Adopt a teen today, and help give them a second chance in life! If you had the opportunity to save a life, would you take it? Even if it may cost you something? By joining the Adopt-A-Teen program, you are helping to save the life of one of America’s many hurting teens. You can partner with us by becoming an Adopt-A-Teen sponsor.
For a monthly gift of $25 US / $30 CDN, you will be matched with a specific young person in our program. Your gift will provide for that young person’s educational, physical, and spiritual needs. In return, you will receive a photo of your teen and a certificate recognizing your contribution to God’s work at Freedom Village. You will be able to correspond with your young person, encouraging them during their stay in the program. Why Partner? Since 1981, Freedom Village has stood as a beacon of hope for the youth of America and Canada. Partnering with dedicated people like yourselves, we have seen thousands of teens, once considered hopeless, become beautiful miracles. Together, we are not just talking about the problems plaguing our young people today, we are doing something about them.
**Our Featured Adopt-A-Teen for this month is Kianna B.
My name is Kianna, I am 15 years old and from a small town in Rushville, Indiana.
I was born in Ft. Carson Army Base in Colorado Springs, CO. Since my birth until 3 years of age, my family didn't have much money so sometimes we had nothing to eat besides butter and crackers. At the age of 3, my biological mother abandoned my father, two brothers and myself. My father did the best he could providing for us financially but as a young kid all I really wanted was to be loved. I wanted the goodnight and morning kisses and to have my dad be my #1 fan that I could count on during sports and awards night. My dad was not there for me and eventually he met a woman and married her and a few years later divorced her. I was in the 4th grade at the time and that woman told me that it was all my fault they got divorced. I was mentally and emotionally scarred and fell into a world of depression which led to smoking marijuana at the age of 10 and then I began using alcohol at age 12. I would get high with my older brother to try and fit in with him and his friends who ranged in ages from 16-18. It eventually led me to steal money, alcohol and car keys from various family members. When I got into middle school the drugs were no longer making me feel good and the void of being loved was still not being fulfilled. When I entered the 8th grade, I started going to parties and sleeping with guys and using them to get drugs and alcohol. I had slept with 4 different guys in one month and they would tell me what they wanted me to hear just to use me and then they left me. One boy forced himself on me and another one physically hurt me. Another boy would sleep around with other girls while he was with me and all of this led me to begin cutting on myself. I started being bullied for having sex with a number of guys in school. I eventually couldn't take it anymore so I tried to hang myself with a rope in my bedroom one day but I survived. I ran away from home afterwards and was caught by police in the middle of the night. I reached the point where I was tired of the way I was living and knew that I needed help. My grandmother knew about Freedom Village so she told my parents and I decided to come into the program.
After a month of being here I felt God convicting me and just tugging on my heart. I gave my life to Christ on September 12, 2012 after hearing a sermon from Mr. Hempel about forgiveness. Since then, the relationship between my parents has grown tremendously and I feel more joy, happiness and love that I have ever felt while I was in the world.
I will always thank God for picking me up and making me into a princess and I now feel like I have meaning to my life since being saved. Having Jesus Christ with me all the time is the greatest feeling I could imagine. God has impacted my life in so many ways and I will always remember the day I said yes to Freedom Village because it was the greatest decision that I ever made.
Each month, we will feature a teen that needs your help. If you feel the Lord leading you to help this young person please call 1-800-VICTORY and ask to speak with a representative in the Adopt-A-Teen department and tell us you want to be a part of the Adopt-A-Teen Family or you may send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Thank you for your support!