I was weirdly was acquainted with Teen Challenge before I found this record. Two friends from St. Louis had been brought up in an Assembly of God church that sponsored a Teen Challenge program. Their experiences with it were pretty much limited to finding awesome vintage high-heels at the Teen Challenge thrift store, but it has stuck with me none the less. (Or even more?? I still covet those wooden heel boots Mrs. Evans!)
The Teen Challenge Choir exists in sort of a vacuum. Who are they? Where did they come from? And as an avid watcher of the television show “Intervention” I can only wonder– where are they now? Did they kick the junk? Are they still ridin’ dirty? Wouldn’t it be cool if a former Teen Challenge Choir member commented in this post? Yes! It would be cool!
And as if that wasn’t enough to pique your curious ears– there is a dark side to Teen Challenge! “Teen Challenge students are forced to sign up for food stamps and turn the card over to the staff, and if they become sick or injured and cannot make money for the ministry, they are unceremoniously dumped at the bus station, regardless of whether or not they have any money. The bottom line is, they are there to make money for that ministry. If they can’t, then they’re gone.” Are there any truth to these claims? Investigate for yourself at Teen Challenge EXPOSED.
And if your investigations here, or otherwise, lead you astray, allow me to supply you with gospel music to bring you back to path of righteousness. The Teen Challengers singing “Teach Me Lord To Wait.” A tune you can just say YES to.