Pacific Northwest Adult & Teen Challenge


June 19, 2018 News

Montana Women’s Center

Welcome Cheryl, the new Missoula Director!

Cheryl began her career in ministry working with women in abortion recovery and leading Bible studies in Sacramento, California. Sometime after moving to Missoula, Montana in 2005 she began work as an office manager for New Hope Christian Fellowship where she became an assistant pastor licensed with the International Foursquare Church and in 2014 received her ordination. While working for New Hope, she earned an advanced degree in Biblical Counseling.  She joined Pacific NW Adult & Teen Challenge in 2015 as a Program Coordinator for a year. She has spent the last two years as a volunteer pastoral counselor with Elevate Church and in her own private pastoral counseling practice. She and her husband just celebrated their 20-year wedding anniversary.

They have two sons — one college-bound to the University of Montana and the other entering high school. Cheryl enjoys reading, gardening and recreating on the abundant hiking trails and rivers in and around Missoula.  She is passionate about helping others experience lasting, powerful transformation in their lives through the power of Jesus.  She considers it an honor to be able to participate in the work God is doing in the lives of the students at the Missoula Campus and is excited to see God move in the ministry of Adult and Teen Challenge PNW and the community of Missoula.

Portland Men’s Center

We had a very successful garage sale and the work program is up and running. We have one company that is hiring the guys on a regular basis, All Pro Metro Services. They do window washing and pressure washing.

The center is planning a huge car wash this weekend to coincide with the Estacada annual vintage outdoor market and farmers market being held across the street from our center.

Willamette Valley Men’s Center

The Willamette Valley Men’s Center recently completed an entire Dorm Room Renovation Project.  Our dorm rooms were in disrepair causing safety and health issues.  In partnership with Willamette Community Church, Mid-Valley Women of Christ and private donors we raised the funds needed to gut the old dorms completely.  We burned the old broken beds, repaired walls, and replaced trim, added fresh paint and brand new metal bunk beds.  The students were able to move back into the new dorms on Sunday, June 3rd and are excited and happy.  Thank you to our local partners and donors for making this possible.  And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Phil.4:19)

Central Oregon Men’s Center

Central Oregon Men’s Campus has been blessed with coming to churches that are welcoming us into their doors for the first time. This year so far we have six itinerations with new churches. It is exciting to be welcomed into a new church home and to expand the Adult and Teen Challenge community here in Central Oregon. Every time we meet new people who want to partner with the ministry or know someone who needs our program.

At the center, we have been working on the community aspect of the program with outings every Sunday after Church. Central Oregon is full of natural wonders so we’ve had the opportunity to go hiking, fishing, and swimming all around the region. These outings are great to cultivate the brotherhood and fellowship aspects of the program.

Seattle Men’s Center

We had so much fun on Saturday, May 19th washing cars to raise funds for the ministry. Please come to support PNW Adult and Teen Challenge and help us Put Hope Within Reach. Our next Car Wash will be on Saturday, June 23rd, and two others on Saturday, July 14th and Saturday, August 25th. We will be washing cars at Kent Christian Center in Kent WA. The address is  9440 Canyon Dr, Kent, WA 98030 and the time is from 10 AM – 4 PM. Come out, get your car washed, tell all your friends and family, and help support a good cause.

Tri-Cities Men’s Center

Praise Reports

Brandon – 2 months into his program at Tri-Cities

“I previously spent time in another Teen Challenge location but left early. I had no peace in my life from the time that I left until the time I came back. I’m grateful for this center and some of the differences here and am looking to get close to God! My girlfriend is going through the program at a different center also and I’m really grateful for what God is doing in this whole season.”

Jake – 10 months into his program at Tri-Cities

“I’m nearing completion of the program on July 13th and feel like I’ve really broken through the last 2 months or so. I have applied for and been accepted to do an internship here at the center. I’m super excited to take a new step and continue to learn and grow while serving the men here in the program. This place has become home for me.”

Boise Girls Academy

We have been abundantly blessed by our community lately. We were the recipient of a backyard makeover. We now have a nice backyard. The girls helped lay 28,000 square feet of sod. We also have a new fire pit, fresh stain on the deck, fence completion, new sprinkler system. We still have people from the community asking to do more. We are grateful for all that has been done and given, but also excited to see what God does next through our new friends and donors.

Tri-Cities Women’s Jail Outreach

What a thrill it was for Kathy to have the honor to release a Red Tailed hawk recently. It had been badly burned in a wildfire near Ellensburg and was healed and rehabilitated by a local wild bird rescue organization. How much more are we excited to see transformed women, full of God’s love and growing in their new faith released from jail back into their communities. Not only have many found a new way of life, but they have also learned how to grow in faith and recovery skills on the inside to be ready for the outside.

Now that’s a release into true freedom!

Eugene Women’s Center

We have a new Executive Director and Outreach Coordinator at Eugene Women’s Campus!

Meet our new Executive Director, Charity Bray and new Outreach Coordinator, Scott Bray.

Charity is a born and raised Oregonian. After 12 years of children’s ministry in Oregon, Charity had the opportunity to join our Pacific Northwest  Adult and Teen Challenge family. Almost four years later she has assistant managed two of our TC Resale and Donation Centers and served at the regional office in as the Student Sponsorship Specialist. Not long after joining the regional office, God called her to step out in faith and take on the role of Executive Director of Eugene Women’s Campus. God is so cool because not only does she get to work with her husband Scott, she feels God has gifted her with the unique talents and perspective to lead the women and women with children at our campus.

