Celebrate Recovery is a 12-step, Bible-based prgram, written by John Baker & Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in California. Taken from the Beatitudes (Matthew 5), the program itself is self-paced and eals with many kinds of hurts, habits, and hangups. The program was started in 1991, and is now in over 3,500 churches nationwide, including California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Idaho, Florida, and Maryland.
Our meetings are held every Friday night at 7:00PM at Christian Heritage Church (900 S Nelson St, Amarillo, TX). The last Friday of each month we hold “Recovery Cafe” and special testimony night. Our local Celebrate Recovery class has dealt with many types of addictions and issues such as pornography, anger, control, self-esteem, alcoholism, drug abuse, and grief. We are dedicated to helping those that are hurting and have addictions to find the root cause of their addictions. We believe that is the most important part of recovery because, like a dandelion, unless the root is pulled up and exposed, the weed will only grow back.
Our class also branches out into several other areas besides ‘breaking addictions.’ We support the City of Refuge Ministry in Nairobi, Kenya that ministers to children with HIV and AIDS. We also reach out to those in the County Jail who are need of recovery; taking them Celebrate Recovery workbooks and materials pertaining to recovery and their situation. Although our members are here to be ministered to, the class also ministers to others in need by performing service projects throughout the year at the City of Refuge Outreach Ministry, here in Amarillo, Texas.
Our current dreams are to find a building as our own place of ministry, separate from the church. We often hear the statement, “I would like to come to a recovery class, but not at a church.” Having a place outside the church would give attendees a sense of comfort and openness, not worry if the ‘church’ they are in would judge and condemn. Another goal we are endeavoring for is starting a prison aftercare program for women. Currently, our church has facilities for men, but has not been able to expand to assist women at this time.
Carlos & Michelle Jaramillo
carlos [at] jesusmyrefuge [dot] org