Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Maui County Salvation Army & International Christian Recovery Coalition

August 17, 2010: Formation of Maui County Salvation Army-International Christian Recovery Coalition partnership for Christian recovery outreach in Maui County, Hawaii

Today A/Captain Mark Merritt of the Maui County Salvation Army reached an agreement with Richard G. Burns, J.D., Executive Director of International Christian Recovery Coalition, enabling the two groups to partner together on Christian Recovery Outreach in Maui County, Hawaii.

The partnership focus for the present will be on three items:

1. Salvation Army will provide an office for International Christian Recovery Coalition on SA property in Kihei. And at this office thousands of Christian recovery books will be stored and distributed free to Christian recovery groups, treatment programs, counselors, and 12 Step Fellowships throughout the county.

2. At the office, the new 4 DVD film series "Introductory Foundations for Christian Recovery" (www.dickb.com/IFCR-Class.shtml) will be shown to small groups of those in recovery, to leaders of recovery groups and programs, and to Christian leaders fostering recovery from alcoholism, addictions, and other life-controlling problems.

3. The Salvation Army Outpost in Lahaina will begin a new 12 Step study program, primarily at its regular Monday Night step study meeting in Lahaina. The new program will introduce members to the origins, history, founding, original program, and astonishing successes of the early A.A. Christian Fellowship founded in Akron, Ohio in 1935. Members will be working with A.A.'s Big Book, 12 Steps, the Bible, and A.A. history. They will be taught how to "take" and "practice" the 12 Steps in today's recovery fellowships. Emphasis will be given to the role that God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible played in the recovery movement from the 1800's through the founding of A.A. and can play in recovery today for those who want God's help and will go to any length to get it.

The initial three-phase program will thus be providing throughout the county the carefully researched literature on Christian recovery development. Also a 4 hour video presentation with guides and documentation that tell the details as they have been researched and presented by Dick B. and his son Ken B. in recent years throughout United States and Canada and--via the internet--throughout the world. Finally, the outreach program will be specifically aimed at "training the trainers" so that there will be a cadre of leaders in Maui who can present an effective Christian recovery picture throughout the county.

Details available through Dick B., dickb@dickb.com, 808 874 4876, PO Box 837, Kihei, HI 96753-0837.

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