Adult and Teen Challenge of the Four States hosted the 10th annual Business Breakfast this week. A number of local business people turned out for the event which included a full breakfast, two songs by the Teen Challenge men's choir, the presentation of Business of the Year for 2019, a testimony, and guest speaker Dan Mitchell of Schuber Mitchell Homes.
"This business has been a tremendous help to Teen Challenge for years," Jeff Higgins, executive director of Adult and Teen Challenge said. "It's been a great blessing for us - they love us and they support what we do."
Mass Depot was named as the Business of the Year and the award was presented to Wes Ogden, one of three partners who operate the business. Ogden, Shane Smith, and David Pevahouse are the owners of Mass Depot in Neosho.
"I see this business as a ministry," Ogden said. "It's not a way to make a living because God always takes care of that. To see what it's come to be is very exciting and to be part of that is even more exciting."
Jake Sisler, who will soon graduate from the program, provided his testimony.
Dan Mitchell, of Schuber Mitchell Homes, served as guest speaker. Higgins introduced him,
"At Adult and Teen Challenge, we've been blessed through their general support. They're more than just a construction company, they labor with us through the Gospel."
Mitchell described the business as a Kingdom business that operates on Christian principles. The company began in the aftermath of the 2011 Joplin Tornado and continues to grow. They have expanded from Southwest Missouri into Northwest Arkansas. Schuber Mitchell Homes plans to complete 350 homes this year, a number much larger than an average builder.
"We give you more for your money," Mitchell said, noting that the company builds more homes in the $150-175,000 range.
"Remember today is the only day you have promised," Mitchell said. "And the Kingdom of the Lord is at hand."
Those who attended had the opportunity to learn more about Adult and Teen Challenge through tours, questions, or one on one discussions. Each guest also received a brochure and was invited to donate or support one of their students.
Higgins noted that the facility does not receive any government or grant funds, relying on volunteers and their faith to meet their needs.
Adult and Teen Challenge of the Four States is located at 18527 East Highway 86, Neosho. For more information, call 417-451-2980 or visit the website at www.tcimo.org.