"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.
18 year hopeless helpless drug addict. Gun shot to my body, got run over by a car twice, multiple guns pulled on me, beat back 20 men more than once. Worked for the drug cartel looking for peace & satisfaction. Lost everything I had three different times, multiple rehabs & suicidial. In & out of jail & institutions God showed me Teen Challenge. I entered the program, committed to Christ, they discipled me, & they taught me how to be a man of God, a father, a husband, & a witness of the Lord Jesus Christ. I've been successfully sober going on 17 years thanks to the Lord Jesus Christ.
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 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.
I was an addict for 17 years. Lost it all multiple times. I did whatever I had to do to get my fix. I came into Teen Challenge & met a Man named Jesus. Everything changed! I now serve as the Outreach Coordinator & I teach 2nd Phase! All glory to God!
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 3 years. My relationship with my daughter has been restored. I have peace. I have hope. And I have a future.
Marketing/Seeds Of Hope
Thrift Store Manager
In 2011, my daughter went into Teen Challenge after a 10+ year drug and alcohol addiction. During her stay, I started going to church with her and the ministry when they were close by. I felt the Holy Spirit moving in me, but did not follow Him at that time. In 2014, my husband entered Mercy House Teen Challenge after a 40-year gambling addiction. It was at this point that I heard the Lord say, “What now?” Finally, I gave myself wholly to Jesus. Since 2014, we have been living for Jesus and working with the ministry. I am thankful every day for Teen Challenge and the restoration of my family through this worthy program.
My heart for ministry is to see everyone I come in contact with to know the Jesus that lives in me. I grew up with an alcoholic father who abused my mother on a daily basis in front of me & my siblings. I am an overcomer of a long life of abuse & divorce. My heart's desire is for men & women to be set free from the bondage of sin. God was faithful to our prayers & my father was saved in his sixties & died from cancer two years later. Our God is faithful!
My name is Joshua Cook, I'm 38 years old. I lived in darkness for 22 years of my life. I came to Teen Challenge August 17, 2017 & was set free from the bondage of addiction & alcoholism. It tells us in John 8:12 "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of Life." And today I have that light.
IT Support/Cross Depot
I lived in the darkness of drug use for 12 years. Prison didn't change me & the world couldn't help me. I tried every medicine, doctor, & self-help there was. No one told me I could be free from the misery & hate I felt. That all changed when I met Jesus Christ. I'm an intern at Mercy House & grew in Christ at this place where I now serve to help other men find the same freedom I now have.
After several years of running from God I finally surrendered to His call as a Pastor. I have pastored for over 25 years. My passions include: my family, running, reading, & playing the drums. There's no doubt that one of the highlights of my career is having the privilege of teaching God's Word to the amazing men of Mercy House Adult & Teen Challenge.
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.
Vehicle Donation Program
My name is Van Pope. Teen Challenge has literally been a ray of sunlight for me & my family. T.C. being the vessel that Jesus used to restore my youth, joy, & peace. I've gained a relationship with Jesus that went from my to my heart. God hasn't moved me from this ministry after i graduated. I work for the Auto Center & I really enjoy it & I still love being a part of T.C. I'm forever grateful to T.C. for being the vessel that was a major part in my new life with Christ Jesus.