“So we, though many, are one body in Christ, & individually members one of another.” (ESV)
Our Team At Mercy House Adult & Teen Challenge
God called me to start this Teen Challenge because our family had a long line of alcoholics until God delivered my father & broke the generational curse on our family. We are now three generations of ministers. One life changed can transform the trajectory of a whole family of generations, saving children from abuse, giving sons back to mothers, husbands back to wives, & fathers back to children. There is also the reality that our church had sent 200 men to other TCs around the country but some could not leave the state because of legal issues. So we could not help them & God said, “Do something about it.” The the miracles began.
I spent 23 years trapped in the bondage of addictions. I used alcohol, drugs and women to try and fill a void caused by a childhood wound. In 2005, my wife discovered my hidden life and gave me an ultimatum; her and the children or the addictions. My family has been restored and I am now an ordained pastor. This year, we celebrate 14 years of sobriety and my 3rd year working at Mercy House Adult & Teen Challenge.
By God’s grace and His mercy I am able to write this. At 56 years old I came to Georgetown, MS to start a new life in Christ. The prior 38 years of my life,I had been a “functioning” alcoholic and drug addict who had ran from the life God had planned for me. Bound and determined not to run again, to set my feet on the solid foundation of Truth, and seek a relationship with Christ, I have been made “new.” Since 2010 God has had His Hand on directing me and, today, I am the Director of Education and an ordained minister of the Gospel. I give God the glory, honor and praise for His love, patience, and compassion. Thank you, Jesus!
My name is Brian Vaughn, and I am 31 years old. Revelations 12:11 says we overcome by the Blood of the Lamb and the Word of our testimony! I was an alcoholic, and pain iv user for over 14 years of my life. My drug and alcohol addiction cost me my family, I attempted suicide twice, flip my car 5 times, I’ve been run over, had my whole right side of my face reconstructed, and left for dead many times. I’ve lost three brothers to overdose from alcohol and drugs. In 2015, I entered Adult & Teen Challenge with no hope. I had pretty much given up on life, but after being there a few weeks I gave my life to Christ. After graduating in 2017, I was able to lead my wife back to God, and we are both on fire for God! I lost everything, but Adult & Teen challenge was the best decision I could have ever made. I am now the father and husband I have always wanted to be! I am now working on 4 years clean and sober, and God has healed and broke the generational curse that has been on my family!! The Holy Spirit touched my life, and all anyone needs that is struggling with addiction is one touch from God! Thank you Mercy House Adult & Teen Challenge for leading me to Christ and TRUE FREEDOM!
I decided to work at Mercy House because it was God ordained & i received a prophetic word to work at the same ministry i found freedom in. I work as a Teacher & Outreach Coordinator.
For 20 years I battled a drug addiction that sent me to prison multiple times. It cost me everything over and over again. I destroyed every relationship I had. Not seeing how bad I was hurting everyone who loved me. I even let drugs come between me and my daughter, almost loosing her, yet powerless to do anything to fix it. Broken I came to mercy house, where I learned of Gods love for me, and how to trust in Him for His strength. Today I’ve been sober for nearly 4 years. My relationship with my daughter has been restored. I have peace. I have hope. And I have a future.
Mercy House Auto Center Staff
Alcohol & drugs destroyed everything in my life that had any true value. I lost my wife & kids to divorce. I turned away from a twenty year career as a master technician. I completely gave up on life & accepted that I was always going to be an addict. Even to the point of losing my home & living in my truck. One night in my truck contemplating ending it all, I cried out to God for His help. I was literally sick & tired of being sick & tired. God is faithful & He does answer prayers. Just hours later I saw a Teen Challenge flyer! I didn’t know who or what T.C. ws but I saw “long-term” & “faith-based” & I knew it was God speaking. I called immediately & admitted myself to Mercy House. I learned to have a productive, personal relationship with Jesus Christ, & through that relationship God restored back to me everything I lost & even more. My wife & I even got re-married a couple months after I graduated. Now I am the General Manager at Mercy House Auto Center living out my dream & I have never had so much joy & peace! All because I surrendered 100% of my life to Jesus. What an amazing God we serve.
Mercy House Auto Center Salesman
My name is Barry Hyde and my experience with Adult and Teen Challenge stems from my step-son, Nathan who attended and graduated the programs in Hot Springs and Cape Girardeau in 2008-2009. That program was instrumental in turning his life around. My career here started 6 years ago originally as the office manager for 2 years and the last 4 as the intake coordinator. I also have a PSNL certification to counsel the students in their class activities. What I have received while being here is the blessings of seeing men grow in their relationship with Christ. As Christ enters their life and leads their decision making, wiser decisions are made and restoration begins. Seeing the seeds planted, the growth and maturity of our hard work and commitment change lives gives me the blessing of knowing we are doing God’s work. The increased knowledge, faith and prayer life that I have received as a staff member is only secondary to seeing men’s lives change.