By Chaplain Dave Casebeer
As Christians we have all gone through times when it seems like God is very far away, and it does not seem that He hears our prayers, but we have assurance in scripture that this is not the case. “This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us” (1 John 5:14). We also get support from other Christians that can help us keep focused on God’s larger plan for our lives. This can be a great source of comfort to those of us who are struggling with the problems that we all face at one time or another. But what happens if we did not have the support of scripture and other Christians?
The answer to that question is that life would become even more difficult and the person might turn from God and look for some other source of comfort. There is a group of men at the Union Rescue Mission that find themselves in this situation. They have finished a one year program that has gotten them off of drugs and alcohol, and hopefully turned them to Christ. For most of them, finishing this program is the first thing they have ever accomplished in their lives, but now they have to go out into the world with limited skills, no support, and little knowledge of what God can do in their lives.
I have been given the assignment to help these men return to society with better skills, more support, and the knowledge that God is with them even in this difficult time. We are still working out the details of just how this program is going to work, and we have seventeen men wanting to be in it. The program will run from six months to one year depending on the individual. We will be working on improving their job skills and finding them work and housing, but more importantly we will be giving bible classes, both group and individual classes to teach them that they are not alone. We will also be working with them to get them involved in a church where they can receive support from other Christians. This is a difficult task that the Lord has set before me, and I covet your prayers and advice.