Friday, April 01, 2011

Christian Recovery Resource Centers—Worldwide

Christian Recovery Resource Centers—Worldwide The First Quarter of 2011 By Dick B. © 2011 Anonymous. All rights reserved As of January 1, 2011, our Web pages and letters will be used in part for publishing contact (and other relevant) information about individuals, groups, and organization which become “Christian Recovery Resource Centers” affiliated with the International Christian Recovery Coalition. Here Are Our Current Affiliates Please contact the following individuals, groups, and organizations if you would like to know about Christian recovery resources—such as Christian and Christian-track treatment programs, Christian sober living, Christian counseling, and Christian recovery fellowships—in their area (or in their state, in their country, and/or elsewhere in the world through the International Christian Recovery Coalition). We are pleased to announce that the following have established “Christian Recovery Resource Centers” in the first three months of the “Christian Recovery Resource Centers Worldwide” project which began January 1, 2011: ñ Manna House Ministries, James Moody, President, Jamestown, TN (931) 752-7075 ñ New Life Spirit Recovery, Inc., Robert Tucker, Ph.D., President, Huntington Beach, CA (866) 543-3361 ñ Rock Recovery Ministries/ABC Sober Living/Soledad House, David Powers, San Diego, CA (619) 925-1879 ñ Golden Hills Community Church, recovery ministry, Brentwood, CA; c/o David Sadler, 3220 Surmont Drive, Lafayette, CA 94549 (925) 382-6070 ñ Bruce A. Aspgren, Rocking A. Ministry, PO Box 211, Caldwell, TX 77836-0211 ñ Paul Popiel, A.A. believer, 504 Manor Drive, Pacifica, CA 94044 (650) 359-6794 ñ Christian Recovery Resource Center Satellite Office, Wally Lowe, 7835 1st Street SW, Vero Beach, FL 32968 (O) (772) 794-2485; (C) (954) 395-2743 ñ Maui Christian Recovery Resource Center Main Office, Dick B. and Ken B., PO Box 837, Kihei, HI 96753-0837 (C) (808) 276-4945. In partnership with the County of Maui Salvation Army ñ Christian Community Missions, Chaplain/Pastor Leonard Grubb, 773 Mentor Avenue, Painesville, OH (C) (216) 496-0406 ñ Mark Galligan, A.A. Christian Believer, 13 Telford Road, Collingwood, Ontario, Canada L9Y545 Office: (705) 445-9135; Home: (416) 453-6250; MagicJack: (716) 240-5243; Skype: mark,galligan1 ñ Robert P. Turner, MD, MSCR, Associate Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Associate Researcher, MIND Research Institute, Basic Science Building, Room 344J, Charleston, SC 29425; Office: (843) 792-3307; (843) 792-1351; Paging: (843) 792-2123; Facsimile: (843) 792-3220 or 792-8626 ñ Grant Sharp, Quest Ministries, 24 Rushley Drive, Sheffield, Yorks S17 3EN United Kingdom ñ Roger McDiarmid, A.A. Christian believer, Salesman, Estuary Lane, Huntington Beach, CA 92646, (949) 836-4214 ñ Won Way Out Ministries Treatment Center, William Boyles, 327 Martin Street, Dover, DE 19901 (302) 674-8036 ñ Alcoholics For Christ, Neighborhood Church, Gary Seymour, 1001 W. Country Club Lane, Escondido, CA 92026, ñ Ken Jones, Pastoral Counselor, 2526 Ventura Circle, W. Melbourne, FL 32904 1 (321) 501-2014;; ñ Steve Foreman, "Came To Believe" retreats, 2211 Lee Road, Suite 100, Winter Park, FL 32789, (407) 862-5900; ñ The Oasis Recovery Center of Western PA (Oasis Institute), Dr. Karen A. Plavan, Ph.D., CEO/Executive Director, 960 Penn Avenue, Suite 105, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (412) 281-8364 ñ Celebrate A New Life, Bobby Nicholl Director of Admissions, 27382 Calle Arroyo, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 (800) 708-3173 ñ Randall Minchew, StepCloser, Inc., 4001 Meadow View, Columbia, MO 65201; ñ Jim Gaffney, former Recovery Pastor, Mariners Church, former pharmacist, counselor, 206 Hilltop Lane, Nyack, NY 10960, (845) 598-4957; ____________________________________________________________________________ Some Words about the Foregoing 21 “Christian Recovery Resource Centers” and Those to Follow Each of the foregoing Christian leaders has substantial sobriety and experience, and is an “A.A.-friendly,”“Bible friendly,” and “history-friendly” veteran who has worked to help others recover for many years. Most have heard Dick B. and Ken B. speak, have helped with or participated in our conferences, and are actively conducting one or more Christian recovery efforts in their area. You can feel comfortable about referring inquiries to them, or contacting them for referrals or information, or just plain networking. This list needs to be more substantial. The more the foregoing folks send us about their contact information, their programs, their plans, their emails and websites, and their suggestions and needs, the better In the next three months, we expect to have another 20 or more “Christian Recovery Resource Centers” added to the foregoing 21. Already, we know of Christian recovery leaders in Maui, Oahu, Northern California, Central California, Southern California, Washington, Maine, New York, New Jersey, Missouri, Georgia, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Florida, Arizona, Texas, and other locations who have contacted us and indicated they