A Greater Power
Hook Evangelical Church believes there are no addictions that the gospel cannot break through. That’s why they’ve been investing in an outreach programme to help people addicted to cocaine.
Class A drug users often hide in plain sight.
Figures from the latest crime survey for England and Wales show that 875,000 people used cocaine in the past 12 months – that’s 2.6% of the adult population. They are the highest figures for ten years and show that more and more people are taking the drug.
It means addiction to cocaine is a big problem too. For Hook Evangelical Church in London, that’s spurred them on to do something about it – especially after seeing the wife of a class A drug user come to faith.
“Victoria* walked into our Saturday prayer outreach, seeking God and needing prayer and the Lord saved her,” says Paul Pease, Pastor at Hook Evangelical Church. “A year later her husband Dave*, a class A drug user, came along to one of our outreach courses.”
Dave had attended The World We All Want course at Hook as part of his “12 step programme” of recovery from cocaine addiction. Step two of the programme is to come to believe in a power greater than yourself.
After attending the course, both Dave and Victoria disappeared.
But last January Dave was back, wanting to know if he and his Cocaine Anonymous (CA) group could use the premises at Hook for their meetings.
“After a few discussions we agreed as long as we could have some input,” Paul explains. “We arranged for the CA group to run their meetings, but asked that we would be there to welcome, to say goodbye, and be able to tell people of the One who we believe to be the ‘power greater than ourselves’.
“So we started in February. Over the past eight months, every Monday night, 12 to 16 people meet and we have around four or five gospel conversations.
“The church has responded well to this initiative. Two people every Monday, from a team of 11, come along to greet and talk. We always have two others who stay at home and pray for us.
“It’s not without its frustrations and difficulties, but it’s the easiest evangelism I have ever done. Here are sincere and serious men and women who want to be rid of their addiction, clean up their lives, and live! It is fertile ground for the gospel.
“This is an unreached people group that includes folk from every class. I would certainly recommend other churches try it out if the opportunity arises.”
For more information about the work and ministry at Hook Evangelical Church visit their website.
*Not real names.