Lori Meadows baptizing one of the ladies she’s invested in.
By Carl Stagner
Often derided and dismissed, they’re considered the fringe of society. In chains and often in danger, they stand in need of rescue. Made beautifully in the image of God but scarred within, they are the “least of these” and must not be ignored. That’s what Lori Meadows recognized while riding the roller coaster of emotions when her daughter was nearly swallowed up by the quicksand of drug abuse several years ago. While walking alongside her daughter, God opened her eyes to the brutal world of women suffering from addiction. In time, she and the ministry she founded called Recovery Warriors became inextricably connected to Southridge Church, the Church of God congregation in South Charleston, West Virginia. In mid-November, the church hosted a spiritually potent “Beauty Day” for the ladies of the local recovery home. The occasion was yet another reminder that these “warriors” are totally committed to giving West Virginia women a second chance. Continue reading
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Tagged addiction recovery, baptism, Beauty Day, Charleston, community, drug abuse, drug addiction, drugs, Give Life, healing, Kentucky, ladies, life change, Lori Meadows, outreach, recovery, Recovery Point, Recovery Warriors, rehab, rehabilitation, salvation, Scott Beha, service project, South Charleston, Southridge Church, substance abuse, testimony, transformation, wellness, West Virginia, women, WV
Down to the studs at Community of Hope!
By Carl Stagner
Rusty Akers couldn’t have known what the journey would entail, but no doubt he knew it would be the journey of a lifetime. Planting a church in the heart of one of the fastest-growing cities in the country had its strong points, but it wasn’t going to be easy. The hard work of holding services in an elementary school, the years of community involvement, and the faithful communication of the gospel has more than paid off in eternal rewards—souls won to Christ, believers baptized, lives transformed, and a community better for it. But more than one purchase of property since 2005 and a community far more transient than expected, resulting in frequent turnover of residents and congregational makeup, has proved grueling. Nonetheless, the opportunity seized recently by Community of Hope, a life-giving Church of God congregation in Maricopa, Arizona, is one with implications for both now and the future. By the end of the summer, they will have completely renovated a former jail, transforming it into the church’s new children’s ministry wing. Continue reading
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Tagged Arizona, AZ, building project, challenge, children, children's ministry, community, Community of Hope, construction, expansion, Give Life, Jesus Is the Subject, kids, Maricopa, Mexico, municipal, New Life, Reclaim, rehab, renovation, Rusty Akers, school, service project, setbacks, Southwest, triumph