When Jamie started attending Hope for Addiction, she told our staff, “I don’t think I can do this sober thing.” After attending for a few months, she began working with a discipleship leader and met with one of our counselors.
This month, Jamie celebrated one year clean and sober! At the Hope for Addiction Weekly Support Group Meeting, we celebrate with a “Milestone Meeting” in which we highlight God’s work of transformation. We take time to encourage and give each person the opportunity to share how they have been blessed by this person’s life. Jamie has been an inspiration to everyone in the group. After years of struggling, her entire family attended her Milestone Meeting and it was memorable!
Jamie shares her story: Over the last 365 days, I have grown spiritually through the strength of this community and group leaders who have shown me through scripture and faith an alternative method to handle what life brings every day, good or bad. This group allows me to share my struggles and obtain feedback from fellow members and leaders to create a plan of action to succeed. I am comfortable to be candid without condemnation or judgment.
The help I have received transfers into my home life to strengthen communication with my husband and daughter. Prior to becoming a part of this group, I felt alone. Now, with the grace of God and my fellow members, I feel accepted and I’m not alone in this journey. Listening and interacting with other members gives me continued encouragement. I love to encourage others to see how giving yourself to the Lord and following his path fills the void left by our addictions.
Since starting at Hope for Addiction, my understanding of scripture has grown by leaps and bounds, allowing me to recognize my sin and what leads to turning to substances rather than the Lord. I have people to help me work through the struggles and stay the course. Thank you to all the members and leaders of Hope for Addiction. I have friends that are life-changing and I feel loved by all of you.
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,
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I was born April 4, 1995, to Robert Klingensmith Beck III and Elizabeth Beck in Phoenix, Arizona. The day after I was born my dad took off for a love affair with the bottle. This would be indicative of what most of my life would be.
My earliest two memories involve my father. First, I remember my mom holding me while talking to police officers when my father went missing. The other memory is building a snowman family with him. I made each snowman anatomically correct to show him how “smart” I was. I adored my father and constantly sought his approval. Every time I made a point about something happening in a ball game or something outdoorsy, it would follow with, “Huh, Dad?” He would always reply, “You’re right Gracie,” even if I was completely wrong. My life was filled with extreme highs and extreme lows with my father.
When I was in middle school I was a troubled kid. I talked back to teachers, didn’t do homework and had conflict with mean kids in class. Things at home made me feel as though I was not important, that I needed to act out to get attention. My father was, what seemed constantly, going on binges. Every few months it would get to the point of taking him to the hospital so he could detox. When he was on medication he was reserved to his bedroom all day, every day. A child living in this environment begins to ask questions like, “why does he choose drugs over me?” “Am I not important?” “Does he not really love me?” “Am I the cause of his alcoholism?” None of that is true.
My father’s childhood was filled with one tragedy after another, but the worst part was that he had no outlet to deal with his deep wounds and suffering. The only thing that helped ease the pain was drugs and alcohol.
My relationship with my father was rocky and sometimes nonexistent. I distanced myself from my father because I loved him and it hurt too badly to be around him.
As I got older, the only time we talked was when the Steelers were playing, the Diamondbacks were doing well or anything college football. But he never owned up to the way he damaged our family and never was truly repentant for being an absent father.
Last year, I experienced some things that gave me a perspective on what my father dealt with. I didn’t want to feel or think, I wanted to escape, I wanted to die. God allowed me to feel a fraction of the pain my father felt, that same pain that led him to drugs.
People told me growing up, “Be careful, alcoholism is in your DNA.” I am destined to be just like him, right? Wrong! There is a commonly believed lie about addiction; that it is an illness, an incurable disease. This is a lie that releases people’s responsibility for their actions and condemns them to a life of affliction. Addiction is an emotional disease, perhaps. In its purest state, addiction is selfishness, pride and sin. Addiction may end with physical dependence on drugs, but it starts with loneliness, insecurity, guilt, suffering and more. All of us tend to use things to escape reality.
My father bought into this lie and died because he felt trapped. Robert Beck died on October 13, 2016, from an overdose of several different prescription medications.
After my father died I went into shock. I started going downhill, fast. I was unable to process or put into words the feelings I had. My grief was not just for my father, but for the relationship, I would never have with him, the one thing I wanted my whole life. I used alcohol, extreme sarcasm (being a jerk), Netflix binging and partying to numb the feeling of my heart being torn out of my chest every single day.
