Merry Christmas from the Training Department!
In the excitement of things surrounding Christmas: the lights, gifts, time with family, and chilly temperatures, chances are there will be times of reflection happening over the next week. Taking time to recognize God’s hand throughout the year is very important. Things may not always be picture perfect; while many are rejoicing and thankful, some may be struggling during the holiday season. Either way, we all have much to be grateful for. God sent his only son, Jesus Christ to this earth and we get to celebrate his birth and ultimately his sacrifice for us. Jesus Christ, our Lord, Savior, and redeemer was born to be our atoning sacrifice.
Reconciliation with God is found through Jesus Christ. Jesus was born in a manger, a place of humility. He met creation in one of the lowliest of environments. His birth is symbolic of God meeting us in our dirty, broken places. Serving in teen challenge, those in our care and many of us come from the broken places. This means that Christ came for us, despite the circumstances we find ourselves in. Jesus Christ was the ultimate gift to us, The Way to reconciliation with God the Father. When we accept this free gift from God, we begin a new relationship with God, one that is righteously restored.
Celebrating Jesus’ birth means celebrating a new life. Being born again is made possible through faith in Jesus. This Christmas we get to celebrate the newness of life! God provided all our needs and gave us the greatest gift of all, His son Jesus Christ. During this season, take time to reflect on your life and family, as well as the birth of Jesus. Remembering the reason for the season will help us keep a Godly perspective during this exciting time of the year.
Wishing a very Merry Christmas to you and your families!
John 1:14 “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Name: Joshua Kreacic
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio.
Teen Challenge Center: Teen Challenge Orlando 2018.
Substance abuse was always apart of my life, both directly and indirectly. I was adopted and struggled with acceptance after I found out my biological father abandoned both me and my twin sister due to his addiction that later took his life. By God’s grace I have survived multiple drug overdoses, and ultimately running from His call on my life. Within the last three years, I witnessed the hellacious impact drug addiction can have on a family when I lost both my mother and brother to drug-related incidents. I surrendered my life to His will and have committed myself to help bring those the loving truth of Jesus Christ to people I can truly relate to. The peace and purpose in my life today is what I have been searching for this whole time.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
The most enjoyable thing about my role here at Prayer Mountain is creating an atmosphere where growing in Christ is a chosen priority that produces intimate, and effective discipleship.
Why do you feel that leadership and training are valuable?
Leadership and training are the key ingredients that contradict the state of complacency. Through ongoing training, we are provoked to focus on the future, allowing God to separate us further and further from our broken past. It is the spiritual treadmill that keeps our hearts beating in showing others a deeper love than what this world has to offer.
Name: Leo Hall
Hometown: St.Louis, MO
Teen Challenge Center: Graduate of 20 years from Rhersburg, Pennsylvania Teen Challenge
Brief Testimony: After being held captive by sin and the power satan, Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil, that once existed in my past. My favorite scripture, 1 John 3:8 tells us that Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil. Money, homes, children, nor my wife, were not able to rescue me from the power of the beguiling demons that held me captive. Jesus is the only one who has been able to set me free..THANK YOU JESUS! I now serve at Prayer Mountain Boys Academy.
What is the vision and calling that God has given you? God has given me a vision for the worldwide spreading of the gospel and the salvation of souls.
How has the ELP Program impacted you? ELP has shown me the importance of serving others as I’m being lead by the Holy Spirit each day.