Monday, June 24, 2013

REACHING OUT FOR HEALING - from Our Journey Home


We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

Jesus answered them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent." Luke 5:31,32 NLT

“Grace strikes us when we are in great pain and restlessness… . Sometimes at that moment a wave of light breaks into our darkness, and it is though a voice were saying: ‘You are accepted.’” -Paul Tillich

Reaching Out for Healing

It is not likely that anyone will visit a doctor when he is healthy. It’s only the weak and suffering who need a doctor’s care. In the past we have denied the sickness and suffering in our lives but in Step 1 we admitted our problems and we accepted the fact that we could not manage our lives on our own. After all, it’s been the pain from our addictions that’s motivated us to get help. Furthermore, we have to be honest with others if we really want to recover. We must honestly admit our problems in order to get the help that will help us to change. Only a crazy person would go to a doctor and then not be honest about what he really needed.

God is the Great Physician, the One who will ultimately heal us from our addictions. In Scripture we have a historical record of how God has healed the sick and suffering through the person and life of Jesus Christ. In Jesus, God never turned away from those in need. When people in pain came to God with their hopeful sincerity he always responded by healing them. Jesus, in giving God’s grace, not only cured the outer illnesses, He healed internal illnesses as well. The healing that Jesus offered to others helps us to understand that we are loved and accepted by God, and that his love and acceptance is available to us even before we knew that we needed it. As God heals us internally, spiritually we receive an empowerment that helps us to heal emotionally and psychologically. Spiritual health and psychological health go hand in hand. This hand in hand kind of health is the unifying, integrating work of grace.

Today God continues to work through human beings. Just as Jesus heals us for eternity, there are people who can help heal us in our day-to-day lives. In order for us to recover from our addictions, it is necessary for us to seek out and accept help from various God-given resources like medical doctors, mental health professionals and recovery support groups. These people and organizations are the most common ways that God help us recover from our addictions. They are to us on a day to day level what Jesus is to us on the eternal and spiritual level. As God through Jesus heals us internally, these people help us to see the acceptance of God and His love and healing become a reality in our lives every day. Remember, no one recovers alone.
 

This is an excerpt from Our Journey Home - Insights and Inspirations for Christian Twelve Step Recovery, by David Zailer  Copyright David Zailer, 2011

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DISCOVERING NEW DESIRE - from When Lost Men Come Home, not for men only

Discovering New Desire
I consider myself more fortunate than most for having had so many addictions. My addictions have enabled me to enjoy a perspective many people cannot see. The complex and multi-faceted nature of my drunkenness, drug use, and the generally pathetic way I lived my life proved to me beyond any doubt that I was in need of a complete personal overhaul. It also had become clear to me that the way my addictions to things changed back and forth confirmed that things like alcohol, drugs, or sex were not my most core problem. My biggest problem had been me; namely the way I thought about myself, about my life, and about God and others.
            With this reality coming into focus, I could see that for as far back as I could remember, I was deeply unhappy and dissatisfied with who I was and the life I lived. My best intentions and heartbreaking failures fused together over the years until I was entirely ready to be made into a fundamentally different kind of person. And I must confess I was also deeply concerned I might soon die because of my addictions if I did not change. Staying the same was no longer acceptable. I wanted to be different. I needed to be different.


This is an excerpt from WHEN LOST MEN COME HOME, not for men only  ~ Copyright David Zailer, 2011

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Monday, June 17, 2013

BREAKING POINT, from OUR JOURNEY HOME

 
We admitted we were powerless over our addiction, that our life had become unmanageable.

What I don't understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise. So if I can't be trusted to figure out what is best for myself and then do it, it becomes obvious that God's command is necessary. But I need something more! For if I know the law but still can't keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don't have what it takes. I can will it, but I can't do it. I decide to do good, but I don't really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don't result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time. Romans 7:15-20 The Message

“We perceive that only through utter defeat are we able to take our first steps toward liberation and strength. Our admissions of personal powerlessness finally turn out to be firm bedrock upon which happy and purposeful lives may be built.”-Alcoholics Anonymous Step 1 from the AA 12 & 12

 
BREAKING POINT

Addictions destroy people. They are a kind of self assault, a personalized form of self execution. Some addiction experts have called it “suicide on the installment plan.” Inevitably, we hurt ourselves with our addictions, usually without even realizing it. We bring destruction to our bodies, our relationships, our careers and we harm ourselves in unseen ways via the emotional and psychological self wounding which come from repeatedly doing the things that we know are not right to do. Perhaps the greatest harm done is the spiritual damage we suffer when we violate our own standards and ethics of conduct and morality.

