Addicted Lives Matter to God and Christian Life Assembly. CLA, I am deeply grateful for your continued support of Recovery Church (RC), this ministry's leadership and the forty-five volunteers who serve selflessly to bring a clear message of Hope found in Jesus. The ultimate desired outcome of addiction is not just sobriety but community. RC provides this through our weekly Sunday night service, through RC Life Groups, bi-weekly outreach to Langley's downtown core and response to calls for pastoral care and counselling. Each week, we see literal miracles through prayer, community connections and by our team going way beyond volunteer capacity to truly 'be there' for those in the Recovery Community. Please CLA, feel free to join us on Sunday nights at 6 p.m. in the Conference Hall. If you ever sense anger or disdain for people in addiction, come and see what God is doing to set people free. Some miracles take time, and God is doing beautiful things, evidenced by life transformations. If you need to break your attitude and perceptions of addiction - join us.
One example of breaking wrong perceptions is the story of Dale. Two years ago, Dale attended RC, and we connected that next week. Over sushi, I listened to the story of this 40-year-old executive from overseas, who was the vice president of marketing for one of the world's largest computer companies, now choosing to submit to a recovery center in Vancouver and connect with RC.
When you think addiction, please do not think only about the Downtown East Side of Vancouver, as most addiction deaths occur in neighbourhoods like yours - in fact, 72% of deaths occur in private residences. In 2022, 275+ people died in Langley due to the toxic drug crisis.
You may read some of these statistics and struggle with the toxic drug crisis in BC. I understand and again invite you to come and join us. The best way to have new insight is to be onsite and present to see, hear and understand God's heart for those battling addiction in their walk toward deeper community. Here are two ways you can pray and show up with us - we'd love to have you.
Recovery Church Baptisms - Fraser River. Sunday August 27 at 6pm we are meeting at Brae Island Park north of Fort Langley on Glover Road. Watch for the Recovery Church banners at the entrance to the park. We will be baptizing approximately 20 people who are dedicating their lives to being followers of Jesus. Join us after for mini-donuts and slushies.
Langley Overdose Awareness Day 2023. Happening Thursday August 31 in Douglas Park, 20550 Douglas Crescent. Start time is 5pm with a free community BBQ followed by awareness speeches, walks and a candlelight memorial. Recovery Church will have a booth, so come by and say hello. Organized by Daniel Snyder and the 'We All Play a ROLE' community action team.