Point Of Refuge

History of Point of Refuge

In the late 1990s, seven or eight of us had become good friends through A.A. (Alcoholics Anonymous).
What we also had in common was that each of us had come to a saving knowledge that Jesus Christ is real, and that His desire is to have a personal relationship with each of us.  By putting our trust and faith in Him and what He has done for us, we have found peace with God.

This incredible, simple truth, based on God's love for us, has so transformed our lives, it is mind-boggling!  Along with this came an increased desire and need to know more of God's Word through His Holy Bible.  Knowing we would not find this in A.A., we decided to start our own 12-Step Bible Study.  We choose the Holy Bible and the workbook "Serenity" as our reference material.  "Serenity" is simply the New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs, with certain scripture highlighted showing that the twelve steps are based on Bible Scriptures.

We got together every Thursday night from 8-9:15pm for the purpose of praise, hearing the Word of God, sharing, and encouraging one another's faith in Christ.  For the first couple of years, we met at St. Theresa's Church on 48th St. and Thomas in Phoenix, AZ.  For the next 12 years we met at Mount of Olives Church, until we opened our present facility.  Each year we have a spiritual retreat at Hawley Lake, Arizona.

In August of 2001, we began to take a more serious look at what the Lord was doing with us as a group.  For many years, we have had men from the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center coming to our meetings.  These are men who have voluntarily come to our meetings in search of a spiritual solution to life.  What we have seen is that there are many in their first six months of sobriety that seem to do okay while they are in a rehab or other controlled living environment.  But, soon after they go out on their own, a high percentage go back to their old ways.

We feel that there is an obvious need, and we believe that we have been called to fill the void.  We established a Christian transitional living experience for men in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.

Our goal is to help these men develop a solid foundation in the person of Jesus Christ, and show them how to look to His Word for direction in life.

We have experienced these truths.  We have been set free from the bondage of chemical dependencies.  We have found a purpose and a joy in life that has been given to us by Him.  May we all walk with Him, and trust in Him!  Hallelujah!

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