Without help, addictions always progress as demonstrated by the ways we have increasingly violated our own sense of right and wrong. And, without help, we can lose to our addictions our own sense of identity, that is a realistic view of who we are and how our lives are being lived out. Even our own ability to make healthy choices can be stolen from us by our addictions. It’s not like we don’t know the difference between right and wrong, it’s just that addiction overwhelms us, robbing us of the power to consistently live well. It works out like this: We know what is right and we want to do right, but in the end we find that we have done the wrong thing and we usually have no reasonable explanation as to why we did the wrong thing and not the right thing, which is what we really wanted and intended to do. Looking back we’ve always known in our heart what was right and we never wanted to do what was wrong. Moreover we certainly never meant to become addicted to anything. However, in the light of honesty we will also remember how we’ve made repeated promises to ourselves, and others, only to break our promises many times over.

The Apostle Paul, who some call the greatest Christian who ever lived, offers us an insightful perspective that can be used as a sort of universal detection device for addictions. In Romans 7:15 Paul says, “What I don't understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise.” What the Apostle Paul tells us in Scripture can help us to understand that it is possible for anyone to suffer from an addiction and even the greatest among us, like the Apostle Paul, will only escape their powerlessness if they are willing to recognize it and admit it.

Amidst this difficult reality there is a bright spot. Admitting our powerlessness over our addiction is the end of our aloneness and the beginning of our recovery journey. But, unless we admit that we need help and we become willing to receive the help that is available to us, things will only get worse, they will never get better. Without help, addictions always get worse, never better.

This is an excerpt from Our Journey Home - Insights and Inspirations for Christian Twelve Step Recovery, by David Zailer  Copyright David Zailer, 2011

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NEXT STEPS, from WHEN LOST MEN COME HOME, not for men only

Next Steps
You might be wondering at this point, “Who is the person I’m going to get real with and make my admissions to? Where do I find them?” Here, I will share with you the suggestions I followed and was glad I did.
Pick someone of the same gender, perhaps from your list of “higher powers.” A local pastor or clergyman often works well, but not always. A competent counselor or medical professional can be very helpful in matters related to recovery from addiction. Above all, seek a person you believe to be trustworthy, someone who is able and committed to keep your confidentiality. I was fortunate to find someone who exemplified the love and acceptance of Jesus. I suggest you do the same because your listener will become your advocate in recovery just like Jesus is your advocate with God. Look for someone who expresses confidence in your ability to recover based on the power of a loving God. Someone who has suffered from their own addictions and is recovering is most always a good choice. You want a person who is capable of looking past whatever self-deception that is still inside of you, one who can intuitively see your truest self, seeing you as God sees you — someone who will not ignore personal dishonesty, but who will be understanding and patient with you. Look for someone who can and who is willing to offer you advice, someone whose advice you would follow. 
            Once you find the person you are going to get real with, share with them what you are intent on doing and why you feel they have something to offer you. It is imperative that you let them know you have become addicted sexually and you know you need help from others to recover. Respectfully ask them for their time, explaining that it may take more than one appointment. (These conversations can’t be rushed if they are to be effective.) Share with them your desire to develop a growing faith in God and more honest relationships with other people, and pledge to them your commitment to be as honest as you can be.
            I suggest you share with them what you have thought about yourself, others and God. But leave the faults of others out of the discussion. The wrongs of others are not your most pressing concern right now and obsessing on them may deepen your resentment and anger. Stick with the facts about yourself, avoiding unnecessary drama, exaggeration and minimization. 
 
