Two are better than one; because they have good reward for their labor. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up…Ecclesiastes 3:9-10
I will never forget the day it was time for me to leave the Men’s Residence. It was such a bittersweet time for me. I was ready to get out there and live the life God had willed for me, but at the same time I was leaving the safety net I was getting so used to living in. I was going from living a life surrounded all day by good, Godly accountability. I was leaving the fellowship of other Godly men who were facing the same struggles I have been faced with. I was leaving the comforts of living in a safe environment, and I was leaving what has become for the last 2 years my home.
Who was I going to go to when I faced temptations? Who was going to hold me accountable if I began to backslide? Who was going to be there for me when the reality of real life hit me? Who was going to lift me up if I should fall? I was used to living a life where I was in constant study of God’s Word. If I wasn’t in class, I was in Godly conversations. And now I was beginning a new life outside of the Men’s Residence. It was a scary time of my life, to say the least. Even though I had made a commitment to surrender my life to Christ, I still knew my flesh was weak.
But boy am I glad I serve a caring God! God had set it up for me to have two great Christian guys who have also completed the program to move out together with me. We lived together, studied together, held each other accountable, encouraged one another, lifted up one another, strengthened one another, and carried one another. When temptations came along we had the strength in numbers that God had provided for us. And as we continue in life we are still there for one another.
As I look at the men leaving the Men’s Residence my heart goes out because not all of them have what we have. I have gotten hurt as I watched one brother after another struggle and fall with no one there to help lift him up. “Woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he has not another to help him up.” So God, being the loving and compassionate God that He is, has begun a new way for the men as they leave the residence.
We have started an after the program life support. A group of fellow residents of the Christian Care Center are now coming together to support one another, as iron sharpens iron. We are beginning this aftercare program to make sure they have all the tools needed to start their new life in Christ. We are creating this life-line to keep one another accountable, to get them plugged into a church, to keep them connected to the Men’s Residence, and to be there for one another through all that life has ahead.
The Men’s Residence has been given the task to assist men in troubled situations as they get their lives back on track through the only way possible, which is starting with a personal vertical relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. After they complete the program we have been given the task of creating those positive horizontal relationships needed for a victorious Christian life. Along with that we are teaming our veterans up with men in the program to be able to help them with their struggles. Who better to help one of these men than one who has walked a mile in the same shoes? When we hear of a man in the program struggling with something in particular, we team him up with a veteran that has overcome a similar struggle so they may strengthen one another for the glory of God.
We have been meeting on Mondays at the Christian Care Center at 7 p.m. in order to communicate with one another regarding our strengths, our weaknesses, our struggles and our accomplishments so that we can help and encourage others in need. So, please pray for us. Pray that God’s will will be done in this ministry. Pray that we will be able to be there for another, strengthen one another, and serve one another as we embark on this journey we call life.