Central Oregon Men’s Center
We’ve had the blessing and opportunity this last month to join Peak 7 and In His Wakes for fun outings this past month. Peak 7 is a faith-based non-profit that gives marginalized young people the opportunity to go on an adventure while using the outing to show God’s creation and Christ in ourselves. With Peak 7 we went river rafting down the Deschutes as well as a hike to a natural water slide. The trip was paired with a good bible message and fellowship together. In His Wakes is a ministry that seeks to show the life-changing power of Jesus Christ through water sports outings. This enabled our students the opportunity to go tubing, wake-boarding and water skiing. This empowered many of our students who didn’t believe they had the courage or skill to have fun on the water. Coupled with a powerful message about Christ getting us out of our comfort zones, we had a wonderful day.
One of the most important projects that I have been working on is the remodel of our current kitchen. 72 meals a day are cooked out of our basic family style kitchen and it’s in desperate need of updating & remodeling. The countertops have water damage and the cabinets are falling apart. We are planning on tearing the entire kitchen out to the studs and installing all new cabinets, flooring & appliances. This project is long overdue and we know it will make mealtimes more functional. My goal is to have this project done before the snow hits as we will have to cook on BBQ’s and use other facilities we have available to us. If you are able to come out and lend us a hand with the demo or flooring portion please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for your continued support and by helping us Put Hope Within Reach.
Also a praise report for our 4 students who got baptized at Spiritual Emphasis 12. What a blessing it is to see these men make the public declaration of dying to their old selves and stepping into their new life as Christians.
Tri Cities Men’s Center
We were able to attend the annual Spiritual Emphasis event at Silver Lake Bible Camp in Medical Lake Washington with every Adult & Teen Challenge center in the PNW Region! What a blessing! This event came at a perfect time and many of our students experienced God in a new and more powerful way than they ever had before. Many received breakthroughs in areas they had been struggling with. As we came together with others and worshipped God, great things happened in our midst!
We celebrated and honored 4 of the men who graduated from the program this year! These 4 men were able to come for the festivities at Spiritual Emphasis and take part in the Sunday night graduation service.
4 students were baptized in commitment and obedience to God!
Seattle Men’s Center
Spiritual Emphasis 2018 was a pivotal point for many of the guys here at the Seattle Metro Campus. Like always the week leading up to Spiritual Emphasis was a struggle, so many spiritual attacks, the enemy did not want the guys to experience what God had in store for them. Once we got there though, amazing things happened, and God showed up! Worship this year was incredible because of the passion behind the worship leaders. The events and activities were fun as always. We had several guys fish and they said they had a blast because they caught so many.
The best part of the weekend for us was the baptisms. We had three gentlemen get baptized at Spiritual Emphasis. Seeing God mending broken lives and broken families is exactly why we do what we do here at Adult and Teen Challenge. God is so good and we here at the Seattle Metro Men’s campus were blessed by Spiritual Emphasis 2018.
Spokane Men’s Center
Spiritual Emphasis 2018 at Silver Lake was a fun yet powerful time. Eight of our students were baptized and made public declarations of saying YES to Jesus! It was a beautiful scene seeing some of our students families get out in the water with us during these sacred moments. We also graduated seven students who have successfully completed their aftercare free from addiction and living to please the Lord.
Bragging rights! Spokane Men’s Center took home the trophy for the annual volleyball tournament at Spiritual Emphasis 2018. Who said clean and sober living cannot be fun!?
Eugene Women’s Center
This summer has wound down but our campus has been busy as ever! This has been a season of community outreach, focusing on going out, giving back and sharing hope. Our ladies are loving it! Eugene Women’s Campus was able to serve at Project Hope, a back to school fair for local children in need. We never knew our ladies were so gifted at face painting! And seeing the kids faces light up after seeing themselves in a mirror made a long day more than worth it. We’ve also been able to share our hope at Eugene Sunday Streets and multiple storefronts. All this serving has created a new fire in our ladies that we are excited to carry into the winter.
