January 2013 Newsletter
Dr. Bob and Debbie Harman
As we bring in the New Year 2013, I ask myself, "What did we accomplish for the Kingdom of God in 2012?" At Greater Piedmont Teen Challenge we ministered to many hurting families. With your help we were able to take 56 men into the center and graduated 28. A difference was made in 2012 for each of them.
Years ago, a Probation Officer told me, "Bob, you will never know what an impact this ministry has on the men, even if they only stay two days. They will never forget what you have taught them." We teach our students that Jesus Christ loves them and wants to change their life for the better. There is no greater message we can share than that of hope. Our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus Christ.
In 2012 because of the generosity of our donors, we were able to put a new roof on the Administration Building. Dorm 1 got a new roof, fascia boards vinyl wrapped and new gutters, a new HVAC and new hot water heater. Total cost of these improvements was almost $25,000.00. That will take a bite out of anyone's budget but when the heat goes out or you no longer have hot water, what do you do? You fix it, and we were able to do that because of your generous donations.
We have had four Boy Scout Projects take place in 2012. The scouts, working with Mel Reich, Board President, built steps into our hillsides, a small bridge over the creek and new picnic tables for our grounds. This has beautified our property and the men have really enjoyed these improvements.
The students have participated in outreach to the neighborhood children, 9/11 Community Services, National Day of Prayer, Nursing Home Ministry, Feeding the Community Programs, and countless Church Services. Graduate Brent Webb conducted The Epidemic Walk from the Outer Banks to Greensboro, bringing public awareness to Teen Challenge.
The greatest accomplishments in 2012 are the restored lives of the men who have entered our program. We have seen homes put back together, marriages restored, husbands return to their wives, children have their daddy back, and sons returned to their parents. The joy of the Lord has replaced the loneliness that comes with addiction.
I know there are many great ministries that are asking for your donations, but from the Board of Directors, the Teen Challenge Staff, Students and Debbie and me, we would like to thank you for being part of this ministry. You are making a life changing difference in each man who comes into this program. Some day when we meet around the throne of God, you will have had a part in each life that was changed. What will we accomplish for the Kingdom in 2013?
I pray you have a blessed and joyous New Year.
Dr. Bob Harman