Lake Union — West Indianapolis SDA Church
Twenty community leaders (police, mental health, pastors and others) gathered Thursday Noon, February 26 to consider the challenge presented by the misuse and abuse of drugs in Southwest Indianapolis. This was their third monthly meeting organized by Nelson Silva, pastor for the West Indianapolis Seventh-day Adventist Church Plant in that community and held at the Mary Riggs Neighborhood Center. Ray Nelson, Adventist Recovery Ministries coordinator for the Lake Union was invited to present The Journey to Wholeness program as a faith-based Christ-centered 12-Step program to address the problems associated with addictions and help the addicted break free from those addictions.
Southern Union — ARMin Training
On February 6-8, 2015 pastors, health professionals, church leaders and lay members came together in Atlanta, GA, to be equipped on assisting people with addictions find recovery. The ARMin training is the official NAD curriculum that equips those interested in starting a 12-step Christ-centered Recovery group in their congregation and community. Over 60 people attended the training and motivated to love and walk beside people struggling with unhealthy behaviors and addictions. Southern Union Health Ministries director, Lynell LaMountain, stated “my plan is to see this ministry expanded throughout the Southern Union.
Pacific Union — ARMin Training
On February 27-March 1, over 50 people came together at the Glendale Adventist Medical Center, California, across the Pacific Union (PUC) to become equipped to facilitate in the ARMin Christ-centered approach to Recovery. Co-sponsored by NAD, NPUC and Adventist Health, the training successfully equipped men and women to start and lead ARMin support groups in churches and communities around the region. Dr Lorayne Barton, PUC Health director and her team expressed their enthusiasm: “Many churches have been asking for this training and we want to see more churches in PUC offer this service and ministry for the community.
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