Thomas Fire Update The story of how Teen Challenge of Southern California was impacted by the Thomas Fire in early December is a report of both loss and blessing. Near midnight on December 4, the ladies on our Ventura campus were alerted by the sheriff that the fire was rapidly approaching and [...]
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“Some people have choices to be a gang member. I was born into it.” – Danny Danny never decided to be a gang member. In his words, “Some people have choices to be a gang member. I was born into it.” He was only 6 or 7 years old when he watched [...]
Mighty Man of God: Ron Strong For more than 20 years, Ron Strong was an addict and drug dealer, his life marked with violence and pain. In 1992, he overdosed six times, each time ending up in the hospital. But then someone told him about Teen Challenge and how he could find new life [...]
Freedom and Hope: Brad's story At a casual party in 1984, a roommate offered Brad some speed—and his life was never the same again. Before long, a vial of meth became his constant companion and Brad found himself getting high every day, even at work. This is his story of a life made new. [...]
“I had to lose everything for the Lord to get ahold of my heart.” - Annalea The drug addict’s world is full of darkness, pain and hopelessness. More often than not relationships are severed, children are taken away and, bit-by-bit, addicts like Annalea run out of resources. But there is hope. [...]
“There was a time when I felt like dying and I didn’t know where to turn.” – Walter Walter took his first hit of cocaine at the age of 14. “I was hooked instantly,” he said. Nothing could break his addiction—not even the several rehabilitation programs he tried. After 14 years, Walter lost everything [...]
God if you’re really there, please take me out of this situation - Darlene Imagine a life so bad that you would consider getting arrested to be an answer to prayer. Darlene’s life was that bad and so, two weeks after praying “God if you’re really there, please take me out of this situation,” [...]
From Ruthless Drug Dealer to Redeemed – Hector’s Journey Hector started using drugs at age 11 but when he found out how much money could be made, he quit using and started selling. Within a short time, he became very successful—and ruthless. “For me, it was just business,” he said. [...]
Embracing Change - Kelli's Story Kelli struggled with drugs and alcohol most of her life. Meth, cocaine, heroin, prescription meds. She tried everything, including rehab six times, but nothing worked. Eventually, she abandoned her three children and joined the homeless on the streets of Southern California. She burned all of her bridges until nothing [...]