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50 YEARS OF HISTORY

In 1958, Pastor David Wilkerson reached out to troubled street youth in New York City. Teen Challenge was created to meet the needs of these youths. This is how the ministry of Teen Challenge began and has spread literally around the world.

Today, Teen Challenge is a non-profit, interdenominational, faith-based program operating in 82 countries, with over 1,000 autonomous locations internationally, and continues to grow at a dramatic pace worldwide.

In 2005 Prairie Hope, a non-profit organization that works with adult drug addicts came under the umbrella of Teen Challenge Canada and become Teen Challenge Saskatchewan . A year later a grain farm in Allan, Saskatchewan was donated to Teen Challenge and an old church was moved onto the property.

The Teen Challenge story is told in the best-selling book and movie The Cross and the Switchblade.

Teen Challenge Saskatchewan - David Wilkerson in 1957 Teen Challenge Saskatchewan - Wilkerson at Youth Rally in 1958 Teen Challenge Saskatchewan - David Wilkerson with Nicky Cruz Teen Challenge Saskatchewan - David Wilkerson in 2009