Every Sunday we are meeting across the country with residents of our ARC programs. We gather to worship in song and words. There will be a prepared message but often the real message comes from the men.
The church word is testimonies. Sometimes we just call it sharing.
It’s a little more real in our setting than it is in the traditional church. There is no need to pretend or dress up our words. When you’re living at The Salvation Army that tells its own story.
My sister-in-law tweets the words from their time of sharing. From in the large chapel in Dallas, TX, she listens and shares bits of their redemption stories.
“Grateful God is a restorer of broken hearts. Lost my wife 2 yrs ago. Grief owned me. I’m learning to see beyond my grief.”
“Recovery is not for those who want it. It is for those who work it. Recovery takes God, the Steps & hard work.”
“Returning here after a relapse that cost me everything I applied the principles & gave myself to God. He blesses.”
“10 years ago I entered this program. 7 1/2 years later I relapsed. What do I know? No God & no program means no recovery.”
Need more encouragement? Check out the hashtag #ARCtestimony on Twitter. You’ll be praising with us God’s redemptive grace.