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The Unfailing Love of God

World Challenge Staff
May 6, 2021

One young man shares how his good, Christian upbringing couldn’t save him from addiction and wild living; only Christ in the center of his life could transform him.

World Challenge’s partners in Eswatini run a recovery center, helping men and women find healing from addictions and discover new life in Christ. One young man in their program shared his story of redemption with us.

Rebuilding Broken Families

Rachel Chimits
April 27, 2021

God is healing a nation shattered by war and oppression by transforming and restoring one family at a time.

When Diana found out that officials were coming to take her son away from her and her husband to put him in a foster care home, she was forced to confront a hard truth about her life: She and her husband had become alcoholics. They needed help.

Escaping the Cloud of Smoke

Rachel Chimits
April 22, 2021

Kicking a drug addiction is one of the hardest struggles a person can face, but no obstacle is too great for the redeeming power of Christ.

Thabani was already regularly drinking alcohol when he was introduced to something ‘even better’: marijuana. Like many people his age, he began routinely smoking. “Alcohol and marijuana were the order of the day in my life,” he explained. “Marijuana would make me feel at ease. I enjoyed every day with a joint in my hand.”

When Men Forgot God

Rachel Chimits
April 20, 2021

Russia is facing a crisis of addiction among its youth, but believers are working to help reverse this trend from the ground up.

Sergei started using hard drugs as a young teen, and his addiction swiftly ramped up to the point where he had to quit school. By the time he turned 22, he knew his addiction was already out of hand. He was certain that if he didn’t find help, he wouldn’t wake up one of these mornings. 

Learning How to Love and Be Loved

Rachel Chimits
November 24, 2020

God is slowly redeeming and healing one young man’s life after it spun out of control and left him aching for true connection.

Our partners in Eswatini run a Teen Challenge center that helps many of the country’s impoverished and troubled youth and young adults find the transforming power of Christ while providing them a safe haven where they can heal from addictions and abuse.

If You Are Alive There Is Hope

Jerry Nance, Director of Global Teen Challenge, joins Gary Wilkerson to encourage families of addicts not to lose hope.

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. 

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.