We must be united in the war against addiction! My mission is to unite organizations,support groups, and everyone else who needs a helping hand. I am here to educate equip and develop a Recovery resource Network. My hope is that everyone gets the help they need and no one is left behind or alone in their fight for freedom from addiction. Join me and lets fight the good fight! Our Philosophy: Instigate, Agitate, Educate, and Liberate!
Jesus Christ is the Truth the Life the Way !
Edward is a young man that we met some time ago on the streets. He was a transvestite and prostituted himself in the red light district here in Recife. Over time he began to open his heart to us and got together with some of our staff for several times of worship and prayer.
At the same time, another ministry here in the city had invited him to a retreat for transvestites. At the retreat, they talked about going back to your true identity as sons of God. Edward made the decision that he no longer wanted to live a life of transsexuality and prostitution. At the retreat he got his hair cut and shortly after went out with some of our staff to buy some masculine clothing.
His life is being transformed by the love of God the Father! Last week, at our most recent Father’s Love Banquet, Edward brought several of his friends with him. These are men who are still living as transvestites and prostitutes. He brought them to the Father’s table and all of them were powerfully touched by the love of God!
Please join us in praying for Edward as he continues his healing and restoration, and for all of the men who are still on the streets prostituting; that like Edward, they would come to know the Father and be restored as sons!
It is with sad and heavy hearts that we pass on the sad news of the death of Dr. Mark Laaser. Mark passed away early yesterday from complications of multiple myeloma cancer. His beloved wife and ministry partner at Faithful and True, Debbie, was with him as he made his journey Home. Mark was a fundamental influence and contributor to the founding of L.I.F.E. Recovery, and has been a strong and valued partner throughout L.I.F.E. Ministry’s history. So much of the wisdom and knowledge in our L.I.F.E. Guides and Facilitator’s Guides came directly from Mark: the Seven Principles, the twenty-one Assignment structure, the Laaser Cycle of Recovery, the Nehemiah Principles—the list goes on… His legacy in this ministry, his and Debbie’s Faithful and True ministry, and the very birth and growth of Christian recovery programs in sexual addiction is huge. We have all lost a great leader, and for many of you as well as us, a personal friend. He would want us to carry on the work! Please share this with others in your recovery community who may not have received this message, and please join us in praying for Debbie and the rest of Mark’s family in this time of such great loss.
By Carli Noffsinger, LMSW, CAADC, Thursday, September 26, 2019 12:03 PM
I was re-reading my last article on controlling behaviors, and thoughts about the inter-generational aspects of addiction kept coming to mind. Because so many people raised in families where there is addiction present, grow into adulthood and connect with people who have substance use disorders (SUDs). Inter-Generational Addiction and Recovery According to the National […]
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