Mark Burchell, the founder of The Doorway to Recovery ministry, was given a vision to provide safe, transitional housing for men and women choosing to find a way to overcome alcohol or drug addictions. Mark himself has walked in those shoes and traded up for a different pair since walking through the doorway to recovery. A fine balance is necessary if you're going to offer a hand up to someone in need but not everyone living the life of recovery carries all those attributes. God has blessed and gifted Mark with truth, action and compassion, and it's evident in the work Mark and his team put forth by the results of this teams efforts to honor God with their lives.
Lou (http://brokenheartedmom.blogspot.com/) and I went to a local radio station yesterday to speak with Mark on his program broadcast throughout the Detroit area and on the web. It was time well spent and a great discussion from the perspective of the co-dependant/enabler. Hopefully, a listener or two will have heard something in our conversation with Mark that will give them hope, comfort and a new direction in dealing with the ones they love in the clutches of death. Lou and I seemed to be in sync for certain and worked well together. When our hour was up, they nearly had to pry the headsets off of us. "No, I don't want to take them off. I'm not finished talking!", I thought. :)
The biggest emphasis we hope to make was to stress that we are not alone, nor are we expected by God or others to carry this load on our shoulders. Such a mixed message is sent out in this culture via media, friends, schools and churches. The disciples were never expected to go anywhere alone. They were always sent out by two's for safety, encouragement and to uphold each other in temptations.
Mark's been given support that way too. He doesn't carry the message alone or independently. Most of all, he doesn't carry any part of his ministry without prayer.
We are all under reconstruction until the day we die. Hopefully, God alone is being allowed to be the re-creator of our lives and open a door for us to step through to recovery.
"For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and he who keeps on seeking finds; and to him who keeps on knocking,
[the door] will be opened. "
Matthew 7:8 The Amplified Bible