Singing group is evidence there’s life after addiction

Members of Teen Challenge who are part of the charity's band, The Evidence.
Members of Teen Challenge who are part of the charity's band, The Evidence.
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CHURCHGOERS heard stories of drug addiction and rehabilitation as a Christian group visited the congregation.

The Evidence, which is part of the organisation Teen Challenge UK, is made up of men who have overcome drug abuse, crime and addiction.

The singing group shared their stories with members of the Elim Pentecostal Church, Durham Road, Barnes.

Reverend John McDonald, from the church, said: “We were delighted to host Teen Challenge.”

“The support they give and work they are doing is successful, and we have seen the change it can make to people’s lives.”

One member of the Elim Church found out about Teen Challenge UK during a year-long rehabilitation course.

The 27-year-old, of Murton, who asked not to be named, said: “I was addicted to heroin. My family don’t know the extent of my addiction, but I’ve changed massively now.

“I can get on with my life as it’s supposed to be – I can be a good father to my two children, a good husband, and I’m attending college doing a building services course.

“I don’t feel any urge to be involved in what I used to be involved in.

“I tell people about the programme so they can go and get help themselves.”

The Evidence is just one part of Teen Challenge, which has been established for more than 20 years.

Phil Buston, the group’s musical director, said it aims to spread the message of how faith can be used to tackle addictions.

“The thing that is different about us is that we are a rehabilitation group, but we want to reach out to people, because the aim is to bring people into the Christian faith,” he said.

“We talk to people about their options to try and help them overcome their problems, and our sessions are tailored to people with similar needs, such as drug addiction, or alcohol.

“We’ve never visited the area before, but it’s quite an outward-looking church and we are excited to be a part of what they are doing – there is a lot of character in the area.