Patrick Sanders

Men of Excellence Graduate

I was in a backslider state. I was in bad living. I was strung out on opiates and whatever the mood struck me. I became full of hate and anger toward myself, God and the world. I attempted suicide, broke the law multiple times, and serve a handful of short sentences. My last attempt to get my life right was about six years ago. I could no longer feel God at all. I couldn’t feel His love or His deliverance or the cleansing power. I was so sick physically I had to pop a pill just to go shower and “suit up” for church. I finally gave up on myself. After years of falling deeper in sin, I cursed God hoping He would tell me and send me to hell where I belonged. After going to court on a charge, I was offered to come here or do time. After being here a few days, I went to a service and prayed through finally after all these years. God never gave up on me. Now, I’m in the word every day at Teen Challenge. I am in prayer all throughout the day. We are in church services continually enjoying worship and the moving of the Holy Spirit and His presence. I personally want to thank my God for people like Jim and Dennis who have helped me get here. I am so thankful for the opportunity to be here in a place where God is truly changing my life. There is always hope. That hope is found in Jesus Christ. 

James Brockman

Men of Excellence Graduate

My life was full of sin. It was a constant lit to my family and friends. Narcotics had taken full control of my life. Not a decision was made without them. It became about being sick or not sick. I was pulled back into Christ’s will by realizing that there is nothing in this world I can do on my own. Philippians 4:13 says I can do all thing through Christ who strengthens me. All my life, I had thought that the blessings and strength I had were at my own doing, but it was really Him all along. Now that I am back in Christ’s will, I see everything in anew light. I no longer walk in my own will, but in God’s perfect will. I have learned to pray and seek his guidance in all that I do. The foundation that my marriage is now built on is Christ. I have learned through our classes that no matter how much I love her on my own; it pales in comparison to how much I can love her through Christ. Micah 7:8 says, “The devil knocked my down in this life, but he didn’t knock me out for good. I brushed myself off and got back into the ring, but now I have Christ on my side.” There is always hope. That hope is found in Jesus Christ. (James is on staff with us as our Program Director.)

Ben Sellers

Men of Excellence Graduate

I grew up in a great home with great parents who had me in church every time the doors were open. Through my teenage years I became rebellions and when I was injured playing baseball, I discovered pain pills which eventually led to a full blown heroin addiction. After going to rehabs and jail numerous times, I made the choice to come to Teen Challenge. At first I was there to just please my parents, but after coming to TC, I realized that this is where God intended me to be. I was baptized on July 4th and I made the commitment to follow Christ. I could feel His presence in me. After reading Matthew 6: 26 and how God even takes care of the birds in the air, I knew if I placed my trust in Him, He will take care of me. Now that I have been saved, I have a conscience contact with God on a daily basis. Not only is He restoring my family and friends, He is restoring my emotions. After years of drug abuse, I had forgotten what it meant to be able to feel anything physically or emotionally. I now know what true love is; Not only for one another, but how much God loved each one of us; He proved this in sending His only son to die for each one of us. Thank you mom and dad for never giving up and praying for me when everyone gave up. There is always hope. That hope is found in Jesus Christ.

Chance Mitchell

Men of Excellence Graduate

I was raised in in a military family with 6 other brothers. I was the black sheep. Since 2nd grade, I had a horrible anger problem and I was a monster to my family. I still went to church all those years and even played drums. But it was all fake. I was very prideful and selfish. I got saved in 8th grade at church camp. That same year, my father was murdered. I had a good walk with God for the next 2 years, but eventually I made a major wrong turn. I’ve rededicated my life now and Teen Challenge is helping me continue my walk I have a godly point of view now and try my best to act in the same attitude Jesus did. What I’ve learned in Teen Challenge is that God is serious. We were created to serve and worship Him. I’ve also learned to be sensitive to the Spirit and how to have a good prayer life. Every study has helped me by examining and studying subjects in my life I need to work on. The devotionals build discipline and teach me that I need a personal life with Christ. The different churches and the Lifeline Program broadened my view on Christianity and has shown me that I need to build my life on faith. I stand on Isaiah 40:31 “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.

They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.”

Gage Franklin

Men of Excellcene Graduate

Before I got saved, I was selfish and a liar who only did what I wanted. I was a spoiled brat who didn’t want to be around anyone unless you had something I eanted.I had been miserable and trying to figure out what drug could make me happy and fell the boid in my heart and why I wasn’t getting it. The one day on a Sunday, I went to church and the message touched my heart and I began to tear the calus off on my heart. Since I’ve surreneded by life to Jesus Christ, I’ve learned it’s no longer my life, but Christ who lives in me and guides me into all truth. I’be given my personal rights over to Him, so it won’t be controlling my life anymore. I am building on my relationship with Father everyday to draw closer and closer. I thank eveyone in Savannah Teen Challenge who are continuing to help me on my walk with Chirst. Acts 20:24, “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me; the task of testifying to goseple of God’s grace.” There is always hope. That hope is found in Jesus Christ.

Justin Taylor

Men of Excellence Graduate

Before I fully gave my life to God I was constantly seeking happiness in what the world had to offer. I was a miserable person that was consumed by sin that took me completely to the bottom where I found myself broken and hopeless; unable to love and care for the people who meant the most to me. One of the most important things for me is that my wife never gave up on me. I believe it was her prayers that I am still here. She would always tell me God could help me, but I always felt like I was too bad for be forgiven. I Timothy 1:15 tells us otherwise. Christ came into the world to save sinners of which I was the worst. My life now, since I have fully surrendered everything is totally different. I now know that no matter what a person is going through that God is there to help. He sent His son to take all of my burdens away, so I can live a life that is free from bondage. I now can love my wife and my children the way I am supposed to. I am happy and full of a peace that is unexplainable. Teen Challenge helped me change my life. It made me the man I needed to be in my home and in the world. There is always hope. That hope is found in Jesus Christ.