“And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Christ Jesus.”
For me, this is one of the great assurances of God, that He completes what he starts. After 33 years of suffering and sacrifice for us, Jesus’ final declaration from the cross was, “it is finished!” God completes what He starts, and one of the pillars of our teaching at His Way is to complete what you start.
10 years ago, Doug Stogner came back to Huntsville with a dream and a vision to begin a Christ-centered, residential recovery facility for men. Partnering with Clyde Jones, that vision became a reality. Tragically, one year into the ministry, Doug relapsed and disappeared. This took him down the pain filled path of years of homelessness, recovery programs, and incarceration.
On November 8, 2016, Doug stopped running and returned as a resident to the program he started. He completed 6 months in the program in May of 2017, and then joined our Advanced Recovery Group for a second 6 months of recovery leadership. Doug completed that on November 9th, and continues living and working at His Way. Doug is beginning to experience completion of what God began in him some 10 years earlier.
Doug has also returned to college, seeking completion of another pursuit he began right out of high school, but too quickly abandoned over 30 years ago. As I write this, Doug is studying for his first final exam in over 30 years! That commitment reveals the nature and character of God.
Early this year, after much prayer and planning, we broke ground to build our His Way Community Outreach Center that will include office space, classrooms, a large assembly and event space, and a commercial kitchen. This project will also immediately expand our residential space from 33 to 42, allowing us to help more of the over 40 men currently on our waiting list. In addition, this facility will provide space to offer outpatient services and classes to those unable to participate in our residential program. Our vision is for this facility to become a hub for training and supporting other groups interested in beginning Christ-centered recovery programs throughout the world.
Construction has progressed well, and we expect to move in by April of next year. We’ve raised over 70% of the building cost. In keeping with God’s character and Doug’s example, we need your help in completing what God has begun among us. Please consider helping us reach our year end fundraising goal of $150,000 with a generous donation.
Visit Growing His Way to learn more about this project and how you can help us reach our goal.
God Bless You!
Tom Reynolds hails from the Pacific Northwest, and spent 25 years in full time ministry in California, Colorado, New Jersey, and Alabama. Today, Tom is the Executive Director of His Way.