Have you ever woken up one day and thought: How did I get here? Where are all my real friends? Joy? The purpose of living? I felt confused and I didn’t know what to do. I was addicted to drugs and sin. I got arrested and went to jail. I got kicked out of school. And then my parents sent me to Teen Challenge of St. Louis.
My name is Nicole Forsberg. I’m 19 and I’ve been at Teen Challenge for six months now. I fought changing, and pointed my finger at everyone around me. Then God showed me the three that were pointing back at me. I am beyond grateful for all the people that have lovingly showed me my wrong and restored me gently. I love it here at Teen Challenge and I also love the basic idea that I can learn just as I have my whole life, except this time, I’ll learn the way of my Lord.
Hello, my name is Amy And I am 37 years old. Have spent my entire life addicted to drugs and alcohol. This past year I found myself alone, exhausted, and with no self-respect or love in my heart. I was on empty in every way possible. My two young boys were now in DFS custody and my marriage was falling apart.
Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first His kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” So, that’s what I set out to do. I showed up here at Teen Challenge ready to surrender all. Here my heart is being renewed every day as my relationship with my Lord and Savior grows stronger. My identity is no longer drug addict, poor mom, or nagging wife. My identity is child of the Most High God.
My husband is in a Teen Challenge program also. Although our family is all apart, God is grooming and preparing us all to be together again. When I look to my future, I see my husband and I renewing our vows, our family fully restored, and spending the rest of my life loving and ministering to others in preparation for Christ’s Harvest.