Scott is from Tucson, Arizona.  He is a successful Illusionist and has used his incredible skills all over the world. Scott went through Teen Challenge in 2005 with a drug and alcohol addiction. In 2007 Scott made his way out to Oregon to attend the the Teen Challenge Ministry Institute and in 2008 he married Charity. Scott has been a part of our Teen Challenge family since 2012 when he helped pioneer the Student Sponsorship Program.  Several years later Scott stepped into the role of TCMI Director overseeing our Interns across the Pacific Northwest.  At the beginning of this year Scott filled a need as the Outreach Coordinator at the Portland Metro Men’s Campus and and now Scott is joining the Eugene Women’s Campus team as the Outreach Coordinator.

Our most recent Itineration at College United Methodist church was such a blessing! Not only did our ladies get to share the truth of what Jesus is doing in their lives, the church blessed us with lunch and much appreciated food and supplies for our center.

May 31, 2018 News

Montana Women’s Center

This month we say goodbye to our Executive Director, Jan Henderson but not without a much deserved going away party.  The girls of the program got together and did the “Do it Again” spoken word… It always moves Jan to tears, as she is moving us to tears with her leaving, but we are thrilled for her. 

One of our students was baptized this last Sunday at Zootown Church. It was a spur of the moment decision that she will cherish for a lifetime!  

In this last month we have had an intern graduate and three new women enter the program. They have all fit right in like they have been here forever! We are getting a new student as I write this right now. That will bring our total to TEN GIRLS!  We had only four at Christmas so things are happening fast AND girls are staying and really getting that this really IS God’s perfect will for them right now!!

Eugene Women’s Center

We recently were able to celebrate the completion of two students! Lauren moved to Idaho to finish school and Sydney has decided to stay on and intern here at our Eugene center! We are so excited to see how God continues to use these two women to spread the Word.

Brownsville Assembly of God blessed our campus with a work day. The youth group and members from their congregation came to serve. Grass was mowed, limbs were cut, porches were mended and friends were made. Such a fun day that will not soon be forgotten. Our campus looks amazing!

Willamette Valley Men’s Center

This month Willamette Community Church hosted a Daddy Daughter Date Night and invited the fathers of Teen Challenge to attend. Those of us blessed with daughters got dressed up and had the opportunity to go show their daughters how to be treated on a date. This was great opportunity for the guys to spend some good quality time with their daughters. The Shedd campus also catered the event which allowed our guys a chance to help serve as well. There was great music, games to play with our girls, a craft area to remember the evening, and of course dancing. We had an amazing evening and we were grateful for the opportunity to spend one on one time with our daughters.

Graham Women’s Center

Student Spotlight: Maggie Mae has been homeless living in her car for 2 years- she is here going on her 2nd month and thriving! she’s learning to lean on God and is getting the chance to reconnect with her daughters!

Our Graham Women’s Center had a great turnout for our banquet! We had a live auction, dessert dash, and so much more. 4 ladies had the opportunity to share their Truths & Realities presentations. We had 3 ladies that had previously graduated in the years past, share their testimonies. Overall it was an awesome evening! 

Seattle Men’s Center

Dear Friends,

We invite you to our annual Pacific Northwest Adult and Teen Challenge Banquet with a live/silent auction held this year at the Renton Pavilion Center 233 Burnett Ave S. Renton WA 98057 on Saturday June 2nd, 2018 @ 5:00 PM.

The goal of our event is to celebrate the ministry of Pacific Northwest Adult and Teen Challenge, and the transformation of the lives of its current students through the redeeming power of Jesus Christ. Our financial needs will be met by God through sponsors like you who understand helping to change one life brings exponential change, as their lives tough others. Your generous giving and support will have a huge impact on current and future students, as well as advancing the Kingdom of God in our local communities. Together we can see God work miracles in the lives of the broken and hurting people through the power of His Love.

Tri-Cities Women’s Jail Outreach

Did you know that Tri-Cities Women’s Jail Outreach is able to send and receive mail from jails, prisons and communities across the United States? Our correspondence team distributes over 800 copies of each issue of our newsletter,  Door of Hope, to help women grow in their faith. We share success stories, letters to the editor and arrange to send correspondence Bible studies to women who request them.

 We received this letter recently “Having a pen pal is more valuable to me than anything else. A sister in Christ will be so much more supportive than an old using friend from the streets. Is there someone there that can write to me?” Our volunteer, Jo, has already begun a letter to her and will write regularly to help her grow strong in her new life. Thank you for your gifts that help us put mail in the hands of women eager to make a change.

Central Oregon Men’s Center

Our Spring Banquet had 200 guests that came out to support the ministry. We organized tables in a way that each table had a student to interact with, sharing their stories of transformation and restoration. The evening had a silent auction with many fun gift baskets, artwork, and local favorites. Our focus this year was on the work Jesus is doing in this ministry, the transformation of the hearts of our students. We shared our vision for the future and the direction God is taking us with the expansion of our bed capacity from 24 to 36, allowing us to put hope within reach of more men. Another praise report would be a $1,500 grant for Stay Sharp supplies through Community 101 at Ridgeview High School, one of the schools where we’ve had the opportunity make a difference with our Stay Sharp presentations.

Tri-Cities Men’s Center

Ready to break out the golf clubs? Our 1st Annual Golf Tournament is on Saturday, June 16th at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco. The tournament will be a 4 man scramble format starting at 8:00 am!

Fees are $125 per player or $500 for a team of 4.

Click the link below to register your team!

May 7, 2018 News

Seattle Men’s Center

We had a great time sharing our ministry at Arlington First Assembly of God Church this past Sunday. The sanctuary was packed and many were inspired by the testimonies that were shared in that moment. We were blessed with great food for a potluck and signed up 8 new sponsors for our sponsorship program. The new sponsors were able to meet their new sponsee and shared their own stories with us. It was very nice to fellowship with the church congregation.

Central Oregon Men’s Center

We had the wonderful opportunity to attend the David Crowder American Prodigal Tour concert featuring The Young Escape. Our students assisted with the teardown, opening us up for the opportunity to meet many band members. It was a great night of praise and worship, it is truly a blessing to see many people a part of the community of God gathering together.

