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Faith in action for April 13

April 13, 2012
By the Rev. Bernard Wing , Marshall Independent

Grace Life Church

The Most Excellent Way celebrates 10 years

Since April 2002 we have facilitated a ministry called The Most Excellent Way as a part of Grace Life Church vision and mission. The Most Excellent Way is a not-for-profit, inter- and non-denominational, para-church organization whose vision is to assist and encourage those caught in addictive lifestyles by providing drug and alcohol support meetings in a loving Christian environment.

The Lord had spoken a prophetic word to Pastor Bernie Wing of how God was going to give him creative ways to reach out in love to those in our communities in order to fulfill the ministry of Jesus as presented in Luke 4:18 "The Spirit of the Lord is on me because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." The MEW so fits this word and agrees with our mission purpose statement of "Loving people into lasting relationships with God by connecting them to Jesus and others." Truly the way of the Lord is to love God and to love others with all that we are and ever shall be. Love is definitely "The Most Excellent Way" according to I Corinthians 12:31 "And now I will show you the most excellent way."

It all began with the testimony of Rick and Joyce Adams. Their story follows, written by Joyce Adams for our first MEW newsletter. (Joyce died after a two-year battle with cancer April 2, 2011).

Rick and I were an average young family: happily married with children, good jobs, and a nice home. Life was good. We didn't see any harm in smoking a little pot, we weren't hurting anyone. Then one day we were introduced to a drug called "meth" and our five-year nightmare began. It was fun for a very short time but then our life became consumed with drugs: getting it, selling it, neglecting our children, fighting, lying, crime, jail, a home lost, bankruptcy, no business and a reputation ruined. We had no car, no money, a destroyed marriage, and a family homeless. We had lost everything. I was angry and bitter and finally left Rick and went to my parents in Nebraska. A Christian family took a chance offering Rick shelter in their home.

Separately, we both began seeking God and then we found Jesus. We asked the Lord Jesus to come and help us, take control of our lives, live in our hearts. We had no idea that we had found the ultimate answer to totally turn our lives around! We found a life that we did not expect. Miracles! A life better than we had ever hoped or dreamed we could have. We were rejoined as a family and submitted our marriage to Jesus, allowing the Holy Spirit to heal us. Rick experienced deliverance from drugs without treatment or withdrawals. I submitted my marriage and broken heart to the Lord. I found a new love for my husband.

Our recovery was a daily process that needed love, acceptance, forgiveness, encouragement, and support from people, (the body of Christ). We have experienced the power of God in our lives and have committed ourselves to serving God by helping others find a way out through Jesus Christ. We started the Most Excellent Way to provide a meeting where people that are struggling with life issues of hurts, habits, or hang-ups to come and find hope and encouragement. What a privilege it is to be involved in a ministry that gives people a new life now and a hope for their future. Rick and Joyce, MEW facilitators

For the past few years Randy and Nancy Vierstraete, along with a team of other leaders, have stepped up to carry on this much needed ministry support to the community. The purpose and hope is to help individuals and families find new life and freedoms as they become totally God dependent. They find forgiveness for their past, healing and acceptance for their life now, a new way of enjoyment in living a Christ centered life, and hope for their future and all of eternity with Jesus. The meetings are open to everyone and meet each Monday at 7 p.m. in meeting room 3 on the second floor of Grace Life Church at 601 East College Drive. We will celebrate this 10-year anniversary in the 9:30 a.m. April 29 service at Grace Life Church.

Questions, call 532-3187 for more information.



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