As dream becomes reality next week when we move into our facility, and with the New Year quickly approaching, it is a good time to reflect on the absolute blessings God has given us and how we must put them to use for His purpose. After all, we owe everything to the people who have supported us, and to those moving forward with us, and to the God who always goes before us.
In the early part of 2000 Campus Church began an involvement in the recovery ministry, and they asked for help to get started. From that beginning of training at North Atlanta to the duplex of disaster to meetings of 2-3 people, to these moments of today, that Church has stood with and beside us to love on us, nurture us and develop us into a ministry that reached over 10,000 people this past year. Campus has been the earthly rock of our foundation and will remain a key partner in our future. More than just Christian brothers and sisters, they are awesome people of compassion.
Then, this past November, we began a new relationship with Life Church International, the first of a few Church expansions we hope to have. Not only did they open the door, they have literally embraced this opportunity to help the addiction community with our meetings, service work, food box program and outreach to help people find a relationship with the Lord. A big shout out to Darryl, a minister on staff who is all in on our partnership.
Then there is Good Landing Recovery, a faith based sober living and intake facility that has blossomed into a major partner. Trey Lewis, the founder, had been a speaker at most of our "Celebrations" and is a lights out man of God who tells it like it is. We have and will continue to prosper together.
Add to this our partnerships with Step By Step, Sober Living Recovery, and Sober Living America and great people like Bridget, Christy, Randy, Ryan and Taylor, the tireless leaders who continue to lead through the ups and downs of this recovery process who have invited us into their lives. It compliments our own faith to serve each one of these.
Then there are the amazing efforts of the Combees, Willie Mae, Tab, Trellis, our singers the Devaneys and Proclaim, Jenny and Megan, and our chef and all purpose guy, David. This rounds out the framework of our future vision of a solid starting team. Add to this supportive families like the Dowdys, the Thames, the Burnetts, the White's, the Thomas's X 2 and so many others giving us the encouragement to continue to serve on the front line of faith.
I say "starting" because we are just beginning to make a difference in others lives and we are just following in the footsteps of our forefathers of faith. And, now to our complete surprise, we may have the opportunity to help rescue another church. The church that leased the property before us had their loan fall through, and now must find a temporary home to worship in. I have spoken to the pastor and we are trying to work something out to accommodate them.
We just happen to have some space available. Selah!
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.