Essays & Testimonies

Taylor's Testimony

posted Mar 7, 2016, 5:43 PM by The Way Homes Inc Sober Living Ministry   [ updated Mar 18, 2017, 5:31 AM ]

3/1/2016

My Name is Taylor Wilson

The following are a few words about The Way Homes organization. A little less than four years ago this 65 + year old Army Veteran arrived a broken man. Alcohol abuse all but consumed my life. At the suggestion of my guidance counselor, who I still have, I fearfully took that first step for some help. She knew the ministry leader, Mr. Greg Anderson, and knew I would be in good hands. Much to my relief, I was very well received. Soon after, I came to know happiness, peace and usefulness as a way of life that becomes more wonderful every day.

God has done for me what I couldn’t do for myself. I have established, in time, a fine network of like-minded individuals who have given their hearts and souls to Jesus Christ in sobriety. I am also a church member and attend regularly. I finally realized there was indeed a power greater than myself… that power is God!

I have placed myself unreservedly under His care and direction and have admitted without Him I was lost. I now pray quietly to ask for His directions and strength when dealing with life’s problems. We are all on life’s journey and at various points on the road to recovery. I realize now how important it is to develop a relationship with Jesus Christ and the other members of our community.

There is something indeed that is different about The Way homes. This is the best I have ever felt in my life. I am proof that God does not give up on anybody no matter how far in life’s journey they have come or what their past was. I look forward to rejoicing in a new day and to be a living witness to the awesome power of God.

10-31-2013 Sarah's Share

posted Oct 31, 2013, 1:37 PM by The Way Homes Inc Sober Living Ministry   [ updated Mar 18, 2017, 6:07 AM ]

Dear Friends,


My name is Sarah and I work at the office at The Way Homes. I started out as a volunteer in the store a few years ago and my love for this ministry has been growing every day.  Everyone working or volunteering here is a missionary, and I truly believe that with all my heart. Every person that I come in contact with, whether a customer or a volunteer, needs love and encouragement.


One day as I was working in the store, a lady dropped off some donations. I started talking with her and she was told me all about how the Lord has been so good to her. She then started shared a bit more. Her health has failed greatly over the last couple of years, but God always got her though each day. She was having a hard enough time standing and moving, but I decided to ask her if she had plans for the rest of the day, and she stated she did not. So I asked if she would consider volunteering for the day. Her response was that she would love to. She stayed all day, and we built a great connection. God works in many ways.  I was there for her, as a friend to talk to, and she in return was such an encouragement to me in how she loves and trusts God. 


Part of my job is to speak with those who want to donate clothes our furniture to our two thrifts stores. I recall one woman who shared about some pain her life. It was the middle of the day when I got the call about the donation on the phone.  She had arranged for a pickup of furniture in which she thought would be such a blessing to us. She had to work out some details, but she called to see if we wanted them and that she would call back later in the week. She started talking about her life and how she was just in a rut and starting crying. I stayed on the phone call with her for an hour. We prayed over the phone and talked about God’slove for her.  We ended the call and I prayed that everything would work out for this lady. The next week at our Free Friday Family Flea Market I heard someone call out, “Does anyone know Sarah?”  I introduced myself and she told me who she was. We wrapped our arms around each other, like old friends. She told me how her life was starting to turn around. She stayed and volunteered the rest of the day.


This is why we are here….. This is why I am here. To share Christ’s love with others.  Please continue to pray for us and those we can minister to.


To God be all the Glory.


-Sarah

Jerome's Testimony

posted Oct 31, 2013, 1:36 PM by The Way Homes Inc Sober Living Ministry   [ updated Mar 18, 2017, 6:03 AM ]

Hello, My Name is Jerome Turner. Since being here at The Way Homes, and
with the help of God, I am learning how to live and love.

I came to The Way Homes, from prison, broken and lost.  I had a “don’t
care” attitude and was content to live a cantankerous and capricious life
style. This all has changed since coming to TWH’s where I have learned to
be interdependent. God made us relational people and I needed to learn how
to lean on some people to help me. Due to this change my perception of
concern has shrunken and my circle of Influence is growing. I am no longer
a reactive person. I am now a proactive person. Thanks Be to God, and The
Way Homes.

