To help pull people out of the slough of despair, the Christian community has been reaching out to those trapped in the voluntary slavery of addiction. A church in what law enforcement calls “ground zero” for opioid addiction – the Kensington section of Philadelphia, is helping to rescue addicts. Somewhat like Jonah in the Bible ministering to the wicked people in Nineveh. http://levittownnow.com/2019/02/20/congressman-fitzpatrick-chair-of-national-heroin-task-force-visits-ground-zero/
At the chapel in Kensington, broken people are given an opportunity to be redeemed and become productive members of society. On their way to redemption, they can become an intern, a good step along their journey to become whole.
The chapel trains and brings missionaries into Kensington to do God’s work.
At a Kensington park is a display that fosters hope to those caught in the besetting sin of drug addiction.
Government officials came to Kensington to check out the scene. I think that they and their constituents are at least tacitly starting to realize that the faith community is the key to resolving the drug abuse epidemic.
In neighboring Bucks County, from which many of the customers come to Kensington to shop for drugs, organizations such as Conquering Life Prison and Recovery Ministries (CLPRM), a faith-based outfit, has been ministering to the lost in the greater Philadelphia area since 2005. It started as a prison ministry in 2004. CLPRM serves as a network for other resources. In the greater Philadelphia area, there are meetings to help people with addictions practically every day of the week. http://www.clprm.org/
I got involved in CLPRM after someone very close to me passed on July 4, 2018. Bible based programs and Christian influence gave her an opportunity to get clean, and she did after I was with her for two months. But on the 4th of July, after 30 years of drug abuse, a time bomb went off and God took her home. I saw the dark world of drugs through her eyes and now want to help bring addicts into the light.
I’m finishing up a book about how the faith community helps rescue addicts, to be published sometime in the future. My late companion is the particular in the book, just as the Joad family is in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. My prayer is that people will realize that Jesus and the Bible is the answer!