Arsen fell into a life of gangs and addiction after starting to use drugs at age eleven. In Teen Challenge, he learned what it meant to be in a loving community, gained practical tools for living a drug-free life, and found the life-transforming power he needed to become a new man.
Feeling abounded and unwanted, Eliena took to the life of drinking to drown the pain of her mother’s absence. Now she is the Director of the Teen Challenge Ukraine Women and Children Center.
Matumani once had it all: a good education, job opportunities, and eventually a prestigious position at a prosperous international company. But Matumani also had a secret; he was addicted to alcohol. What began as a fling with cigarettes in his high school years turned into a love affair with drinking. He sought alcohol every chance he got, and soon it began to take control of his life. In just a few years, it had cost him everything.
"I lived and breathed alcohol. I had a wife, family, and career but poured them all out into that bottle,” Matumani recalls. “When all hope seemed lost, Teen Challenge rescued me."
At his lowest point, Matumani came to Teen Challenge Kenya at the urging of his niece and sister. In just one interview with Teen Challenge, he realized there was hope for him. He gave his life to Christ while enrolled in the program and found freedom from his addiction – a freedom made possible by the love of Jesus.
India, Southern Asia
"She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future."
Sungita walked into the Teen Challenge Center in Delhi seeking something very important - her worth. She was poor and a woman. These two characteristics earned her very little value in India.
Teen Challenge warmly welcomed Sungita and helped her begin sewing classes, which helps to empower women so they can provide a service to their community and earn a healthy income to break the cycle of poverty. Sungita recently completed her training and graduated from Teen Challenge.
“Teen Challenge restored my dignity. They taught me my worth as a woman, whereas my community had called me a burden,” Sungita reflects today. “For the first time, I am free to be the me God created.”