Elkin Baptist Association
Sunday, September 26, 2021

A Missionary's Corner

 

 

Meeting the World of Addiction with the Hope of the Gospel

 

Few families in our nation have remained untouched by the ravages of addiction. While great efforts and tremendous amounts of resources have been funneled toward prevention, treatment, and harm-reduction strategies, the devastation advances and societal impact becomes increasingly profound. In the wake of the COVID-19 epidemic, the growing number of addiction troubles and fatalities is added to already burdened economic and health-care systems. Communities large and small and the families within them are looking for help and for hope. The Church has felt the impact within her own families, and has experienced a burden for those in the grips of a particularly insidious form of spiritual bondage.

We know that Jesus Christ is the answer but often feel overwhelmed at the prospect of interacting with those that we feel we cannot understand. At times we feel impeded by our own perspectives and judgments born of wounded hearts from a thousand broken promises…but we want to help and know Jesus Christ is the answer.

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ; -Titus 2:11-13

Founded upon the foundation of the One who “is our hope,” and with a desire to serve ministry leaders on the spiritual battlefront of addiction, Blessed Hope Ministries (BHM) was formally launched in the beginning of 2021. The mission of BHM is to assist Christian leaders, churches, and ministries as they engage those affected by addiction with the hope of the gospel. Focusing primarily on ministry leader equipping and identifying Christ-centered resources in North Carolina and the surrounding region, BHM works to provide the Body of Christ with both the tools and resources to be a conduit of hope in the world of addiction.

This fall, a series of ministry leader equipping sessions will be offered on September 21st beginning at 9am and continuing to 12 noon at Elkin Valley Baptist Church in the Christian Life Center. This will be a multi-associational event and any who would like to attend are welcome. Doors will open at 8:30 for a time of fellowship and a light breakfast. Light refreshments will also be provided during session breaks. These sessions are intended to assist pastors and Christian leaders in understanding addiction so that they can grow in their effectiveness in speaking gospel truth into the world of addiction. Also, simple pastoral counseling techniques will be presented that apply to addiction-crisis ministry, and a process of connecting those in need to Christ-centered resources will be described. An overview of Christ-centered resources in our state and region will also be provided.

For more information or to register for the equipping event, contact Elkin Valley Baptist Church at 336-835-3808 or Matty Ponce-de-Leon at 336-366-9682 or bhmncb@gmail.com

For more information about Blessed Hope Ministries, visit blessedhopeministries.info