Frank Sanchez, coordinator for the Southern Union’s Adventist Recovery Ministries, had shared the 12 Step Christ-centered Recovery Program with the Wimbish Road Church family in the summer of 2011. It was a tremendous blessing, and several people expressed their interest in having a program established at the church. After much prayer and planning, the program began on Jan. 9, 2013.
The initial meeting was well attended by six church members and four visitors. Aubrey Duncan, program coordinator, began with a welcome and shared his personal testimony of overcoming a 12-year addiction to crack cocaine. He shared with attendees the power of Jesus Christ to overcome any addiction. Though his own journey was not a formal, 12-step program, he assured the group that the steps were exactly what he went through in his own walk from crack to Christ. Everyone was visibly encouraged.
The evening continued as attendees introduced themselves as, “I am a child of God, and I am struggling with…” A variety of issues besides drug and alcohol were shared. Individuals freely volunteered their personal experiences and admitted how unmanageable their lives had become because of their addictions. They expressed their appreciation for the program and vowed to continue to attend.
One attendee, a church member, admitted that his wife had been urging him for some time to read the book Steps to Christ, one of the main resources of the addiction recovery program.
“I will certainly be reading it now,” he said.
Most of the first evening was spent talking about the first step: recognizing the powerlessness and unmanageability of a life of addiction. Appropriate Bible passages were read as participants freely, sometimes emotionally, share their acceptance of this fact.
By all indications, the program is destined, by God’s grace, for great success as individuals learn to overcome their struggles through the power of Jesus Christ. The ultimate goal of the program is not only to help with overcoming addictions, but also to lead to and develop a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. The church solicits your prayers as they move forward to victory in this life and eternal life with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
The 12 Step Christ-centered Addiction Recovery Program is an excellent evangelistic tool. You can get more information about setting up a program at your church by visiting adventistrecovery.org or contacting Aubrey Duncan at 404-322-5683.
Written by Aubrey Duncan