Just so you know, our New Life Program (NLP) is hard. It is really hard. Addiction is a horrible thing. I cannot overemphasize this. An addiction can come to mean more than anything else to a person experiencing it. This is what makes our rehabilitation program hard. People have to really want to change. As Kaileb, our NLP participant featured in this issue states, “It’s not for the weakminded. It’s not for those who aren’t willing to change their lives.”
Just a few weeks ago, we had a man graduate from our program who did so on his third try. We are so thankful that he made it, but his journey has not been easy.
How can our program participants find their way out of addiction? What is the difference between our rehabilitation program and others you hear about? Most of our program participants point to one thing: Jesus Christ. He is is the one who helps them stay in a program where they have to examine their lives—where they need the strength that a human cannot provide. He provides the strength—the power they need to see the change in their lives. God provides the courage we all need to keep “suiting up and showing up,” one day at a time.
We are proud of the 102 NLP graduations we celebrated last year. But make no mistake about it, we know it is Jesus who changes lives here. Without His love, His power and His strength, we could not have done this for 127 years, nor would we be able to do this work in the future.
We want to keep helping people like Kaileb today, tomorrow and every day after that. Please continue to partner with us. God is at work here!
Brad Meuli has been President/CEO at the Mission since 2001. Brad joined the Mission after a 17-year career in banking. Previous to his staff position he served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. Read his full bio.