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06/04/04

Teens Teach Life Lessons To Adults

One group of teenagers says drug and alcohol abusers can overcome their addiction through religion. About 30 teens from Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas, spread that message to people of the Gulf Coast Rescue Mission Thursday evening.

The group is part of the Summer Mission Institute for Teaching and Evangelism, and they're spreading their messages of hope. The teens say it's never too late to change your life for the better.

The teens say the lesson their teaching isn't hard, but actually very simple.

"Jesus is the only way. We can't get to heaven through anybody else. Jesus saith unto him I am the way, the truth and the life, no man cometh unto the Father but by Me," said SMITE member Jonathan Wells.

This is the message these teens are bringing to the men of the Gulf Coast Rescue Mission.

The mission helps adults who have admitted their addiction problems with drugs or alcohol, and want help.

And with Bibles in hand, these teens are willingly here to give it.

"Teenagers are the only ones that really want to do anything. If you get a teenager fired up, you've got something. Adults, you know, they've heard it all. That's who win wars is young people. So we're fighting a spiritual battle, so we get young people to do the job," said SMITE founder Jerry Purtell.

But the battle is not only beneficial to the men they are teaching.

"It's also good for the kids so that the kids can see what life is like on the other side. These are good kids that have not been with drug problems and alcohol problems, so they can see the light from a different way," said Gulf Coast Mission director Thomas Mims.

Many of the men say these kids are some of few people who seem to care about them.

And these kids say they wouldn't want to be anywhere else for the summer.

"Because Christ saved me and I want them to know that message too and I could be where they could be right now if it wasn't for Christ," said SMITE member Laura Fordham.

By Karla Redditte

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