This is where we went for the Memorial Day Picnic. We had a really good time getting to spend time with Michael and the other boys and families. Lots of food, laughter, fellowship!
We got to know some of the staff that are taking care of the boys. We were impressed with their hearts for the boys. They truly care about these boys and their success.
Pictured here (with permission) is a very precious lady. Her name is Irene and she comes to Teen Challenge every Saturday to visit the boys who do not have family close enough to visit them every weekend. She brings them hamburgers, french fries and homebaked cookies! She is a jewel and I really enjoyed getting to know her. She has been visiting the boys for 8 or 9 years now. She also helps with other areas of need that come up, like transporting a boy to the airport so he can fly home and picking him up when he comes back. Michael introduced us as soon as he saw that she had arrived on Monday. She has a special place in his heart.
Michael is doing great and loves to spend time fishing! Something I didn’t realize was such a big deal to him till this weekend. Michael and his dad spent a good part of the day fishing. They also spent time playing games that Charlie is feeling the affects of today!
The day was freezing cold! I didn’t know if I was going to feel my toes again! Blessedly I had a blanket in the car that I wrapped around me. We enjoyed the day inspite of the cold. I got to spend time with other parents and hear their stories, their son’s victories and set backs. Encouragement was thick and tears of empathy were ready to fall on several occasions. We know that our sons are in the right place and they are getting the help they need to overcome their addictions for life not just for awhile.
Leaving Michael this time was hard, but not like last time. We got to know the people who are caring for him, we can see that he is doing well and is healthy. We can see the changes in him, changes that we didn’t expect so soon! We give thanks to God for all He is doing in this young man, and we are expecting even greater things to come.