Teen Challenge Center: Davie, Fl. Graduated Davie 2018.
Brief Testimony: Growing up my parents never showed me any love. That led me to using drugs for over 30 years of my life. When coming to Teen Challenge I couldn’t believe let alone think that God loved a person like me.
As I started reading his word and believing, God started to show me how much he loved me. It broke that lie that I believed for so long. Now I have a real relationship with God and I feel contentment and peace in my heart.
What is the vision and calling that God has given you? God had given me a vision to be a servant leader to broken women that are bound by alcohol and life controlling problems.
How has the ELP Program impacted you? It has impacted me to be the leader that God has called me to be. To get out myself and serve. To be the change I want to see in others.
We are so excited to announce that our next ELP Revolutionized Leadership webinar is scheduled for December 20th at 10am. We do this monthly training for Teen Challenge staff and students all over the country. This is a great place that you can get valuable information on how to lead better and also get to interact with other leaders around the USA. We love to welcome Teen Challenge staff, interns, students and also anyone interested in joining us for leadership training!
This month we will be talking about: “Change: An Uphill Climb.”
Our core course this month is Practical Christianity and our text: Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald. MacDonald equips a new generation to live life from the inside out, cultivating the inner victory necessary for public effectiveness. Your first post will be up on the forum Monday, Nov 18th.
Remember to return the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership DVD’s asap. Centers will be billed the cost of the DVD set $299.99 + shipping if not returned.
As always, looking forward to chat with you on the discussion board.
My name is Jessica Jacobsen. I’m 36 years old, and I’m from Haughton Louisiana. I work at Mount Grace for Women. I’ve been a staff member here since September 2012. I graduated from Mount Grace on September 15th 2012. I came to Mount Grace addicted, hopeless, broken, and searching for more. Within a month of being here, I had a supernatural encounter with Jesus Christ that radically transformed me from the inside out. God has called me to teach, and I am currently the Dean of Students here. He has recently given me a desire to counsel as well, and I’m currently pursuing that. Without the ELP program, I wouldn’t have had a model to go by. This program, along with the example my leaders set, is teaching me how to be an effective leader.
In August a group from Ozark’s Teen Challenge took a group of their Emerging Leaders Program students and staff to minister in Haiti. They spent the week in Port Au Prince and surrounding areas ministering in churches, villages and even juvenile prisons. The trip was not only one that blessed the thousands of lives they impacted in Haiti but also was completely life-changing for every single person that was able to go on the trip!
ELP Students at Haitian Prison
Here is a quote from the Director Jake Lynch about the trip:
We had such a awesome time in Haiti, God used the boys so powerfully as we ministered. We visited one of the few juvenile prisons in Port-Au-Prince where most the young men were involved in horrible crimes. We couldn’t take cameras inside but we shared in 2 dormitories and brought the message of Hope to many young men that received Christ that day! We shared in every venue from large churches, ghettos and even mountain villages. Paul an OTC student said about the missions trip “We here stories of big crusades coming to other countries and thousands coming to Christ, but for us it felt like an underground movement that God is doing in Haiti, one person at a time.” We are so thankful for the churches and people who supported us to bring the Gospel to Haiti…one person at a time!
ELP Students ministering in a Haitian Village
How has taking students on overseas mission trips effected your Teen Challenge program?
This month we welcome Sandra Marotta and Jessica Bullock (Southwest Florida) and Danielle McKinney (Pensacola Women’s) to the Level II! Welcome ladies! We look forward to working with you to grow you and prepare you for His kingdom work.
Congratulations Anna Spencer (Columbus Girls) for completing Level II!
Congratulations Katie Rice (West Florida Boys) for starting your electives!
Our core course this month is Leadership Principles and our text: 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell. Maxwell says:
“Whether you are a follower who is just beginning to discover the impact of leadership or a natural leader who already has followers, you can become a better leader. As you read about the laws, you’ll recognize that you may already practice some of them effectively. Other laws will expose weaknesses you didn’t know you had, but the greater the number of laws you learn, the better leader you will become. Each law is like a tool, ready to be picked up and used to help you achieve your dreams and add value to other people.”
~ John Maxwell.
I will send you the DVD’s for this course from the office. We’ll begin posting for this course on Monday, September 16th. As always, looking forward to the learning experience on the discussion board.
My name is Carla and I have worked for Teen Challenge for 10 years since graduating the program in 2003. I knew at 4 months in the program that I would work for Teen Challenge for what I thought would be, until the rapture happened. I always knew I wanted to be a drug counselor but never dreamed of it being with a faith based program.
When I started out as staff, I didn’t know much and everything I had learned was just God and me. After several years, I felt I had grown and knew as much as I was going to know and learn. I had the mentality, this is how it’s done and that’s just how it is.