It is a reminder to us and to our students of the faith community that is there to support one another and to grow alongside each other. Another facet of events like this is to show that people can have a great time without the use of substances. Learning how to enjoy life again with people, going out and doing activities. Praise God for the wonderful transformation going on in the lives of these men, here in Central Oregon!

Willamette Valley Men’s Center

This month the WVMC had the privilege to spend the day at Camp Tadmor. We were blessed with a day filled with lunch, paintball, and fishing. We sent a crew of volunteers to the camp the week prior and were able to do some work in order to get it ready for the season. This is a camp that caters not only to ministries like ours but also to schools for outdoor school. Our entire student body was able to attend along with families. We had a great time and are thankful to have been blessed with such a great day out.

Tri-Cities Men’s Center

The 2018 Spring Banquet for the Tri-Cities Campus was a success!  The students and alumni shared stories of hope through song and testimony and many needs were met. Thank you to all who came out and supported the event!

On top of scheduled devotions we have students volunteering to lead an optional bible study at night. It truly is a joy to see students pursuing Jesus in their free time. It is truly a blessing to grow alongside these men every day.

Portland Men’s Center

We have a new Director!

Terry VanAntwerp has taken over leadership of the Portland Men’s campus. This is Terry’s second tenure for the Pacific Northwest as previously he served as Director for the Center Oregon Men’s campus during its developmental years. He feels honored to be back and is very excited about the direction the Lord is leading.

We have a new facility and ministry team!

There have been many changes since Terry’s arrival. Not only have they hired a completely new staff, but the Lord has given them a new facility for this new chapter! We will be highlighting their new team in the upcoming updates.

The new location is located in Estacada, which is approximately 20 miles from our Thrift store on 82nd Avenue. The Lord has provided a beautiful former assisted living facility. This name of this facility was the Grace Place. It offered 30 rooms to those needing assistance for living.

We are very fond of the facilities’ name and our students and staff have commented that we need to keep it. We believe the Lord, in His divine providence, set that name in place knowing that we would soon be coming. In our opinion, every Teen Challenge program is a Grace Place!!

Currently, we are operating in the new location. This has been a huge undertaking but God has guided and protected during this process. The students have been very diligent to make this transition and they are very excited about their new residence.

We intend on having an open house in June. We would like to invite you all to come and see the new facility and learn about the vision God has placed on this ministry. We will be sending out an update on their progress and the date of the open house very soon.

With the all the changes happening at the Portland men’s campus, many needs have been identified along the way. Would you prayerfully consider how you may be able to partner with the rebirth of this ministry?

Here are some ways you can help move this ministry forward.

Education Department – Our Education Department needs to re-stock our curriculum base.

Much of our inventory is depleted and we need the funds to build back our inventory.

In addition, there are video series we need to purchase as well.

The Conquer Series – Helping Men work through sexual addiction and grow a better understanding of masculinity. Volume I and II   $800.00

Financial Freedom – Helping men understand the value of a dollar and make solid biblical financial choices for their families’ futures. Dave Ramsey – Foundations in Personal Finance $500.00

Seminar tables – We are designing our new classroom to enhance learning and promote group dynamics. 10 tables $75.00 per Table

We are currently raising $4000.00 for this project.

Work Experience Program – Hire us!! Provide real-life skills and work ethic for successful future employment.

The work experience program is a significant piece of the holistic approach needed for restoration and recovery. This segment provides an opportunity for businesses and homeowners to partner by allowing us to assist you with your projects.

Examples of projects we have assisted with in the past:

  • working in warehouses
  • helping people move
  • building fences
  • landscaping projects
  • assisting with painting needs
  • assembly projects
  • janitorial
  • labor force
  • security
  • venue support – setup and tear down
  • mailers
  • and many more…

Our organization provides insurance coverage for these projects. This affords peace of mind for our partners and also creates a very cost-effective way for you to complete your important projects. If you or someone else you know are interested in partnering with us, please give us a call and tell us about your project. We would love to help! These projects help us continue to keep the doors open and have a bed ready for the next student needing help.

Call – 503-230-1910

We thank you in advance for your support!

Tri-Cities Women’s Jail Outreach

Checking out at a local store, our executive director, Kathy was greeted by a new cashier. “Remember me? We knew each other in a very different place,” she said knowingly. Kathy glanced at her store badge and recognized her name. She didn’t look the same as she did in jail. Her eyes were bright and her smile was full of new life. “I’ve been out of jail and clean for 2 1/2 years now,” she whispered.  “Thank you for telling me that God loves me and can help me change my life. He really has! Your hope and encouragement made a real difference.

Spokane Men’s Center

We are in the middle of a major dorm makeover and were donated over $10,000 of industrial grade luxury vinyl flooring from Cost Less Carpet which will cover the entire project.  Another supporter is donating $1,500 worth of additional flooring supplies: cove base, floor primer and adhesive. Through out fundraising efforts we have been able to raise enough to purchase 50 metal bunk beds which should be arriving at our center by this weekend.  We will begin pulling up the old flooring next week and our students are excited about the upgrades!

We are preparing for our first annual ‘Ride for Hope’ motorcycle fundraiser.  Soul Patrol Ministries is coming alongside us to help organize this 100 mile ride which will end at our campus.  We will have live music, great food, fellowship and share stories of hope that are rooted in Adult & Teen Challenge.  If you like to ride or would like to volunteer for the event, please call the Spokane Men’s Campus at 509-244-5610.

Our entire student body is going on a missions trip, May 18th – 20th, to the community of Walla Walla, WA where we will get to serve on various work projects and practice the grace of ‘giving back.’  This is a great opportunity for our students to get away from the campus for a weekend, camp out in the woods and serve those in need.  Jesus modeled for us what it means to be a servant and we get the chance to put that into practice while enjoying the outdoors in Southeast Washington.

