ANNUAL DISCOVERY EVENT

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Hear the dynamic testimony of Brandon Sanders! 

  • Lives in Katy, TX with his wife Cary serving as an Associate Pastor at PowerHouse Church
  • Served on Staff under Pastor Chris Patrick at the Wings of Life in Mobile
  • Launched the FatherHood initiative in cooperation with Mobile County Health Department
  • Launched Urban Missionariez, an evangelistic outreach using “Rap” music to connect with the emerging generation
  • Served as a Pastor on Staff at The Cave Ministries in West Mobile

Brandon personifies the mission of Discovery Family Ministries. Since being miraculously delivered from a lifestyle of addiction and family brokenness, Brandon strongly emphasizes men taking responsibility and represents Godly leadership! 

Date: Thursday, October 5, 2017

Location: The Original Oyster House, 3733 Battleship Parkway, Spanish Fort, AL 36527

Time: Awesome Dinner at 6:30 PM (for various palates)

Theme: Taking Action, Changing Minds, Removing Dependencies

Speaker: Brandon Sanders & Testimonies

Cost: $50 per person

RSVP by September 29th, Limited Seating Available

Special Music: Brett Gambino

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Christ Anglican NEXT STEP Report

At our most recent NEXT STEP Seminar at Christ Anglican Church, Linda and I received many encouraging words. We thank those who participated and many others who have shared with us during these days when the playing field of recovery is changing.

Here are a few edited responses from NEXT STEP:

Personal motivation is a key to recovery. Over-familiarity with the system/structure destroys individual initiative to change permanently.

 God is bringing us back to foundations: Before Addiction/Addiction & Recovery/Calling.

 We own our responsibility for the problem, and we refuse to allow the problem to own us. Ex. I am an addict.

We embrace the Father’s grace and serve others as an expression of gratitude. Our allegiance is to truth, not what is popular!

 Giving back creates personal empowerment. We continually visualize the steps to success and develop positive life-skills. The church once again becomes the prophetic voice of God.

At The Crossroads of Recovery, Looking Around

Discovery Family Ministries is not the first or last to say this, but the modern recovery movement, as we have known it, is at a crossroads. Many are being faced with a “conscience” issue and are looking around to discover a fresh, new, innovative way to overcoming addiction. This approach will be focused more on where one is headed rather than where one has been. It is aimed toward living a purposeful, productive lifestyle as God intended.

ANNUAL DISCOVERY EVENT

Hear the dynamic testimony of Brandon Sanders! Brandon personifies the mission of Discovery Family Ministries. Since receiving salvation and being miraculously delivered from a lifestyle of addiction, Brandon strongly emphasizes men taking responsibility and represents Godly leadership among the emerging generation! 

Oberlin Covenant Church Report

Linda and I were honored to stay in the home of Pastor William and Toni Currie in Pineville, LA. He provides oversight to several home churches that gather twice a month. We are thankful for their hospitality and generosity of spirit that made our stay relaxing. In such an atmosphere, the freedom of the Spirit reigns.

Because of work and family connections, Oberlin Covenant Church sees a potential harvest among those who have been addicted. They plan to launch an initiative to reach these souls for the Kingdom of God using the Beyond Recovery workbook. (available through our website www.discoveryfamilyministries.com)

Testimony of LaTonya Jones

Beneath her beautiful smiling face lies a history of childhood challenges ranging from sickle cell anemia to sexual abuse. LaTonya opted to end several pregnancies starting at age 16.

Her parents were never around and her extended family was dysfunctional except for her Aunt Mary whose husband was a Pastor. Through their influence, LaTonya first encountered the Kingdom of God.

But the unworthiness deep in her soul led to her marriage to an abusive man. At age 20 she ran away and joined the Army. She was deployed to Saudi Arabia to serve in the Gulf War.

After the war, she was unable to cope and drank heavily. During that time, painfully, her only child Jade drowned. She was charged with involuntary manslaughter and dishonorably discharged from the Army. 

During a brighter, yet short-lived period in Dallas, she gave birth to a son and a daughter. This ended with a series of negative experiences including a third marriage to a suicidal addict and losing custody of her two children.

Finding herself without income she returned to alcohol. She resorted to living in abandoned houses where a woman shot at her, but the gun misfired. She was taken to Mobile Metro Jail on a felony 3 for living in an abandoned house.

It was there that Ms. Carrie Jones prayed over her to receive the Holy Spirit and “bonded her out.” Within the year, she was drinking again. On August 13, 2016, she was living in a tree house on Government Blvd. planning on stabbing a man who had stolen her bicycle. She followed the man and found herself at the Wings of Life where she experienced God’s “other plan.” She met Sister Inez who brought her into the program where I met her.

LaTonya always sits on the front row in our Grad Class on Tuesday nights drinking in the Word of God. Often, I have prayed for her on Thursday evenings after our larger, open service. 

Now God is working mightily in her life. Her fractured family is being restored and she testifies, “I am no longer a useless alcoholic. I am a daughter, sister and mother. Most of all, I am a servant of the Most High God!”

Beware of OBSCURANTISM! 

Before reaching Rome, the Apostle Paul had given his story of conversion and defended his calling to carry the message of Jesus beyond Judaism to the world, five times. Religious Jews had two problems with this: First, they rejected Jesus as their Messiah and secondly, they mistakenly believed God would and could work only through them. 

Just like his Lord, Paul faced jealous Jews who trumped up false charges and wanted him dead! (Acts 22-28)

Religion often produces what my college professor called, “obscurantism.” By definition that means, a practice of withholding knowledge from the general public. Intentionally darkening the light of truth.

Abolishing Systemic Codependency  

The ultimate goal of recovery is to empower individuals to become self-reliant and personally productive. Becoming resourceful givers rather than dependent takers is at the core of our recovery. 

On Memorial Day, I heard again the famous clip by President John F. Kennedy, And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you -- ask what you can do for your country. Brilliant!

Being in debt is a form of slavery. The Apostle Paul said flatly, Owe no one anything, except to love only. Romans 13:8

Feeling sorry about slavery and trying to assess blame is only human. Creating a freedom plan and rigorously committing ourselves to it, changes our circumstances and the mentality associated with it. Someone else cannot substitute our taking responsibility for making the hard decisions. They can model it, but they cannot do it for us.

Helping others is part of our calling as Christians. However, we need to use discernment and wisdom before doling out resources indiscriminately.

There are two books I read that speak to this issue. Dead Aid - Why Aid is Not Working and How There is a Better Way for Africa (2009) by Economist Dambisa Moyo from Zambia and Toxic Charity - How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (2011) by Robert D. Lufton. Brace yourself for a challenge to American co-dependency!

What does all this have to do with addiction in America? Everything! Addiction is a form of slavery that leads to poverty. Those who allow the impoverished addicted person to become dependent on them will eventually experience financial slavery themselves. Additionally, this mentality perpetuates the very condition of addiction we want to eliminate. It is a vicious cycle, but it can be broken if we all are willing and courageous. 

The remedy for addiction is…

1. Recognizing our God-given potential and opportunity

2. Refusing to blame others

3. Taking responsibility and ownership for ourselves

4. Making the hard decisions above the way we currently feel.

Anything less is a repetition of the same failed system that reflects a $442 billion annual expense among Americans with a meager 3 to 5% return in terms of permanent recovery.

Partnering with DFM brings a message of liberty to the captives. It is an initial step you can take in changing mentalities, thereby abolishing addiction. DFM provides answers from the inside out, from the bottom to the top. Thank You for volunteering your support to get this message out where it is needed most!