Love Them To Life
Reaching out to those in addiction and to those who love them
Spring Newsletter – 2018
What Is In a Name?
When this ministry began 6 years ago, we used the name XL Project to represent “Exchanged Life” projects; in other words, we wanted to appply the message of Galatians 2:20 to the area of addiction. One of the “projects” that developed was Love Them to Life (LTTL), an outreach to mothers who have children in addiction. Through the years it has become obvious that Love Them to Life is a much more recognizable and memorable name for our ministry, as we seek to reach out to those in addiction and to those who love them. While XL Project is still our legal name, we will be transitioning to using our DBA name of Love Them to Life.
In 2015, we self-published our book Beside Still Waters: Discovering Peace in the Midst of Your Child’s Addiction. We are grateful that over 1200 books have been sold! In the Fall of 2016, we received a call from Christian Faith Publishing letting us know that they were interested in republishing the book. The book is due to be released in the next few weeks but we thought we would give you a sneak peak at the new cover. One of the advantages of having a publisher is that they will be publicizing the book to 4,000 media outlets. We are excited to see what Father does in reaching those with children in addiction.
One of the ministry opportunities we had recently was to present our seminar, Freedom From Addiction, to several churches. The first seminar was at Bayside Chapel in Barnegat, NJ, (our home church) on January 27, 2018. We had about 90 people that attended, primarily family members and friends of those in addiction. In the morning we talked about the problem of addiction, including the definition of addiction, the root causes of addiction, and the effects of addiction on loved ones. We started the afternoon talking about the world’s solution to addiction and then finished with the biblical perspective of Jesus Christ as the only bondage breaker.
On February 24, we presented the seminar at the First Baptist Church of Proctorville, Ohio, to approximately 200 people. Proctorville is right across the river from Huntington, West Virginia, which has 10x the overdose rate of any other city in America. Joe gave his testimony in the Sunday morning service, followed by our facilitating a Q&A time. The church has seen the need to address the needs of the community by providing outreach and counseling through trained recovery coaches. Dr. John Woodward from Grace Fellowship International was the guest presenter in the afternoon.
Our country is facing a growing crisis of opioid addiction and it is no longer confined to the inner cities; overdose deaths are increasing yearly. In 2016, there were 64,000 opioid (heroin, pain killers, and Fentanyl) related deaths, which is 6,000 more than in the entire Vietnam war. In that same year, 78,000 died of alcohol-related causes. Addiction is touching families across the country, no matter their location and socioeconomic status.
We are available to present the Freedom From Addiction seminar at your church. Please contact us at email@example.com or call us at 732-773-7747 if you are interested.
Love Them To Life is a faith-based, Christ-centered non-profit ministry. Support for Love Them To Life can be sent to:
31A Yorktowne Pkwy
Whiting, NJ 08759
Donations can also be made through the “Donate” tab on our websitelovethemtolife.com.