April Ministry E-Letter

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XL Project/ Love Them To Life

April, 2015 Newsletter

“Surfing the wave of grace” as we reach out to those in addiction
and to those who love them.

Joe is headed back to Guatemala on May 2nd – 9th to teach pastors how to counsel those in addiction using the message of the Exchanged Life (Galatians 2:20). He will be flying into Guatemala City and will be speaking at a church Sunday morning. He will then travel to Santiago, approximately three hours from Guatemala City, and will be meeting with the pastors from Monday through Thursday.  He will be spending several days with a college friend in Guatemala City before flying back on Saturday, May 9th.

Joe with friends during the previous Guatemala trip

Joe with friends during the previous Guatemala trip

We would greatly appreciate your prayer for the following requests:
1. Health is a major concern for anyone traveling out of the country and especially for Joe.  Please pray for protection, health, and endurance as he travels through some very rough areas.
2. Pray that the pastors will understand the message, despite the challenges of having the teaching translated from English to Spanish.
3. Pray that Joe will have no problem with connections, flights, and luggage.
4. Please pray for the remaining financial support to come in, as we are at approximately 50% of the needed funds.

Beside Still Waters: Discovering Peace in the Midst of Your Child's Addiction is now available, along with a free facilitator's guide.

Beside Still Waters: Discovering Peace in the Midst of Your Child’s Addiction is now available, along with a free facilitator’s guide.

Beside Still Waters: Discovering Peace in the Midst of Your Child’s Addiction has arrived! We are very excited to have the final product available to give to mothers who are hurting and don’t know where to turn as they deal with their child’s addiction.

The book is available from us for $10 plus s/h and can also be ordered from the major distributors such as Amazon and Barnes and Nobles. Please pray that it will be a tool to encourage moms and that more support groups will be started in local churches.


XL Project is now a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, recognized by the IRS and the State of New Jersey as a charitable organization. Our mission and our message has not changed, nor has our relationship with Grace Fellowship International.  Dr. John Woodward from GFI is one of our board members and we are still considered field staff.  Because of our status as independent contractors, we were having to pay self-employment taxes that were very difficult for us financially.  Usually it takes approximately nine months for an organization to receive non-profit status; however, God had other ideas! We received it in one month!

All donations are tax deductible and will be sent out directly by XL Project from now on.  Please pray about supporting this ministry to those in addiction and to those who love them. We are grateful for the faithful supporters we already have; however, further support is needed to reach our goal and to allow us to travel as needed, especially to Central America. Addiction is rampant in that area and very few resources are available to the pastors. One of our ministry partners made available to us the Spanish edition of Handbook to Happiness so that Joe can teach from it while he is in Guatemala. We could not do these things without your prayer and support.

Donations can be sent to:
XL Project
31A Yorktowne Pkwy
Whiting, NJ 08759

Donations can also be made by going on the donate page. Thank you for your prayers, encouragement and support.

Our book has arrived!

Our book, Beside Still Waters: Discovering Peace in the Midst of Your Child’s Addiction is now available for purchase.  It was written to support and encourage mothers who are going through the pain of having a child in addiction and can be used by individual mothers or as the curriculum for a moms’ support group.  There is a free facilitator’s guide which can be downloaded from the Media – Books section on the Love Them To Life website – lovethemtolife.com.  The book is available from major book distributors such as Amazon or can be purchased by emailing us at lovethemtolife@gmail.com.

 

Beside Still Waters: Discovering Peace in the Midst of Your Child's Addiction is now available, along with a free facilitator's guide.

Beside Still Waters: Discovering Peace in the Midst of Your Child’s Addiction is now available, along with a free facilitator’s guide.

March, 2015 Newsletter

XL Project/ Love Them To Life
March Newsletter

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners.  Isaiah 61:1

The ministry to which God has called us is truly that of binding up the brokenhearted, proclaiming liberty to captives, and freedom to prisoners. We do that through counseling individuals and couples, speaking at churches, and being available wherever He opens up the opportunities. We are seeing lives transformed as they begin to understand the message of Galatians 2:20. Recently a young woman was referred to me (Cherri) because she was shattered after finding out that her husband was addicted to pornography. She shared with me that she “felt dirty” and had no idea how to relate to her husband anymore. In the process of the conversation, I realized that she had never accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and was able to lead her through that process.  It was exciting to help her realize that in God’s eyes she was a princess, daughter of the Most High, and not dirty at all, no matter what her husband had done. Another woman came to us in pain from being abandoned by her husband.  Because she had made some wrong choices in dealing with the pain, she felt as if God had rejected her and saw her as unworthy of His love.  She had been raised in the “doing in order to be” legalistic atmosphere and was desperate to find her acceptance in God’s grace.  It was an amazing time of breaking the bonds of “trying harder” and teaching her to trust Jesus to live His life through her.  We talk with so many people who feel that they were saved by grace but need to live by legalism (rules, trying harder, working to be spiritual). These people are often feeling defeated, that they can never do enough to make God like them.  Feelings of shame and inadequacy often drive people into some sort of addiction, not only to drugs and alcohol but also to other forms of addiction such as shopping, eating, video games, etc. Finding the truth of the unconditional love of God is the first step in breaking the bonds of those addictions.

 Joe giving his "Wreckage to Redemption" testimony at Crest Community Church in Wildwood Crest, NJ.


Joe giving his “Wreckage to Redemption” testimony at Crest Community Church in Wildwood Crest, NJ.

Joe has been asked to go back to Guatemala  May 2-8th to teach addiction recovery to local pastors as well as being available to counsel. This is an exciting opportunity to return to Guatemala as he continues sharing Christ as liberator and bondage breaker of addiction.  There are costs involved in this trip that are above and beyond our monthly support.  Please pray about joining us in this outreach to Central America, where the need is so great.  Alcoholism and drug addiction are rampant and are destroying lives in frightening numbers. Please also pray that God will keep Joe healthy as he travels.

We are considering publishing the Love Them To Life curriculum in book form rather than the more cumbersome binder form. The printing costs will ultimately be less expensive than the binder and copying costs; however, there are some upfront costs for software in order to get the manuscript into proper form as well as the actual printing costs.  We are praying for God’s provision for this project so that the curriculum can reach mothers in a more professional and cost-effective manner.

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Many thanks to my daughter Ali Pavuk for designing the front cover of the curriculum. Please pray that God will provide the funding to go forward with this project.

We plan to attend the Network 220 national convention April 24-26 in Bristow, VA.

Donations toward our support may be sent now to our mailing address or can be given online here. All donations are tax deductible.

Our mailing address is:
31A Yorktowne Pkwy, Whiting, NJ 08759
Our Email address is lovethemtolife@gmail.com or cherri.raws@gmail.com.

Thank you!