Missoula Women’s Center

We just had our 8th Annual Bowl-a-thon last Saturday night. A good time was had by all. The girls really pitched in beforehand and did a great job helping set up. The ladies felt like it was an act of worship to be able to bowl and know we were helping out a good cause with all the sponsors sponsoring them and they had a blast at the same time! Jan did a great job emceeing the event and gave out awards at the end. It was a very fun Saturday night out for a wonderful cause.

Here are some photos from our Clear Water Alliance outreach:

Eugene Women’s Center

Our most recent itineration service at Hopewell Community Church was a huge success! It was my first itineration service and it was an amazing experience. Not only did the women do a great job ministering through sharing their testimonies, but the church was incredibly supportive and generous; they fed us, filled our van with practical needs, and sent us home with a large financial donation. What a blessing! The women loved being able to meet with the congregation afterwards and hope was evident as they shared more and encouraged many members who have friends and family that are still lost in addiction. One of our girls who is normally shy and quiet in front of crowds surprised us all with her boldness when she spoke out that day.

The Lord is strengthening these women to share the good news he has planted in their hearts! At Hopewell we signed up two new sponsors and had several people request more information. That experience created an atmosphere of excitement for what God has in store for us at upcoming outreach opportunities and we are looking forward to our next service.

Up until now we have had two itineration’s this year, our third had to be canceled, and two community presentations; one at a youth group and another at a women’s conference at Grace Community Fellowship. Although we had to cancel our Mehama visit, their pastor still drove a car load of donations out to our center. What a blessing! We have picked up 13 new sponsors this year and hope for many more to come! It’s been a slow start but we will be presenting at 7 churches over the next 2 months, so we are making up for lost time! Earlier this year I met with a wonderful group of women from a church out in Brownsville. In May we will be attending a local mission’s conference at their church as well as hosting their youth group at our facility for a work day. We thank God for the connections we are making in the communities around us.

Alaska Men’s Center

Here’s a testimony from Kyle, one of our students:

My name is Kyle and I am from Kenai, Alaska. I am 31 years old and have struggled with addiction for about 15 years. I grew up going to church and attended a Christian school, however, I didn’t really apply the things I was being taught. I always rebelled against authority and spent a lot of time in the principal’s office. I was sneaky and had a bad temper. I started drinking and smoking pot in my early teens. I liked the way it made me feel and would often drink or smoke by myself. That is the way I have been throughout my addiction, I didn’t care about socializing, and I just wanted to escape reality any way I could.

When I was a senior in high school I injured my shoulder playing basketball, and started taking pain killers. I didn’t want to sit out my last year so I kept playing and taking pain killers whenever I re-injured my shoulder. I didn’t get addicted at that time but that’s where my opiate addiction started.

After high school I worked a couple different jobs and I learned to grow marijuana in my first apartment. I decided to move to Idaho and attend a junior college. I went to school for a semester there and began working at a hydroponic store. I got a house and started growing pot and selling it to my college friends. Marijuana funded my use of narcotics.

I went into a treatment program for the first time at 21. I had developed an opiate dependency and I knew that I needed to get help. I didn’t stay clean for long and learned how to use more efficiently while in treatment. I began using needles shortly after I relapsed. The next ten years was a vicious cycle of losing everything and going to another treatment program, getting back on my feet, then relapsing and repeating. I lived a very self-centered, meaningless and hopeless existence before coming to Adult & Teen Challenge here in Wasilla. Honestly, I didn’t want to continue living anymore. I was only willing to come here because I loved my family more than I hated myself and I had nowhere else to go. The last thing I wanted was a Christian program but I had tried everything else.

God does answer prayers. One of my mom’s friends had started a prayer chain for me several years ago and I can’t believe how many people have been a part of it. I receive letters of encouragement and cards from people that I’ve never met and who don’t know my family. Early on in my time here, these were the things that kept me hanging on. God would give me just enough each day to keep from walking out the door. I had been here for a month or so when God softened my heart enough to surrender my will and life to Him, which I have to do again and again as I started to take it back. I suddenly had hope again for the first time in a long time.

I understand the concept of grace because of the grace I’ve been shown by the staff and interns here. I was very angry and hateful when I arrived here but they showed me love and were patient with me. They waited for the miracle to happen, and it did. The transformation that has taken place is hard to believe… if you’re not a believer. However, there is no denying that I have been drastically changed, whether you believe that Jesus is the reason for the change or not. 

I’ve learned quite a few things in Teen Challenge. Here are a couple:  Christianity is about a personal relationship with Jesus. I have the most joy and peace when I am spending time in prayer and reading His word. He is the source of my strength when I am weak and He is my refuge in the storm. Only He can take a hateful, self-centered person like me and teach him to love and serve others. I don’t get it right every day and I don’t have to. It’s about progress not being perfect. Thank God for grace, for Teen Challenge and for moms that don’t give up on their kids. I plan on doing a mission trip this winter after I graduate in the fall. I am excited to see what God has for me next.

April 24, 2018 News

Willamette Valley Men’s Center

This month we had the privilege of going to Oregon State Prison on outreach. Our Education Coordinator, an intern, and two students all had an opportunity to share what the Lord has been doing in our lives. We were able to do a Stay Sharp panel and share a few testimonies. It was an amazing opportunity to not just speak into the lives of the prisoners but to have them speak into our lives as well.

Montana Women’s Center

The Missoula Campus celebrated Family Day on March 25, 2018.

