I work in an area where there is a lot of foot traffic. I walk around the blocks quite often. I have met a few individuals who struggle with addiction. I have given one of them a recovery Bible. I wrote a note inside assuring them that I wasn’t giving them the Bible because I think they are bad. I was giving it to them because they are valuable and I hoped it would speak life into their soul. After that, I pray and ask the Lord to do His work in them.
I spoke with someone yesterday that I have “chatted” with for three years. It’s mostly them telling me how bad things are and that they need money. I have no problem giving money, even though I realize money is not the answer and I assume that most of it will go to their addiction. I am trying to establish trust and I am willingly being used. All that is fine and good but yesterday was different. They are still in the same boat with no change and even a little worse. I asked them if they had a personal relationship with Jesus. They said that they did pray for help but got nowhere. I shared that I understood addiction only from observation of some loved ones. I shared that I have also observed healing from addiction after some of them developed a personal relationship with Jesus. I asked if they would be open to this and could I give them a Recovery Bible? They said yes. I ordered 3 more bibles yesterday so I will have a couple more on hand.
So, I am hopeful. Hopeful for a small “change” in this community. One brick at a time, so to speak.
Anyone here who works with addicts? Your input would be so valuable. Anyone here who struggles with addiction and has been delivered? Your input would be equally or even more valuable! How would you minister to these people? What would you say as you hand this Bible to them?
I read in John 5:6 "When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, "Do you want to get well?"
I am hoping that these individuals want to get well. Imagine if just one of them is delivered, the impact they would have in this community.
Thank you in advance for any advice you can offer