However, God began showing me that the things I turned to only made me hurt more. I’m sure if my father could tell me one last thing, it would be that he regretted the path he took in life, he wished he would have dealt with his issues instead of hiding behind addiction, and life is meaningless without faith in God.
I share my father’s story with you because it is my story. Everything my father did when I was growing up has shaped me to be who I am, good or bad. I know my dad would want me to express to others that the only way to truly heal your emotional wounds is to reach out to God, the only One who understands ultimate suffering.
I used to dread waking up in the morning. Now when I wake up, I am hopeful for the future.
I have learned that addiction is not different from the sin with which I struggle. The only difference is that addiction is ugly to society and Christians. Jesus sought out the outcasts. He loved them unconditionally. To me, that is the most poetic and beautiful way God works. I was the outcast, but God’s promise to His children is He will never leave us or forsake us. I have experienced that promise in my life, even through the suffering.
What if I told you that I didn’t think that addiction was a disease? Would you think that I was crazy or uninformed? If so, maybe I can change your mind. I believe that there are people on both sides of the fence that benefit from addiction being classified as a disease, both those who suffer from addiction and those who do not. Let me explain…
“Addiction is defined as a disease by most medical associations, including the American Medical Association and the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Like diabetes, cancer and heart disease, addiction is caused by a combination of behavioral, environmental and biological factors. Genetic risks factors account for about half of the likelihood that an individual will develop an addiction. Addiction involves changes in the functioning of the brain and body. These changes may be brought on by risky substance use or may pre-exist.” (Addiction as a Disease 2016). These are some very strong words and may prove to be quite convincing. When something is classified as a disease, it is owned by the medical profession, by doctor’s, psychologists and drug companies. If addiction is a disease, then it would be a disease like diabetes and cancer, one where there can be no permanent cure, because relapse could happen at any time. It would be a disease that is managed, with medication and psychiatric care.
Classifying addiction as a disease is beneficial to the person who is addicted, in a way it lets them off the hook for their addiction. A person addicted can now say, “hey, addiction isn’t my fault, I have a disease. Blame big pharma, it’s all their fault for creating the drug I abuse”. This is exactly where we are today, people blaming drug companies for creating medicines that have a legitimate use but are abused by some. The addict is let off the hook at every turn and is not held accountable for their part in the equation.
Society benefits from having addiction classified as a disease as well. You see, by classifying addiction as a disease, parents of addicts can remain in relationship with their children blaming the disease rather than the child. Social programs can be created to fight the disease, rather than to hold the addict responsible for their behaviors. Addiction as a disease creates an abstraction so that it is a disease that is being targeted and not the actions of individuals.
The lines are blurred daily regarding addiction as a disease. When the news comes across a story where a child is put in harm’s way because the parents are on drugs, it is totally the parent’s fault, but when a story is presented where a person is down and out because or an addiction, it is the addiction that is vilified.
What if addiction is not a disease, but a choice. Yes, it is true that the body becomes used to having certain chemicals in the system in order for things to function properly and this is the physical effects of addiction, but once the drug is out of the system, the body can once again function properly. This process is called detox and it required by anyone who has taken a substance for an extended period of time. This is no different than someone who has used caffeine for a long period of time when they go off of caffeine, they suffer from headaches and other physical symptoms. Once that phase passes, it is as if they never consumed caffeine at all. It is the same for other substances as well, once a person is weaned off of opioids, the body begins the process of repairing and restoring processes that were interrupted in the presence of the drug. Once the physical desire for the drug is concurred, the only thing left is the individual’s choice to go back to the drug. This is not the case with something like diabetes or cancer, a person’s actions cannot affect the symptoms of the disease.
Addiction is a disease today because it makes it more palatable to society and to the medical profession. We live in a time where personal accountability is waning and blame should be placed on something other than individuals. This epidemic will continue until we are willing to throw away the moniker of disease and to treat individuals as responsible for their choices. If we choose to ignore this call, there will be generations of people who will suffer because of it.
Guest writer and “Hope for Addiction” group leader
If you need help battling addiction, please contact us. We can help! There is HOPE!
Everything changed on October 13, 2016, my life never the same. Darkness is my constant companion and threatens to choke out hope. Every day is a fight. I have been desperate for God before as I have walked through many dark days but nothing like the past ten months. Facing each day, getting dressed, doing errands, the simple things of life a victory. Laughter and joy seem a distant memory. Retreat to isolation draws me. Simple joys of life are chores. Tears a constant threat and grief holds its hands around my throat. There are no answers to my questions, no ease to the pain.