“Tell the truth. It will confound your enemies and astound your friends.”
Mark Twain
 
            Once I spoke honestly with another person about my life and my addictions, I found it helped to take some time for personal reflection. So, I spent time alone and I thanked God for the courage and opportunity I had experienced. I realized God had been there in the midst of conversation I had with this other person. I was reminded once again that God is always there when I show up honestly, with the truth about myself. He is always one step ahead of me. I also wrote down what I experienced, and I shared it with others in my recovering fellowship. 
            Having had this “first of its kind” personal experience, I enjoyed an amazing time of sitting, quietly and peacefully experiencing my body, my mind and my heart at peace and at rest with one another. The angst, the personal resentment, and the distrust I had felt since childhood was gone. And in its place was a feeling that the world we all live in is a good world and I was a good part of it. I thanked God for the experience. I asked Him to help me continue to grow in honesty, and give me strength to consistently surrender the bondage I had lived in for so long. I felt that my experience of living with other people had been changed, and I had been changed too. I knew my recovery was not complete and that I still was very capable of addictive self-destruction, but I also knew I was no longer alone, and I did not have to bear the burden of my faults alone, but they were shared. I felt alive in a large way, part of a world of imperfect and wonderful people, who when honest with God and others, will know the strength and capability of giving life amidst all hardship and sorrow. Sharing is caring. We become a living miracle in the lives of others when we share.
 
This is an excerpt from WHEN LOST MEN COME HOME, not for men only  ~ Copyright David Zailer, 2011

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Report from Fairmont, West Virginia Regarding Local Operation Integrity Meetings


Report from Fairmont, WV regarding local Operation Integrity meetings

We meet Tuesday evenings at Tree of Life Church - 6:30 - 8:00 PM.

We have been meeting since March 1 of this year and there are about 7 men attend and take part. We come from all walks of life but with one thing in common: WE ARE ALL ADDICTS! The men have become a support for each other and each of us share how our words encourage each other each week.

We use David Zailer’s book OUR JOURNEY HOME; and even though I have read it 3-4 times, I have gained so much more insight by reading a paragraph or two and hearing the others share what it is saying to them. I encourage anyone who wants support to get involved in a similar group and glean from each person who can relate to what you are going through

We hear a lot of “ME TOO’S” at our meetings

Rev. James Saunders

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

QUESTIONS REMAIN - from Our Journey Home

Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry the message to others, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place. Psalm 51:6  NLT

"This inrush of God’s Holy Spirit heals us naturally – naturally. But it does far more than that. Indeed, as we pursue the spiritual life we lose sight of the physical benefits in our increasing vision of God Himself. We find after a while that we desire God more for His own sake than for ours."
- Agnes Sanford

Questions Remain

Matching up God’s grace with our willingness brings about a life-altering shift to our thinking, to our believing, and to the way that we see ourselves and the world around us. As a result of this shift, we have experienced changes in how we spend our time, our talents and our money. We have also seen changes in the way we eat and the way we work in our careers. Most of all, healthy changes are reflected in our relationships. We have become and continue to become the most blessed of all people. We are free to share God’s love with others in whatever ways are appropriate.

And it does not stop there. We are responsible for being good stewards of the life that God is building in us. We need to challenge ourselves by facing some tough questions so that we can keep moving away from our addictions and toward a fuller, more intimate relationship with God.

Here are some of the questions that keep coming back to us again and again…
What is God saying to me today?
What are the things that I am powerless over?
How is my life unmanageable?
What do I need to admit?
What actions do I need to take?

In the past, we avoided questions like these. We had been afraid of what the answers might reveal about us. But now, fear no longer has to hold us back. We see how difficult questions like these keep us moving forward to a life that is increasingly more honest and worth living. And after all, isn’t that what we were looking for all along?

This is an excerpt from Our Journey Home - Insights and Inspirations for Christian Twelve Step Recovery, by David Zailer  Copyright David Zailer, 2011

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A New Sheriff in Town - from When Lost Men Come Home, not for men only

A New Sheriff in Town
When we face the true facts about ourselves, we are equipped to confront the self-deception that has hurt us and others. Admitting to ourselves the exact nature of our wrongs disarms the deceived and idolatrous parts of us which have dominated our lives. In effect we tell ourselves, “The game is over; there is a new sheriff in town.” It’s a revolutionary change within. Personally, I’ve had to be very direct with myself in order to turn my allegiance away from my addictions and toward God. My admission to myself was both a personal surrender and a claim of personal defiance to that faker-impostor part of me. 

