I'd rather do ANYTHING than run -
I do not like to run
It is not fun
Especially in the sun
BUT actions speak volumes over words! And I have to do something!! I have been intertwined with the issue of opioid addiction in so many ways in the last 2 years, my heart hurts...
Some lost their lives:
Jeremy and Ashley -a dear friend's son and daughter-in-law, leaving behind 2 children
Houston - a cousin, 30 years old who grew up in a vibrant Christian home
Anthony - a good friend, also devoted husband and amazing father to children 2 and 6.
Mike - an ex- coworker who had lost his son to the same disease
Some and still wandering hopelessly:
Brad - 32, a high school friend of my boys, homeless and high, begging on street corners
Jared -Brad's brother, an engineer, athlete and friend who was appalled at his brothers choices, now addicted after a knee surgery gone wrong
All the young and old people (addiction doesn't discriminate) on the corner of Clinton and Main St of Poughkeepsie, who I have met and prayed with on a Saturday night with HOAM ministries, founded by my recovered friend who found the freedom, CaraMia
And some have made the choice to seek real help and hope:
The three beautiful young women who I have mentored at the Walter Hoving Home in Garrsion NY
TYLER - MY SON, my handsome, goodhearted baby boy who FINALLY accepted and surrendered, Praise the Lord!
I will run on June 1st with my daughter Sara to do battle against this horrible epidemic. If you want to join our team we welcome the company! We are raising awareness and funds specifically for Teen Challenge of Massachusetts, a faith based 15 month rehabilitation program that is solely funded by donations. Tyler chose this location and has been a resident for the last 30 days. The men at this center are encouraged and mentored by a majority of men who went through the program before them. Here the men are housed, fed, educated , loved and have many opportunities to give back to the city of Brockton and surrending communities with their time and talents. All of this while while they heal their bodies, mind and soul and soak in the truth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. It is a grueling 15 months and yes, some give up and leave. Please keep this center in your prayers that the men persevere. Teen Challeng facilities are found in hundreds of cities across the US and the world, founded by David Wilkerson in 1960. It is not only a rehab for drug and alcohol abuse but also self-destructive behaviors. It is a safe haven.
So I ask you to please RUN or DONATE - you can make a difference!
Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfector of our faith, who by the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of Gpd.
LET'S FACE IT!