Finding Hope

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Article by Terry & Jan Keim

May 1, 2019

“Genesis 50:20 says that what the enemy meant for evil, God would and could use for good.
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When the brain disease of addiction hit our family in 2018 nothing could have prepared us for this tough and very unpredictable journey. This just did not happen in our family. But guess what, addiction doesn’t discriminate.
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We had no experience with anything like this, and in our search for help, as our loved one was in treatment, we found that help was very close to home.
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Unbeknownst to us at the time, God was already preparing the path we needed to follow. We had looked for help in groups like Al-Anon, and Celebrate Recovery, but just kept hitting brick walls and not finding the right fit for us. Then on a Sunday in May we were volunteering at our Meal with the Pastor when Cody shared the lineup for the fall Midweek classes and mentioned we were going to start a Finding Hope support group for families affected by addiction in partnership with the non-profit, Hope is Alive.
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Terry and I looked at each in disbelief as this was exactly the type of faith-based group we had been searching for, and God, in his perfect timing and mercy, had made sure we were at that luncheon! Isn’t that so like God to come through with the exact help that we needed?
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We approached Cody after the luncheon and asked more questions and told him we both felt led to help in any way we could and guess what, we are now helping to lead the group each Wednesday along with our friend Trena who had a lot of knowledge and experience with HIA. To say we’ve been blessed beyond measure with this work is an understatement. God always equips you for the work he has laid on your heart.
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“I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord.” (Psalm 40: 1-3 NLT)
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God is so at work with this group. Finding Hope includes spouses, sisters & brothers, grandchildren, and friends of those in the grip of addiction, looking for help, resources and someone who understands the journey of addiction so that they can find hope and recovery themselves.
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As loved ones of those dealing with addiction we also have to learn to forgive, not enable, set boundaries and recover ourselves. And most importantly, love our loved ones dealing with addiction. So we hold fast to Colossians 3:13, “Bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone, just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.”
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In the words of one attendee: “My son is now in recovery and doing well. Finding Hope did just that; I found hope and camaraderie. You are Hope dealers.”
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And from another: “I am grateful for the chance to have seen and heard the HIA men in recovery at our group meeting. It has boosted my outlook for the future of our family & our son’s especially.”
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HIA founder Lance Lang says, HOPE means Holding On Praying Expectantly.
& To find hope, you must find help. Help from God. Help from others. And yes, help through yourself.”
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With Hope,
Terry & Jan Keim

The Keim’s want to invite you to join them tonight at 6pm in Room 201 as Ms. Tricia Mason from 12&12 Addiction Treatment & Recovery Center comes to share.
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