Teen Challenge Center: Teen Challenge Middle Georgia
My testimony in brief: I first came to Teen Challenge Christmas Eve 2013 weighing 127 lbs and had been out of control for a long time. After being sober for about 30 days I figured I already knew God and now that my withdrawals were over I’d be ok—so I left. Just two days later I was in a coma from a heroin overdose and also had a minor stroke 11 days later. I got out of the hospital and never slowed down, and after 6 months and 3 more overdoses and thoughts of suicide, God brought me back to Teen Challenge.
Now I am up to 200 lbs, very happy and I have a boldness I’ve never had and also I’m able to give back to the ministry God used to bring me back to him.
The purpose and calling God has given me: My purpose and God’s calling has been to use my compassion and be an open ear for those who struggle the way I have, and to help wherever I am needed.
ELP’s impact on my leadership: ELP has helped my leadership by helping me realize who I am in God’s kingdom and how he wants to use me.
My name is Jarret Murray and I am thirty-three years old. I am from Labelle, Florida and am currently a student at the Ft. Meyers, Florida Teen Challenge.
I believe the purpose and calling God has given me is to serve others who have been through similar struggles. ELP has been a part of me fulfilling my purpose and calling by helping me to become a Christ-centered leader.
I started using drugs at the age of thirteen which led to my life spiraling out of control. I began leading the lifestyle of a criminal and ended up in jail and prison many times. I tried to stop using and get my life under control on my own many times. In 2012, after not being able to take anymore I tried to commit suicide multiple times. I eventually ended up back in jail where I learned about Teen Challenge. Through this center I have found God’s grace. He has restored my life and I helped me to find purpose for my life.
My name is Elizabeth Hyde and I am from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. I am also a graduate of the Alabama Teen Challenge Women’s Center in Hayden, Alabama. Even though I had everything a girl could ever want, there was always a void in my life. My father’s suicide just widened that canyon. I rapidly spiraled out of control by use of prescription pills. When I was diagnosed with a rare tumor in college my addiction was justified. I almost ended up just like my father. I was homeless and on the brink of death when I cried out for help. Due to some bad decisions I had made, I spent 118 days incarcerated and that was when I found out about Teen Challenge. I had heard of it before through several failed rehab attempts. I went to Teen Challenge and was healed by the power of Jesus Christ!
My purpose is to facilitate change through the hope I have been given! ELP is deepening my roots in the ministry to grow deeper in my walk with The Lord. I am eternally grateful for Teen Challenge!