A New Teen Challenge Center in Romania

Drug use affects every society. Romania is no exception to this rule as the country is located on the heroin trafficking route. Young people are the ones falling into the trap of addiction most often. Teen Challenge runs support programs for drug addicts and has been active in Romania for several years.

Teen Challenge is in 130 countries. Hundreds of thousands of young people have changed their lives through Gods transforming power. Recently, the organization opened a center in Baia Mare to help young drug addicts and to provide them with an alternative.

I went into counseling, and I saw that there are drug users in Baia Mare city. Also, the local press started to cover stories of different situations encountered at the level of schools or in bars in the city. To my surprise, I counseled boys who were using drugs and requested our help.

As stated by Emanuel Ardelean, director of Teen Challenge Baia Mare, this initiative was a necessity for the city.

Statistics showed that, in 2016, 6,6% of Romanias urban population were taking drugs. If we apply this percentage to the number of citizens living in Baia Mare, we see that 136 people are drug users.

Ron Brown, director of Teen Challenge Southern California, was invited to speak at the opening event and he highlighted why the program has been functioning for 60 years around the world.

The reason Teen Challenge has been around now as a ministry for 60 years is because of the grace of God and people of good will who care about those who are broken and lost. Currently, three people are following the recovery program at the Teen Challenge Center in Baia Mare.

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