Local churches are a critical partner in our ministry at Teen Challenge of Puerto Rico. For one, they help us reach their congregations with the message that “you don’t have to stay in drug addictions!” Whether or not any member of the congregation has a problem with drugs, they know someone who does. A son, a father, a cousin, an uncle. Secondly, the pastors and members of the church know the people in their community who need help. They can point is in the right direction, show us resources we were unaware of, and enlighten us as to the needs in their barrio.
Thanks to Pastor Miguel Ortíz of the Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal M.I. in the Cucharilla street of Cataño, Puerto Rico. He opened his church – and his pulpit – wide to us this Sunday. Our very own director of our Bayamón 1 Center, Pastor Jorge Ortíz, gave the sermon. He shared an inspiring testimony from his own life of the power that Jesus has to save and heal. Our Teen Challenge Chorus, made up of current and past Teen Challenge alumni, led the congregation in enthusiastic singing and praise. This gives them encouragement and a shot of self-esteem as they see how their music changes lives!
Thank you so much to churches that open their doors to us! The local church is the front line of Jesus’ war to bring healing and love to this world. We could not do what we do without your help!