challenge is truly a Good Samaritan’ ministry and very close to my – and Parklawn Assembly of God’s – heart and vision.”
“When all is lost, there’s still one thing left, and that’s Teen Challenge…that’s why I’ve been committed to the program. I don’t think all hope is lost in life as long as people are willing to get together and do what it takes to do the right thing…”
“Teen Challenge is the oldest one of the most effective ongoing programs of its kind in America. Not only does Teen Challenge help our young people deal with substance abuse, but it also gives our kids something to live for, a relationship with God, a healthy self-esteem – direction in their lives that finally leads somewhere.”
“What a joy it was for me to be with you in Milwaukee. I appreciate all of your hard work. I want to tell you that I appreciate you being a man of God and a man of integrity. I work with many organizations all over the world (and many Teen Challenges), and it is refreshing to me to work with someone like you who has a heart for ministry and is a person who has learned to give to others.”
“I’ve believed in this ministry since it’s very beginning, and I continue to support it. I consider it a real privilege to endorse this work. Thank God for Teen Challenge!”
“When I founded Teen Challenge 40 years ago, I had no idea that God would multiply this movement around the world! From the beginning, my vision has been to introduce troubled young people to Jesus Christ, and then get them back on the streets witnessing for the Lord. Today, God is raising up a mighty army of Spirit-filled soul-winners and evangelists – out of former drug addicts and gang members! But we must have help to continue. The problems we see today are much worse than what I encountered in New York in 1958. I pray you will stand with us in prayer and support.”
“To change people who have addictions like this, you cannot just do it by walking them through a program. You ultimately have to change what is in their heart to change what other actions they do. This is a program that has shown great success.”