The man that I loved with all my heart, that I gave my life to for more than 17 years died. Lost, alone and hopeless. The thing that I have dedicated my life to fight took his life. Addiction took him from me and my children. It took him from his parents and his siblings. I cannot understand this. I cannot comprehend the finality of this. The pain of the finality of lost hopes and dreams, of unresolved broken relationships, of what can never be. The brokenness of all those left to pick up the pieces. Some days it is more than I can bear. Alone. In the dark. Unable to say what is in my heart and my mind. I don’t know how to put into words all that stirs within me and the darkness that encompasses me, so I retreat. I can’t be around anyone. I don’t know how. Sometimes I can’t. It takes every ounce of strength, and faith just to make it through the day.
This is the reality. The reality of a broken world. The reality of sin.
The reality of losing someone you love in such a senseless way. The finality of brokenness that can never be fixed. All there is, the one steady, my anchor, whatever peace there is, whatever joy can be found, whatever light that keeps the darkness at b ay, all I have at the end of each day and at the beginning of each day is Jesus. The truths of who He is and what He has done for me are all that keep me going, and barely.
This is reality, but there is a greater reality that anchors me and keeps me from being completely lost in the dark:
But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” Lamentations 3:21-23
My hope is only found in Jesus and in Him alone. I have nothing else. His faithfulness is great and His mercy never ends, it is there every day, every moment.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Revelation 21:4-5a
One day, Jesus will return and make all this brokenness new. He will make it all right. He will bring justice and take away all our pain and suffering.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. Hebrews 12:1-3
Jesus for the joy set before Him endured the cross for me. He looked beyond the darkness and pain and saw my need for a Savior, a way for me be free, to be saved. He is my example of perseverance. In considering Him, what He has done, what He has promised, I have strength to endure.
I am holding on to these truths. I am weary and fainthearted. I fight hopelessness and darkness. Tears freely fall daily.
All I have is Jesus. In the darkness and pain and hopelessness, God is faithful. He is good.
Even when it is dark, and hope seems a distant friend. One day my tears will be wiped away forever and all that is broken in me and around me will be new. Honestly, I can’t comprehend that day, but God promises this in His Word so by faith I wait and I fight to endure and trust His goodness.
Liz and her 2 children reside in Gilbert, Arizona. Liz founded Redeemed2Repeat to walk alongside, equip and care for those who struggle with addiction. There is hope, and lasting change is possible. People are lost in the hopelessness of their addiction but through Christ’s work on the cross there is freedom.
There is no charge for our services. If you need help, please contact us. There is HOPE, and FREEDOM is possible!
Connecting the desire to change with the Power to change!
Being a teenager in today’s world brings heartache and challenges that most of us never had to face. The realities of the ugliness of the world, the busyness of our schedules and the decline in our knowledge of God has created a mess for our children.
Why do teens use drugs?
Teens turn to drugs and alcohol for a variety of reasons, but the main reasons are coping with pressure, numbing their pain, boredom or rebellion. The availability of substances makes the problem even greater. For decades the government has tried to address teen drug and alcohol use with campaigns like
“Just say No,” “This is Your Brain on Drugs” and other fear-driven approaches. The new trend in anti-drug messaging is trying to relate with teens and an attempt to offer “something better.”
Why aren’t these approaches successful?
There are many well-intentioned people truly trying to make a difference in the world, yet positive affirmations and nice words are not enough. Words alone cannot fix the problem. The only words powerful enough to change someone are God’s Words (Hebrews 4:12). This is what makes Redeemed2Repeat different.
In July 2016, we began a teen support group called “Fighting for Hope” in response to a number of hurting teen girls needing help. These girls have experienced much pain and suffering in their life. The pain caused by addicted parents cuts deep and without the correct help, kids medicate their pain with destructive behavior.
The Redeemed2Repeat teen meeting helps girls who have deep wounds to understand God’s love for them, His ability to heal them, take away their shame and give them a new life. The meeting is real, raw and we don’t shy away from the realities of their pain. But we don’t stop there. We identify their pain, acknowledge it and connect them with scripture and practical application for their life. We teach them how to fight for hope in the darkness that is their life. We provide a safe place for them to share honestly about what they are going through and help them to understand how the Bible, God’s very Words to us, can help them, can heal them and can give them hope in the darkness of their suffering. We don’t talk about details of what has happened; rather we talk about how the things that have happened in our life affect us, how we feel and think about these things, and how we can have hope and healing through Christ.
