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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Country reports

One of our favorite things on the Teen Challenge Conference agenda is the country reports. Representatives from the various Teen Challenge centers throughout Europe give reports of their recent activities and developments, often with the help of a short slide show or dvd. New centers are still being established all over the world.
Worldwide, Teen Challenge currently has 1170 centers in 87 countries and 27 nations are in the development stages of opening a center or coffeehouse.
The first European update report came from TC Slovenia, our favorite European center of course! In the photo you see Matjaz & Magdalena (TC Slovenia), Suzanna (TC Italy) and myself. In the fall of 2010 Slovenia opened her first residential home for drugs- and alcohol rehabilitation and discipleship training, the Dennis Griffith House. According to Matjaz their first winter was difficult, with students coming and going, not being able to commit to a year long program. But as of now they have two dedicated and serious students as well as two staff members: Dejan & Renate!
We furthermore heard news from TC Poland, the UK, Ukraine, Hungary, Portugal and Lithuania. Each country is dealing with specific, sometimes culture related, problems and circumstances, but the solution is the same everywhere:  the good news of Jesus Christ still has the power to change lives, forever!