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John and Sally Childress Missionaries with LIFOC

John and Sally Childress, Missionaries with LIFOC.

Ministry to those struggling with Addictive Behaviors among the homeless, the vulnerable and anyone practicing destructive habits. Bringing the joy, freedom and peace of Christ into difficult and extremely painful circumstances. 

Based in London, UK

John and Sally use their life stories, experience, biblical counsel, seminars, and printed material to encourage and give bible -based tools to those who have come to the end of themselves and truly want transformation. At present, they are working alongside All Souls, Langham Place and A.S.L.A.N. to develop a Recovery ministry in the Westminster area of London.

Dates and What’s on!!

Women’s Support Group 4 -5:30pm  Saturdays. Sunday meeting 3:30pm -5pm every fourth week. Open group all welcome! At the Clubhouse, 141 Cleveland St. London W1 and All Souls Church, Langham Place for the Sunday group. We always welcome new participants.   NOT MEETING CHRISTMAS OR NEW YEARS EVE.  (contact: recoverycourse@allsouls.org).

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September  21st, 2017:  Next Free!! (our name for our new 10 week Recovery Course) begins. Join any time.  This is a Thursday evening ministry lasting 1o weeks: 6:30 -9:30pm at the Clubhouse, 141 Cleveland St. London W1. This is an open group. Just show up. Refreshments and light dinner.  Check back here later in the summer for exact dates!!!

Sexual Sanity for Men: Meeting every other Saturday from 9-11 am at same venue.  Next meeting is on Saturday June 17.

A new support group for women: Sexual Sanity for Women:  Start date this September 23rd 2017!! 11:00 -1pm.  

John’s book: The Addict’s Choices: From depths of isolation to heights of true deliverance is available on amazon. Sally is working alongside John, helping lead the seminars, and doing PhD studies in Biblical Counseling.

They are available to speak internationally, and have been based in Europe since August 2014.

  addicts choice

Check out what this one reader from England had to say:

“A gripping story of one man’s battle to overcome a lifetime of addiction. The good times and the bad times and the struggle to make the right choices.
If you or you know of anyone who is looking for a way out of making bad choices in life then this book is a great place to start.”

Listen to their  own journeys with addictive behaviors. Please click on the podcast image to download. It takes about a minute to download.

Our 4-part seminar is receiving very good reviews and if you would like us to come and present the seminar at your group or church please contact us at john.sallychildress@gmail.com

Check out John’s book: The Addict’s Choices. Available on www.amazon.co.uk and www.amazon.com, look under John Wesley Childress

Join John and Sally on Facebook, Twitter, Google plus and Linkdin

 

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Cast, crutches and London

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Life after Foot Operation, Week 7!! No one can really prepare you for weeks without walking!!  I have seen life from a completely different perspective.  It is amazing that a corrective foot surgery can lead to so much dependence.  Although … Continue reading

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I just don’t know how to get out of this cycle of guilt and shame!

We kicked off our present season of Recovery evenings yesterday with the new name, Free!!  I am sitting, the morning after, pondering the new and continuing relationships of the night before.  People need to talk, to get their story out and I listen to the pain, the struggles, the despair.  It is the first week and precious people long for a fresh start but how? Is there hope? Are they condemned to a life of slavery? Each one of these precious souls have at one time or another said yes to Christ, yet why are they still fighting and often defeated by the same behaviours, thought patterns, shame and guilt cycle. There is great hope! It may come in very subtle ways, a slow journey, in unexpected ways but it is there!  Having been leading support groups and meeting hurting individuals consistently over the past couple of years I am seeing breakthroughs, people are learning to make a fresh start in their thought life, in the avoidance of sin, in learning about the immense grace of our Lord.  People are learning that our Father truly does love them!  They are learning that the goal of our Saviour is not necessarily a comfortable life, pain has a purpose and, if we let it, it can grow us! These are participants who know severe pain, often inflicted by others.  I think of one of our delightful leaders, who shared that one day her father burnt all her college course notes and she had no possibility of continuing with that course and had to drop out.  Her father, in a warped sense of concern, thought his daughter was never going to make much of herself so why bother! How does a young woman learn godly attitudes in such a devastating circumstance, just one of many, sometimes brutal, exchanges with her father. Well, it took some time, going through cycles of drugs, alcohol and self-harm, cutting and eating. If that wasn’t enough, there is rape and the loss of two babies…..goes on and on.  She has and is learning to lean into the grace of our Saviour, often in physical pain. She spends her life reaching out in Him to those deeply struggling.