Let me share a personal experience with you. Just recently I had an
opportunity to pray with a guy who came to one of our thrift stores, He
felt down and was struggling. We prayed together, cried together and
trusted in the Lord for a positive outcome.  He contacted me a few days
later and shared how grateful he was that we were there.
He shared how God had moved in his life and now loves the Lord. He said it
is because we are a Christ loving ministry where we are able to help and
serve the community. To continue to serve those around us and those we
interact with, we need more supporters so that we can help more, serve more
and pray with more people who we come in contact with every day.

Without this ministry I would not have met my little friend who is in
kindergarten who loves to come to our Free Friday Family Flea Market. This
is a child who comes to see me and pray with me and he just brings a smile
and joy to my heart. This is what your support does. It has a ripple
effect. Thank you and please continue to support us in Christ's work.

All things are possible with God.

-J.T.

Sick 'n Tired?

posted Mar 25, 2013, 11:17 AM by The Way Homes Inc Sober Living Ministry   [ updated Mar 18, 2017, 5:21 AM ]

2/4/2013

It's a miracle!  By the Grace of God many have discovered the answer to the age old quest seeking to wake up the morning after the "Big Party" without that "head splitting" hangover.  That’s right!  Enjoy the Super Bowl Party, New Year’s Eve, your best friend’s bachelor party and the party of the year and wake up completely free of "The Hangover".  You will have more fun than you can believe and wake up not only remembering everything but also, in most cases, you will not regret anything you did the night before. 

If you are sick and tired of being "sick and tired" make the call.  Many have used this method and look forward to sharing with you.  It costs nothing to get started and the financial, social and family benefits are immediate and last a lifetime.  Today is a great day to start.  Sign up now and as an added bonus you get to keep your memories of all past hangovers and embarrassing moments.

It really works.  If after trying it free for 30 days it doesn't work, your misery will be totally refunded.  Hope to hear from you!

For Crying Out Loud

posted Mar 24, 2012, 2:42 PM by The Way Homes Inc Sober Living Ministry   [ updated Mar 18, 2017, 5:06 AM ]

I looked up the word "cry" to see how many times it was referenced in God’s Word.  157 times in the NIV the word cry is used. Many of them used to cry out to the Lord.  I believe God designed us to cry out to Him. Our cries remind us how very much we need God.  God allows us to go through trials in order that he can show His power by hearing our cries and delivering us from our afflictions and giving us peace in our time of suffering.

A few months ago we told of a man who had been suffering from serious drug addiction for many years.  This man cried out to the Lord and the Lord heard his cries and delivered him from his addiction.  It was truly amazing to watch this man turn his life around and follow God.  He was so excited and seemed to be on a wonderful path.  Unfortunately, like many before him he took his eyes off the prize and has made a decision that is simply counter to God's Word.  It is hard for all of us when we see this happen.  We understand that we cannot help everyone, but we are not willing to concede any of these individuals without a fight.  So, we are crying out to the Lord to show us.  What more can we do to help these men and women succeed who come into The Way Homes with every intention of doing so?

These are men and women who have lived hard and confusing lives.  Often they have lived under generations of dysfunction.  We don't want to give them a pass on their behavior, but the facts are the facts.  They need serious discipling and mentoring or the chances are they will return to the only way of life they have ever known.  That is what this man has done for now.  We ask you to join us in praying for him to return to the Lord and walk in His way before more damage is done.

Now it is our time to cry out to God's people.  We cannot do this by ourselves.  We are crying out for Godly men and women to become mentors to these individuals.  You don't need any training in drug and alcohol counseling.  You just need to take the things that you have learned and received, heard and seen in the Lord and share them with another person.  Read up on Titus 2:1-8 where we are to teach the younger persons the things you have been taught.

This is not a time consuming effort.  Once you get to know your new friend a regular phone call is all that is required.  Maybe an occasional cup of coffee or quick bite to eat.  Most these individuals are fun to talk to and get to know.  We need to help keep them focused on this new way of life until they are firmly grounded in the Word.  Please consider showing the love of Jesus through this opportunity.  We will work with you to help get started.  Once an individual leaves The Way Homes we cannot keep up with them, but you can.

