My name is Lauren Eisenberger, I’m 17 years old and I grew up in Rahway New Jersey. I graduated the Teen Challenge Yuchi girls program on July 19th, 2013. Growing up without a mother was hard for me and even though I had a good family, I eventually became rebellious and started to make wrong choices. Friends and partying became the highlight of my life. As my drug problem increased I was sent to two rehabs but both did not work. When I came to Teen Challenge, I was faced with a new type of love, Christ’s love. I was completely changed from the inside out by this love.
My purpose and calling now is serving in ministry as a missionary to Asia and Africa. Going through the ELP program is preparing me for this future in ministry. It has helped developed in me a joy to serve and has helped me understand what a true leader looks like.
Which Center/What Year did you Graduate: Ft. Myers Women/ 2012
My Testimony in Brief: When I came to Teen Challenge I was desperate for true love. I had sought love in drugs, food and men for many years. In Teen Challenge I found the true love that I had been looking for in Jesus.
The Purpose and Calling God has Given Me: I feel called to work with adolescent girls and am excited about the door that God has opened for me through ELP . I hope that by sharing the love of Jesus with others I can help them experience the true freedom that I have found in Him.
The ELP’s Impact on My Leadership: ELP has been a vehicle for placing me in my calling. Thanks to my level 1 ELP classes and the guidance and support of my ELP rep, I am transitioning into an awesome opportunity in Teen Challenge Ministry where I will be working with adolescent girls.