For Immediate Release
April 18, 2014
Team Challenge Comes to the DeKalb County Detention Center
Sheriff Jimmy Harris states as follows:
Sheriff Jimmy Harris states that on April 9th his church Nazareth Baptist near Rainsville sponsored a group of women from Teen Challenge to come to the Jail to tell their testimonies to the women inmates, in hopes that it would be encouragement to them to change their lives after getting out of jail.
Teen Challenge is a Christian faith-based non-profit organization that provide care for people of all ages, demonstrating a need for intensive help with life-controlling problems such as drug and alcohol. They apply biblical principles to help encourage them to cope with everyday life issues. Lives are transformed at Teen Challenge by the power of God that is stronger than the bonds of an addiction. Teen Challenge also helps with spiritual, emotional, physical, social, and educational challenges to prepare them for their new life.
In addition to having Teen Challenge visit, the DeKalb County Detention Center also has a Jail Ministry Program. This program is made up of several men and women from local churches which have organized for the purpose of providing spiritual guidance and a Biblical foundation to Inmates who might not have ever had the opportunity to grow spiritually. Sheriff Harris states, “These Men and Women come three times per week and dedicate their time and love to these inmates out of kindness and a desire to plant the seeds of Salvation in a sometimes wounded heart. It’s a Program that I am proud to be associated with and very grateful to have. We have had many inmates actually devote their lives to God. Through the Jail Ministry Program, Inmates are also allowed the opportunity to become baptized here at the Jail if that is their desire.”
Sheriff Harris says, “I want to thank our Jail Ministry Program and Teen Challenge for helping and providing this presentation to the inmates. It was an awesome program and I think that it made some of the inmates realize that there is hope for a change in their life after jail.”