By Michael Hennessy
The rate of drug overdoses in our communities has skyrocketed over the past year. Daily we are losing family members and friends to the ravages of drug addictions, especially from legal or illegal opiate abuse.
Monroe County saw 169 overdose deaths last year, and the numbers are rising swiftly. Some First responder units are administering Narcan and saving lives 4 times per day.
We, as Christian leaders, cannot turn a blind eye to this crisis. We cannot pretend that our churches are immune to this epidemic. But, how do we, the Body of Christ, respond? What is our solution? How do we answer the growing call for help?
We must remember that this is an attack of a spiritual nature. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. (John 10:10a)
Satan is busy doing his job. Many are dying; we must not sit by idly. Look at the rest of the verse: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10b)
Since this is a spiritual attack, we would be unwise to counter-attack with natural methods. We must turn to God for our answers, our armor, and our armaments.
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds… 2 Corinthians 10:3-4
On January 27, 2018 Church of Love Faith Center will host a citywide conference to address the growing Opioid epidemic. This full day event will be the initial step to rally our churches and communities, in unity, to learn about the problem and labor for the solution.
There will be a designated area setup with tables where local addiction support agencies and ministries can offer their information and resources to the churches and community. We will serve a continental breakfast and light lunch for all participants.
Guest Speakers will be Monroe County Sheriff Todd Baxter, Pastor Ron Gibson, Gates Police Chief James Vanbrederode. Breakout sessions: Various Recovery programs, Pastoral Training, Support group training.
For information please contact (585) 454-3270. www.colfc.org.