Published Newspaper articles from the Kentucky New Era about Challenge House:



109, 2014

September 2014

By | September 1st, 2014|

“Mr. Wally’ he said, ‘I have something I want to ask you; How come you do what you do”? I was caught completely off guard. I had taken him, a senior in high school, to a community concert, along with a senior girl. (I had gotten to know both through a faith-based summer teen “work-over-welfare” program, known as “AT&T”). After the concert ended, including both teens getting to go backstage to meet the singer, he asked me to give him a ride home, real close to Challenge House #1. Right before we arrived at his house, [...]

403, 2014

March 2014

By | March 4th, 2014|

It started with a door knock in 2010, over at Challenge House #2. I opened the door, and there she stood: sleek, bashful, determined: "I need help with math". 6 years later she has a job, and is about to graduate from our community college! Fast forward from that door knock; we just had breakfast-lunch at Waffle House---she picked it! ---and left with a take-out box that will provide another meal. I was glad about that! She was 14 back then; 20 now. Her skin-tone is so dark compared to mine, and our ages separate [...]

210, 2013

October 2, 2013

By | October 2nd, 2013|

*A lawyer calls; his yard man has gotten old and sick, and can no longer carry out mowing and yard work at his office. He knows the easy way is to just call a commercial mowing company, but he's read about the work-over-welfare summer programs at Challenge Houses, and calls, "wondering if any of the teens might like work?" In no time we have found a young boy who likes to work and earn, and we connect the two!! A few weeks later I check up, and sure enough they made a deal, and the [...]

807, 2013

July 8, 2013

By | July 8th, 2013|

I was reading in my Bible this morning: II Chronicles 34:1-3. A boy begin to “seek the God of his father, David’, and 4 years later began ‘purging” his country of its pagan practices. I encourage you to look it up~ In the apartment and in this small office, I have a plaque which reads: Today, Will you be for Others? “Give ear to the cause of the poor and the children without fathers; let those who are troubled and in need have their rights. Be the saviour of the poor and those who have nothing: [...]

104, 2013

April 2013

By | April 1st, 2013|

56 degrees inside. Mom and 4 children. Landlord short on funds. Central gas heater broken. We find out. Things begin to happen. So many involved. Fuses for her fuse box---so portable electric heaters work again. Big kerosene heater provided with fuel, Fire Department comes through with smoke detectors. This family was able to tough it out without moving; so important as 2 of the children walked to school, and are involved in after-school activities. So often people speak of where they "stay"; so many move so often. The younger children feel loved and accepted at Challenge House 3. [...]