What does this look like and is it enough?
I’d like to tell you about 14-year-old Brooke. When I met Brooke she was afraid. She had been so hurt that she had trouble having a conversation and couldn’t look me in the eye. When we began the teen meetings, most of the girls could not openly share and mostly answered shallow questions. They were afraid to trust because they have been so deeply wounded by people who should have protected them. In our very first meeting, we talked about pain, about suffering, but we also talked about hope and how to find hope in the midst of our pain and darkness. The girls didn’t talk much but they began to see a life-changing connection to God.
One of the things we do to help both adults and teens understand and apply God’s Word is through growth assignments or homework. Change doesn’t happen in the meeting, it happens when they take what they have learned and engage with God through the everyday situations in their lives. One of the growth assignments was to read Psalm 139 and write down how God’s Words spoke to them personally.
Here is what Brooke wrote:
Psalm 139:5, You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.
“This stood out to me and I thought that I am all put together and He knows what is going to happen to me in my life and He knows from today to the day I die and go live with Him in eternity. Also, that He will always help me through the journey that He has set up for me. It says to me that He’s looking at us from all sides and watches and leads us to follow Him. Another thing is, He will sew up our life that was in the darkness and help us get through life even if it is a hard life and road.”
This young woman, with all the horrible things she has endured in her short 14 years is learning how to hear God, how to believe God and how to trust God. Isn’t this the very struggle we all have? Redeemed2Repeat helps people who have been conditioned to think that they are different than “normal people” to see that we are all the same and our greatest need is met in Christ.
Brooke has great support in her life now and Redeemed2Repeat is just a small piece of that. She doesn’t have to hide or pretend. She has grown so much in the past year. She smiles. A lot. She is more comfortable with herself and others. She continues to learn about God and how He loves her and helps her.
The leader of the teen group, Chris Harris, has done an amazing job in bringing deep truths to a very practical level. She purchased journals for the girls just for use in the group. They write notes during the meeting, and when we ask questions that might be too scary to answer out loud, they write the answers in their journals. Over the past year, I have seen these girls grow, become more comfortable with who they are and open up and share. The girls are learning how to go to God with their pain instead of to other things like cutting or drugs or alcohol.
How do we reach teens? The best anti-drug message we have is God’s Word. But I’m not talking about clichés or “Bible band-aids.” I’m talking about helping people truly understand Who God is and what He has done. Their greatest need, as is true for all of us, is a Savior to rescue us, a big God, the creator of heaven and earth, who loves us, and has given us everything we need to live this life (2 Peter 1:3).
This journey takes time. A long time. This is what Redeemed2Repeat does. We walk with people. Sometimes we have to get in the darkness with people and walk with them there for a while so they see the light of Christ. John 1:5 says, The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. This is what Redeemed2Repeat is all about. This is why your prayers are so needed and appreciated. Thank you for standing with us. Lives are being changed.
Help us grow our teen program! We desire to expand our reach with teens.
We would love to be able to offer these girls a weekend retreat, movie night, or coffee time to talk. If you would like to help us with this, you can donate here. Thank you!
We recently featured our support group leaders on social media so you could get to know them.
I asked my co-worker Tracy to help me write something about our founder Liz. This is the result.
Liz has experienced sufferings and trials in her own life and has trusted the Lord as he has made beauty from the ashes. Liz loves the lost. She isn’t afraid of the messiness of people’s lives and sacrifices her life to love and helps those who struggle with addiction. The Lord has revealed the plans he has set before her and with the hope, she has in Jesus, she carries the burdens of others. She sacrifices her time to meet with countless people and brings hope into their lives.
Liz has brought many people into her home to live, to be an instrument in their growth and new life of change. She shares Jesus, hope for freedom from substance abuse and new life in Christ.She walks alongside people and helps to connect them with mentors, counseling, gives rides, attends court hearings and takes late night phone calls.
Liz attends countless meetings with city and state officials on new committees who see the need for different programs in the valley. She talks with parents of addicts and works with sober living homes. She has started a monthly support meeting for teens. With the wide range of those affected by addiction, she is working hard to reach children, parents, and families.
Redeemed2Repeat started with an idea a few years ago and now has weekly meetings in multiple locations and over thirty people regularly attending. Several Christ-centered churches are interested in starting programs in their cities. There is not a single program out there like Redeemed2Repeat. Where the only step you need to take is one, of faith.
