Graduation: from learning to new life!April 10, 2014 by admin
Graduation ceremonies are always lovely events – a time to celebrate hard work and accomplishment. One recent Sunday afternoon, a graduation ceremony was held for Paul Rono. Paul isn’t your typical fresh faced graduate. In fact, Paul isn’t graduating from school – he is graduating from something much more important. He has spent the last three months learning about himself, his personal issues and the causes of his addictions. You see, Paul is an alcoholic and he graduated from ELI’s Anti-Alcohol program on Sunday.
During the time Paul spent at the Rehabilitation House, he learned to truthfully admit how he handled life’s challenges in the past. He spent hours in reflection, meditating upon the scriptures and praying. He faced the negative choices he’d made and the impact of those choices on himself, his family, friends and co-workers. He came to know God as his Savior, Redeemer and Friend – the One who is capable of carrying the burdens that Paul tried to cover with alcohol in the past.
Paul’s graduation ceremony wasn’t just about celebrating what has been accomplished. It was also about reconciliation and restoration of relationships that had become strained and damaged by alcohol. Paul was reconciled with his wife, his siblings, his church and his village. When Paul re-entered his community, they welcomed him with open arms and great celebration, much in the style of the prodigal son. To commemorate the day of reconciliation, Paul and his wife planted a tree together, near their home, to remind them of the new start for their family.
Pastors Stone and Wilson, ELI Anti-Alcohol counselors, have dedicated their lives toward supporting men and women who take that courageous step to break the grip of alcohol on their lives. Are you interested in helping others like Paul who desire sobriety and a life filled with the goodness of Christ? Go here to donate toward the Anti-Alcohol program. www.empoweringlives.org/campaign/stopping-alcoholism
“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,
rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith,
as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.”
– Colossians 2:6-7