 
I give each of you this warning: Be honest in your estimate of yourselves,
measuring your value by how much faith God has given you.
Romans 12:3 NLT
 
If we claim that we’re free of sin, we’re only fooling ourselves. A claim like that is errant nonsense.  On the other hand, if we admit our sins – make a clean break of them – he won’t let us down, he’ll be true to himself. He’ll forgive our sins and purge us of all our wrongdoing. If we claim that we’ve never sinned, we out-and-out contradict God – make a liar out of him. A claim like that only shows off our ignorance.

I John 1:8-9 MSG

           
            Recovery requires that we accept ourselves and admit that which is the worst about us, and when we do this, there is a discovery of grace as only God can give. Grace is only grace when it’s unwarranted. In grace we find permission to surrender the outcome of a war that is impossible to win. The war is over, we surrendered our illusions and ourselves and survived our addictions and lived. 

 
I quit focusing on the handicap and began to appreciate the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take my limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size – abuse, accidents, opposition and bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.

2 Corinthians 12: 7-10 MSG


The heart is the deepest essence of a person. It symbolizes what’s at our core. The heart of the matter is that we can know and be known only through revealing what’s in our heart.

Brennan Manning, Posers, Fakers & Wannabes pg 147

 
            One of the great returns on the investment my honesty brings to me is when others in our fellowship say “me too” to me. When someone says “me too,” they are in effect telling me that “they too” have suffered from similar conflicts, shortcomings and sins as I have. In doing so, they help heal my perspective and how I relate to other people.

            A timely “me too” helps deliver us from the power of our secrets. Identifying and admitting shared destructive patterns breaks down the walls of isolation. The experience of being heard, observed, known, included, loved and embraced, in spite of our addictions, sins and mistakes, is transformational. When a person gives the power of love through an understanding ear, compassion and understanding soak in deeply, washing away the poison of self-hatred and condemnation. Without the establishment and re-establishment of trust with other people in this way, spiritual and emotional wholeness cannot happen. 

            Personal admissions of weakness and failure to another person may seem like a surgery of the soul, but doing so results in the freedom of a new way of thinking about ourselves, God and other people. To not risk honesty, to not trust, to not heal, to not become relationally and emotionally whole, leaves us alone and at the mercy of sexual addiction, inevitably leading to more failure and destruction.

 
When we lose the foundation of trusted relationship, we have no one to trust but ourselves, and yet it is the self that feels most foolish and incapable of making safe and solid decisions. We are in a trap. We are cut off from others. We hate our desire. We want relief from our pain. We want someone to care and comfort us, but we also want justice, vengeance. The dark desire to make our betrayer pay places us in a strange position of being both a victim and an abuser.

Dan Allender, The Healing Path

 
“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”

A.W. Tozer
 
 
This is an excerpt from WHEN LOST MEN COME HOME, not for men only  ~ Copyright David Zailer, 2011

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

THE POINT OF OUR PRAYER - from Our Journey Home


Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for the knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.


Are you seeking great things for yourself Don’t do it! But don’t be discouraged! Jeremiah 45:5, NLT


“In this life we cannot always do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” - Mother Teresa

The Point of Our Prayer

People who struggle with addictions are by no means the only people who need the deep changes that only God can make. No one is exempt. We all need God and we all need the power to live that only He gives.

The following prayers are examples of how others have expressed themselves to God. They provide us with a template we can use to express ourselves to God. These prayers will remind us that our relationship with God is always the most important thing. We don’t own ourselves anymore. We belong to God now. And He can do with us whatever He knows to be best.

As we meditate on the following prayers; the people who wrote them will become like friends to us. Their prayers will help us move and grow toward God.

3rd Step Prayer from Alcoholics Anonymous
God, I offer myself to Thee – to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy love, and Thy way of life. May I do Thy will always! Amen.

