All posts by Melanie Clardy

Being Part Of Community…

My wife, Melanie, and I were introduced to Hope for Addiction through a friend and began volunteering behind the scenes. It wasn’t long after that Melanie began working as part-time staff and attended the My Hope for Addiction weekly meeting. After much persistent encouragement, I finally accepted the offer to join her. I was completely surprised at what I found there… something very special.

My first weekly meeting with Hope for Addiction totally turned my understanding of community on its head. Not because it was any different than what I had been taught, but because these people were actually doing community.  

I heard all the various ways people were helping each other with everyday, routine things. During the discussion, people opened up, were brutally honest about where they were in their faith, and how they were doing with their struggles.

It was at that first meeting I had my “ah-ha” moment. I finally understood what this ministry was really about and immediately began getting more involved. Each week I witness the transforming power of Christ at work. Those ones lost in hopelessness, now filled with joy; once bound and enslaved to their addictions, now living in freedom; once alone and fearful, now living life together, walking together.

I have now attended several leader training classes, fill in occasionally as a discussion leader for the Gilbert group and have also started mentoring (discipling). Mentoring for Hope for Addiction is unique and rewarding. It is unique in the sense that it is ever-changing, one day we may be talking about spiritual things and the next, talking about how to build a budget. Addiction robs people of things many of us take for granted, the little lessons we all learn that help us navigate our daily lives. I guess when it comes down to it, it is nothing less than walking out life together, the way a father would with his son. It really isn’t complicated, but it is amazingly rewarding to see someone lost and hopeless, filled with hope and begin to be transformed by the work of the Holy Spirit as they learn how to apply biblical truth to everyday life.

OUR SUPPORTERS made a difference for Jarid!  

I spent much of my life running from pain. I used people, places and things to try and cope with life. After a very long, destructive fight, I came to Hope for Addiction. I am learning to live and not be afraid. I am not perfect, but in this community, I have people who help me keep moving forward and not give up.

Thank you for making it possible for me to continue on my journey to follow the Lord and walk in freedom!

 


HOW CAN YOU GET MORE INVOLVED?

Pray: This work is tough. Your prayers are most important to us.

Give: Help with a monthly gift or even a one-time gift. We are about $1,000 short of our budget each month.

Connect: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram (and like and share our posts), blog and YouTube channel.

Volunteer/Serve: We will connect you where you are gifted. You can make a difference. All you need is a heart for people. We will train you!

Tell: Share what God is doing in Hope for Addiction.

Thank you! Lives are being forever changed!

View the current needs HERE

A Changed Life!

Shared by Kandiss, one of our meeting participants….

“If you struggle with addiction or have overcome addiction be it food or alcohol or drugs or sex or anything else…Please join us at a Hope For addiction meeting.

Hope for Addiction is a safe, encouraging, environment where we share and discuss the word of God and how to apply practical and faithful skills to combat our struggles. If you are a believer or not, we would love to see you there! 

This week I was both struggling with food and alcohol. The temptation was real. Because of what I have learned in our Hope for Addiction group, I was able to #1, Recognize I was being tempted, #2, share with my husband and a friend that I was being tempted, #3, practice my action plan of praying first and then worshipping, and then diving into God’s word, and then exercising! There was no guilt, and I was able to separate my emotions enough to overcome my immediate desire!  I have celebrated so many victories this week despite challenges!

I can confidently say before this group I had no idea how to deal with my cravings or my feelings. After trying several other recovery and therapy programs and not seeing any real change, I am happy to report that we are halfway through this year,  and I am pounds down!!  John and I both will be 7 months sober as of July!  Praise God there is Freedom, there is Hope for Addiction!”

-Kandiss

For more information, visit  Hope For Addiction

Bringing Hope in the Darkness – Liz Beck

My heart is rejoicing tonight and I had to share…  Hope For Addiction brought hope to a lost, hurting and broken woman named Angela.  Last night at the Gilbert, My Hope for Addiction meeting, we celebrated God’s work of transformation in Jen’s life. Jen has been with us for three years and tonight we celebrated six years of sobriety and new life. Angela was there for the first time.

After the meeting, I talked with Angela and learned that she was in a bad marriage, broken, hurting, hopeless and newly sober. She was deeply depressed, not knowing if there was any help to be found. She told me that she had never experienced a meeting like this before and she wanted what she saw in others. She desperately needs community and people to walk with her and help her. Angela left the meeting with something she thought was gone… hope.
Hope that God could meet her, change her and bring light to her darkness.

Our supporters make this possible. Because of their faithfulness, Angela has a place to feel safe, loved and experience hope for her future. I am hoping to meet with Angela next week and see if we can come alongside her and get her connected with a discipleship leader and counseling. Please pray for Angela. Pray that she will have the courage to take the next steps to connect and truly experience the love, forgiveness and freedom of her loving Savior.

Thank you for bringing light to darkness and hope to the hopeless. You are making a difference – sometimes a life or death difference.

Humbled and amazed by grace,

Liz Beck

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A Letter To Single Mothers by Grace Beck

She never had a moment to herself, working multiple jobs, one of them the most precious job: motherhood. She gave everything to her children; every minute, penny, bit of strength, ounce of energy, and all the love she had. Her kids weren’t easy either. They rarely are in a one parent environment. One was rebellious and constantly questioned everything. The other unmotivated and ungrateful.

No doubt, there were times her mind wandered back to the days when she didn’t have to take care of anyone but herself. I’m sure she wanted to give up sometimes, thinking, “This is too hard, I can’t do this alone.” But she never left her kids in need.

