How It All Started
I am a changed man from the inside out. I can not take credit for this though; Jesus Christ led me from the hopelessness of my addictions to a brand new life! On September 8th 2003, I entered the Seattle Metro branch of Teen Challenge, a one year program available to persons battling alcohol and/or drug addictions. While in the program, my habits were totally changed. Chain smoking cigarettes, smoking marijuana, using cocaine, stealing and getting drunk as often as possible were no longer my desires. God transformed my destructive thought process and freed me to pursue His plans for my life, which are more rewarding. I graduated the program as a new person! In the Bible, 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun.”
I knew at that point the Lord had called me to a life of helping others, but I did not know what direction He was leading me. I continued working at the Seattle Metro Teen Challenge for about 4 years, working first as an Intern, then as an Assistant Program Director, Education Coordinator, Work Coordinator, and Development Coordinator. During that time, in April 2008, I married my best friend, Amy. Once married, I felt it prudent to make education a priority so I resigned from Seattle Metro Teen Challenge with a plan to head back to school.
The shift gave my wife and I a broader perspective, allowing us to spot a trend affecting people from Teen Challenge, other drug/alcohol programs, and the public in general. The negative atmosphere that people want to escape is extremely hard to get away from when completing a rehab program which makes relapse difficult, if not impossible, to avoid. Upon completion of my program I was particularly blessed to have a strong and positive family in the area, waiting to support me and help me stay accountable; many people do not have that. For people to succeed in the long run, it is imperative that they have a supportive, Godly home to live in while they begin to implement the skills they are learning. The people they live with must be able to communicate the difficult truth and reality of their situation in a way they can understand. This gives them the ability to succeed in the big picture of life.
Seeing this, Amy and I sensed God’s call to provide Christ centered homes for people and we officially started ABSOLUTE Ministries. We filed for “Non-Profit” status with the IRS and had a response within 30 days! Our Accountant was shocked to see it approved so quickly. Our vision is to have multiple facilities in the next decade serving men, women and broken families that are coming out of addiction & rehab programs.
The ABSOLUTE House
We have outlined a discipleship program for those who enter the ABSOLUTE House, including a curriculum that will continue to solidify their foundation in Christ. The only eligibility requirements are completion of a drug or alcohol program and a desire to live a life centered on Jesus. They will reside with other members, sharing a room, paying tuition, completing their curriculum and working an outside job. This semi-structured environment will facilitate their transition into the responsibilities of healthy living. The ABSOLUTE House will allow members to build a network of supportive friends and develop relationships in the church, while continuing in a discipleship curriculum. The Lord is faithful and we trust him to continue leading us every step of the way.
In John 10:10, Jesus tells us “The thief’s (Satan) purpose is to steal, kill, and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.” Each year, a host of members emerge from recovery programs having found this very fullness. With the Lord’s aid, our desire is to stave off the thief and deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ. Will you commit to pray that lives will be changed through ABSOLUTE Ministries? Will you also consider partnering with us financially to meet this need? For a few dollars a month, you can help provide a home that will secure life-change in men whom Jesus has saved from addiction, just like he saved me.
JESUS is ABSOLUTE,
President & CEO