Attributed to Brennan Manning
Abba, I surrender my will and my life to you today, this very moment, without reservation and with humble confidence, for you are my loving Father. Set me free from self-consciousness, from anxiety about tomorrow, and from the tyranny of the approval and disapproval of others, that I may find joy and delight simply and solely in pleasing you. May my inner freedom be a compelling sign of your presence, your peace, your power, and your love. Let your plan for my life and the lives of all your children gracefully unfold one day at a time. I love you with all my heart, and I place all my confidence in you, for you are my Abba Father. Amen.

The Serenity Prayer, from theologian Reinhold Niebuhr
God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; and the Wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; accepting hardship as a pathway to peace; taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it: Trusting that you will make all things right if I surrender to your will; that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with you forever in the next. Amen.

Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. Lord, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

7th Step Prayer from Alcoholics Anonymous
My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do you bidding. Amen.

Operation Integrity Prayer
Dear God, I pray that I will learn to desire obedience more than blessing or comfort and to know that the greatest blessing in life is to live obedient to your will. May I learn to better give up my will and find my complete and total satisfaction in your will. My self-centeredness destroys me but seeking you and doing your will brings life to me. Realizing this, I have decided that my mind, my heart and my will, will be directed to you. I will find my purpose and identity in knowing you more personally and living more powerfully according to your Spirit. Amen.
 
 
This is an excerpt from Our Journey Home - Insights and Inspirations for Christian Twelve Step Recovery, Copyright David Zailer, 2011

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ALIGNED TO TRUTH - from When Lost Men Come Home, not for men only

Aligned to Truth

The purpose of admitting our wrongs to God isn’t to enlighten Him by filling in the gory details of our life, as if anything were a surprise to Him. After all, He knows the whole story better than we do. When we admit the exact nature of our wrongs to God, we consciously and purposefully bring ourselves into agreement with God, Who is our Hope for Life. We accept the facts of our lives just as they are without argument, aligning ourselves with God and His Truth. This our right place before God, our right place in His universe. Where before, we had aligned our lives with self-rule, deception and secrets, we now align ourselves with God’s truth, and this leads to the recovery of our heart, soul, mind and our true strength as men and women of freedom. Ultimately, no one escapes the truth, but by admitting the truth about ourselves we move toward the wholeness we have been searching for all of our lives. We are simply taking the “bull by the horns” and taking responsibility for our lives and our future. Which is better — to die with secrets and then face our Creator in arrogant deception, or to seek Him now and humbly reveal ourselves, which is a way we ask for mercy? God gives real mercy to real people. If we want life, mercy and life, we have got to get real.

 The time is coming when everything will be revealed; all that is secret will be made public. Whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be shouted from the housetops for all to hear!

Luke 12:2, 3 NLT

 
My false and private self is the one who wants to exist outside the reach of God’s will and God’s love – outside of reality and outside of life. And such a self cannot help but be an illusion.

Thomas Merton in James Findley’s, Merton’s Place of Nowhere

 
            In the past, we used self-deceit and manipulation of facts much like Adam and Eve used fig leaves to avoid exposure. But to live, we step out from our hiding places and reveal our naked vulnerability. We make ourselves accountable for our lives, and trusting in God’s mercy and care, we become ready for God to reveal His loving and compassionate nature to us. Our movement toward God is in response to the call He’s been making to us all along. We respond to The One who continuously invites us to become fully alive in Him. Our identity of origin — made in the image of God — finds rebirth as we connect with God in this intimate way. In our honest admission to God and learning how to relate to Him as Father, we are becoming the most blessed of all people. 

 
Only now, however, is the evangelical church beginning to realize that without spiritual direction, without one-on-one or small group conversations where our lives are laid open in the presence of a person gifted to discern the workings of our inner life, the disease of deception will not be cured.  Without spiritual direction, millions of Christians will continue to walk the “OLD WAY,” thinking they’re on the path to knowing God well.

Larry Crabb, The Pressure’s Off pg 42


This is an excerpt from WHEN LOST MEN COME HOME, not for men only  ~ Copyright David Zailer, 2011

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Monday, June 3, 2013

OPERATION INTEGRITY SUMMER UPDATE - June 3, 2013


Operation Integrity 2013 Summer Update                                          
 
Last year brought amazing growth to Operation Integrity. Operation Integrity’s work helping people recover from addiction, leading to radical life transformation — grew in southern California, across the United States, and beyond. All made possible by your prayers and financial support. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you and I thank God!

