Monday, June 6, 2011

The Haven: A Place of Refuge and Freedom

     One of the new ministries affiliated with  Hope Aglow is a recovery program called The Haven. On Valentine's Day this year Kevin and Sonya Davis, who own Pine Haven Printing and Design, felt led of the Lord to take over The Redemption Center in Altavista, VA. The former owners, Bob and Dee Phillips were called back into the ministry and were going to close the doors. After much prayer, God showed the Davis family " in an overwhelming way, His will." They said it was not an easy decision to make, since owning Pine Haven is a full time job in itself. They wanted to be sure they could handle both, but in the course of praying, God showed  Sonya and Kevin that He was going to bless them "exceeding abundantly above all they could ask or think"!

     They named the ministry The Haven, and things took off like gangbusters! As they prayed, people and businesses began to step forward and donate. Very soon they had the first two month's rent and utilities paid for and other monies donated to provide for books and other ministry expenses.

     People stepped forward to come on staff, an advisory board was put in place and another experienced ministry came alongside to partner with them in providing the 501c(3) status needed. They had the court system send a representative as an advisor and the courts also agreed to continue using Haven facilities as a place to send people on parole for drug violations.

     Sonya and Kevin say the main request they have for the ministry is prayer. "This ministry has the potential to affect every church, every business and every household in the surrounding Altavista area." Sonya tells us, " there is not a family on the face of the earth that is not touched by some kind of addiction." She admits their powerlessness to succeed with this ministry without the faithful fervent prayers of righteous men and women. We agree and support her wholeheartedly! She asks us all to partner with her in prayer and to enlist the help of your local church also. In return,

     - they want to offer services to your church.  If you live near the Altavista area, they "want to be a place you can send your hurting for healing,  your addicted for freedom and your babies for growing." 

They offer Celebrate Recovery on Sunday afternoons from 4:45-6:45 p.m. This class alternates with classes on Dealing with Anger and Forgiveness. On Tuesday mornings they have a Bible study for women, from 8:30 - 10:30a.m. In the past they have offered Beth Moore's  Breaking Free  and will soon start Bondage Breaker, by Neil Anderson.  Also, on Wednesday evenings there is a Bible Study which is open to the public. Chip Ingram's Celebrating Life Change is the current study being offered.

     If you or your church would like more information about The Haven, please contact Sonya Davis at 434-309-7248.

"It was for freedom that Christ has set us free" Galatians 5:1




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