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FIGHTING ADDICTION IN SIBERIA: MISCHA AND VICTOR

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“Mischa? Is that really you? We thought you were dead. What happened to you?” Its easy to understand why old friends would be incredulous. Mischa, his younger brother Victor and their siblings were notorious in their Novokuznetsk neighborhood as teenagers. The Wretched Neighbors knew them as “the wretched.” Using and dealing drugs – mainly heroin – creates that kind of reputation. The questions came when they revisited their old turf. Where they once preyed on people, they returned to pray for people. They humbly shared their story with Jocelyn and I on our mission trip to Siberia in August 2017. We spent an afternoon with the brothers and were impressed by how understated and matter-of-fact they were about the miracles…

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WAVING ALCOHOL GOODBYE: CORDELL’S STORY

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“My name is Cordell Banks. I am a follower of Jesus Christ and I am an Alcoholic.” Since finding freedom from alcohol Cordell Banks has been a pain in the Devil’s side. Cordell shared his inspiring story when he was baptized as a follower of Jesus on Sunday March 12, 2017 at North Pointe. He’s a strong supporter of others looking for deliverance. Cordell’s courageous vulnerability offers hope for those dealing with pain through addiction. I Drank To… … cope with all of life’s pain and challenges. … cope with the pain of not knowing love or how to love. … cover up the shame, guilt, embarrassment, fear and anger for many years of abuse. I drank to fit in….

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To Write Love on Her Arms

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Jamie Tworkowski, didn’t set out to start a nonprofit organization. All he wanted to do was help a friend and tell her story. When Jamie met Renee Yohe, she was struggling with addiction, depression, self-injury, and suicidal thoughts. He wrote about the five days he spent with her before she entered a treatment center, and he sold T-shirts to help cover the cost. When she entered treatment, he posted the story on MySpace to give it a home. The name of the story was “To Write Love on Her Arms.” Renee’s Story “Renee is 19. When I meet her, cocaine is fresh in her system. She hasn’t slept in 36 hours and she won’t for another 24. It is a…

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LAURIE’S STORY: FREEDOM FROM ADDICTION

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Laurie understands what it is to descend into addiction and hopelessness. She used to live there. Laurie also knows what’s it like to find freedom and wholeness. She’s a freedom fighter now – sharing her story to help others find freedom. I’ve known Laurie and her family for almost ten years since they started attending North Pointe. LAURIE’S STORY: FITTING IN I grew up in a religious home and had good parents, but I was never sure where I fit or found acceptance. When I was 12 years old I discovered alcohol, and instantly I felt like I was able to make friends and be the life of the party – I finally fit in. For years I drank on…

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