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Making the Music of Freedom

Rachel Chimits
April 14, 2020

As God moves in his life, one man is rediscovering the musical abilities that seemed lost in the sea of heroin addiction.

According to government studies, nearly 22 million Americans are addicted to alcohol or drugs.

Jerry Nance, director of Global Teen Challenge, points out that the world is in an epidemic of addiction. No matter where he goes—India, the Netherlands, Vietnam, America—he has found that drugs are the modern method of drowning out pain and hopelessness.

The Best Thing You Can Do for a Drug Addict

Jerry Nance, director of Global Teen Challenge, has found that drugs are the modern method of drowning out pain and hopelessness. God offers a different solution, though, and Teen Challenge works to help addicts find hope in Jesus Christ.

Putting Hope in Reach of Every Addict

Today, guest speaker and director of Global Teen Challenge Jerry Nance joins us to talk about a hope we can take hold of that frees us from our worst addictions. Our God can overcome the strongest addiction and redeem the darkest past. For those in the grip of addiction, he offers them a way to heal and live fully again. He can fill the emptiness inside each one of our hearts, and his mercy is new every day. 

BEST OF: A Wilkerson Family Testimony: Prodigal Children Overcoming Addiction

Parents in the church can feel ashamed of having a prodigal child. They may have actually been condemned for their child’s suffering or wandering path. In this episode, Gary Wilkerson is joined by his wife, Kelly, and son, Evan, as they discuss how their family was ultimately able to draw closer to God as a result of Evan’s prodigal journey. While this time can be immensely painful for parents and families, God is always faithful. Gary, Kelly, and Evan talk about how God redeemed and healed their own relationships and lives through what seemed like a very dark period.

Going from Victim to Victor in Christ

Olive Heywood
December 3, 2019

One young woman’s harsh childhood and rocky path in adulthood nearly claimed her life until Christ intervened to heal her broken heart.

My name is Olive.

When I was 7 years old, my parents separated. My father left for South Africa, and he refused to allow me to visit him. It would be three years before he finally invited me to see him. I was excited and hopeful that this marked a turn for our family, but the trip turned into a nightmare.

Fighting Off a Gambling Addiction

Rachel Chimits
October 31, 2019

One woman felt that lottery tickets offered hope that life had denied her until members of the church helped her find peace in better sources.

As soon as someone mentions “addiction,” most people automatically think of drugs or alcohol. Those two substances, however, only represent a fraction of potential addictions that can entangle people.

Investigating a Fall From Grace

Rachel Chimits
October 29, 2019

A church leader in India is helping one family find purpose and unity after their son was snared by despair and addiction.

Very little can be harder for a loving parent than seeing their child choose a self-destructive lifestyle.

For one mother and father in India, they watched in despair as their oldest son seemed to swerve deliberately away from the model they had set in their own household onto the path to indolence and addiction.