Saturday, July 22, 2006

Teen Challenge Opening

Today was a very special day for us. Not only were both set of parents coming up to visit us for the weekend but today was the Grand Opening of the Teen Challenge Center.

Teen Challenge Atlantic Canada is a residential rehabilitation program which offers men ages 18 and over, freedom from drug and alcohol dependence. Based on Christian principles and funded entirely through donations, the program offers spiritual, academic and vocational training, equipping individuals to return to society as responsible citizens. They give all the glory to God and rely completely on Jesus to restore their lives. It's awesome!

Since moving to Moncton we have become very close friends with the director’s family and some of the men who are working in this ministry. The men have hearts of Gold and love the Lord with all their hearts! The day was filled with food, tours, prayers and worship. The celebrations began early with many worship teams coming in the morning to sing their praises to God. The Africian choir that Micah and I are a part of lead the crowd in an up beat worship set right before the offical ceremony started.

The ceremony got underway shortly after lunch with a bagpiper from St. Stephen (my daddy) leading the flag precision of provincial flags to center stage.

Stephanie Mainville along with her worship team and dancers, offered the center and the land to God as she lead the crowd in the Maritime Song.

The rest of the afternoon consisted of speeches, ribbon cutting and many thanks to God for starting a center like this in our area.

The Teen Challenge Choir then took stage and entertained us with there joyful music and heart touching testimonies.

Stephanie Manville and her team had everyone up dancing and tapping their toes as she worshiped the Lord on her fiddle and the night ended with the great music from a local Blues band “Higher Ground”.

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