There is a crisis taking place in Philadelphia.
- 1,200 non fatal drug overdoses in 2016
- 907 deaths due to drug overdose in 2016
- 225% increase in overdoses in the past 10 years
- 127 increase in overdose treatment from 2013-2016
Philadelphia is becoming one of the deadliest places for drug overdoses in the country. I have personally known 18 people from my neighborhood who died due to drug overdose in the past two years. Several of them had even attended Christ Church. I am grateful for the faith that was stirred in their hearts and confident of where their eternal souls reside. But I am tired of seeing people come to Christ Church to only end up back out on the street and eventually in a casket.
Christ Church cannot sit idly by as this crisis kills our friends, neighbors and family. We pray and mourn, but we also believe God has called us to act. Several months ago Christ Church launched an addictions ministry called Transformation to Recovery. I am very excited to announce that starting today we are also raising funds to purchase our first home for those who struggle with addiction. We are calling this The Hope House Project, because we believe that God will use this house to bring renewed hope to those who, right now, are lost in darkness.
Hope House will be:
- A recovery house for men who struggle with substance abuse and addiction.
- A no judgment, grace filled place that welcomes anyone.
- A ministry of Christ Church as part of our Transformation to Recovery program.
- A connection to a local church family that will support, give discipleship and mentorship to the men in the home.
- An access point to social services, as well as, mental and behavioral health care through our coalition partners.
- An opportunity to not just gain sobriety, but to experience life transformation.
We are in unprecedented territory as we have not been able to find any other church in our area that has a recovery house fully integrated into the life of their church.
We need help!
The increasing crisis shows the power that the prince of darkness has in our city. We need God to come and empower our efforts, give us favor and break through with the light of His love.
Consider making a one time gift or 12 month pledge
If you are thinking about making an end of the year contribution, would you consider giving to this project? You can give on our brand new website, Transformation to Recovery, or by mailing a check to 229 Moore Street Philadelphia, PA 19148. All checks can be made out to Christ Church South Philly with Hope House in the memo line. Whether it is a one time gift, or monthly pledge, every dollar given helps us reach more lives.
Help us get the word out
Please share this blog post and our website with your social network. A simple way to do that is by just saying "More than 3 people in Philadelphia are dying every day due to drug overdose. Will you help? https://transformationtorecovery.com" The more people we can get praying and giving, the more work that we can be empowered to do.
O church, arise, and put your armor on;
Hear the call of Christ our captain.
For now the weak can say that they are strong
In the strength that God has given.
With shield of faith and belt of truth,
We’ll stand against the devil’s lies.
An army bold, whose battle cry is love,
Reaching out to those in darkness.
Our call to war, to love the captive soul,
But to rage against the captor;
And with the sword that makes the wounded whole,
We will fight with faith and valor.
When faced with trials on every side,
We know the outcome is secure.
And Christ will have the prize for which He died:
An inheritance of nations. - Keith and Kristy Geatty