“I hear the women’s stories when they first come in of how devastated they are because family members and/or friends are no longer talking to them. Everywhere I turned on Family Day, restoration was happening.” – Jane, staff member at Missoula Campus

“Family day was amazing! The last time I saw my family was when they dropped me off five months ago. Our center was full of everyone’s parents, siblings, and children. We played games, laughed, cried, and ate a Thanksgiving-worthy feast. We girls work so hard in this program and it is not easy. I’m so grateful our staff put family day together. It was a beautiful opportunity to show our families how much we’ve grown and changed. We all loved it and hope we can do it again!”- Kelenda B., student at Missoula Campus

“Family day was awesome!! I got to spend one on one time with my daughter and have my nephew at the center for the first time. He got to see his auntie Sara back, FINALLY!! Family day was filled with smiles and laughter. It is a firsthand look at what God is doing in our lives as well as our family members. The restoration you see is amazing! We become sisters here so it’s so great when we get to meet each other’s families.” – Sara B., student at Missoula Campus

Eugene Women’s Center

We have been through some leadership changes this quarter but we are working with a small but willing staff relying on strength from the Lord. Some of the students who have been through loss were able to join a Grief Share group at a local church which has been healing in the areas we’re not all familiar with. With the weather clearing up and turning into spring we have been able to give the ladies the opportunity to get out in God’s great creation through hikes, strolls and even working outside on yard work.

Our Bowl a Thon fundraiser raised over $11,000! It also gave our students the opportunity to have a day out. By reaching out to gain pledges, they were also able to share their testimonies on what Christ has done!

At the center we are making plans to utilize our volunteers and plant a year round garden. Our goal is not just to provide fresh vegetables for ourselves, but also to use them as a gift and relationship builder with our neighbors. We’ve also revamped our guest chapels to include new speakers and worship nights.

Central Oregon Men’s Center

We’ve worked hard to improve the culture and attitude of our center, in turn greatly improving retention. This last summer we hit a low of seven students for our twenty bed capacity. Now we are at eighteen students in the program with two interns as well as two Phase Five students living in the apartments next door.

Phase Five provides additional assistance in education, transitional housing, and securing job skills; Basically tripling the amount of men we are discipling. This improvement is in part to our staff members having intentional conversations during the crucial two week orientation period.

On top of scheduled devotions we have students volunteering to lead an optional bible study at night. It truly is a joy to see students pursuing Jesus in their free time. It is truly a blessing to grow alongside these men every day.

Graham Women’s Center

Theresa came to our center from Alaska. Her mom was murdered when she was just 11 years old. She quickly found herself in the midst of a drug and alcohol addiction. Her step mom and dad suggested that she try Adult and Teen Challenge. She has successfully completed our 12 month program and is now in our re-entry program called phases five. Phase five provides additional assistance in education, transitional housing, and securing job skills. Theresa is doing wonderful and is currently working at Safeway.

Tri Cities Men’s Center

The 2018 Spring Banquet will be held on April 27, 2018 at the Red Lion Hotel in Pasco. This year’s presentation will center on our mission of putting hope within. It is going to be an amazing night and a celebration of changed lives and men being set free from addiction here in the Tri Cities area!

The silent auction will return this year and we are anticipating even more great items than before!

The Spring Banquet is our single biggest fundraiser and ministry celebration each year! If you want to get to know the ministry of Adult & Teen Challenge, enjoy a great evening and support changed lives, this is a great opportunity to do so! Your attendance at this event is a partnership to put hope within reach of every addict!

For tickets and information, CLICK HERE

Portland Men’s Center

Here are some exciting new developments happening at our Portland Men’s campus!

We have a new Director!

Terry VanAntwerp has taken over leadership of the Portland Men’s campus. This is not Terry’s first tenure as a Director for Pacific Northwest Adult and Teen Challenge as previously he served as Director for the Center Oregon Men’s campus during its developmental years. He feels honored to be back serving within the walls of Teen Challenge and is very excited about the direction the Lord is leading.

We have a new facility and ministry team!

Here at the Portland men’s campus, there have been many changes since Terry’s arrival. Not only have they hired a completely new staff, but the Lord has given them a new location to start this new chapter of this ministry! We will be highlighting our new team in the upcoming updates.

We are pleased to announce that the ministry has moved to a small country town just outside the city limits. The new location is located in Estacada, which is approximately 20 miles from our Thrift store on 82nd avenue. The Lord has provided a beautiful former assisted living facility. This name of this facility was the Grace Place. It offered 30 rooms to those needing assistance for living.

We are very fond of the facilities’ name and our students and staff have commented that we need to keep it. We believe the Lord, in His divine providence, set that name in place knowing that we would soon be coming. In our opinion, every Teen Challenge program is a Grace Place!

Currently, they are operating in the new location. It has been a huge undertaking but God has guided and protected them during this process. The students have been very diligent to make this transition and they are very excited about their new residence.

They intend on having an open house in June. We would like to invite you all to come and see the new facility and learn about the vision God has placed on this ministry. We will be sending out an update on their progress and the date of the open house very soon.

April 11, 2018 News

Tri-Cities Men’s Center

Meet Our Staff:  Aaron WaddellOutreach Coordinator

“My name is Aaron. I am 36 years old and am proud to say that I have been a part of Adult and Teen Challenge since 2012. I’m originally from Bend, OR, which is where my Teen Challenge experience started as a student.

I have experienced much in my life since the day that I walked into the Central Oregon Campus and throughout this time God has made himself known to me in a way, I never knew possible. I have learned what it means to be a father, son, friend and a future husband. I graduated as a student from the program, served as an intern with the Teen Challenge Ministry Institute for one year and operated as the Intake Coordinator, Kitchen Manager, Maintenance Manager and Vocational Training Coordinator, at different times at the Central Oregon & Portland Campuses. While serving in those capacities, I have met men that have changed my life, pushed me to grow and encouraged me along this path. There is no greater purpose for me than to serve each person that comes into our ministry, from students to volunteers.