When I married, I married a man that always wanted to learn and knew there was more to what we do. He began taking ELP while attending TCIMI in Oregon and continued into Level 2 and is now in Level 3. He always shared with me what he was learning and something in me began stirring – drawing me towards ELP. It was remembering all that had been spoken over me during my spiritual journey and not knowing how it was all going to happen. If I didn’t know how it was going to work, I needed to be open to learning new things. I knew I was called to Teen Challenge and I also knew my way wasn’t the only way. What worked for me wasn’t necessarily going to work for others.
I was doing what the Lord called me to do and to do that I have to remain teachable and willing. ELP is an opportunity for me to do just that, but what I learn helps me to be better at what I do.
Now I am in Level 3 which will take 2 years to finish. Everything I do is training ground for what God has planned for me. ELP is a part of that plan..I can’t stop learning and have to keep persevering towards what He has planned for me.
There are a lot of things that influence how we interact with those that we lead and influence. We can be having a great day, which leads to our ability to encourage someone around us, or we can find ourselves pouring negativity and slander on those around us about something frustrating that has happened. It is important that we always remember to lead from 3 very important places that will ensure that we lead well and positively influence those people around us.
1. Lead from a place of Rest
In our culture we live in a place of constant conviction to achieve and perform more and more. Most of us have a very hard time; never stopping to really rest in the Lord. When we feel the constant need to continue striving it is because we are not living in a place where we can rest in who God is. Sometimes we feel a need to constantly be proving ourselves. As leaders we need to always make time to sit back and rest in the Lord. The Lord calls us to yoke ourselves up to Him and he promises that the burden will be light. As we rest in the Lord we will enable him to refresh us and will end up having so much more to offer those that we influence.
2. Lead from a place of Intimacy
In John chapter 15 Jesus reminds us that we need to always remain in Him as he remains in the Father. He uses the metaphor of us being the branches that are attached to him, which represents the vine. This is extremely important to remember, as we are influencing those around us. We need to always be taking time to get away and seek the face of God. We need to get into His presence and allow him to show us more of whom He is. The more intimacy we have with God, the higher the probability is that others will encounter him through us.
3. Lead from a place of Hunger and Thirst
In John chapter 6 Jesus compares himself to food. He tells us that if we will eat and drink of Him that we will no longer hunger or thirst. The physical energy, invigoration and refreshment that we gain from food and drink is simply a portrait of the way that Jesus nourishes and fills our lives. This bold promise is something that we need to always remember as we are pouring into the lives of other people. We need to exemplify for others that we crave Jesus even more than we do the water we drink, the food we eat and even the air we breathe.
Do you think God put physical food on the earth to show us how much we should crave Jesus?
One of our ELP Rep’s from the Teen Challenge in Bonifay, FL wrote an amazing short article that we really wanted to share with everyone! Over the past few years we have seen a lot of our Emerging Leaders staff and students get the opportunity to serve at Teen Challenge programs overseas. Every single person that has had the opportunity has been dramatically impacted and blessed. We highly recommend taking students and staff on a mission trip each year to a Teen Challenge overseas!
Here is what Chuck Odum wrote us: “Desafio Juvenil is the only Teen Challenge center in Guatemala City, Guatemala. I had the joy of spending the day with them while on a mission trip to their area with our center, West Florida Teen Challenge, Bonifay, FL. The directors, Richard and Janet Conti, were away from the center on other business. Jose Flores, who runs the center in their absence, was our host. He is an amazing young man with a God-sized vision for increasing the Teen Challenge presence in Guatemala City. They currently have a house full of men, 18 and older, who are finding freedom through their ministry. He shared the vision he has of seeing additional centers for women and also adolescent boys and girls. As, he walked me through the center showing me the many blessings that God has given them through the love and support of others, he shared with me that their greatest needs is for workers. Many have come to help in short-term ways but Jose said that they need people who are called of God to do ministry in their country and city who can commit to being part of the ministry and helping to reach the lives of those who they cannot currently reach. I was reminded of the scripture in Luke 10:2 “These were his instructions to them: “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.” Teen Challenge is very familiar with the amazing things God can do when His children will respond in simple obedience to the needs that are in front of them. Recently I heard Greg Hammond share a great thought with our staff. He said, “the need IS the call.” I frequently reminded our team of this quote while we were in Guatemala. The need is great, and so is the call. Hallelujah!”
Have you been on a mission trip with your Teen Challenge program? If so, where have you been and how was your experience???
Testimony: As a kid I was forced to go to church but as I got older I chose the things of this world instead of doing what I knew was right. After losing my dad in a tragic hunting accident what I once did for fun became a way to escape reality. I was a full blown crack and opiate addict by age 25. I had a college degree but my life was such a mess I couldn’t keep a job. I knew there was more to life and God was the only one that could help me.
Teen Challenge Center: Fort Myers Women
The Purpose and Calling God has Given Me: I was called into Missions where my purpose is to reach out and help the lost and hopeless.
ELP’s Impact on my Leadership: I learned to be a servant leader. I have also learned that being a leader at times means doing the jobs no one else wants to do and doing them with a smile on my face and joy in my heart. Everything I do, I do for the Glory of God and with Integrity.