Sunday, December 18, 2011

Manna House Ministries in TN gives us a report

James Moody was the first to establish a Christian Recovery Resource Center, and here is a report from him that shows how dynamic Manna House work is today:

Greetings Dick and Ken,

I haven't contacted you fella's in a while so I thought I'd give you all an update. At Manna House we still operate as a Christ Centered Resource Center as we help those struggling to find treatment options in both faith based and secular programs. We now have 12-step open discussion meetings Monday thru Saturday at 7 pm., and Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 12 noon. We have a grief support group Thursday evening, and a parenting class on Thursday evening. We also have a Co-dependent meeting Tuesday evening.

What's New? about 3 months ago we started a program called "Daily Bread". A good friend of mine, Sandy York, who is a retired teacher, and who has never been an alcoholic or addict leads and directs the program. Another friend, John Haliburton, a retired Methodist minister also helped with the development, however he is very sick and has been unable to continue as we had hoped. These are recovery "classes" are taught Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. (We are careful to avoid the word counseling). The time frame is 10 am until 1 pm. For the first hour the 12steps are taught and the second hour usually a specific bible study or journal time. The third hour is the open discussion meeting. It also requires one to make 90 meetings in 90 days. The court system is on board with us and they've been recommending people come to this as an alternative to other treatments etc. They have also recommended some to come for 6 months.

There is a small fee charged which helps pay for the books and also holds the person accountable. This also includes a meal everyday. People enroll with a cold heart but eventually warm up and admit they're glad they're in the classes.

Since it's inception we have around 15-18 enrolled and 7 have made a profession of faith as Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. The Holy Spirit has really been moving in our ministry and in our community.

Recently in our community some pastors, community leaders such as the judge, police, county commissioners etc. have organized corporate prayer in public places. This prayer effort has tremendously helped. Our death rate of overdoses etc. has almost completely dropped to zero. A spirit of unity is spreading, and more people are coming into Manna House with open hearts. I love you guys and think of our past meeting at Mariner's Church in Irvine California often.Hopefully, God will provide the finances and time for us to meet again one day. You have greatly influenced my life. Please keep up the good work.

                                                                               In Christ,
                                                                               James Moody

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