There is an undeniable link that binds together the world as we know it. We link to each other, we connect with mother nature, and if we are really seeking the utmost connection, we find God. Through it all is a journey to find a connection that brings peace, love and fulfillment to our lives.
But along the way, some of us get lost and disconnected by a variety of circumstances that take us into a different and mind boggling connection with our addiction. When that happens all the other links to reality start fading away, and ultimately we cannot get back on that pathway to freedom by ourselves. We need help, we need something more than ourselves to find it.
Some may call that a weakness, a sin that just takes forgiveness, but in reality it is like we have boarded a train that will not stop at any station because it is going too fast. We are out of control, yet somehow not wanting anything else to control us, so we balk at those connections and isolate instead, and then we sink deeper into a very helpless place.
Over the years of my own recovery from alcoholism and 30 years of ministry to other addicts, the value of making connections has risen to the top of my list to find that peace, love and fulfillment. If you look at our logo and the sign that hangs over our building it says "Connections Inspiring Hope". It is a simple statement of fact, that if we can reach people who want to find sobriety, we do so by making a walk with them hand in hand, and we start right where they are at.
All the wonderful programs that help us to recover can be re-invented, duplicated and modified, but it all comes down to the simplicity of this question: are we connecting with people by loving them despite the flaws, despite the dysfunctional behavior and despite the fact they are as far away from connecting to God as Earth is to Mars. All we have to do is look at the example of what Jesus did with these folks to understand what we need to do.
So at ATB we operate very simply on the premise that in every opportunity we have, we want to connect with you in a very up front and personal way, giving you the experience of the real, true, genuine love of God, and the invitation to return the next time we meet to continue to meet Him. In this way we are standing in the gap, or bringing you Across The Bridge if you prefer, from being lost to being found, and giving you the opportunity to meet Him more each time we meet.
In that way, we connect you to Him, to others, and ultimately back to who you really are. So far in 2019, we have reached almost 5000 people, many who keep coming back, and the numbers continue to grow. In one word, it's all about Connection!
Thank you for your prayers, support and generosity. Please donate to our Across the Bridge Go Fund Me as your donation will be doubled between now and May 1st by another generous donor!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.