A few months back I began praying and over those months God led me here to Tri-Cities, where my 9-year-old son, Henry, and his mother live. I have some pretty amazing testimonies over the years of how God is so faithful and has shown up for me time and time again. The greatest of these is definitely the Lord preparing the way for me to be the father to my son here and be a part of his life every day while serving in ministry. How great is our God? To know exactly what, when and where we need to be and to continuously blow our dreams out of the water!

I am excited for the opportunity to serve here at the Tri-Cities Campus as the Outreach Coordinator and love on these men. Thank you all for welcoming me and I look forward to walking with you, serving with you and sharing the love and comfort God has shown me in many times of great need!”

Central Oregon Men’s Center

Two hundred people were at our third annual Ladies Luncheon event. Our keynote speaker Heather Nashelle Collard, the founder of Nashelle jewelry, did a great job telling her story and bringing hope. There was nice music with a women’s quartet, dessert sweets from the local bakery Too Sweet Cakes, a mother-son student testimony of restoration, and support with Donor Services Coordinator Toni Crary sharing about our student sponsorship program. It was a joy to see so many women coming together to put hope within reach!

Willamette Valley Men’s Center

March 4th was the Willamette Valley Men’s Center Itineration at Crowfoot Baptist in Lebanon. This is a small church that we have been to previously and had been welcomed back this year. The center’s outreach team was all new, including a new Outreach Leader, and with the exception of one senior student had never done an Itineration before. On top of a fresh crew, we had switched up our format and were incorporating the Stay Sharp panel into our service, along with a student testimony, and cardboard testimonies from the whole team. Everyone was nervous, however, everything went off without a hitch. God honored our faithfulness and we were able to make an impact on the church body. We were blessed with a $1,200 donation from the church as well as new sponsors from a congregation of 79 people.

Tri Cities Jail Outreach

“Our jails are filled with women whose crimes are related to opioid, meth and alcohol addiction. Pray with us as our team of Kathy, Gloria, Luisa, Kim, Joana, Linda and Sylvia share tools for recovery using Teen Challenge concepts, one woman at a time.”

Seattle Men’s Center

We are so happy and excited to share with you a very inspirational event and a wonderful story. One of our graduates returned this month from a missions trip to Nepal. Upon completion of our program, Ryan embarked on a mission’s trip with Youth With A Mission (YWAM).

This is his story:

God rescued me from a terrible life of drug addiction and crime. He brought me out of the darkness and into the living light of Jesus Christ.

God has now set me on a path of learning who He is and who I am. First through one year of Teen Challenge, and then through a Y-WAM D.T.S (Discipleship Training School) In beautiful Nepal.

The DTS was very challenging for me; I won’t lie and say it was just a pretty vacation. When I arrived at the school in Nepal, I didn’t know what to expect.

I was full of fear and definitely intimidated by all the young and loud prayer warriors, and I didn’t feel like I fit in. But the level of love that I was greeted with I had never experienced before.

God was moving in all the people there and I had no choice but to join in and hang on for the ride. 

I began to crawl out of my isolation shell and interact with everyone there, learning and praying and worshipping. It was amazing.

God taught me to listen to His voice through two-way journaling, writing letters to Jesus and then listening in the spirit to His quiet still voice. I learned that God is always speaking to me and I just need to tune into Him.

God also taught me to be able to interact with others and to live in harmony with others. This was no easy task, seeing how I had lived on my own for so long doing whatever I wanted.

Through living with others I learned how to give love, yes, but also to receive love, which was seemingly harder.  Praise God!

March 28, 2018 News

Tri-Cities Mens Center

We are extremely grateful to have been blessed with new flooring for our classroom & offices by Central United Protestant Church of Richland! Our Educational Coordinator, Javier, put some extra time and effort into installing and training our men throughout the process! What a difference!

Willamette Valley Mens Center

Recently the Mid-Valley Women of Christ Ministry chose Adult & Teen Challenge for a Community Outreach project. Their donations will go to the Willamette Valley Men’s Campus at Shedd, Oregon. We are thrilled to report that their donations included: many needed supplies, 33.5 bags of cans & bottles to redeem, and $2,587 to help with the men’s dorm renovation project! We praise God for this amazing ministry and their generous hearts to come alongside us in this way!

Tri-Cities Jail Outreach

We had 15 women in one of our bible study recovery groups recently. Guess what they wanted to discuss? “How can I forgive myself for how I have hurt my family?” We shared about God’s desire to forgive us when we ask Him and where He shows us how to forgive ourselves. New ideas for family reconciliation were discussed. More importantly, we talked about how to lead a consistent, healthy life in the strength of God’s Spirit by using powerful verses that bring inner change. There were tears and smiles all around as women chose to move forward into God’s love, forgiveness, and strength.

Central Oregon Mens Center

We recently helped cook, serve and clean up at the Bend Ministers Association dinner for local pastors. We are actively trying to integrate ourselves into the local church community here in Central Oregon. This greatly assists in opening doors into churches as well as a friendly reminder that our ministry is active here. The goal isn’t simply to survive, but thrive as a vessel for God to bring about a revival in Central Oregon.

Graham Womens Center

  • 6 lucky ladies were chosen to go to Medical Lake to paint cabins. Medical Lake is where we host our annual all-ministry Spiritual Emphasis event!
  • 1 Lady is on her way to Southern California TCMI, Teen Challenge’s internship leadership training program!
  • Ending Holy Spirit teach at Faith Family Church in Milton, WA
  • We are completing our 3rd family education group at the center! This group educates family members on how to partner with staff to best serve their daughters during recovery.

Eugene Womens Center

  • Gabriel graduated on the 9th of March!
  • All the ladies just Finished up the Accepting Yourself curriculum, a GSNC study guide.
  • 2 Ladies had the opportunity to do a work project at Silver Lake.

