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    THE BIRTH OF THE RECOVERY CHURCH

    DENNIS & DEBBIE'S STORY

    The Recovery Church was actually birthed from the "Steps of Christ Recovery Group" which we started in early 2009. We had a desire to begin a men's re-integration home so Debbie notified The Southern Baptist about helping, but at the time we sure weren't ready. After building a relationship with Don Williams their representative, he came down and spent some time with us, experienced our Steps of Christ Recovery Life Group, went into the jails with me, and afterwards he strongly encouraged  us to start a Recovery Church. It wasn't long until Sam Scott from the BGCO church planting division contacted us and started the process of establishing The Recovery Church. So after several meetings with Sam we begin a two year training program while at the same time in Oct 2010 The Recovery Church was birthed in an old Restaurant with approximately 20 people.

    Although we  resemble a non-denominational church, we are actually a church plant of the Southern Baptist of Oklahoma (BGCO). Approximately seven years ago we begin building a relationship with Duane Sheriff of Victory Life Church in Durant OK. He opened his church to us for assistance, support, and guidance in any area we need. Much of our growth and maturing as pastors and a church have come from Duane and his staff making us welcome to their training and personal guidance by lead Pastor Lee Armstrong. Between Victory and the BGCO we are surrounded with great accountability.

    Debbie  just finished this season of school and now has her Masters soon to begin her doctorate in divinity specializing in Bible Interpretation. God called us into ministry late in our lives. I begin Steps of Christ Recovery Group in 2009 at the age of 51. Two years later The Recovery Church was birthed. I was released from prison Dec. 2008, meet Debbie 7 months later, we spent 2 years courting and on December 26th, 2010 we were married. I was 53 and Debbie was 59 and at the same time God birthed The Recovery Church.

    Debbie's never had a speeding ticket, been saved and known Jesus since she was 8, and lived in Woodward Oklahoma all her life. She was a member of the same church for over 45 years where her son is now a Deacon.

    When God called her to leave her family and grand kids to move 3 1/2 hours away to Duncan, marry a 6 time felon, and start a church, her family thought she had lost her mind. Even though we spent 2 years courting before we got married, they still thought she was losing it. She truly was giving up everything to follow Jesus and defiantly has the Abraham blessing on her life. When she heard the call, she left everything dear and important to her, family, financial security, grandchildren that she cherishes, a home about paid for, and was soon to retire and enjoy her grandchildren. It was the life she had planned for after working so hard and going through some very difficult times to reach this place in her life, but God had different plans for her. A year before she met me she rededicated her life to God and told Him she was ready to sell out completely and follow wherever He led, little could she have ever imagined what He had in store.

    It's now been 9 1/2 years since the day we met, we've sure been like Abraham following the Lord not knowing where He's taking us, but He's never once failed us in anyway. He's used Recovery Church in a mighty way ministering in an area that's been destroying our society. We've experienced so many lives transformed like myself, so many mothers after losing everything for drugs, getting their children back and learning to be good Godly mothers, fathers who had lost everything now loving their kids and becoming spiritual leaders, marriages being restored, families united, prisoners staying out of prison and becoming productive God loving citizens making a difference. The recidivism rate is 85% of all who get out go back, we are changing those numbers.

    We have a couple Recovery Homes and have used them to help mothers and women reintegrate back into society. We are believing for more homes now that we've learned the hard way to run Recovery homes. We are so grateful for the many of you who partner with use financially to keep this work moving forward. May God continue to bless this most needed kingdom work.

     

     

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