We are stretched so thin and really do need some help.  If you can't help right now,  please consider making a monthly financial contribution to help us hire an assistant to our only full-time staff member who oversees up to 24 men at a time.

Thank you, Lord, for designing us For Crying Out Loud.  Hear our prayers!

No. No! NO!!!

posted Aug 23, 2011, 5:53 PM by The Way Homes Inc Sober Living Ministry   [ updated Mar 18, 2017, 5:07 AM ]

Anyone who has parented a child can probably hear themselves saying, “No. No. No!!!”  How about this reverse?  Has your Heavenly Father ever said, “No. No. No!!!” to you?

At The Way Homes we believe God has given us a vision.  A clear vision that cannot be mistaken.  That vision includes keeping the ministry all about Christ and how He would never compromise or water down the truth.  Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever.

The Way Homes are now at another serious crossroads.  (There will be many more.)  We know that we know, that our God, who created all, has called us and now many others to build, run and support this ministry.  Lives of men, women, families, and future generations are changing as we spread the message that drugs and alcohol are not what gets you high.  Jesus is this Most High and his Gos-pel is the only pill we will ever need.

Other wonderful and still successful rehabs are up and running with the support of State and Federal money that dictate how recovery may be done.  While they may still slip a little Jesus and scripture in they are largely limited in who and how the participants are ministered to.  We know the same funds that are available to them are available to us.  All we have to do is compromise and change from all Jesus to a little back room only Jesus.  So we took this in prayer to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  Guess what he said?  “No. No. No!!!”

We have heard loud and clear the answer is "No."  No to having secular agencies that will tell us to hire counselors who will follow the way of this world.  No to allowing participants to follow made up and mystical gods.  But can we at least take some state money if we say we won't talk all about Jesus?  No.

So, how do we offer the men and women of The Way Homes the best possible care with a fraction of the financial support that the secular recovery facilities have?  Of course, we continue to cry out to the Lord of all and we cry out to His people.

God's people have a wealth of resources.  That is why we have so much, because He wants us to use it to build His Kingdom.  He has given each of us gifts to use.  Some of us have gifts to motivate others into action.  Some of us have knowledge of how to build a business.  Some can write a check.  Some can pray.  Others are laborers.  Whatever you do, do it for His glory.  As many who love him and follow him know, we can't out give the Lord.

I have been working with people in addiction for a long time now.  One thing we have discovered is that they all have one thing in common.  They seek a ‘high’ that they will never find in a drug or a drink.  Many of these individuals are ‘ripe for the harvest.’  Help us to reach them before the world once again distracts them with answers that ultimately fail them.

We now have a capacity to house and disciple 29 individuals.  We have a staff of two in comparison to a well known local rehab that has a capacity of just over 40 and a staff of dozens.  We are a foundational ministry that needs all the gifts of God's people if we are going to succeed long term (eternally).

We have many men and family members who would love to share their testimonies.  Please stop by "The Way Corner" at 2406 Mountain Road.  Come see and hear the vision and experience firsthand what God can do with a few people who say yes to the Lord!

A Soft Heart

posted Jun 15, 2011, 12:11 PM by The Way Homes Inc Sober Living Ministry   [ updated Mar 18, 2017, 5:06 AM ]

The stretch of Mountain Road between Hog Neck Road and Outing Avenue continues to be a place where God is mightily at work.  We witness daily the struggles and successes of the men at The Way Homes.  Every second, minute, hour and day that the men do not give into the temptation of their addiction is a success.  The road of recovery is a long road with many stumbling blocks along the way.  Their addiction is the Enemy's major tool.  So, at the end of the day when one of the men retire for the night and have remained clean throughout that day, this is a major success.  I would like to share a short story about one of our newest residents.  “John” came to us only a couple weeks ago.  His clean time is only that long.  When he first came into The Way Homes he exhibited a hard, rebellious and unteachable spirit on the outside.  But we did witness small glimpses of a softer side.  The following is a recount of one such example of that side.

