Changed Lives

A unique graduation will take place in Fraserburgh this weekend to celebrate lives that have been transformed by God.

The Teen Challenge ceremony at Assemblies of God church, on Saturday is being held to recognise three men and two women who have broken free from the shackles of drug addiction.

Each of the graduates have completed Teen Challenge’s Christian rehabilitation programme, which helps people who have developed life controlling problems.

The men completed the course at the charity’s Sunnybrae centre, near Fyvie, whilst the female graduate successfully completed the programme at Teen Challenge’s women’s centre, Benaiah, near Mintlaw.

On the night of the graduation, attendees will have the opportunity to hear life stories from the graduates, who will each receive certificates.

Pastor Gordon Cruden, commented: “We’re thrilled to be organising our latest graduation ceremony, which will be a tremendous celebration of lives that have been transformed by the power of the Gospel.

“These success stories demonstrate that residential support is still the most effective approach to dealing with substance misuse with, for example, 76% of our 2011 Sunnybrae residents continuing to live drug free.”

Teen Challenge is a structured programme, based on Christian principles, which combines a mixture of class-based studies and practical workshops, to equip students with a range of skills.

After completing the programme, the graduates continue to receive support from the charity. Many residents enter the programme after being referred by the Solid Rock Café, established in Broad Street in 1999.

For further information on Teen Challenge, please call the Sunnybrae Centre on 01651 891 627, the Benaiah centre on 01771 620 100 or visit