Taking a Moral Inventory
Taking a Fearless Moral Inventory
We just celebrated our eighth men’s weekend and third full year in this outreach to men who are homeless and in recovery. These past three years we have learned that while recovery is hard work, it does not have to be not complex. If men can take responsibility for their past, build a support team, and work the steps of their recovery, they can make it.
The weekends we help host in partnership with Open Door Mission are a time for men to get away from the day to day routine and take a “fearless moral inventory” of their past. In this environment, free from distractions, men often hear more clearly and have “aha” moments. Here is what one of the men said at the end of our most recent weekend;
“I learned that I will use [drugs] again but we won’t …
and what I mean by we is God and me” – Dakota.
This past year I have had the privilege of leading weekly small groups, teaching large group step studies, teaching at weekends, and mentoring many men along the way. One of the best things a man can do for his own recovery is start giving back.
In that context we are also always seeking to involve men in leadership roles, small or large. We have been pleased to see men step up and serve by reading at meetings, helping lead small groups, and even coming back as graduates to help serve at weekends.
Paul is a regular attendee at our Saturday morning group. We also visited at length at our most recent weekend. Paul said before
starting his recovery that he never had any real spiritual part of his life. He has said on a number of occasions that his recovery, and the men-toring and discipleship he received in the process, has been one the best things he has ever experienced.
One of the ongoing needs we have is to help men who are
starting over with little or nothing. Your gifts this past year have helped men with needs such as bus fare, groceries, computers, cell phones, vocational and job search training, furniture as well as supplies for a new baby and a new home.
Twice a year we seek to replenish a scholarship fund we have set up to help with these needs. We need partners who can help with gifts of $25, $50 or $100. To reach our goal, we also need partners who can give special gifts of $500, $1000 or even $2,500. Our goal is to raise $10,000 to keep this outreach to men in recovery alive.
Would you prayerfully consider partnering with us again with a special gift in this outreach to men who are homeless and in recovery? Thank you again for helping us give renewed hope to men like
Dakota and Paul, and many others. We look forward to updating you again soon.