She made close friends and shared intimate details of her life so they could better help her with the kids. And these friends weren’t just normal people. They were good people, ones that loved almost as much as her. She surrounded herself with people of good character so her kids would have examples to shape their lives around. Little did she know, she was the best example around.

At times she may have thought her kids hated her. But they never did. They took out all their frustrations on her, because she was always there. Times were tough and she didn’t know if she could keep the family together, she didn’t know if she could provide for them and finally she didn’t think she could protect them from suffering.

When her kids became teenagers, she faced the hardest challenges of her life. Her kids were damaged and could not comprehend the care and sacrifice she made for them. They fought her every step of the way. At times her kids wouldn’t speak to her. She knew she needed to give them their space, and all she could do was pray over them. That was the hardest thing she ever did. To sit back and let her kids experience consequences ripped her heart out.

Now that her children are adults, they view her equally as a friend and mother. Just like when they were young, they depend on her to guide them in adulthood. She is still the first person her kids share things with, not out of obligation but because she is their most trusted ally.

In 2015, Khanittha ‘Mint’ Phasaeng won Miss Uncensored News Thailand. This woman was raised by a single mother who spent her whole life collecting recyclable material to provide for her family. After Mint won, she returned to her home and knelt before her mother in respect, kissing her feet. This illustration is beautiful. Mint knew that she owed EVERYTHING to her mother. Who she is and what she has not just overcome but accomplished, is because of how her mother raised her.

She is fulfilled because she knows her kids love her more than anything in this world. She is brave, courageous and compassionate. Every family should be complete. But her kids are thankful they had a mother like her. They will take care of her in the end, as she took care of them. With grace and unconditional love.

-Grace Beck

Why Does It Matter?

Why does it matter? What difference does it make if Hope for Addiction exists? What impact is really being made? It isn’t enough to simply report that more than 24 people each week are attending the support group meeting in Gilbert.

Why does that matter? This is why is it matters… Because Hope for Addiction is here, reaching people with the hope of the gospel of Jesus Christ, six mothers are now being responsible for a total of twelve children. A short time ago these moms were living irresponsibly, bringing harm and damage to their families while being consumed by addiction. One of these moms now has the joy of being grandma to her two grandchildren. There are children who are not in the care of the state because their mothers are now sober and living for the Lord. Two men are no longer absent from their children’s lives (representing seven children and two grandchildren). Families are being restored and rebuilt, people have the support they need to face the wreckage they have caused and are learning how to live life without substances. Many now have stable jobs and are paying taxes and tithes. People are finding their place in their local churches and beginning to serve those churches. This is why we are here. This is why we walk with people in darkness so they can live in the light, where Christ brings weary hearts and souls hope, assurance, wisdom, strength, and courage to remain steadfast and faithful, perseverance to fight to do the hard work necessary to overcome addiction. They are living life to please another, the Lord, and no longer living for themselves.

Last year, I received a call from a father looking for help for his 40-year-old daughter who was struggling with an alcohol addiction. He agreed to bring his daughter the next day to our weekly support group meeting so we could visit and determine the next best steps for her. He hung up the phone filled with hope that he had found a gospel-centered option. The next morning he called me. The night before, the same day we spoke, his daughter passed away. Overdose. This devastated father kept saying, “It was only one more day.” He encouraged me to “Keep doing what you are doing. Don’t quit. People need help.”  This is why Hope for Addiction exists and is active in the pursuit of broken and hurting people every single day. People are dying and hopeless, depressed and captive. They see no way out of addiction. Such a tragic and sad loss and we didn’t even get to meet her. This is exactly why we press on, seeking out those who need help and freedom from addiction.

Please pray for Hope for Addiction as we continue to reach broken people. The game changer is Christ and Christ alone. Freedom in Christ = Freedom from addiction. As sure as Christ rose and overcame death, there is always hope to overcome addiction. We are connecting the desire to change with the Power to change!

Thank you for the way you prayerfully support Hope for Addiction. Your prayers are our first line of defense. And, thank you for your financial partnership that keeps us on the front lines proclaiming the good news that people can be free, not just sober.

Because of Christ,

LIZ BECK
President

If you would like to partner with us, please see the current needs HERE.

How To Save A Life

  Faithful partnership changed a life and brought HOPE through Jesus Christ!

Jenna came to us after leaving a long-term treatment program. At 25 and a single mom, she is uncertain and told us “I don’t know how to do anything.” She struggled to find a job because she was afraid and did not know how to interview or even have the courage to walk in the door of a business. She knows she will not make it on her own.

Because of the support from our donors, Jenna is receiving the help she needs to begin her new life. Jenna has a job, has daycare arranged and is looking forward to starting her new job this month.

Why is this so amazing? Jenna’s parents are still living in their addictions. Some of her earliest memories are of parties in her home. Growing up she had to fend for herself and has had no training for life or parenting. Jenna walked away from that life knowing she and her four-year-old son would not survive. Jenna now has the support, discipleship and tools to live this new life and be the mom she never had. This would not be possible without people who partner with us!

We are thankful for those who have been a part of Jenna’s journey, not just to stay sober, but be free! The road ahead is daunting, but because of supporters generosity, Jenna and her son Ben have what they need to move forward in freedom.

This is why Redeemed2Repeat exists! We are truly thankful for each hero that has been part of giving Jenna and Ben a new life. Because of our supporters they are not a statistic. They now have hope for the future and Jenna is no longer lost in addiction!

YOU can bring HOPE & CHANGE to someone battling addiction!
A group of generous partners offered to match up to $1000 per month for the next year!
Our goal is to raise $1000 in new monthly or increased monthly gifts, giving us $2000 a month to meet our budget.

Would you visit myhopeforaddiction.com/match to give your tax-deductible gift today?

We would truly appreciate your support!