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!