The mission of Teen Challenge is “to facilitate life-transformation for people with life-controlling problems, one life at a time.”
As I continue to grow in my relationship with Jesus, I've decided to join the NCC missions team to Jamaica to serve with Teen Challenge. I believe I was specifically called by God to participate in this amazing and life changing trip, and to serve and aide the rehabilitation needs of the program and its residents. This will be my first, of hopefullly many future missions trips!
Teen Challenge Jamaica (TCJ) was founded in Ocho Rios 1997 as a one-year residential, faith-based (Christian) rehabilitation program. Under the leadership of Executive Director Anthony Richards, TCJ currently supports a 40-bed Men's Center in Ocho Rios, Jamaica and has recently acquired a 10 acre farming operation near Haddon, Jamaica. The farm micro-enterprise will help to sustain the growing ministry of TCJ. In 2011, TCJ launched an 8-bed Women’s Center under the leadership of Barbara Richards to help young women find the same help available to men through TCJ. TCJ is exploring a variety of micro-enterprises to provided need skills and work opportunities for the men and women that participate in the program and to enhance the long-term sustainability of the ministry, including a ceramics microprise to support the Women’s Center.
We will be ministering to these men and women and working side-by-side with them to support TCJ Executive Director's vision for sustainability. Potential projects include painting the exterior of the training center, pouring concrete to build stairs for the building at the farm and enhancing microenterprise opportunities for TCJ through a ceramics workshop.
Our prayer is that the Gospel will be advanced through the different activities and relationships built during our time there and I'm excited to witness the incredible work of the Spirit as He moves and empowers the people of the Teen Challenge.
I would value your prayers for myself, my team, and those whose lives will be touched by God through us. I believe that God answers prayers, and I’m asking you to pray for safety, good health, smooth travel, and financial support. Just knowing that you will be praying will give me peace as I go into an unfamiliar place.
The needed amount to raise includes airfare, supplies, room and board for the week spent in Jamaica. Prayers and donations are greatly appreciated! I'm believing that with your help I will be able to raise the funds to experience something truly amazing. Your donation is tax deductible and any money over my target will be used for additional projects at the Teen Challenge center. Thank You!