On the second Tuesday of every month a group made up of Severna Park E.P. Church members and The Way Homes staff and residents meet in the parking lot of the Restoration & Salvations Thrift Store.  We go to the Baltimore Station Men's Shelter to prepare and serve them dinner.  Last night we were joined by some of the SPEP Middle School Youth Group.  “John” came with us.  We had a great time preparing, serving and then join the men to eat dinner.  Since there were so many newcomers to our group, we were taken on a tour of the facilities and given an overview of their recovery program.  At the end of the tour, “John” asked if he could say a few things to the middle school youth.  He began by asking them their ages and then told them he was their age when he made a bad choice that landed him where he's at now.  He gave a brief testimony.  He told them that they would be faced with the same decision that he was faced with when he was their age.  He challenged them in what would their choice be.  “John” stepped out in vulnerability, lead by what I believe was the Holy Spirit’s prompting, to touch and make a difference in the lives of these youth.  His testimony was delivered from his heart with such caring.  I believe the youth that were there did not walk out the same as when they walked in.  Their thinking was definitely changed.

This is a small sampling of what The Way Home Ministry is about.  Making A Difference in the lives of many; the men in The Way Homes, their families and as “John” did last night, our youth.

If you aren't already, please consider becoming a supporter of The Way Homes ministry.  We are a new, upcoming, struggling ministry.  We need your prayers, your time and your financial support in order to continue this vital work God has called us to do.

If you are a current supporter, let this story encourage you in the way the Lord is blessing your giving.

 

God Bless,

Sharon Schaible. Administrative Leader

On behalf of The Way Homes, Inc.

The Way Homes are MAD!

posted May 25, 2011, 1:20 PM by The Way Homes Inc Sober Living Ministry   [ updated Mar 18, 2017, 5:33 AM ]

We are 'MAD' in the way true recovery is being done. No, we are not angry; we are Making A Difference!

We are not only 'MAD' in men's lives but their mom's, dad's, brothers' and sisters'. Their employers are changing. The children of these men have gotten back new dads with a heart to disciple future generations.

The Way Homes are definitely 'MAD' and all who belong to the Kingdom of God rejoices.

Its been a long journey for the families of these men who strayed from the path and now God is "restoring the years the locust has eaten."

Help us make a difference! We need much support. This is not a completed mission; its an evolving mission. Like all works, we are in a process. We need your gifts and talents to advance. The store needs volunteers. Just stop by for a few minutes and hang out. You will feel the joy and witness the needs and areas you can help.

The build out costs were significant. Your cash donations will set us on a quick path to move on to fulfill the vision to further assist these men and the families who need healing.

Pray, pray, pray. You can do this better by getting to know us as leaders and the men in recovery.

Men ndash; be a mentor, offer a ride to work, job interviews, stores, meetings, church, appointments. Many of the men will only make it if they hang with the winners. Be a brother ndash; offer a cup of water in the sweet name of Jesus and the blessing will be yours.

We believe we are just getting started. Soon we will look back and remember the early days of this wonderful ministry when we all were lsquo;MAD.rsquo;

God does not call the equipped. He equips the called.

The journey begins...

posted May 25, 2011, 10:50 AM by The Way Homes Inc Sober Living Ministry   [ updated Mar 18, 2017, 5:31 AM ]

May 16, 2011

The journey begins. Actually if someone you know is a new participant at The Way Homes, the journey has probably been way too long already. We are confident that The Way Homes can be the starting point for every man who is truly ready to follow the one and only One who has all power, that one Jesus Christ.

Each participant in this program has been thoroughly interviewed and understands fully that we are not a secular home where men pick and choose what sort of higher power they will follow. While we are non-denominational we are 100% scriptural. We believe The Word of God - the Bible - to be the ultimate Truth and Way which we are all to follow. With this understanding we would like to point out some things to the friends, relatives and sponsors of those who live in and participate in this wonderful journey of Christ-centered recovery.

Principle one in the road to recovery states: Realize I am not God. All of us fall short including the leadership at times. When the men fall short we want to follow the Scriptural Principles that states we are to come along side them and help them grow. When we fall short, many times the men tend to get on the phone and condemn us as being unchristian like. Many times our falling short means we didn't do what they thought we should do and they tend to lash out rather then come talk to us.

We are discovering more and more that when a man starts taking his will back he will focus on every possible injustice and exploit it to the point where resentments and anger will exaggerate even the most smallest of oversights.