Spiritual Emphasis 2018, Medical Lake, WA
This past weekend we held our 12th annual Spiritual Emphasis. We closed down all our centers in Washington, Oregon, Montana, and Idaho to spend a weekend together as a region and to celebrate all the Lord is doing in the Pacific Northwest. What weekend of rejuvenation and fellowship! Scroll through to see a few snapshots from this weekend.
Seattle Men’s Center
What an amazing summer this year so far for Pacific Northwest Adult and Teen Challenge- Settle Campus and for the men in the program. We’ve enjoyed great weather and fellowship with a community of faith this summer. “Who said recovery from addiction can’t be fun”. Here are some pictures of a day of fun free from drugs and alcohol.
Central Oregon Men’s Center
We just celebrated the graduation of one of our students who will transition into phase 5 as well as the completion of Brandon and Austin our phase 5 students who are going back into the community. These students going back into the community are both connected with local churches, doing ministry as youth group leaders and active in their respective congregations. Currently we are working to revamp our mentor-ship so that our students upon graduating and leading up to graduation will have a spiritual adviser who can offer mature guidance will decisions, relationships, and life after the Teen Challenge program. This will especially be helpful to our graduates who do not do the internship or phase 5 upon completion. Our Director and a vital volunteer of 8 years will be developing the mentor-ship method and manual for the betterment of our students.
Tri Cities Men’s Outreach
The men were able to celebrate the 4th of July at the Tri City Dust Devils baseball game with fireworks afterwards. Everyone had a blast!
A Family Weekend was held in July where over 30 staff, students and family members joined together in fellowship and worship through the scheduled activities over 3 days.
We celebrated with 2 students, Jake & Chris, who completed the program and moved onto the next step in their walk by continuing in the program as interns.
Willamette Valley Men’s Center
Each month the students, interns and staff of Willamette Valley Men’s Center are invited to attend the Men’s Breakfast at Willamette Community Church in Albany. Surrounded by other believers our students have the opportunity to fellowship, worship, hear a good message and eat a great breakfast. This month Michael D. was able to share his testimony and Executive Director Troy Cunningham was asked to share about Adult & Teen Challenge and how to get involved in volunteering at the center. We are reminded in Romans 1:12 (ESV) that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine. We left encouraged and blessed. Thank you Willamette Community Church for coming along side us in ministry.
Eugene Women’s Center
Celebrating our Students:
Chelsea completed her program and is staying to intern! We now have three interns at the Eugene Campus and new students joining us each week!
Celebrating our Supporters:
Our Open House was a great opportunity for supporters, sponsors, family and friends to tour our campus, meet staff and get involved on a personal level. We have been encouraged by all the support this month for our Rebuild the Well Project
Celebrating our volunteers:
Thankful for all our faithful volunteers in Hannah’s Helpers as well as celebrating this season of new faces and church groups joining Hannah’s Helpers! Excited to be kicking off the school year with our new mentoring program. Hannah’s Helpers are our heroes partnering with us to Put Hope Within Reach at Eugene Campus.
Portland Men’s Center
The gentlemen of our Portland Men’s Center helped out at Fish Fest. They hung out backstage and got to meet Danny Gockee, Jeremy Camp, and the Newsboys.
Tri-Cities Women’s Jail Ministry
Looking at this flower growing up through a crack in the concrete reminds us of some of the women we visit in jail. These women have asked Jesus to take over their lives and are beginning to grow strong and healthy from the inside out. In spite of their background and difficult location, they come to God first each day and read His words in their new Bibles and pray, dedicating their day to Him. These women walk out the words of the Gospel in their lives, showing those around them who He is through their actions. Gossip, bullying others and revenge are replaced with positive words, compassion and forgiveness. They bring women with them to meet with us and say “Ask my roommate what happened this week,” and then we hear the story of how she led her into prayer to surrender her life to Jesus. “Can she have a Bible study now?” we are asked and, by God’s grace, the process begins again as this new believer learns how to share her faith. The light in her eyes pierces the darkness of a jail cell and puts hope within reach, one woman at a time.
