|Living Free at Family Care||
|By sblankenship | 12 May 2010|
Family Care of East Liverpool is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing assistance to at-risk individuals and their families. Knowing that every person is important to God and that He desires for each of His children to live free of life-controlling problems, Family Care offers training using curriculum from Living Free.
Donny Lytle, who is the director of Family Care, recently shared about how he found out about Living Free and the curriculum offered:
A few years ago I felt as though God was calling me to the community to help people find hope for life. We were searching in different areas and really focusing on helping people to be overcomers in their lives through Jesus. My wife and I started to work on writing our own material. We had a son who was a heroin addict and went to Teen Challenge in West Virginia. There he found Christ and has been delivered. He had a friend who completed the program and was working in Bristol, Tennessee. I went to meet him and he showed me the Living Free materials that he used. I was so excited to see that all the things my wife and I were trying to put together were there!
I came home, got online, ordered some material and did the free video on the net for facilitator training. I started sharing with my pastor, and we decided to see how God might use this in our setting. A year ago we rented a small office space in downtown East Liverpool, Ohio. We started praying and asking people who would like to be a part of this. We set up training guidelines according to Living Free and our church Hope Christian Fellowship. Ten people came and have completed facilitator training and the Insight Group, along with other requirements.uote>
The question then was:How can we extend out into the church and community? People who were hearing about people going through an Insight Group were calling and signing up! We have been running steady for over a year and people are still calling to come and be a part!
We opened up a couple of other groups as well including Stepping into Freedom, Concerned Persons, Anger: Our Master or Our Servant, and we are now starting an Understanding Depression group.
This is so exciting, and now we have been given the opportunity to go into the county jail and lead Insight groups for the people there! We also have a plan that when they get out we will continue to work with them and hopefully their families.
Donny and his wife are committed to the work they have begun in East Liverpool, Ohio. He again shares:This is what God has called me to and now I am doing this full time as unto the Lord. We are just trusting Him who made the heavens to see that our needs are met as we walk out this call of God for our lives. The testimonies of people are so amazing and exciting to see and hear... people's lives are being changed, even mine!