Seattle Mens Center

  • We have implemented a 5:30 am voluntary prayer meeting in the morning. For the last month, all the men have been up to participate! It is a great way to start the morning.
  • Genesis students continue to benefit from the genesis process and are currently learning how to navigate double bind situations as Christians!
  • We are Celebrating a completion service on 3/31/18.
  • We have four carwash fundraisers for May-August. Stop by Kent Christian center for your wash!

Alaska Mens Center

Sled for eternity this year was a fun, small-scale event that we hosted here in Petersville Alaska. The day was filled with fun for the riders and the food at the end was delicious, we had a Cuban style pulled pork over Rice and beans as well as a nice soup to compliment. After dinner one of our Students and one of our Staff Members both gave testimonies. To spread the awareness of how Adult & Teen Challenge gave them the opportunity to find hope in Jesus Christ and become free from addiction.

Spokane Mens Center

  • Kyle S and Avery J and Tristan D just completed an interview class with a mock interview with a professional businessman that volunteers.
  • April 8th SPM students will be going river rafting with Peak 7. A non-profit group which uses the outdoors to connect people with God.
  • The students served at the Toby Mac concert, Matt Maher concert, and WinterJam.
  • They recently attended a Spokane Chiefs game.
  • Our guys spend the first part of mealtime sharing (fire) verses that are encouraging them and they are living.
  • Spokane Mens Center has a volunteer tutor who is assisting the men who barely speak English learn it and is helping students who are interested in getting their GED.
  • 4 students completed this month!

March 1, 2018 News

We did it! Thanks to our generous donors we were able to unlock a $50,000 matching gift to raise a total of over $120,000! We want to say a huge thank you to supporters and donors like you. Through you we are putting hope within reach.

In this E-Newsletter you will hear a quick update from the following centers:

  • Eugene campus: our Eugene women were able to worship with Phil Wickham and hear from Andrew Palau and Francis Chan this February
  • Spokane campus: Six lives forever changed in the first quarter of 2018
  • Alaska campus: Our Alaska men are ready to defrost from winter, but first, their exciting sled for eternity fundraiser
  • Boise Girls Academy: Boise is currently at capacity with 20 girls, and looking toward expansion plans
  • Montana campus: Preparing for a successful 201 8 fundraising season
  • Tri-Cities Jail Outreach: over 76 Bibles handed out to date in 2018!
  • Central Oregon campus: Stay Sharp presentations at local high schools
  • Willamette Valley campus: Student testimony by Matt
  • Graham campus: Student restoration testimony by Samantha

Top stories:

On Sunday night, 2/11, thousands of people gathered at Eugene First Baptist Church for an event called CityFest, a county wide evangelistic and community service effort that has been gaining momentum and will culminate in a huge gathering this summer. Hannah’s house, students, and staff went that evening to gather in worship and prayer for our community. It was a free event that we reserved tickets for months ago. The church was so packed by the time we got through the doors that we were ushered into a gym which had been set up as an overflow room. Despite watching the event on screens a few rooms over the spirit of the Lord met with us. Phil Wickham lead worship followed by Andrew Palau and Francis Chan who shared inspiring words that many of us scrambled to take notes on. During the night we had the opportunity to come together and pray for each others’ family and friends who have not yet come to know the Lord. It was an exciting and hope-filled event that we were blessed to be a part of. The evening inspired great, yet sleepy, conversations on the ride home and the girls are looking forward to possibly attending the next gathering in a few months!

Some call it delegation, others call it management, as Christ followers we call it Stewardship.  As the Lord’s sheep we listen, follow and produce a righteous harvest. In 2018 we have had three completions and have an expected three more on March 10th!  We have the opportunity to be Gods hands and feet and in return, we get the joy of watching God’s miracles unfold.

We are coming up on our second spring here at Alaska adult & Teen Challenge. We are greatly anticipating the winter to be over and for the adventures and great weather that lay ahead for our students here in the summer. The Alaskan Summer is a beautiful experience and it is truly amazing to take part in. Summer provides great ways for our students to cut loose on hikes and hangouts in the warm sunshine that rarely ends. Our center is a wonderful and blossoming providence that continues to change and move through the Spirit of Jesus Christ. Lives are changing and chains are breaking for our students in ways that inspire and reinforce the mission of Adult and Teen Challenge Alaska.

Our Alaska campus will be holding their third annual sled event in support of our Alaska Campus of Pacific Northwest Adult & Teen Challenge. Riders can expect a fun day of riding and racing with their friends and others in support of recovery in Alaska. All Fundraising efforts will help support the much needed services Adult & Teen Challenge provides for people here in Alaska. Following the ride, a hot meal is served for registered participants, and you will hear the amazing testimonies of lives changed through the ministry of Adult & Teen Challenge. The event ends with raffle prizes and the grand prize for the most funds raised: Ski-Doo Renegade 600 ACE from the Team CC dealership! Donate at the Sled for Eternity website!

2018 seemed to overtake us way too quickly.  There has been momentum as we acquire more volunteers for our fund-raising events, center and student needs as well as when we make phone calls to schedule church outreaches.  We are eager to share the Missoula Campus program as God is transforming women’s lives. The miracle of women who surrender their lives to Christ and learn to love each other is the true miracle that we see daily.  We are so proud of those who take the risk to change and trust God to help them do just that.

Tri-cities jail outreach
In just the first 7 weeks of 2018, we have already distributed 76 bibles in our two county jails. It is always exciting to watch women’s lives being transformed as they faithfully learn and apply God’s words. Lives are being changed for eternity because of your prayers and gifts.

