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Raising money for men with addictions

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Photo by Tammy Curtis Residents of John 3:16 prepare food for the crowd at their Variety Night benefit Oct. 10 at UACCB.
Independence Hall at the University of Arkansas Community College was the site of the Fourth Annual Variety Night to benefit John 3:16 Ministries in Cord, a spiritual bootcamp type alternative to hospital based drug treatment programs. The boot camp is not deemed a treatment facility, but more so, a cure, through Jesus Christ. The gala event was packed with public officials, corporate sponsors and the general public, all of who came to support the cause of overcoming addiction, a cause that knows no socioeconomic boundaries, and in one way or the other, affects the lives of nearly everyone whether directly or indirectly.

John 3:16 has proven over the years to be one of the most successful drug and alcohol treatment options available in the MidSouth. The program was the brainchild of Bryan Tuggle, who also suffered with addiction and through salvation, found his calling in helping other men, who like him had succumbed to addiction and let it ultimately take over their lives. It is also unique in that the program is free to those suffering from methamphetamine, drug and alcohol addictions. In the mission statement, Tuggle says, "Jesus already paid the cost in full." John 3:16 is a non-profit organization which does not receive funding from any state or federal source. They, instead receive funding from local churches, individuals, local businesses and monetary donations.

The difference in John 3:16 and other programs is that the men never lose their connection with society. Their goal is not only to help men overcome addictions, but also to give them a new life in Christ and to leave their past behind. The facility is a long-term treatment option in which participants live and work with other men at the facility in the beautiful country setting in Cord, Ark., just outside Batesville. The location offers the men a refuge in which to heal not only physically, but also spiritually and mentally from their addictions. In treatment facilities, many times those suffering from addiction are placed in a clinical environment and taken out of society during the time of their treatment. Residents of John 3:16 work, attend church services and interact with others on a daily basis.

Those men who enter John 3:16 remain at the location for six months to a year. They attend interdenominational worship services and are even offered classes at UACCB to prepare them for college. Those who make it to Unity House, the halfway marker of the program, are given their first semester of classes free at either UACCB or ASU in Newport. Residents attend counseling sessions and morning Bible classes five days a week. The Unity House was made possible primarily by private donations and Unity Fest, a benefit which is held every spring at Riverside Park in Batesville. The ministry has also began a screen printing business, in which the men take in jobs of screen printing to help fund the ministry. The men also cater large events and have fundraisers throughout the year to help cover the costs associated with running the facility and increasing the number of successful graduates, who overcome addiction through Christ, and once again become vital members of society.

The master of ceremonies for Variety Night was Independence County Sheriff Keith Bowers. The 60 current residents of the facility cooked up a delicious meal of pork tenderloin and beef brisket with all the trimmings. The generosity displayed by area businesses and individuals could be witnessed by the overflowing items donated for the silent auction. Still others dug deep into their pockets to bid on the auction items, including a four wheeler, and a beautiful afghan purchased by Congressman Marion Barry as well as delicious pies that fetched over $300 each for the ministry. Independence County Judge Bill Hicks even purchased a strawberry pie and gave it back to the men of John 3:16 to enjoy.

Entertainment was provided by vocalist Shari Davis, the West Magnet Dance Team and Randall Eller, a Christian illusionist who wowed the crowd with his magic.

The grand finale of the evening was the drawing by Congressman Marion Barry for the Badboy MTV provided by Bad Boy Mowers, Woods & Associates, Sims Wholesale and Walmart. Jeff McEntire was the lucky winner of the MTV.

Those interested in learning more about John 3:16, whether it is for a family member or friend in need of help with an addiction, having screen printing or catering done, or to help the ministry with an in kind donation or sponsorship, contact Bryan Tuggle at 870-799-2525.

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This is a great thing. With so many people in the area addicted to drugs, more people need to go there, and try to become drug free.

-- Posted by rebelman on Thu, Oct 15, 2009, at 11:08 AM

John 3:16 is a wonderful ministry and with the Lord's help has turned so many lives around! May the Lord continue to bless your ministry and those involved.

-- Posted by blessedmama on Mon, Oct 19, 2009, at 2:57 AM

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