Courage to Change: 12 Step Recovery Ministry
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you not to harm you; plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
This Scripture is not only our motto, it is truly what we are living out here at Courage To Change.
In January, 2011, God led us into our own facility. We are now located at 4613 JennyLind Rd., Fort Smith, AR. The "Courage Center" offers faith based 12 Step meetings 7 days a week. We are recognized by the judicial system and therefore are able to sign papers for drug court, parolees, and other court ordered 12 Step Recovery Meeting requirements within the River Valley Area.
"Recovery" involves much more than merely staying clean and sober; it requires a total life change. The Courage Center offers spiritual 12 Step meetings, providing an opportunity for a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We help those in need of work, housing, food, etc... while merely doing what Jesus did and what He professed we would do.
As more and more men and women in recovery attend our faith based meetings, seeking more from their recovery, they begin to bring their families. Some family members are seeking answers to why their loved one uses, others are seeking hope and freedom to dream again. We are thrilled to see entire families ask Christ into their heart and follow Him into water baptism.
Courage to Change: Jail Ministry
Updated by Rebecca Hicks, Women's Pastor
Since the birth of our jail ministry 10 years ago, much has changed. One of the honors given Bro. D (senior pastor DeWayne Hicks) has been his invitation to become one of the chaplains at the Sebastian County Jail. The Courage To Change Jail Ministry has stepped up a bit; with blessing comes responsibility.
Since the beginning of my journey in recovery, one complaint has been shared over and over, "the women's jail needs women to bring in the message of recovery." Courage To Change Women's Jail Ministry has been a beautiful blessing and growing experience as a minister. Ministering in the women's prisons has stirred our hearts to make an effort to reach these ladies before they get to the point of awaiting prison time. And for those who are waiting for an opening at one of the Arkansas Prison Facilities for Women, we can introduce them to a freedom that can never be taken away, regardless of physical sentencing.
Juvenile Detention Center, Sebastian County
Addiction knows no age, race, religion, or social status... It is for that reason that the Juvenile Detention Center was our next step in jail ministry. Addiction affects entire families in many ways. While some are so hurt and offended even turned away from the very onset of addictive tendencies, others fall into the grip of addiction and are ensnared before reallizing they have lost all sense of control. As I entered into this ministry, my first prayer was, "Lord, allow me to see these girls as You see them."
My first visit opened my eyes to just how difficult it is for these young ladies to walk through their teen years without a relationship with Christ Jesus. Entering the juvenile center is completely different from the women or men's county jail. Institutionally they mirror one another, but spiritually they require a very different understanding and sensitivity to the Lord's teaching rather than expressing my opinion or another minister's direction of what an incarcerated individual needs to hear.
Courage to Change: Prison Ministry
Courage to Change Prison Ministry is honored to change and grow with the prison systems' regulations. Our ministry team has completed training classes in both Arkansas and Oklahoma which has given us more freedom within the comfort of their guidelines. What an honor and a privilege it is to serve the Lord in a way that is as truly unique as our ministry team! He has taken every experience each of us has endured and used it completely for His honor and His glory! Thank you Lord for this gift!