”I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people… This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1, 3-4)
New Life Ministry was started by members of a local house church in the town of Kobuleti who felt called to work with individuals struggling with drug and alcohol abuse. In their hometown and in the surrounding regions they minister God’s love and grace to the desperate and broken hearted, while boldly proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the one and only Savior who is able to transform hearts, minds, and lifestyles.
New Life believes God has tremendous love for those who are rejected by society because of their addiction to drugs and alcohol. These people have allowed Satan to steal their dignity and control their wills, and are ready to do anything for the sake of the poisonous substances they have come to depend on as a way to cope and escape from reality.
Substance abuse causes pain, not only to the addict, but to their family and loved ones as well. Spouses, parents, children, siblings, all experience tremendous anguish. The depths of sorrow this creates in a heart can only be truly understood by someone who has themself been the child or spouse of an addict, or who has counseled children of addicted parents.
Though addicts may love their family members, so great is their bondage to the substance of their addiction, that their minds have become darkened and their emotions numb. They are unable to fellowship with their Creator, and instead of doing what God’s Word calls them to do, their whole focus is on how to get a dose of their next high.
“Not too long ago”, said Zurab, pastor of a Kobuleti church, “I met with one of our sisters in Christ who had been set free from her dependence on alcohol. During our conversation she glorified the Lord for everything in her life, including her experience with alcoholism, because the Lord was able to turn this painful and awful experience around for His glory. Now she has a true understanding of what it means to be free from evil, and realizes the value of a life dedicated to the Lord. God has used her experience to vividly show her the difference between the fall and glory, and her heart is full of love for Him.”
“ Jesus said: There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?” Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.” (Luke 7:41-43)
People who have been set free from the chains that bound them, tend to fall wholeheartedly in love with their Savior, and to live a life of passion for Christ. Their testimonies have a huge influence on unbelievers in the local community, providing living examples of God’s love, mercy and grace.
Surely the task is not an easy one. It cannot be carried out without God’s blessing and the love of those brothers and sisters in whose hearts He has awakened compassion for people viewed as outcasts by society. Please join us in praying to our loving, gracious, merciful, and caring Lord that this ministry would be His ministry, and that He would use us as instruments for His glory.