would like to establish a Center soon. The Immediate Plans for the International Christian Recovery Coalition Hawaii: We are working with some young men and volunteers on Maui with plans to work in partnership with the County of Maui Salvation Army to build a corps of clean and sober young Christians who will advance the cause of making known the role that God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible have played in the recovery movement and can and should play today. There should be activities, with music, Bible teaching, prayer, praise, healing, and fellowship with God, His Son, and other believers. California: Later this year, when we have filled out the ranks of participants in the International Christian Recovery Coalition, those who have established Christian Recovery Resource Centers, and our Speakers Bureau, we hope to have what some might call a “summit” conference. The event would be in a large church such as Mariners in Newport Beach. It would have one or more outstanding recovered Christian personalities speak. It would have music. It would have a workshop where all participants can report on the progress of the last two years, report on their own programs, raise questions and comments, make suggestions, and suggest any needed changes or any special needs of their own. We would expect to have a large gathering with lots of Orange County and Southern California support, plus the attendance of the many leaders who have helped us for so long. Speaking engagements: To a limited extent, we would be willing to speak at conferences and meetings such as the 20 or more we held in 2010 and early 2011 – provided there are hosts, funds for travel and meals and lodging, and a real area enthusiasm for the event. Other opportunities: Enabling participants and others to purchase the 29-volume “Dick B. Christian Recovery Reference Set” at a substantial discount to assist them in their Christian recovery work. Continuing to encourage and support the establishment of Christian recovery fellowships, study groups, Eleventh Step meetings, prayer groups, and history presentations. A Report of the Coalition’s Accomplishments Membership: In less than two years, we have established the International Christian Recovery Coalition with members from all over the world. And we are inviting new participants by newsletters, blogs, articles, Facebook announcements, Twitter announcements, and personal contacts. Publications: We have published: (a) The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide, 3rd ed.; (b) the “Introductory Foundations for Christian Recovery” class on four DVD's—available with or without a Class Instructor's Guide; (c) The Dick B. Handbook for Christian Recovery Resource Centers. Conferences: We have spoken at over 20 conferences and meetings in California and Oahu. “Christian Recovery Resource Centers”: To date, 21 “Christian Recovery Resource Centers” have been established worldwide. Public presentations: We have spoken on two radio shows, twice at the Association of Christian Alcohol and Drug Counselors Conference, to the staff at Pacific Hills Treatment Centers, and at the Betty Ford Center Alcohol Awareness Hour Program. Free history materials: We have distributed 350 cases of Dick B. A.A. history titles in the last two months and made the distributions free except for a $30.00-per-case charge for U.S. Postal Service Media Mail Shipping and Handling (including Delivery Confirmation for many cases). Established: (a) International Christian Recovery Coalition offices in Maui and in Southern California; (b) The website; (c) The blog The Purpose of It All The International Christian Recovery Coalition is not a highly-structured organization or fellowship. It grew out of the need to bring the recovery community back to the truth about the Christian origins and successes of the original recovery movement; back to the truth about the history and founding and original program of the Akron A.A. “Christian fellowship”; and back to the truth about the development and change in 12-Step, treatment, counseling, and recovery fellowships since A.A. began. The simple purposes are to serve and glorify God and His Son Jesus Christ; and to give witness to the efficacy and availability of the power, love, forgiveness, healing, guidance, new life, everlasting life, and deliverance from the power of darkness available to those who want God’s help and establish a relationship with Him through His Son Jesus Christ. A Request of You Please love and strengthen us and the participants with the love of God. Please feel free to contact Dick B. at and Ken at (808) 276-4945 (after 8:00 A.M., H.A.S.T.). Please feel free to tell us of your own programs, your own discoveries, your own suggestions, and your own successes. And keep ever in mind that the major functions of this Coalition are to help alcoholics, addicts, and those with life-controlling problems, as well as those affected by them, to seek God’s help, establish a relationship with Him through His Son Jesus Christ, and become new men and women in Christ—overcomers, victors, servants. Gloria Deo

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