Feliz Navidad from our home to yours!

Rosa is the Teen Challenge Puerto Rico Ambassador for our Central Office in Bayamon. She has the gift of hospitality and embodies this passage of scripture:

1 Peter 4:8-10 New International Version (NIV)

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

She wishes you all Merry Christmas and Feliz Navidad. We love you Rosa!

Teen Challenge chorus visits church in Guaynabo

The Teen Challenge Chorus continues visiting churches, sharing music and hope!  On this occasion, July 8 2018, we visited the Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal M.I. on the Avenida Esmeralda in Guaynabo.  Pastor González and his congregation extended a warm welcome.

Capellán Albert Rodríguez gave the reflection, while our boys sang and testified to the greatness of our God.  We shared stories of lives saved from drug addiction and the destruction of the Enemy.  God is good and we continue forward with the struggle!

Thank you for those who give financially to support these important church visits.  The visits are an important part of the social and spiritual development of our boys.  They find new strength to continue forward, and their joyful attitude is proof that they enjoy the visits very much.  Plus, as we raise our public profile, more families know where to turn when their son falls into drug addiction.  Traveling around the Island in big vans is expensive, so would you consider giving to keep them rolling?  Thanks!

Story submitted by Albert Rodríguez

Walk to value your life!

“Value your life!  Say yes to Christ and no to drugs!” we chanted as we walked through the barrio La Central in Canóvanas, Puerto Rico.  This fun and family-friendly event, which occurred Saturday, June 17, 2018, was organized by Iglesia Estrella de Jacob in that neighborhood.  Together with various other churches of the community, they invited us to participate in this event.

This is the fourth year we have taken part in the event.  We shared the message that we give out everywhere: That with Christ, people can be free from the chains of drug addiction!

Thank you to the vision of Iglesia Estrella de Jacob and others in Canóvanas for sponsoring such an important event.  God is honored and lives are saved by your hard work and diligent witness!

Story submitted by Albert Rodríguez

Trust God with all your tomorrows

Brian Poirier writes:

“Over one and a half year ago Karla and I got married.  We believed God was calling us to leave everything and go to Puerto Rico, not knowing we were going to get hit by 2 hurricanes which would destroy our house and cause us to lose everything.

In our household today Karla’s serves as the Global Missions Director, as well as Assistant to the Director of Teen Challenge Puerto Rico.  She’s in a place where we have had several teams come and help us in our ministry. As of now we are on track to have over 20 mission teams this year stay on our campus and to do outreaches, rebuild houses, fix roofs and distribute over 3,000,000 pounds of supplies across the Island. As well as giving teen Challenge Puerto Rico a ministry makeover and remodeling multiple rooms on our campuses and paining the buildings.

Two years ago in prayer, we asked God for direction.  God told us to ‘go.’  That’s all  we knew – just go.  He wanted us to go to Puerto Rico and He would provide the rest.  We thank you God for providing for Karla and I as we stepped out in faith and continue to trust in Jesus.”

Story submitted by Brian Poirier

More preparations for growth

There are many things underway here at Teen Challenge of Puerto Rico, and one of the most exciting has to do with our Sonner solar power initiative.  We are working with local and Stateside partners to set up solar installations in key places around the Island.  Given our experience with Hurricane María, and the fact this is a tropical island where hurricanes will always be a threat, we are helping our communities prepare for the eventuality of another extended power outage.

This growth is all a part of our celebration of 50 years!  We are excited to see how Teen Challenge of Puerto Rico is going to impact the Island. In these photos, guest speaker former Chief Deputy to the President of the United States, Henry Lazano, along with  President of Teen Challenge Puerto Rico Dr. Rodney Hart, strategize and prepare the staff for Island wide work.  All campuses will be equipped with Sonner solar panel power!

Story submitted by Brian Poirier

 

Praying over our team in Florida

There are big plans for upcoming ministry outreach cooperation between Teen Challenge of Puerto Rico and Paula White’s ministry.  Here we see her praying over a team that is gathering to help Teen Challenge of Puerto Rico in upcoming ministry opportunities.  Stay tuned for more exciting developments!

Teen Challenge of Puerto Rico is honored to receive help from many churches and other organizations.  Thank you for your support!

Teen Challenge Chorus visits church in Río Grande

Pastor Francisco Quiñones, ex-Executive Director of Teen Challenge of Puerto Rico, opened the doors to us at the church Iglesia Movimiento Cristiano Sahdai AD, which he pastors, on June 24 2018.  We came for the morning service.  Members of the chorus shared their testimonies.  Pastor Enrique Calero (dressed in blue) gave the preaching.  He is a product of the Teen Challenge of Puerto Rico program.

We give thanks for churches like this one that open their doors to our Teen Challenge Chorus.  These visits are important for our guys, as they help them with their social and spiritual development.  Plus, they are a lot of fun!

Thank you to Pastor Francisco Quiñones and the team at  Iglesia Movimiento Cristiano Sahdai AD for the warm welcome and fellowship.  We love you very much.

Story submitted by Albert Rodríguez

 

New “golden logo” for our 50 year anniversary!

We’re pleased to unveil our new “golden logo” for our 50-year anniversary!  We have been changing lives and helping people to break free from the chains of addiction in Puerto Rico for 50 years now.  We have much planned for upcoming months to celebrate, and this new golden logo is part of that.  Celebrate with us!

50 years is a huge milestone.  Would you help us with a special one-time gift of $50?

Story submitted by Brian Poirier