Recently, a study was done here to determine the biggest problems facing the Yucatecan society. What were they? Drug and alcohol abuse and violent gang activity, two dangers that go hand in hand. According to those interviewed, almost 7 out of 10 felt threatened by the consumption of drugs and alcohol in the streets. Furthermore, the presence of violent gangs was felt 13% more acutely here in the Yucatan than it was nationally. Clearly, Yucatan’s problems with controlled substances have given many cause for alarm.
Still, Yucatan’s substance abuse problem presents us with an opportunity to provide a solution, and to provide that solution through the local church. Think of it, raising up centers all across the state where those looking to find a way out could find real help. Certainly, there are risks involved, but the benefits are compelling: not only would those using drugs and alcohol be helped, but society as a whole would be able to breathe a sigh of relief, and esteem for the church and its life-changing message would grow.
This is the precise reason that we’re moving to the next level in order to help our churches to begin an outreach to those with life controlling habits. We’ve already been working to resource and train the directors of two Assemblies of God rehabilitation centers. Now we’re looking to network and coach our ministers to be first responders as we battle with this all too present evil.
On November 22nd, Gregg Fischer, from Global Teen Challenge, will be with us to kick off a series of seminars based on Living Free materials designed to help pastors and leaders set up small groups where those trapped in the cycle of substance abuse can find help. Our desire, then, is to connect these leaders with our rehab directors and staff who can insure that they receive the follow-up, encouragement, and direction that they need to maximize the potential of these groups and lend a hand when necessary. Interest has been high and the response has been encouraging, but we need your help for these seminars to reach their full potential. We need your prayers!
Would you pray for us?
- Pray that we reach our goal of training at least 50 pastors and leaders.
- Pray for the timely and inexpensive printing of the materials that we need in order to teach.
- Pray for our travel throughout the district as we participate in the teaching of these seminars.
- Pray for my ability to accurately and fluently translate the material being presented.
- Pray for a desire on the part of our pastors to implement this ministry in their church and a clear vision for how they might go about making it a reality.
Thanks again for standing with us!