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Until Every Hurting Young Person Has Been Given a Chance...

You're a Hero

According to the dictionary a hero is defined as a mythic character of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his or her brave deeds and noble qualities. It goes onto to say that a hero is also the principal character in a story.

Here at Teen Challenge our definition of a hero is a little different. Is it true that heros are just mythic characters? They are getting harder and harder to come by and the standards for which the world deems someone a hero are becoming quite broad. Teen Challenge however has seen many heros and they have been defined by one very important quality...the ability to lay down personal time and resources for the good of others. In short, a true hero gives of their life.

The training center is filled with teens that need rescuing and that takes a huge amount of time and resources to accomplish. Many men and women have come to our assistance in making this happen and you are one of them! Your gifts make you a huge part of their success. Your willingness makes your role invaluable to hurting families.

Thank you for being a HERO to our students with your continued support!
 

I was scarred from head to toe by my own self injuries but God had a different plan...

I grew up in a wonderful christian home with parents and grandparents that loved me. However at the age of ten I began to hate my appearance. I was especially close to my grandfather so when he died I felt devastated. I was only fourteen and his death caused my family a lot of pain. At this point, my self hatred really began to grow and I became so depressed I ate very little and started cutting my wrists. When I did eat I would just purge and this worsened my depression. I felt so empty and tried numerous things to fill up that void I was experiencing. I began to smoke marijuana and drink alcohol. I looked for acceptance from boys and wanted to feel beautiful but that never worked. As my depression worsened so did my cutting. I was scarred from head to toe and I tried to take my life because of the shame. Fortunately my mother came home and found me unconscious in my bedroom. Something had to change and that’s when my parents found Teen Challenge.

At first I was so homesick that I couldn’t accept the fact I was here but over time I began to feel God drawing me. The walls I had up for so long began to come down. The staff took time to get to know me and helped me be myself, a person I had not been for so long. I began to feel so happy with the simple understanding that Jesus loves me. That understanding began to heal wounds I never thought would.

I have a long way to go but I am so thankful for the good things that God is doing in my life such as restoring family relationships and giving me a purpose for living. I am so thankful that God is working in my life through Teen Challenge and I am excited for all the things I have to look forward to in my new life with Him.

Thank you for making this possible for me.

Rachel


 


 

October 31st

Support our annual ministry to local children for our Trunk or Treat and donate CANDY !!

Call 540-473-8148
 

Upcoming  Fall Events


October 5th-Teen Challenge Choir at Goodview Baptist Missions Convention

October 12- Teen Challenge Choir at Northview United Methodist

October 24-Walk A Thon

October 31st-Trunk or Treat
 

 
 
 
 
 

Our Needs:


Kitchen Items:
· All types of can and boxed goods, flour,    condiments, fresh fruits and vegetables.

Household Items:
· All types of cleaning and laundry supplies, dish detergents etc.

Toiletry Items:
· Toilet paper, Dove or Ivory bar soap, face wash, shampoo and  conditioner, deodorant, tissues, feminine     products and hand soap

Art Supplies:
· Craft paint, markers, colored pencils, paint brushes, old magazines etc.
 
 
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Contact us at:

PO Box 19385
Roanoke VA 24019
540-473-8148