A ministry up in northern Manitoba has now taken on the name of Adult & Teen Challenge to continue putting hope within reach for people battling addictions.
"It's a very exciting time for Freedom Outreach," says Daniel Emond, CEO of Adult & Teen Challenge of Central Canada. "Pastor Al and Kandie Lagore have been part of the Adult & Teen Challenge family, we kind of called them distant cousins because they used all the ATC discipleship curriculum but a separate charity."
Freedom Outreach Denare Beach started in 2009 and is located on the Manitoba/Saskatchewan border right near Flin Flon, which is roughly 8 hours north of Winnipeg.
"We have a very similar mission, similar vision, and heartbeat. Officially, this year in August, they've become Adult & Teen Challenge of Flin Flon."
The ministry has a men's long-term program that houses 12 people. This includes six to eight men in the initial recovery program and then four in the SURGE leadership program after people graduate from their roughly one-year recovery time.
Up in Flin Flon, they also have a Bible camp that they run under the ministry name.
"One of the most exciting things is that we just acquired a building on Main Street to launch a community outreach office. It also has apartment suites on the upper floor for graduates of the long-term program. It's very exciting growth and progress in northern Manitoba."
What this name change means for the Lagore's ministry is adding more connections and possibilities.
"This gives Freedom Outreach a whole family, like a whole new army of soldiers in God's kingdom, coming alongside them. Now, just a simple thing like having a vehicle break down, we can come and get them a new vehicle with our vehicle donation program. The same goes for administration like now they have access to our websites, media, and all that good stuff."
The Christian ministry is anticipating lives changed with this merger.
"It's really incredible to see the work God's doing through the ministry there."