I’m always amazed at God’s plan. When I was young, I saw my mom go through abusive relationships, homelessness and other hardships. She walked through and overcame tragic challenges. Two seeds were planted in me: a drive to succeed and a heart for mothers.
I had my own vision of success, and I used it to become a fairly affluent businessman. But my idea of “making it” was not fulfilling. God had a different plan. He softened my heart for people and showed me what fruitfulness really looked like. His plan involved a change of location and a ministry I never expected.
I started teaching about God’s love on the streets and loving people that didn’t have anybody. I spoke at the Western Carolina Rescue Ministry in Asheville and I was offered a job. I was a businessman and I hadn’t worked for anybody in years, so I turned it down. God was trying to teach me something though, and when the opportunity kept presenting itself, I took it.
At WCRM, we walk alongside people and invest in them to help them find purpose in God. Although we served hundreds of people a day and provided food, clothing, shelter and the Word, God wasn’t done.
My thoughts kept going back to mothers and their children. Women’s recovery is one of the toughest ministries and the rate of success is low because they suffer continuous trauma. Most women that have a substance issue lose their parental rights. Funding goes to the children and the mother has no support to get help. It’s a vicious cycle. Abba’s House is the only program in the country that offers long term recovery designed to break it. The children stay with their mother and they go through steps together to get the inner healing they need. We currently have 14 units for mothers and infants, and 145 beds for men, women and children.
I know God is not done with me, WCRM, or Abba’s House. His vision of success is still going strong and so far above my own. I have to say, I’m still amazed.
Katherine FosterAugust 24, 2020 at 9:55 pm
I have a real heart for this too brother. Thank you for what you are doing to help a very forgotten group of people find a better path.
CarolAugust 25, 2020 at 11:31 am
Love that you are doing this … my beautiful niece just lost her life to addiction and has left behind her 11 year old son.
Praying for you and your ministry. God bless you!
DawnAugust 25, 2020 at 1:18 pm
What a beautiful testimony. Thank you for all you do for God’s kingdom.
Cindy WelgossAugust 26, 2020 at 6:43 am
LOVE this post and how the LORD is using you for HIS precious sheep! I have worked in the pro life ministry as a nurse and there is such a desperate need for women to be housed, counseled and taught how to be new in Him so that their children grow up to know Jesus like you! I just learned of one area church near me that has families who take in pregnant women who don’t have a place to go and love on them. We need so many more Christians to reach out, build ministries like yours, encourage our church families to open their doors or help fund places that will allow women to get out of unstable living situations and RISE UP in His name! Blessings to you and all you are doing!
(PS: our adult daughter was in the World Race through Adventure in Mission and feels that a homeless shelter in Asheville NC is her “home away from home.” I wonder if it is the one you used to work for?