" Blessed be the Lord my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle. "
James DeArmond is a graduate of the Residential and Staff phases of Mission Teens. James was born and raised in Greenville, KY and through loved ones, received help at Crossville MBTC.
His wife, Brittany, is also a Residential and Staff graduate of Mission Teens. She was born and raised in South Jersey and entered Crossville MBTC in February 2014.
Both had tried for years to try to live free of alcohol and drugs but had no long-term success. They are now both dedicated to advancing God’s kingdom through the work of Mission Teens.
Please pray for them and their family needs as they do God’s work by faith. They do not receive a salary or pay for their fulltime dedication, nor do the other staff members that work alongside of them.
A DAY AT THE MISSION
We treat each person in our center as a member of the family. Junior staff members and higher ranking residents teach the “younger” residents. Senior Staff and directors handle the major problems and decisions. Each one is expected to do his or her part to make the “family” run as smoothly as possible. There are 5 1/2 hours of Bible study per day, and the training amounts to approximately 1 year of Bible school. There is a comprehensive study of the New Testament and a general study of the Old Testament. The daily schedule varies slightly at the centers, but fundamentally remains the same.
THE TRAINING PROGRAM
Our purpose is to provide hope to the hopeless. It is our goal to direct the people to the Lord Jesus to find love and a purpose for their lives, and to make disciples of them as the Bible directs. The discipleship training program is divided up into four phases, each lasting 2-4 months. As the person proves that he/she can handle the increasing responsibilities of each phase, their privileges will increase. It is a highly structured program with a rigid daily schedule. Everyone is expected to obey the house rules and follow the schedule.
Infractions of the rules or schedule are corrected with writing assignments, loss of privileges or extra work chores. The first phase of the training is a 2-month induction period with very few privileges or responsibilities. Each individual is simply expected to follow the rules and will begin to understand how to seek the Lord.
The next two phases add some general household responsibilities, which will add normal life pressures and cause the person to seek the Lord for help. Privileges in these two phases include phone calls and visits from immediate family (and pastoral or legal counsel) only. No friends are allowed to visit or call any person in the discipleship training. In the final phase, the person is in “counselor training.” They will counsel one person each day and make a report to senior staff. They are expected to be a good example in the house and to learn to help others as they were helped.
Upon completion of the program, the person may be offered an additional 10-12 month staff-training program.
Our Daily Schedule
8:30 DAILY CHORES
11:40 READING & COUNSELING 12:45 LUNCH
1:30 ROLL CALL/ WORK PROJECTS 4:00 FREE-TIME/ SHOWERS 6:00 DINNER
6:30 DAILY CHORES
10:00 IN ROOMS
10:30 LIGHTS OUT