A Fresh start comes one step at a time, one choice at a time, one capture of a thought at a time.  2 Corinthians 10:5, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”  That is basically every sinful thought pattern, as you are aware, and counteract each thought with the truth of Scripture.  Sometimes life gets so tough that this journey is so very difficult to do alone. Find a loving godly community and be challenged and loved in this way!!  I think of the panic attacks and the time I spent pondering and speaking out loud the truth of Scripture, 2 Timothy 1:7.  Not easy but God is in the business of fresh starts even if you find yourself doing that time and again throughout a single day!  That is grace.

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Modern Life, Diminishing Joy?

I am in the middle of a strenuous task! Pulling together a history of joy over a considerable period of time. This is not a cut and dry task.  What is joy?  Is joy a subset of happiness or is happiness a subset of joy? Should I study both? How do people define joy? Happiness? Why on earth is this significant? This is hopefully going to be a series of blogs as I pull together these thoughts. I am working on this alongside working in real life, with people struggling with some traumatic issues. This past week there was a painful outburst as I began to read the verse in James, “Count it all joy…..” Didn’t get any further, wasn’t able to unpack anything more. I do understand. BUT, it is in the Word of God and needs to be unpacked in the context of a complete study of Joy in the Old and New Testaments.  God does understand but He has the whole picture.  We are stuck in our own little worlds, sometimes of agonizing pain. A Yale study, ongoing, starting with a reflection on the joylessness of modern life, noted that this has possibly led to much dysfunction in life and it might have something to do with the fact that up to the beginning of the 20th century, joy was related and attached to a spiritual journey.  Thoughts?    

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Update from Latest Recovery Course

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Dear Friends and Prayer Warriors, Firstly thank you for your prayers for a good start to this Recovery Course. It has started well, we are now into our 4th week, having just completed the third session. We are now able … Continue reading

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Into the New Year…

Christmas is over for another year and John and I are regrouping for 2016. As I contemplate 2015, I have to simply say, God is good. No, life has not been perfect. I DEFINITELY have not lived perfectly. But that … Continue reading

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Maybe just once is enough!

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The Recovery Course has been going well this Fall, with over 50 people participating, and over 20 regulars.  The exciting thing is that even visiting one time can have an impact. Meet Dennis: Dennis came once, then disappeared.  It happens. … Continue reading

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             Sitting with a counselor, discussing some really difficult, tragic scenarios, she reminded me that we have the privilege to serve out of weakness. This is an easy thing to say, not such an easy concept to live out in reality.  Am I prepared to admit that I do not have all the answers, that to really live in Christ is to walk against the grain of today’s culture? How can Christ possibly be “All in all” to someone whose saviour is the razor blade? or the top executive caught up in the world of achievement or success? So often I hear, either directly, or indirectly, that Jesus is not enough, that He doesn’t fill the emptiness.  Yet, He tells us, through His Word (2 Corinthians 12:9) that His grace is sufficient.

I do not have the answer to all the complex issues I hear almost daily, I often do not have the emotional strength to handle all the bombarding as people fight the truth in their pain.  There have been times recently when the tears have flowed out of exhaustion and the pain of others.  I can always speak the Name of Jesus into a story, a hurt, a pain and  His strength is real and tangible.

I do know I cannot do this work alone, nor can the person with a tragic history change alone.  We need Jesus.  We also need each other; the joy this week of two close friends calling me after a particularly strenuous and emotional Wednesday.

Be a tangible Jesus to a hurting friend!  You may a desperately needed bridge between your friend and the Saviour!

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Hoarding

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It has been a while and life has been very full. No other explanation! A couple of weeks ago, a friend invited John and me in for a cup of tea.  Well, it was an interesting experience. We waited at … Continue reading

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Everyday Moments

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Wow that was a moment! Lord! I can’t solve this one! Wish I could! As I was traveling on the train into work, I happened to be alone, or nearly alone, in our carriage. I was just staring out of … Continue reading

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Recovery and Community

One of the essential features of recovery work is community. Actually, this truth has become much more embedded in me since beginning this work among the deeply struggling. I have been provoked to consider this topic more deeply especially since … Continue reading

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