Willamette Valley Men’s Center
On July 28th, we held our 2nd Annual Adult & Teen Challenge Golf Tournament fundraiser for the Willamette Valley Men’s Campus. Blessed by a gorgeous day on Mallard Creek Golf Course in Lebanon over 80 players came out for an 18-hole 4-person scramble. Local businesses and donors provided goodie bags and raffle prizes to ensure no player would leave empty handed.
We are grateful to all the players, sponsors, volunteers and tournament host Mallard Creek. We would like to thank our Title Sponsor RIST Group/Keller Williams and Corvallis Subaru for providing TWO hole-in-one cars. We would also like to thank private donors for providing all of the beverages and snacks for the day keeping our players well hydrated and full on a 95 degree day.
A special thanks to:
Bliss Group of Huggins Insurance for being our Lunch Sponsor
Hope Church for being a Corporate Sponsor
And the following Tee & Hole Sponsors:
Katie Enright/Farmers Insurance
Eagle Home Mortgage
Eola Hills Legacy Vineyard
Re/Max Integrity / Delene Myers and Myers Construction
Guaranty Chevrolet & RV Super Centers
Sheet Metal Solutions
Hands of Mercy
It was a successful fundraiser bringing in more funds than last year. We are so blessed by your support of Adult & Teen Challenge to put Hope within Reach. Looking forward to next year!
Portland Men’s Center
We have been building our relationship with the Oregon City DHS office and were recently invited to speak at their District meeting. It was an amazing opportunity to tell 50 DHS case workers and case managers about what we do and who Teen Challenge is. We also got an opportunity to network with other organizations in the area that provide services to people in need.
We would like to acknowledge an amazing program supporter and volunteer Darin McCarthy. He has been involved with the Portland men’s center for about a year now and is always available to help in any way that we need. Darin and his wife recently opened their beautiful home, and pool, up to our guys and hosted an incredible spread and good times splashing around.
We also have 2 men that have recently become sponsored students; Eban and Lee. Sponsored students must have completed phase three and demonstrated a commitment to to the program and to change through Christ.
We have a Graduation Coming the 1st of September. Damick A. will have completed his year and will be doing an internship with our center. This internship is geared to building leadership skills and also about learning all the different aspects of what we do at the center level. We are very excited to be a part of the next chapter of this amazing man’s life! God is so faithful!
Eugene Women’s Center
Our first Car Wash Fundraiser of the year was a huge success!
Thanks to our generous donors, and hardworking staff, interns, students and volunteers who washed cars to help put Hope within reach here in Eugene!
Willamette Valley Men’s Center
Today we were blessed with a visit from a youth choir who drove all the way from Fresno, California. This is a high school aged choir that travel up and down the west coast. We were fortunate enough to be able to hear them sing and share a few testimonies. One of our students was able to share his testimony during an intermission, relating to and showing them that redemption and forgiveness is real. It was inspiring to see the work God does through young people and hearing the talent the Lord has blessed them with.
Graham Women’s Center
We completed two ladies and celebrated with the families at a BBQ. Good job to Heidi who is an intern and Amanda who is doing Phase 5 and working full time. We are so proud of you ladies! I love connecting with families and hearing the thoughts. Most cannot believe the transformation and are so very grateful to have their daughter back.
Every year we take the center camping at Mount Rainier. This year we decided to go in June instead of August and got some rain and cold weather. We pushed through and it turned out to be a great time. Most of our ladies had never been camping and loved every minute. Some of our ladies hiked about 17 miles over 3 days. We were grateful to have some fun in between work projects to enjoy the Pacific Northwest.
We put the fun in fundraising with our car washes this month. The women loved to connect with the community and putting hope within reach of every addict.
Central Oregon Men’s Outreach
Central Oregon has been doing dual opportunity events like storefronts and car washes that help raise awareness about Adult and Teen Challenge as well as help with funds and supplies. It always brings a smile to our faces when somebody comes up excited because Adult and Teen Challenge came to their Church, school, etc. There’s still much to smile about with people coming up who do not know ATC, they want to volunteer, donate, or get a loved one into the program. Just today I went to set up more dates and the store representative said “Oh yeah, you guys are great!” when previously we were unrecognizable. As we continue to spread awareness of our ministry we will be able to really put hope within reach of those who need it!
