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Wednesday, 24 August 2016 16:56

Teen Challenge Launches New Initiative

“It Starts With Me” to spotlight individual roles in freedom from addiction Free radio resources and interview opportunities available Ozark, MO, August 29, 2016, /Christian News Service / – In 2015 Teen Challenge adopted the new tagline “Freedom from addiction starts here.” This September during National Recovery Month, Teen Challenge is taking that further with the new “It Starts With Me” campaign. The goal of the campaign is to help spotlight the role that each person plays in helping loved ones find freedom from addiction. The responsibility for getting help does not lie solely with the individual abusing alcohol or drugs, but on their friends, neighbors, family members, and co-workers who care about them. As part of the campaign, Teen Challenge has created a free resource packet for radio stations to equip them to empower their listeners to take a stand against addiction within their circles of influence. Included in the resource packet are statistics, prevention tips, strategies for talking to loved ones about their possible substance abuse, and a contact for radio interviews. There are also videos from Dr. Tim Walsh, MA, LP; DPA, and Thom Olson, M.Div, addressing addiction basics like signs of addiction and how to stay sober, plus audio of compelling true stories and samples of Teen Challenge’s award-winning monthly radio features. The resource packet is available at Vision: Teen Challenge is a leader in recovery and is expanding services offered to include: non-residential-community based programs called LifeLine, training for inmates in state and federal prisons; additional mothers-and-children centers; expanded re-entry training; out-patient counseling and violence in the work place training. Teen Challenge works closely with government officials to offer recovery assistance in lieu of incarceration. Stay Sharp programs are available for middle and high school students focus on abstinence from drugs, violence, alcohol and premarital sex. Teen Challenge’s media outreach includes daily radio spots on thousands of Christian and mainstream stations across the country. Each spot features the true story of someone in the Teen Challenge program paired with information about the program. On faith-based stations, this information is voiced by a Christian music artist or national ministry leader. All spots are free to interested stations and are distributed monthly in a variety of formats. About Teen Challenge USA: Teen Challenge USA is a nationwide ministry serving adults and teens whose lives have been affected by drugs and alcohol. Their 200+ Christ-centered programs offer help…
Audio Download for Radio 8,000 Isolated Women Honored on International Widows Day WILLS POINT, Tex., July 1, 2016 / Christian News Service / – Workers supported by Gospel for Asia (GFA) recently supplied more than 8,000 widows in Asia with gifts of food, kitchen equipment and income-producing livestock and equipment on International Widows’ Day.   GFA-supported workers provided gifts for widows on International Widows’ Day. “More than 40 million widows are often shunned by their families and communities, even as they provide for their children,” said K.P. Yohannan, founder and international director of GFA.  “While on earth, Jesus told us to care for widows and we seek to obey His command by praying for these precious sisters and helping them in practical ways, that they may experience the grace of God in their daily struggles.” In all, over 8,000 widows in 26 villages and districts received aid via GFA-supported ministry partners. One widow said, “One of my daughters knows how to use [the sewing machine]. I hope that it will greatly help our family earn some money.” Other widows received income-producing livestock, such as cows or goats, or income-producing equipment, such as sewing machines or rickshaws. Other gifts included home living supplies, such as kitchen equipment and toilets; colorful dresses intended to bestow honor on widows; and sandals designed for leprosy victims. In Asia, younger widows commonly resort to begging or prostitution to survive, while others gather food from trash. The healthy sometimes work in fields for sustenance, while the desperate sometimes resort to suicide. “Since my husband passed away, I am helpless and barely staying in a mud house,” said a 40-year-old widow. “Every rainy season I have to go and sleep next to my home because everywhere there is a leak.” She received tin roofing material to protect her home from the elements. Gift distributions will continue into July, and GFA-supported workers are setting up new centers to help widows on a continuing basis. The United Nations first acknowledged June 23 as International Widows’ Day in 2011 to raise awareness about the poverty, alienation, violence, homelessness, health problems and human rights issues faced by widows around the world. Nearly half of the 245 million widows worldwide live in extreme poverty. GFA seeks to uphold the dignity of widows by meeting their physical and spiritual needs. ### Gospel for Asia has – for more than 30 years – provided…
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