·        Operation Integrity fellowship groups continue helping men, women and families escape enslaving addictions and move toward honest and transparent relationships. Coast Hills Church, Lifelines at The Crossing Church, Capistrano Beach Church and Center City Church in Springfield MO host OI groups. Additionally, OI is mentoring recovery groups in Fairmont WV, Abilene TX, Atlanta GA, Sacramento and Los Angeles CA. OI is also coaching pastors and mental health care workers in Canada, Uganda, The Philippines, and The UK to develop addiction recovery ministries in their home churches and communities.

·        Our Journey Home and When Lost Men Come Home, not for men only are making a difference in many lives. I am writing a new book that will bring education on the human reality of addiction, help people connect with effective recovering communities, convey the importance of personal 12 Step work coupled with counseling/therapy, and the effectiveness of Spiritual Formation in long-term growth and recovery.

·        OI continues to provide affordable recovery programs through our 45 Day Intensive & 90 Day Transformation programs; collaborating with counselors, therapists, churches, and substance abuse treatment centers.
·        I have been speaking locally and around the U.S. — leading Operation Integrity gatherings at local churches and Lifelines at The Crossing Church in Costa Mesa CA.
·        Operation Integrity was in Leadership Magazine, Envision Magazine, Christianity Today, Covenant Eyes, Power for Living, and the Healing for The Soul Herald. I was personally interviewed for online articles by Covenant Eyes, and on The Joy In My House Radio Show.
·        OI is helping Pastors and Clergy recover from their own addictions in Ohio, West Virginia, North Carolina, Oklahoma, California, Michigan, Missouri, Texas and Canada as well as southern California.
·        Operation Integrity became a founding member in Katharos, sharing resources and experience with similar ministries, meeting with Katharos participants again in Houston TX in July.
·        Operation Integrity Weekly goes out to more than 3600 people each week.

 
Real Life Results

Fred (not his real name) is a 58-year-old father of four, married for 29 years, who struggled enslaved to pornography addiction for many years. He was a pillar in his family and church, always keeping his struggle secret, always drifting deeper into shame and isolation. The community and literature of Operation Integrity provided the resources and support to help him admit his vulnerability, become honest with his wife and move out of the isolation that emotionally strangled him. He is celebrating his 4th year in OI and his 4th year of freedom from pornography addiction.

Stacy (not her real name) is a 21 year-old woman who’s struggled with substance abuse and addictions. She has a great heart and is full of determination and tenacity. But, like addiction will do for any of us, it turned her best character traits against her. Operation Integrity is there for her, offering her a turning point through education, community, counseling, mentoring, and family support. Through OI, she has the opportunity to experience Christ empowered freedom, bringing health and balanced perspectives to her thinking and living, empowering her to address the underlying issues that trigger her desire to be intoxicated.

These are just two examples of how Operation Integrity is changing lives. To date, Operation Integrity has helped over 1000 men and women just in southern California alone. There is no real way to know for sure how many have benefitted in total, but we can safely assume it is well into the several thousands.

What We Need From You

Summer is a time when most non-profits like Operation Integrity see a drop in their financial support. However, at Operation Integrity our needs are increasing significantly this summer. There are several travel trips for me and my work at Operation Integrity that need funding, as well as our ongoing operations and the support needed for my salary, which sometimes goes unpaid. God has always met my personal needs of course and I know He will continue to do so.

I ask that you financially support Operation Integrity. (A tax deductible donation.) I thank you personally for your financial contributions, but most of all I thank you for your ongoing support through prayer.

There are two convenient ways you can financially support Operation Integrity.

1. Visit us at www.operationintegrity.org to make a donation.
2. Mail your check to Operation Integrity
                                   24040 Camino del Avion #A115
                                   Monarch Beach CA 92629.

Yours in Christ and recovery,

David Zailer
Executive Director
Operation Integrity - Helping people recover from addiction, leading to radical life transformation.

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