We have even had men who, having made a decision to return to their old habits, have told their support group that they need money to pay for things or they will be forced to move. They then use the money to support whatever their addiction is.

Each man is told they must have a Program sponsor who can help them through tough times so that they don't make poor decisions on their own. Your experience with the participant may include such behavior in the past. Maybe you have even been the target of false accusations. We assure you this is not uncommon for men who have taken back their will.

We encourage all who are praying for a man, related to a man, assisting a man, mentoring a man, or simply know a man in recovery to get involved in the program of recovery yourself! We recommend Celebrate Recovery® co-dependent small groups, Al-Anon and Thursday morning Prayer & Share at the thrift store to help you better understand what you can expect and how you can keep from enabling the man you want to help.

We ask you to be proactive in helping us recognize the early signs of relapse by staying in touch with the leadership of The Way Homes at the first signs of your friend or relative starting to place his focus on our shortfalls. The following is a list of options of leaders you may call if you feel something needs to be brought to our attention. Your call is treated with confidentiality and will be handled with sensitivity and care.

The Way Home Leaders are:

  • Gregory J. Anderson, 410-599-4003
  • Mike Bordenski, 410-245-3855

Our administration leader who can answer questions regarding funding is:

  • Sharon Schaible, 410-255-5577

We have a Pastor of a local church who knows the men and considers himself the Chaplain of the ministry:

  • Bill Evans, 410-562-9179

Greg's wife has been a member of Al-Anon for almost 15 years:

  • Sheri Anderson, 410-599-8094

While we believe everybody has the ability to make a new start we also believe that old behaviors demonstrate the possibility of relapse. We are committed to these men and pray that each one will thrive here when they honor Christ in all they say and do. We believe Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. We do not change the way God has called us to lead this ministry. We are committed to honoring God in all we do and when we fall, we need Grace not condemnation.

Grace is why we are here. Grace is what we need to give.

May His Grace be with you,

Gregory J Anderson
on behalf of The Way Home Leadership Staff

Testimony letter Apr 2011

posted May 25, 2011, 10:49 AM by The Way Homes Inc Sober Living Ministry   [ updated Mar 18, 2017, 5:46 AM ]

Alcohol and Drugs have affected almost every family in our society at some level. Addiction knows no boundaries. It has destroyed the well-educated prosperous individual as well as the young and inexperienced. The Way Homes Inc. is dedicated to the pursuit of changing the way recovery is approached.

While we are supportive of secular 12 step programs and even use them as part of our recovery, but we believe that there is no sustainable recovery from any addiction apart from Christ's power at work within us. We have been greatly blessed to witness men find true salvation in Jesus Christ through the process of their sobriety and rebuilding of their lives. Addiction always affects more than just the person with the addiction. As you will see from the following short testimonies, the affects of abuse and the results of recovery are far reaching into future generations, our communities and society in general.

Tom's family had been destroyed by his drug and alcohol abuse. Tom has been sober for two years and helps lead one of The Way homes. He is devoted to serving the men. Tom attends several Bible studies and has a home church where he is a servant. Today Tom's two little girls have a clean sober Christian dad who they can look up to.

Mr. Tom had been in over 15 rehabilitation programs and had a history of alcohol abuse for over 40 years. He was separated from his wife. Shortly after celebrating his one year anniversary at The Way Homes, he and his wife reunited.

Dan has been clean and sober for 18 months and remained so even through 26 weeks of special training in the U.S. Army. Dan may soon be on the battlefield as a Medic helping wounded soldiers and offering comfort to others who may consider alcohol or drugs the only answer.

The Way Homes began in 2008 with the mission to provide a healthy drug and alcohol free environment for men who are looking to break the generational curse of addiction through the healing power of a Christ-centered program. We understand those who are not in the recovery community may tend to think only of the men, who by their own free will, have destroyed their health, finances and relationships. We look at the BIG picture... Help a man, who is truly ready, and you will be making a difference in the lives of many and the future.

Please prayerfully consider joining us as a prayer partner and/or financial supporter. We can do together what we could not do alone.

May God Bless you and Keep all whom you love,

Gregory J. Anderson
Founder

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