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I have been out of pocket for some time now. I find myself working with substance abuse guys and it takes a lot of my time and energy in general. I am hoping to get back into the shop again and be some on the forum but not as before I am afraid.

I have been working with one young fella we will call Sean. He is 36 recently divorced as a result of his addiction to meth, he has 3 children and is currently in the Teen Challenge program for recovery in Chattanooga, TN. They take up to 50 yr old's. Before leaving Sean lived with us for about 3 months it was a very demanding time but I believe worth it. This is a 1 year program that he has just started and for my praying friends on the forum please remember Sean. In August I and 2 other members from my church will be going to California for training in the Celebrate Recovery program. This is the church based equivalent of AA and NA. We will then be setting up and running this in our church.

As I said I have been deeply involved with other issues and have missed the forum but hope to check in from time to time as time allows. Jerry

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A worthwhile effort on your part. Trust everything will go OK with Sean.

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Jerry...

I've been on the receiving end of help offered by folks just like you for the reasons you mentioned. Success is often difficult if not sometimes impossible to judge. For those like myself who have benefited beyond words from the help and love folks like you freely give..

Thank you!

I do hope things come full circle for ya and at some point, you'll be back to stopping in and posting regularly.

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This is nothing less than I would expect from a man of your convictions, Jerry.

For many years I was part of a similar group ( Society of St Vincent de Paul)

Glad to hear that you are OK.

Carry on the good work, we will offer prayers for the work of your church.

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I've missed your presence on the forum Jerry but I see you had good reasons. One of the first steps to recovery is to surround yourself with the kind of people you would like to be like. Sean is in good hands. Good luck to both of you.

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I have been out of pocket for some time now. I find myself working with substance abuse guys and it takes a lot of my time and energy in general. I am hoping to get back into the shop again and be some on the forum but not as before I am afraid.

I have been working with one young fella we will call Sean. He is 36 recently divorced as a result of his addiction to meth, he has 3 children and is currently in the Teen Challenge program for recovery in Chattanooga, TN. They take up to 50 yr old's. Before leaving Sean lived with us for about 3 months it was a very demanding time but I believe worth it. This is a 1 year program that he has just started and for my praying friends on the forum please remember Sean. In August I and 2 other members from my church will be going to California for training in the Celebrate Recovery program. This is the church based equivalent of AA and NA. We will then be setting up and running this in our church.

As I said I have been deeply involved with other issues and have missed the forum but hope to check in from time to time as time allows. Jerry
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one of my favorite verses Ray Thanks to all of you.

Wisdom: Where experience and knowledge combine and become one.

"We are all one decision away from Stupid!!"

Lamentations 3:22-23

"How often we sacrifice the permanent plans of God on the altar of immediate solutions"

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Very incouraging to read on a woodwork forum.....
Well done gents and know know more of God's Blessings each new day.
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Those of us on the giving end were on the receiving end before. Its realization what you have been forgiven that motivates to do this work.

Jerry your on my prayer list. And since efective fervent prayer gets results (James 5:16)I look forward to an update

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Another thought

Over the years I have had to the opportunity to help others with profound difficulties. Mostly men. I would like to share how beneficial "work and shop time" have been intregal in helping these individuals. The mental skills needed to be successful in the shop translate easily to everyday life. Examples

The consequences of your choices are immediate

Preparation is the key to success

Focus mental ability that grows with practice

Mental agility in handling multiple factors to achieve results

Those that don't work don't eat

Develops self confidence when making Good Choices

I have always given a man a chance to work if he wanted it. Its not coincidence that someone needing help comes around and I need some labor on the job. There it becomes apparent who wants a hand out or a hand up. If a man wants a hand up, he is willing to learn Then when they enter a mentoring program during the day at work they have practice in what they learned
Okay I'm off my soap box

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