We all know someone who’s been affected by addiction. Church of God Jerusalem Acres is hosting an event on Saturday, Aug. 25, as a kickoff for its upcoming Faith in Recovery support program, which …
We all know someone who’s been affected by addiction. Church of God Jerusalem Acres is hosting an event on Saturday, Aug. 25, as a kickoff for its upcoming Faith in Recovery support program, which tackles all manner of addictions.
Minister Alecia Kramer, wife of Jerusalem Acres Bishop David Kramer, said the name “Faith in Recovery” was given to her by the Holy Spirit.
Starting at 11 a.m., the kickoff will take place in the church sanctuary and will feature various booths with information as well as a live Christian musical artist and various guest speakers. Some of these speakers include Dave Hodges with Tennessee Faith-Based Initiative; Chris Jackson with Celebrate Recovery; and Cheryl Beverly with Cheryl’s House of Hope, an organization in Ohio dedicated to stopping sex trafficking and prostitution and aiding its victims.
Beverly is from Chillicothe, Ohio, which is also Kramer’s hometown. Before running Cheryl’s House of Hope, she was a drug dealer until she was saved. Chillicothe is fighting an opioid epidemic, much like most of the country, but Kramer said she was surprised to hear how such a small town could have such a big problem. Sadly, there were two overdoses in a McDonald’s parking lot only a week ago,.
“Cheryl reached out to me because she had seen what we’ve been doing at Church of God Jerusalem Acres, and wanted to get involved,” Kramer said. “The sort of thing taking place in Chillicothe is taking place all over the country, even in Cleveland.”
At first, Kramer said she was confused as to why she was being led to help those with addictions, because she has always felt led to help non-Christians to find Christ, but then she realized those with addictions and those who are lost are typically one and the same. She said she has recently developed a passion for helping those with addictions, as she has two relatives who have struggled with their own in the past.
The musical guest for the event is Christian rapper Mersy, from South Carolina, who runs a jail ministry in his home state.
“Mersy has such a remarkable testimony, and he does it all for the kingdom of God,” Kramer said.
Various booths will be set up at the kickoff event as well, including Tennova behavioral health facilities, the Bradley County Health Department and Celebration Recovery.
Kramer said the mission of her church is to show unconditional love without any judgment. Despite most people’s first response being to judge others, the Bible tells Christians that Jesus didn’t hang around the pure, he lived among the sinners. Kramer then referenced the verse surrounding the woman at the well, which states “He who is without sin may cast the first stone.”
The first meeting of the Faith in Recovery support program will be Sept. 13, at 6 p.m. Church members will pray over attendees and offer them fellowship and referrals to all necessary resources in the community.
For those interested in attending the kickoff event, the church is located at 1826 Dalton Pike and can be reached at 423-472-1597, through the Facebook pages “Bradley County Faith-Based” and “The Church of God Jerusalem Acres” and its website www.thechurchofgodjerusalemacres.org.
“We have to love people out of the darkness,” Kramer said. “Just as Christ loved us.”
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