Feliz Navidad from our home to yours!

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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!

MASSIVE outpouring of help from NewLife Church in New Jersey

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NewLife Church in Millville, New Jersey just gave us $20,000 to help us continue expanding the work of Teen Challenge of Puerto Rico.  But then, this church is no stranger to abundant generosity.  For example, they stood behind us during the hurricane season in 2017, donating 3 whole containers of emergency supplies for us to distribute to hurricane victims across out Island (that’s 120,000 pounds of love).

Today, NewLife Church threw open their doors and welcomed us in to take over the service.  Pastor Rodney Hart, Teen Challenge of Puerto Rico President, gave a powerful Gospel message.  Then Brian Poirier, Promotions Director of Teen Challenge of Puerto Rico, told the story of how God worked during the recent hurricanes (see the videos embedded below).  He shared how long days and nights of grueling work – and a few miracles! – kept Teen Challenge of Puerto Rico not only operating and growing.

As we’ve been showing on this site, God allowed us not only to continue our core function of drug rehabilitation for young men after the hurricane; we actually have been doing more than ever before.  From storm relief to community clean-up days, from homeless ministry to church outreach (and of course lots of roof repairs), we’ve been stretching and reaching out as never before.  And while volunteers bring lots of help and support their stay, it takes real money to do all this!  So donations big and small are so critical to moving forward.

Thanks so much to Pastor Richard F. Myers and wife Helen, along with the entire staff and congregation at NewLife Church.  “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1, KJV)

Would you consider coming on board as a monthly partner?  Your donation big or small will help write new stories of freedom from drug addiction and community outreach in the name of Jesus Christ.  Click here to make a donation.

Dr. Rodney Hart preaches the Gospel at NewLife Church in Millville, New Jersey

Brian Poirier shares hurricane testimony at NewLife Church in Millville, New Jersey

Preparing for more ministry

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There are big plans for our multi-purpose facilities at the Buena Vista campus.  Not only are they used to house our students, but we want them to be more.  For instance, we’d like to add a computer lab where students can learn those tech skills that are so necessary in our day and age.  We’d like to offer more too, everything from more Bible study and life skills classes, to maybe even a recording studio!  Lots of ideas are on the table, but the most important part is getting it all ready to go.  In recent weeks, our own intrepid Norberto, together with a team of volunteers, have been doing just that.  Painting, cleaning, and even adding rain gutters.

“People who come to our Buena Vista campus for the first time often comment on what a jewel it is,” says Brian Poirier, Promotions Director of Teen Challenge of Puerto Rico.  “It’s a special place.  It is quiet and peaceful, and the view down the mountain is just amazing.”   The view from the multi-purpose facility is especially eye-catching.  “We hope that the guys feel inspired by these surroundings and it gives them the strength to continue the good fight!”

The Buena Vista campus has been needing some TLC for quite a while, and of course Hurricane María didn’t help. But a lot of progress has been made over the past two years.  For instance, the termite-damaged bunk beds (pictured below) have been replaced with new metal ones, thanks to a donation.  Also, the water-damaged ceiling tiles and bathroom facilities (picture below) have been fixed.

But still, more needs to be done.  For instance, we still have the issue with the woefully inadequate septic tank.  The tank is far too small for the needs of a growing student population, which needs we have to pump it twice per day.  Of course, this is expensive.  And it leads to all kinds of fun and games when the service is not available (like after a hurricane!).  Would you consider giving towards these and other needs at our Buena Vista campus?