Decades in the making

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prayer works!  Just let me say that!

 

 

God made us the answer to our own prayer

Our Prayer; Our Vision

Our story is decades in the making and the journey through those years filled with heartache and joy; triumph and defeat, despair and hope.  Our family – immediate and extended – has been ravaged by the destruction caused by substance abuse.  For years we have fought against it, struggling ourselves, doing all we knew to do to help family and friends find a way out of the bondage of addiction.  If you know anything about addiction, then you know about the endless repetitious cycle of abuse:  work hard to overcome it, succeed for a moment, slip again, loose the trust of family (again), go back to the same people and life that supported the addiction and – well start all over again.  And usually the successes become fewer and less noble and the lows become darker and more destructive.

Through the many episodes with people we know and love suffering from addiction, we saw one thing that worked well and that is Sober Living Houses.  Hum…

Prayer works!  Just let me say that!

We were looking to sell our properties and move on to some other venture.  I (Mark) made the comment out loud one day that those people (substance abusers) will never change.  It’s just the way it is with them.  As a pastor, these are not ideas I should be thinking much less expressing.  What had I really done to help break the cycle?  Watching people repeat the same mistakes becomes quite frustrating. (I know this because I experience the same in my own life.  Thank God he is not through with me yet, right?)  We had the resources staring us in the face and we were looking for something new. 

And so, God made us the answer to our own prayer, “give these people a new start with new people in a clean environment.  Help them find a new life in Jesus in the process, pairing them with patient, loving, understanding Christ-Followers who will love them through their recovery.”

So, we remodeled and furnished the homes for sober living use.  We are involving people from area churches to help, primarily to be friends like no other to these men and women.

God is such a gracious God.  He offers us the chance everyday to join him in his redemptive work in the world, to be active in the greatest creative effort ever undertaken.  This will more than likely be difficult, frustrating, painful, lonely, uncertain.  And I am certain it will be comforting, joyful, satisfying, celebrative and rewarding.  Just like all the rest of life we share with Jesus.  He makes it all so sweet!

Blessings!

Mark and Patsy Carroll

 

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear,  1 John 4:16-18