Seattle Men’s Center
We want to say Thank You to all our friends and family who made it possible for the Seattle Men’s Center to attend the Seattle Mariners game this past weekend. The guys had an amazing time enjoying the game together as a brotherhood. These times together are so important to their recovery, transformation, and reconciliation.
Tri-Cities Men’s Outreach
Dustin – 7 months
Over the last few months I’ve been able to start talking with my son a couple times a week. Recently we just got the capability to Skype each other. Seeing him and being able to talk to him that way has been a real blessing and helps a lot.
Don – 1 month
I’ve tried to get clean many times through the years but just keep getting tripped up by something. I’ve finally learned that my pride is the cause of my anger and addiction and am giving that over to God. I’m focusing everyday on doing just that.
Jake – 11 months
I’m completing in just a couple weeks and very much looking forward to taking the next step in my walk and continuing to learn by serving here. There are some anxieties with completing and stepping into a new role and I would appreciate prayer for that.
Mike – 3 months
I’ve been processing through some pretty heavy stuff this past month. I’m working on being able to express myself and work through my emotions. Prayer for complete spiritual breakthrough would be great.
Alaska Men’s Outreach
Today I experienced street evangelism for the first time. By God’s grace He used me. I’ve been forever changed.
It was towards the end of the day and we started out with a conversation like normal and she stated that her boyfriend had just dropped her off there because he was going to go make some money and get a hotel. In conversation we started talking about God and what he has been doing for her.
I asked her if I could share my testimony about where I’ve been and what god has done for me. She said yes. I explained to her that I’ve had this void in my heart that I’ve been searching to get filled through different women, drugs, and alcohol. But the more I pursued fleshly desires to fill my void in my heart the bigger the void got and the more pain I felt. I would give everything I was as a person in relationships just to fill my void and feel wanted, needed, and loved.
Then I asked her a question, in the end what do you think I got out of these relationships pursuing fleshly desires? I told her nothing just more pain and misery. No matter what I did and how hard I tried I always ended up losing more of the person I was. This is because my eyes were not on the lord but on what I thought I needed to fill my void. The woman started to break down and say this is exactly what she is going through.
I asked about many things in her life for over twenty minutes. I opened the Bible with her and I stated that whenever we are in the bible we are on holy ground. I explained to her that the time for salvation is now. Not tomorrow, not next week, but now. Then I asked her if she had ever accepted Jesus into her heart and she stalled and finally said that she prays daily. So I asked her again if she has every excepted Jesus into her heart she got quiet again. A few seconds went by and I asked her if I could lead her in prayer to open up her heart to Jesus and except him into her heart.
SHE SAID YES !!!! With the grace of God we prayed and on June 20, 2018 she was born again because of Jesus Christ. She professed to him that she was a sinner and she believes that Jesus Christ was real and that he died on the cross for our sins and rose again 3 days later.
She was beaming and said she felt a change from the inside that she couldn’t explain. That was an enormous difference from the sadness and hopelessness forty minutes earlier. She was changed, and I was too!
Tri-Cities Women’s Jail Outreach
It is always exciting to find out “the rest of the story” after a woman leaves one of our jails. While Kathy was shopping for flowers in the back of a floral shop, one of the floral designers called her name and said, “Remember me? We saw each other in jail. I was in both the Franklin Co and the Benton Co jails about 15 years ago. I put into practice the things you taught me and see where I am now! It was hard work but now I have a good job and my family can trust me.” She told Kathy how much our Bible study groups meant to her and said that she still has the corrected study booklets and her certificates. She is attending a local church and is the loving grandmother of 15 grandchildren. Our jails prohibit us from using identifying photos or names due to confidentiality agreements but we can share these redeemed hands creating beauty instead of damage and sadness. What amazing grace!