“God, if you’re real, here I am.” -Christie’s Story

Christie was a seventh grader when one of her stepbrothers was arrested for murder. But when she found out that he and two friends had originally intended to murder her and her family, her world turned upside down.

Suddenly things that used to matter just didn’t—Christie’s outlook on life completely changed. She walked away from God, experimented with drugs, and partied with her friends. She tried to find a way to deal with the tragedy but couldn’t.

She was arrested for shoplifting when she was 18. Her parole officer sensed that Christie didn’t comprehend the seriousness of her situation and gave her a choice—jail or Teen Challenge.

At first, Christie wanted nothing to do with a God she felt had let her down. But at Teen Challenge, God made himself real to her.

“I finally surrendered,” Christie shared. “I said, ‘God, if you’re real, here I am.’” That was the day that true change came to Christie’s heart.

Everyday I see evidence of God revealing himself like he did to Christie. I see hearts change when God makes himself real to those who come to us for help. Their minds and bodies are healed and their families mended as they turn to God in their hour of need.

You, and many like you, make this change possible. Your support brings freedom.

Christie will tell you that Teen Challenge is the reason she is here today. And you are the reason Teen Challenge is here to help.

Won’t you consider helping us today with a gift?