Devastated! … On our anniversary my wife delivered me divorce papers at my workplace… What? We were Christians, this wasn’t supposed to happen to us! The next week I drove 40 miles from our home to attend Saddleback Church. At my second visit, before the service started, I opened the bulletin and to my amazement, there it was… Hope for the Separated Man Support Group! What? (Again). I never heard of such a thing. I attended the group the following week, and after a year of healing and growth they asked me to become a leader. 16 years later I have been since, leading and teaching there each week. Moving forward, that growth led me to join and lead other church groups, even to the point of pursuing and attaining a theology degree and becoming a church supervising counselor.
Church support groups have brought so much help, healing, growth, and health to my life; and as I have witnessed, to many other lives as well. Yet, learning through all the experience that relational problems are at the root of almost every problem, I wanted to help people prior to any major relational problems. My desire and passion became to start a Relational Support Group that would help us all learn better relational skills. After 10-years of preparation and prayer, my dream came true, as last May I was allowed to start that Relational Support Group.
I praise God for all the help, healing, growth, and health Support Groups have brought into my life, and into the lives of many.