A team has been built to help lead meetings and we are so grateful for the people God has brought to this ministry. Liz lives her life to honor the Lord and help others know Jesus. She juggles the ministry and is a mom of two amazing kids. She seeks counsel for her own life and desires to be an example that pleases the Lord.Her foundation, faith, and pastoral care are evidence that Liz desires to bring the truth and hope that set people free.
Liz, thank you for your love, care, and sacrifice! We are grateful for you and we praise the Lord he has used your life and experiences to reach hundreds of people who would have otherwise been stuck in the identity of the addict.
We are no longer slaves to addiction, we are FREE!
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I don’t exactly know when the addiction started? It seems like it was always there. I don’t remember a birthday party or Christmas where I didn’t have to explain what was going on with my mom and why she seemed so ‘’tired’’ or “down.” Growing up it was always just me and my mom at home. It’s not that no one else was around because there was, but she quit her job when I was 9 or 10 and my dad was supporting us with one job and my older sister was in high school. It was just me and momma, taking care of one another. I just remember my mom was having a hard time but I was too young to understand why. I had no idea what addiction even was.
Not too long after, both of my older brothers went to prison at the same time. It was really hard on all of us. Instead of turning to each other for a shoulder to cry on and finding comfort in one another, my mom found comfort in those little devils, we call medicine.
That’s what I remember the most. From then on everything got a lot more drastic. She cried every night and would never come out of her room, barely ate. Coming home to her sleeping just became the new normal. There were years’ worth of little incidents like that. But they were more than little, they were as often as the heat is here in Arizona and they built up so much tension and emotion in the family.
For some reason, these things happened when it was just the two of us, so of course, I would care of her and do whatever I could to make her present again. Being a kid, barely in your teen years and having to take care of someone who should be caring for you and making you dinner and making sure that you’re ready for bed, is something I became accustomed to. That was definitely the hardest thing for me because I had to not only care for myself but for my mom, and doing that means having to grow up a lot faster and having to mature faster than a kid should. It was almost like she was never there. She was there physically but emotionally in a totally different place.
The last episode, I remember so vividly. We went to church early because she was serving coffee and she asked me to help her. As an hour or so went by I started to notice the usual signs: shaking hands, drowsy eyes, slurring words. You know, the whole nine yards. I asked her if she took her medicine and of course, she denied it and became angry. She started yelling at me, telling me that I was embarrassing her. She didn’t even know that I was the one who was embarrassed. My aunt took us home and we had a big argument. She was falling all over, tripping off of pills. I was so angry and sad and scared and overwhelmed. I couldn’t take it anymore. I called my dad to come home from work or I was going to call an ambulance. We all knew she had to get help. Our family was falling apart. – We all needed help!
Then my mom found Redeemed2Repeat…
My mom has been clean and sober for almost three years. Today, she enjoys helping other women who attend the Redeemed2Repeat meetings. She has come a long way and has been working hard to remain sober. My mom continues to work to restore relationships within our family. I have my mom back and she takes care of me.
We have a great relationship. It wasn’t always this way. Addiction almost destroyed our family. It has been a long journey and our story continues…
If you are struggling with addiction and need help, contact us today! There is no charge for our services.
Connecting the desire to change with the Power to change!
The destruction that happens when someone is in their addiction takes years to sort through. They are learning life skills that were neglected, rebuilding trust with family that was lied to and hurt, addressing legal and financial issues and learning to live life in the open and in the light of truth. This process does not happen overnight. For family members, they have seen “change” before only to be disappointed time after time. It takes a long while for the walls to begin to come down and for family to be ready to trust and tackle their issues. For the person who is excited about their new life and ready to move on, this reality can be discouraging and many people relapse at six months or a year because of this. This is why Redeemed2Repeat works with people to be ready, to be patient with their family and remember that their loved ones lived this roller coaster for years. We know this is a journey and we are committed to walk with people and help them rebuild their lives… for the long haul.
Where are some of the people whose stories we have shared over the past three years? What are they up to? You may read their stories and think, “Wow, this is amazing, there is no more work to be done.” The reality is, they are just beginning. We wanted to update you on a few people so you can see that they are continuing to do the heart work required for lasting change. God began a good work in them and He promises to complete His work (Philippians 1:6). We have the privilege to be a part of God’s ongoing work of transformation.
