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Addiction recovery program looks forward to new year

January 9, 2017 GMT

Living Free Ministries are counting their blessings for a wonderful 2016. Director Tommy Wilson said the year was a busy one at Corinth’s non-residential faith-based addiction recovery program. “With the help of so many in the community, we were able to serve over 12,000 meals this year – 1,000 on Christmas Day alone,” said Wilson. “We also met with over 250 people a week and helped over 75 men and women go to residential programs.” Wilson said he also saw many give their lives to Christ and then be baptized in local churches. “We are helping many people get into programs and we are hosting sixteen support group meetings a week,” he added. “The more we expand, the more our passion intensifies. We want to see people build a relationship with Jesus while getting well from addiction.” Started in February 2005, the non-profit organization is dedicated to helping people with life controlling issues find freedom, healing and deliverance in Jesus Christ. “We have meetings and meals three times a week, and through small groups, celebration night and men’s Bible study, we learn new approaches to life using the Word of God, the Spirit of God and the People of God,” added Wilson. “Living Free is often the starting point for people who need long-term care. Whether by meeting physical needs or spiritual needs, Living Free has helped thousands of people in North Mississippi and West Tennessee.” In 2017, Wilson said plans include more work within local churches to train and educate people about recovery. “For some reason, if you mention a 12-step program in a church, they will just about call a business meeting to kick you out. When you mention the word ‘Jesus’ to a 12-step program, they freeze. I am not sure why both sides are scared of each other, but we want to change this,” said Wilson. “We want to come to the churches to train and set up recovery meetings within the local churches.” Living Free has started a successful group meeting at East Booneville Baptist Church. “We have seen a lot of fruit out of this one already,” he said. Next on the list is County Line Baptist Church. “I really believe that Jesus saves by grace, but after that step there is a lot of work to do with fear and trembling,” added Wilson. “My prayer and hope is that the local church will learn how to build friendships with the addicts, and that the addicts will learn that they need the church.” Living Free also hosts public programs at 2024 Highway 72 Annex in Corinth. Programs happen each week on Mondays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. and on Saturday mornings at 6:45 a.m. (For more information or to donate, visit livingfreecorinth.com or contact 662-603-9829.)

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