September 2016 Faces Eurasia

Wahid lived in a graveyard. With no home and no family who would associate with him, he spent his days high on heroin in a cemetery located in one of Pakistan’s most dangerous regions.

One day, staff from Teen Challenge Pakistan saw Wahid lying in the cemetery. They could not tell if he was dead or alive. As they came closer, they saw he was alive but too sick to walk or stand on his own.

The staff prayed for him and invited him to the Teen Challenge Men’s Center. He came and received food, medicine, and a bed there—his first in years. As he detoxified, he learned about recovery from addiction— and about Jesus the Messiah. Hopeless and desperate, Wahid prayed to Jesus for healing and salvation. He received both!

“When you found me, I was dying,” Wahid recalls with the Men’s Center staff.

Now, after his healing and salvation, Wahid has grown in his knowledge of Scripture and has gained enough strength and education to leave the Men’s Center and secure a job.

God used the Teen Challenge staff to rescue Wahid, and today he lives and knows the hope Jesus brings (see his photo on reverse). Without Teen Challenge Pakistan’s Men’s Center, Wahid could have died alone in the graveyard, perhaps even the day the staff found him.

There are more than 10 million drug addicts in Pakistan. Due to war, terrorism, heroin trafficking, and a lack of jobs, drug use in Pakistan is an epidemic. The number of addicts increases by 7% each year.

Our AGWM personnel started Teen Challenge Pakistan to address this growing problem. Yet the Teen Challenge Men’s Center is facing a crisis, and they need YOUR help!

The Men’s Center needs people to financially enable the continued growth of their rehabilitation program. They also URGENTLY need $5,000 to repair and protect their building from terrorist groups.

It typically costs Teen Challenge $150 per month to put an addict through their recovery program in Pakistan. That’s about $5 a day—the cost of one fast-food meal in the U.S.

Would you be willing to give up the equivalent of one meal so that a Muslim Pakistani drug addict can find Jesus, the Savior and Healer?

Without the Teen Challenge Men’s Center, the options for Pakistani drug addicts are very limited. They can try to beat their habit on their own and end up like Wahid almost did – in a literal or figurative graveyard. Or they can enter an Islamic-based drug rehabilitation program.

Muslim-run drug rehab programs have multiplied throughout the country. They charge their patients large amounts, treating recovery like a business, and many are turned away. These programs offer no solution to addiction other than punishment and discipline. They do not deal with the heart issue—that addiction is a symptom ultimately of a breach in relationship with God.

Teen Challenge Pakistan’s Men’s Center does not turn away sincere applicants. As best they can, the staff try to absorb the financial obligations incurred by new applicants. But the Men’s Center is struggling to provide for the men while seeking to improve the building to make it a safe space.

Local and even national authorities recognize Teen Challenge Pakistan’s success and have asked them to stay in the country because of their good work. Will you help them remain in Pakistan by funding building repairs and the program for the men to find freedom from addiction through Christ?

Many Pakistanis don’t know what true Christianity is. They are attracted to Teen Challenge because of the hope the staff and recovering addicts offer. For most, their time in the program is the first exposure they have ever had to the Good News. Some leave with new life, and others leave with seeds planted that the Holy Spirit brings to fruition.

“Muslims and Christians living side by side,” says a Men’s Center worker, “this doesn’t happen in Pakistan!”

There is so much work to be done! But Teen Challenge Pakistan cannot expand any further without your help. Without the support of donors, there is no Teen Challenge Men’s Center.

Friends, let me tell you something else. The work of Teen Challenge Pakistan is not just about rehabilitating addicts. It’s also about reaching out to people who have never heard nor had access to the gospel of Christ.

There are 440 unreached people groups in Pakistan. Many men who walk through the doors of the Teen Challenge Men’s Center are hearing the Good News for the very first time in their lives.

Because of security reasons, our AGWM personnel cannot go into many of Pakistan’s villages to share Jesus. When members of unreached people groups come to Teen Challenge and find new life in Jesus, they can in turn share that hope with their families and communities.

Will you give $450 to cover one addict’s journey towards Jesus? $150 to cover one month? $5 for one day?

Many more Wahids await rescue from the bondage of addiction. Will you equip Teen Challenge Pakistan to put them on the road to recovery and new life in Christ?

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