Tracy: Tracy is more than two and a half years sober. She continues to serve on staff with Redeemed2Repeat and is a vital part of ministry to other women coming for help. Tracy’s family was almost destroyed by her addiction and she continues to face the difficult task of owning her sin against her family and working through reconciliation with them. She has made her marriage a priority and in recent months deeper healing is taking place. I am so proud of Tracy. She has looked at some really harsh realities, and with the support of her discipleship team, is working through the next level of healing with her family.
Michelle:What a miracle Michelle is! She is one month shy of two years clean. Two years ago, she could hardly articulate her thoughts, was filled with anxiety and was headed to court for a divorce. God has changed Michelle and after eighteen months of hard work and consistent faithful heart work, she has been reconciled with her family. She was excited to learn how to cook and clean and serve her family. She volunteers in her kids’ classrooms at school and is an example to the new ladies coming to Redeemed2Repeat. Michelle’s life shines with hope for others. Everyday tasks used to overwhelm Michelle. Now she calls or texts with celebration in the everyday, mundane duties. Recently she sent a text with photos of her teaching her kids to cook. What a joy!
Jason: Jason just celebrated twelve years! Although Jason came to Redeemed2Repeat sober, he was unfulfilled and felt that something was missing. He discovered that Jesus is what was missing. How Jason has grown is remarkable! He desires to lead his family and is learning to be the husband and father he always wanted to be. He has men who are helping him to know what this looks like in everyday life and working through the challenges. Jason is also one of our disciplers, working with men early in their journey.He also serves as the Redeemed2Repeat representative on the Town of Gilbert Behavioral Health Task Force Crisis Team Training Sub-committee.
Tracy, Michelle, and Jason continue to work diligently, growing in their relationship with the Lord. They exemplify the meaning of our name, repeating in the lives of others what they have been given; a new life in Jesus Christ, free from addiction!
We are thankful for our donors who are a part of God’s miraculous work through prayers and financial partnership! The partnership makes it possible for lives to be changed and for us to walk this journey with people who were once without hope. Prayer and faithful giving brings hope for addiction!
We read headlines like this and we can become numb to the realities of the truth behind them. These are 20,000 people who were lost in hopelessness. Twenty thousand men and women running to substances to mend the ache in their souls. Twenty thousand people who did not understand the dangers or the seriousness of their problem because a doctor was giving them their drugs.
People are dying.
Opioid and prescription drug deaths have increased every year for the past five years. Opioid deaths in Arizona alone rose from 521 in 2012 to 701 in 2015. According to the Centers for Disease Control, fatal drug overdoses outnumbered fatal car crashes and shootings in 2013.
These are people who do not always look like the addicts we think of: living on the street or in drug houses, needles and filth. These are people like you and me. Trying to find hope in a dark and harsh world. Many times a physical injury or real physical pain begins with prescribed pain medication, and people quickly find the medication also assists with emotional pain they are experiencing. Then begins the spiral. Eventually, more medication is needed and the cycle continues.
This seems hopeless. And for so many it is hopeless. But we have the answer! The hope we have in Jesus is like salve to the wounded, broken soul.
Bryan came to the Gilbert My Hope for Addiction meeting last week. He is currently in rehab and had a recent suicide attempt. He is desperate for hope. When he came to the meeting he said he had nowhere and no one. He was afraid to be at the meeting but he knows if he doesn’t do something he will die. Something happened in the meeting. Bryan was loved and accepted. He heard how God, in His kindness, allows us to see our need for Him and He gives us hope and the power to change. This broken, hopeless young man returned to the rehab center with hope. This hope was so evident that people around him noticed. Bryan’s situation remains the same, but he was given a precious gift. Bryan is coming to church this week and our team is working with him to transition into sober living and discipleship. Bryan’s journey will be difficult but he now has a community of people who have experienced change and freedom in Christ and are willing to walk with him, teach him and help him grow in his relationship with the Savior who can rescue.
This is why Redeemed2Repeat exists. Christ came to shatter the darkness with hope and new life. Psalm 139:12 says “even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you” and John 1:5 “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” We bring light and hope to a dark and hopeless world.
Bryan’s journey is just beginning but I have great hope for him. Not because Redeemed2Repeat is here, but because Jesus came to seek and save the lost and bring hope to a dying world. When you invest in Redeemed2Repeat, you invest in people. Individuals, not just statistics. Thank you for making a difference, for allowing us to be here, on the front lines in this battle for souls, for hope.
As we move forward in 2017, we desire to expand and grow programs that have been and are being developed; continue to train and equip leaders to more effectively care for people; grow and fine-tune the discipleship program; and expand to other churches, training and equipping more people to reach their own communities.