Central Oregon

Stay sharp program highlight

Our Stay Sharp program uses the stories of the men’s lives to help educate the students in local high schools. In this quarter so far we have had the opportunity to speak in 5 schools to around 580 students. New opportunities continue to present themselves with Teachers inviting us in after hearing of our presentation. Last week at our most recent Stay Sharp we had the opportunity of speaking to 2 AVID classes as well as the usual health classes. These AVID students are for the most part are the first in their family to try to attend college and some to graduate high school. We have been able to speak to hundreds of students during this time, bringing drug awareness to the youth of Central Oregon. Drugs are an epidemic in this country and we are blessed with the opportunity to use the stories of the men to educate the youth in Central Oregon.  The men that participate in the Stay Sharp program always come away with a sense of fulfillment.  They are encouraged that they can use their past to help others.  It always gives them strength after taking part in it.  The light on the men’s faces when they return from sharing with high school’s always speaks volumes to the transformation that is happening in their hearts!  Our goal is to make a positive impact in at least one high school student’s life per trip. I can say with confidence that we make an impact in each of the classes we speak in.

Student Testimonies:

My Name is Samantha. I am here at Graham for restoration. I graduated awhile back and got mixed up in addiction again. I believe I am growing and being transformed every day. This time feels so different. I was remembering back to the summer when our Director assigned us a spoken word to memorize. I was so mad at her. I thought how in the world are we  going to memorize this song, its too long. Another student and I decided to memorize one line at a time while we were jogging each day. What seemed impossible became possible. We shared in front of churches and at Spiritual Emphasis. It was a very high moment for us because we had worked so hard to memorize this and what we didn’t realize was that it became part of us. When we struggled it was right there in the forefront of our minds.

About a month ago my brother showed up at the center to tell me that I needed to come home, our Dad had passed away. I was crushed. I had not been able to tell him that I was sorry for hurting him and letting him down. My heart was broken. I went home and stayed for the funeral and this was a crazy time. I was numb.  I felt nothing. The only thing I could hold onto was the spoken word that I had memorized. God is using this and the scripture that I have memorized to renew my mind and help me to fix my gaze on him. He is my hope.

Consistency separates winners from wannabes
Diligence makes the difference between all time greats and one hit wonders
For the race is not given to the swift or to the strong
But to the one who endures, to the end
So pick yourself up
Shake your past off
Put one foot in front of the other
And do it again
When you hear that little voice saying
‘No one believes in you, you’re too far behind, you’re too small,
this isn’t working and this isn’t worth it’
Another voice rises to remind you that
The same power
The same strength
The same spirit who raised the savior from a borrowed grave
Is alive and active in you
This is your guarantee of complete victory
The same God who delivered you from the lion and the bear
Can and will deliver this new giant into your hands
So draw the line
Take your stand
Just like you yielded your weapons last time
Do it again
You’ve been here before
The battle is not yours
It’s the Lords
And if he caused you to triumph back then
Be confident He’ll do it again
Yesterday today and forever Jesus Christ is the same
And in His name you are unstoppable
He’s the author and finisher of your future and your faith
All things are started and sustained by his grace
He’s never failed, never faltered, never wavered, never lost
And he’s not about to start
But receiving the promise requires perseverance
For many are called
But few are chosen
Many begin
Fewer finish
So don’t just do it
Do it again
I know sometimes it’s hard to keep it moving
When you can’t see your progress
When you’ve lost your perspective
When the pain has pushed you past your breaking point
But this is no time to tap out
This is no time to back down
This is no time to turn around
Because the end of yourself 

is the beginning of him
The end of your strength is the beginning of His
So fix your focus
Wake your courage
Stir your confidence
And do it again
The dream God put inside of you was free
But to see it come to pass you’ll have a price to pay
Set your face like flint with determination and declare
I will do it again
When it doesn’t make sense
I’ll do it again
When I have to go against the wind
I’ll do it again
When all hell is breaking loose
I will not be crippled by confusion
I will not sway to the cadence of complacency
When it feels like hope has disappeared from the horizon
And I’ve waited for rain but I don’t see any signs
I will look again
Lifting my eyes to the skies
I see a cloud the size of a mans hand
Starting to expand
And it may start small
But little is much when God is in it
And I know I’ll win if I just don’t quit
Don’t you dare quit
When you’ve marched six laps and the walls still won’t fall
Take another lap
You’re closer
Than you think you are
You’re closer
Than you’ve ever been before
Walk on
You’ve come to far to faint
He who spoke it is faithful to fulfill and show up today
And the next day
And the next day
And the next day
Press till something happens
Pray till something changes
Push till something breaks
Say within yourself
Whatever it takes
Whatever the cost
No matter what they say
No matter what I feel
I’ve got a job to do
And I will see this through
Until God’s Kingdom comes
And His will is done
In my life
I’m leaving every excuse behind
I’m being transformed by the renewing of my mind.

Willamette Valley
 My life prior to coming into Teen Challenge had completely fallen apart. My drug use and poor choices had left me broken, hopeless, and in a world of darkness and despair. I was left in an apartment I was being evicted from, a promising career I had been fired from, and children who didn’t want to see me. The only way out I could think of was to take my own life. Fortunately, my ex-wife cared enough about me to tell my family what was going on and within just a few days I was at the Teen Challenge Willamette Valley Campus.

My time in the program was challenging but I was able to grow. It took me awhile to warm up to the idea of being Forty and in treatment, again. I had to humble myself and ask God to do the work in me as I worked the program. I found people I could learn to trust and be truly open with, people who needed to hear about my experiences in life, as much as I needed to hear about theirs. I had the opportunity to be on the Outreach Team and travel all over Western Oregon sharing my story and working to share all the good this ministry does. Taking the things I never wanted to talk about because of the same and helplessness I felt and turning them into a source of strength and achievement gave me the power to see that my story was more than just being an addict.

Since graduating I have been able to spend time with my children and show them the work God has done in my life. I am starting an internship soon and I am looking forward to working with the students. God will continue to work in my life and I can’t wait to see where He takes me.  – Matt W.

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