I was born in Mexico, but have lived in the U.S. most of my life.  I grew up in the Catholic faith, attending Mass faithfully, and have known about the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.  What I realize I didn't have, however, is a personal and direct relationship with Jesus, and I did not have an understanding of Grace.

building_1.jpgHere are a few pictures of the progress that has been made on the Graham Campus building project during the last few months. We are so excited to see the project take life.  This is going to be a dormitory to house 24 more women who need help and want to come to Teen Challenge to change their life.


My name is Tamara. I was in jail in Crescent City, California when I encountered the Lord once again and knew there had to be more to this life. I really wanted to go to Adult & Teen Challenge in Graham, but there was no bed availability, and I didn't want to go anywhere else. I decided to call every day — sometimes three times a day or more. I had met someone in my hometown that had been to the Graham Campus and told me lots of great things about what happened to her, and I wanted that for my life more then anything else.


I came to the Graham Campus struggling with addiction.  I remember being told I couldn't smoke cigarettes, and that was more overwhelming than anything.  I was really scared the first day, and I remember asking if I could have anything else like a patch. The staff said "No, its the power of prayer that will take that craving away."  I thought they were all crazy.


My family prayed for me for 15 years to go to Teen Challenge. I remember Teen Challenge coming to our church many times! In 2007 I finally entered the program and I graduated in 2008! When I arrived at TC, I felt like I had come home. I had a peace that surpassed all understanding. Jesus Christ restored my life from the pit of hell. I had suffered from meth addiction for 15 years. I had a broken life and family.

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