A Life Challenged

One of my greatest joys is seeing lives challenged and transformed. That’s why I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of Life Challenge of Southeast Michigan! Today was my monthly opportunity to speak at their chapel service. I love the hungry, responsive students that are eagerly listening to me, and their quick obedience to the challenges from God’s Word. I helped lead a post-graduation internship opportunity, and have developed some wonderful friendships through that. In fact, today I rode to the chapel service with two Life Challenge graduates who have been close friends of mine for over five years. I have made investments into this program, but I also feel so blessed by the investments I continue to receive from my interaction with these phenomenal students and graduates.

As I spoke in chapel this morning, I was again blown away by the hunger and sincerity and “realness” of the students. I am always so fulfilled by my time with them! And my life is challenged also to maintain the same fervor and passion for an intimate relationship with Jesus that these students have.

I have been associated with Life Challenge (formerly called Teen Challenge) for most of my adult life, and I am blessed to call Jeff Bonzelaar, the director of the program, a great friend. If you ever need help with life-controlling issues—or you have a friend or family member in this situation—I cannot recommend Life Challenge highly enough. Check out their website, and call with any questions. I would also like to make an appeal to anyone who is interested in donating to this incredible, life-changing ministry. I can promise you that this is will be an investment that will yield great returns! Life Challenge is a faith-based ministry, running solely on the financial donations from generous people. Please pray about making a donation.

2 Responses to “A Life Challenged”

  1. Denise VanDerKOlk Says:

    I am so thankful for a senior pastor (Thomas Trask) who allowed Teen Challenge to attend Brightmoor Tabernacle…en masse!! Their testimonies and lives touched our lives. And Mom and Dad always supported Teen Challenge! Now another generation of Owens’ gets to do the same. I’m so glad, Craig, that you get to be a part of this program on a monthly basis. And, of course, Jeff Bonzelaar is top-drawer!!


  2. Craig T. Owens Says:

    I remember being in the orchestra pit at Brightmoor, seeing the T.C. students file in every Sunday morning and praying, “God, someday please let me work with these students.” I’m so thankful that Pastor Trask put us all in a position where we could be exposed to such an incredible ministry, and I’m also thankful that God answered my prayer.


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