“And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me’” (Matthew 25:40).
The Men’s Residence of the Christian Care Center is not a place to just get off drugs or alcohol, it’s a place to get a brand-new life. Most of the guys that come here come from completely broken lives. Most of our time as addicts is invested in our addiction which doesn’t leave much time for anything else. So, when they get here, and God cleans up their lives, we try to get them interested in some things life has to offer!
One of the things that has really taken off recently is Pickle Ball. So, we put in a pickleball court for their free time. We love watching the guys out there; the comradery, the joy, and the freedom it represents. We have had many Pastors and volunteers playing with them, teaching them, and fellowshipping with them. It is things like this that help keep men off the drugs and alcohol since boredom and depression are major triggers.
The problem is Pickleball can be a pretty expensive sport. But God always provides. Engage Pickleball is a manufacturer of quality sporting goods here in Florida who God has been using to bless our ministry. They have been donating their high-quality equipment understanding that this is an investment in a life.
Again, we are not just bringing healing to the man in the program but giving children their dad back, giving wives a husband back, and giving families their loved one back. These paddles have a price tag around $2000 that were donated here, but the lasting effect something like this act leaves is priceless and lasts for an eternity.
Teaching these men that they are worth it, teaching men there is more to life than their previous mistakes, and teaching men that Jesus died so we can have true life is what Engage Pickleball really donated! If you would like to see how you can get involved in what God is doing here at the Men’s Residence, please email me at Jamie@christiancarecenter.org.