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House of Hope Awareness Night set

Friday, March 12, 2010

First Baptist Church is going to host a House of Hope Awareness Night for the community to hear testimony from people who have beat their addictions.

"I teach out at the House of Hope and I am very impressed with what they offer our community and the difference it has made for the people wanting to quit doing drugs," First Baptist Church Pastor Mark Thompson said. "I read lots of articles about people on the wrong side of the law and their addictions, but the House of Hope is safe place, free of charge for people to find clarity."

Pastor Thompson has been teaching scripture to the people at House of Hope for more than a year.

"This is a proactive, not reactive, ministry," he said. "These people are hungry for God's word."

Thompson, originally from West Virginia has only been Brazil for a few years, but he loves the community.

"I think the House of Hope is one of our greatest assets to the community," he said. "I am very passionate about the community, church and the possibility to change with the help of God."

He believes many people in the community are unclear about what the House of Hope is, except what they may find out during pancake breakfasts and yard sales.

"I think the awareness would help bring understanding to the community about the efforts of the House of Hope, their needs, and value to our area," Thompson said. "If a church can be what Jesus wants it to be then it needs to have its doors."

The date for the event is March 25, at 7 p.m. There is not cost to attend the event, and a free-will offering will be available.

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But is it true that they do not accept locals to their program then why are they always asking for donations from this community if they do not want to help- our locals.

-- Posted by westsidemom on Mon, Mar 15, 2010, at 3:41 PM

westsidemom- I don't believe it is true that they do not accept local people. The House of Hope is just one facility in this organization. There have been many people from Clay County that have participated in this program, my cousin being one. Local people are sent to other facilities in other states. I believe the reasoning behind this is that, it is easier to be rehabilitated when you are removed from your surroundings, when you are no longer surrounded by the people, things and circumstances that triggered you in the first place. I have been to the House of Hope for other events and always leave feeling full of the Holy Spirt. The people housed at the House of Hope may not be current locals, but they are human beings. I think we should support them in any way we can, as someone in another state is supporting someone from Clay County that is housed at another facility.

-- Posted by huladancer on Tue, Mar 16, 2010, at 12:24 PM

The House of Hope houses people from Clay, Vigo, and other counties throughout Indiana. At times somoeone may seek admitance, but due to their previous history with someone already at the House, they may be referred to another House. Someone wanting to break a habit and have a fresh start will do so if not surrounded by people they used to buy from or with whom they "used" drugs. I hope anyone with questions will come on the 25th.

-- Posted by revmark on Tue, Mar 16, 2010, at 1:53 PM

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