‘Teen Challenge’ not just for youth

Published 11:20 am Monday, August 16, 2010

COAL GROVE — Addiction to drugs or alcohol can create a hole too deep for some people to climb out of alone.

Trinity Assembly of God in Coal Grove will host a seminar to help people get answers for themselves or family members who are addicted to drugs.

Teen Challenge, an international Christian faith-based drug and alcohol program, will have a seminar to introduce the community to its services.

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The seminar will be held at 4 p.m. on Aug. 29 in the cafetorium of Dawson-Bryant High School in Coal Grove.

Pastor Darrell Ford of Trinity Assembly said he has been involved with Teen Challenge for 20 years.

“We are trying to let the folks in the area get acquainted with the ministry and what they offer,” he said.

Pastor Ford also said that the name, Teen Challenge, might sound misleading, as the program is offered to people of all ages.

During the seminar, there will be speakers who are currently in the Teen Challenge program to share their experiences, as well as the director of the Cleveland Teen Challenge center, Murray N. Brown Jr.

Pastor Ford advised that the program is only for people who are serious about resolving drug addiction.

During a stay at one of the centers, “students” will participate in devotional time, Bible studies, chapel services and recreational activities, according to the Teen Challenge website.

The seminar is open to anyone and is free to attend.

“This is an opportunity to change their lives, to find freedom,” said Pastor Ford about Teen Challenge participants. “It is an opportunity to overcome things damaged in their lives. It is an opportunity for long-term change, for a future of hope.”

For more information, call Pastor Ford at 740-534-8704.