As Program Director here at the Providence Home, I am truly blessed with the opportunity to invest in the lives of men who have, for many different reasons, lost so much. They have lost jobs, homes, health, relationships with family and friends, faith, and hope...The list goes on and on. But, the one thing that is not lost is a Father who anxiously awaits their return. Having been bound by the chains of alcoholism for many years, I am now able and privileged to share with these men that there is hope, there is healing, and there is restoration. 1 Corinthians 10:13 tells us that “…God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” Hope, healing, restoration, and lasting recovery can only come from a personal, intimate relationship with Jesus Christ; He is our “way of escape”. We all experience hard times, trials, and suffering. Sometimes they are the result of circumstances or other people’s actions, but, most often, our struggles are the result of our own bad choices. The Good News is that our identity does not have to be the sum of our mistakes and bad choices; our past does not have to determine our future. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come…Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ.” (2 Corinthians 5:17&20) What an amazing new identity! When we surrender to the God who has known us intimately since even before He created us, we have a brand new future! A future filled with hope and the years lost will be restored. Scripture is full of these promises and my favorite is found in 1 Peter 5:10-11-“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To Him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”
The Lord is doing great things in the lives of the men at Providence Home. The chains of alcoholism and drug addiction are being broken, families are being reunited after many years of separation, men who once stole to support their addictions are eager to give back and serve others. In short, men are being restored and made whole in Christ. Henry Blackaby wrote, “Watch where God is at work and join Him.” God is most definitely at work at the Providence Home, and I invite and encourage you to join Him in His work here.