On Sunday, April 1, the staff and men from Teen/Life Challenge of Dallas will be sharing music, testimonies and a sermon in the 10:30 a.m. service at Cornerstone Church in Sweetwater.
Teen Challenge, now an international ministry with well over 1100 centers in 86 countries, was started in 1958 by the late David Wilkerson. It is considered one of the largest and most successful programs of its kind in the world.
Wilkerson, then a young man pastoring a church in eastern Pennsylvania, learned of seven teenage gang members in urban New York on trial for the murder of another young man during a gang fight. Troubled by this "news" and sensing God's direction, Wilkerson resigned from his church, moved to New York City and began Teen Challenge to help gang members and those addicted to drugs and alcohol.
The "rest of the story", told in "The Cross and the Switchblade" and available in 35 different languages, has been read by millions. The important early history of Teen Challenge's impact on notorious gang members is also shared in "Beyond the Cross and the Switchblade", "Run, Baby Run", and "The Cross is Still Mightier than the Switchblade".
"Teen/Life Challenge men are people like you and me whose lives have taken a 180 degree turn because their hearts and minds have been transformed--unshackled," said event coordinators.
These men look forward to meeting you and those considering assistance through recovery.
"If your faith needs to be rekindled or you know someone who's struggling with an addition, come visit us and expect God to introduce a new life, a new hope, and a new future."
Cornerstone Church is located at 807 W. Alabama in Sweetwater.