As you are probably already aware, Ohio is now known for being the “epicenter of the heroin epidemic.” This is affecting every neighborhood in the Dayton area… almost every family. Almost everyone now knows of someone that has been affected. This is not an “urban” problem. This past weekend I felt a significant need to pray about the heroin/opioid epidemic in our city. We took some time during each service and got into groups and prayed together.
We are praying that God would intervene in this crisis in our city. We are praying that every dealer at every level would either be saved or caught. We believe that God loves the dealer, as well as those who are addicted, and He wants EVERY person EVERYWHERE to be saved. We are praying that God would give our law enforcement community supernatural insight into catching these people.
I am asking that we make an intentional effort to pray for the next 30 days and cry out to God to change this situation. I believe this is a disgrace to our community and against God’s will for the Dayton area. “When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him” (Isaiah 59:19 NKJV).
The verse that has been on my heart lately is Isaiah 54:17, “No weapon formed against us will prevail” (#NoWeapon).
In addition to praying, we always try to take practical steps to put systems of care and healing into place. One of the best weapons we have to fight this epidemic is education. That’s why we are implementing Tools for School and the Hope and Discovery Center Reading Training. We also offer Celebrate Recovery meetings every Wednesday at 5:45P at our Riverdale Community Site for those with hurts, hang-ups and habits (addictions). For more info about Tools for School CLICK HERE. For more info about the Hope and Discovery Center Reading Training CLICK HERE.
Did you know that kids who aren’t reading at grade level by the 3rd grade are four times more likely NOT to graduate from high school? When kids ARE reading at their grade level, it virtually eliminates the possibility of getting caught up in the criminal justice system. Also, a child who drops out of high school is 63 times more likely to be incarcerated than one who goes on to graduate college (2009 study, Northeastern University).
Here is a powerful video that ran on NBC Nightly News last week that was specifically about this crisis we are facing in Dayton and Montgomery County. To watch the video, CLICK HERE.
Lastly, we also have several upcoming events hosted by our Barnabas Generation (age 50+). Coming soon: Dinner & Theatre (“Oklahoma!”) June 30th, Ark Encounter July 17th and a Summer Picnic August 19th! For more information on these and other events, CLICK HERE!
There are a lot of other things happening now, and coming up throughout the summer, but I wanted this week’s note to focus on the heroin issue. For all the other events see UPCOMING EVENTS section below.
P.S. By the way, last weekend the photos of Camp uReveal somehow didn’t make it into my note. Here they are!