Following Prince William and Harry's good news announcement that Princess Diana's Memorial Sculpture is to be erected in Kensington Palace Gardens in 2017, It gives LIGHT INTERNATIONAL huge pleasure to revisit her very special day at Teen Challenge....
The Teen Challenge Rehabilitation Centre at Gorslas, Dyfed, Wales was truly honoured that special day when HRH Princess Diana dropped by, when she was undertaking no official public engagements. The Princess' genuine interest in helping and encouraging young people with addiction problems was evident from the way she warmly related to the young men in the programme. Her strong message to them was:
"Learning to like yourself is the hardest thing - if you have no self esteem or good self-image you have nothing."
Princess Diana's tour of the Centre included meeting full tme schools worker Paul Blackwell, a discussion with students on the teaching material used in the programme and an inspection of the various activities carried on in the vocational training workshops.
At each stage the Princess took time to encourage the students to believe in themselves and her attention was a tremendous uplift to everyone.
The Teen Challenge Chapel was overflowing as the Princess listened to a special performance by the Centre's Outreach Team, 'The Evidence" Her Royal Highness obviously enjoyed the opportunity to relax after having met so many people and expressed her appreciation of the music by singing, and leading the crowded chapel in spontaneous applause.
She was presented with two recordings produced by 'The Evidence' and assured musical director Paul Evans:
"I will listen to them before passing them on to Prince William and Prince Harry!"
She was also presented with a jar of honey produced by Teen Challenge's own bees!
The visit was rounded off by the unveiling of a commemorative plaque, the signing of The Visitors Book and by signing a rather splendid portrait of herself.
The Princess' visit to The Teen Challenge Centre was an obvious morale booster to both it's students and staff. 'We are grateful to her for demonstrating such a compassionate care and understanding for people who are, sadly, so often misunderstood by society today.
Teen Challenge Bombay Report
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Helping the homeless
Night Shelter Practicalities
Praise the Lord, more and more ministries now let the homeless sleep in their church halls over winter.
Depending on the venue the 'guests' can be treated like royalty, enjoying new clean designer clothes and bedwear provided daily, gormet food and heated floors to aid a decent nights sleep.
Coming soon... advice on those extra health & safety steps your church can take to ensure a healthy, happy homeless night shelter with minimum difficulties.
To celebrate, LIGHT INTERNATIONAL looks back at her rather special visit to Christian - run Rehabilitation Centre Teen Challenge.
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We are delighted to present LIGHT INTERNATIONAL - The Global Review of Christianity to the world once more in 2018 - an important time in our history...
A huge thanks for your patience while we upload more and more articles from the five sections of LIGHT INTERNATIONAL within the coming weeks.
The sections are:
1. Business of Ministry
For pastors /ministers, curates, worship team members, church administrators, Junior Church teachers, church wardens and many others..
Covers the day to day running of Churches in different parts of the world.
Includes applications of sound technology, building resourses, flooring, heating, pews & seating, communion wine.. the list goes on and on..
2. Ministry of Business
For business people... The I.C.C.C. International Christian Chamber of Commerce and others demonstrate the miraculous new dimension of Jesus at work.
3. Spiritual Realm
Deeply spiritual articles on gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit. Includes Spiritual and Praise Warfare, Intercession on a Global scale, and 'forgotten' teachings like 'The Witness of the Spirit' by David Wilkerson.
4. Visions & Creativity
Especially gifted and often larger ministries sharing with us how our own faith and churches can grow beyond belief... Includes The Largest Sunday School in the World and The adoption of Third world orphans.
5. Lifestyle Faith & Fame
Billy Graham on how we should live our life, lifestyle, including travel, and taking your church on a pilgrimage. World class sportsmen with faith and other celebrities etc sharing with us...
In Christian Service,
LIGHT INTERNATIONAL - The Global Review of Christianity 2018