FRIENDS OF ALCOHOLICS
November Newsletter 2013
Dear Friend of FOA,
So many of the men who enter the doors of FOA, even though they may profess to be believers, have been in darkness for so long they have a problem recognizing the light. By coming here they are actually crying out to God for some deliverance from their sin, not realizing Christ has already provided everything for them at the moment of salvation. Their plight reminds me of Psalm 107:10-15. Mediate upon these verses: “There were those who dwelt in darkness and in the shadow of death, Prisoners in misery and chains, Because they had rebelled against the words of God and spurned the counsel of the Most High. Therefore He humbled their heart with labor; They stumbled and there was none to help. Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble; He saved them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death and broke their bands apart. Let them give thanks to the LORD for His lovingkindness, And for His wonders to the sons of men!” Or what about the verses recorded for us in I John 1:5-7, “This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.” Coming to FOA is just the beginning for many of these men who desire to walk in the light of Christ. We are here to guide them on that path, but they must take the individual steps to stay closely knit to the ONE who gives them life eternal. Please pray for each man who enters these doors looking for the answers they can only find in Christ. Thank you!!
Just a side note for all those who are not aware, Harley Hood went to be with the Lord on August 24th. I forgot to enter that into the September letter and I didn’t write an October letter; my apologies. I posted Harley’s homegoing on our facebook page but I realize not everyone signs on to those social network pages. I would ask that you pray for Harley’s family. Danny, his cousin, is doing fine and recovering nicely. We will miss Harley tremendously.
You have probably already noticed that Christmas is right around the corner. How could you not with all the advertisements on TV, even before Halloween was over. This year we will be having our Christmas program for the men on Sunday, December 22nd . Each year we put together a bag of gifts to give to the men after the program is over. The items we put in these bags are: sweat shirts, socks, undershorts, t-shirts, gloves (jersey gloves), toothpaste, deodorant, soap, shaving cream, razors, shampoo, spiral notebooks (70 pages), pens & pencils, popcorn, and candy. If you or your church would like to give some of these items to our men we would be most appreciative. In regard to the clothing items they need to be large sizes (some are very large ‘XXXL’). We will need to have the items at FOA no later than December 18th . Thank you for considering this request. I truly hope your Christmas experience around the Lord Jesus Christ will be a joyous one this year.
Your servant by God’s grace,