In the early 1990s, Monique found herself addicted to cocaine and her addiction created a series of tragedies, including being shot and losing her two-month-old son. Then dad convinced her to enter Teen Challenge in Philadelphia. She completed her year in Columbus, Georgia, but when she finished there, her dad suggested she do an internship. They found one available in Bakersfield at Kern County Teen Challenge.
When Monique arrived in California, she was looking forward to completing the four-month internship and returning home. But the staff welcomed her with open arms and encouraged her to stay and become a teacher. That’s how she ended up at the Teen Challenge Ministry Institute. After her graduation from TCMI in 1995 she joined the Bakersfield Teen Challenge staff as a teacher, counselor, and advisor.
In 1997, she re-entered the corporate world, but she never left her passion to be a teacher that she had learned at Teen Challenge.
Today Monique is an elementary school principal. She loves being able to share with students and parents whenever possible about how God can impact and change lives for the better. Teen Challenge helped to prepare her for the path of her life which is having a positive impact on many young lives.
“It’s been an awesome journey with the Lord,” she says. “Nothing is impossible with God! Don’t ever doubt him.”
Where Monique was once caught in a physically abusive relationship, addicted to drugs, and trapped in a culture she didn’t want to be a part of, today she is living for God and sharing the Good News with everyone around her. Donors like you made that possible.
Monique and thousands of other Teen Challenge graduates are why we are so thankful for you. You keep our doors open and you help us keep hope alive for those still bound in addiction. This Thanksgiving season we give thanks for you!