The Work of Grace During a Time of Loss

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The Ministry Village family suffered a sad loss at the end of August with the death of one of our Charis House graduates. This young lady brought so much joy and happiness to the lives she touched, and we are blessed to have been a part of her journey – however brief. Seeing her family suffer her loss, sharing the stories so many had of the good times, comforting each other – those are the natural rhythms of this inevitable part of life…death. But when the life lost is so young, and has already been through so much, it is natural that those in mourning are left to wonder what more could have been done.

The Charis House was founded with a mission of grace. Our prayer is to find opportunities to reveal God’s grace to women who are suffering from addiction — extending it like a life preserver — giving each woman something to grasp as she fights her way out of her destructive path and turns back toward the life God wants for her. Each life that we touch is precious.

The difficult truth we must face in doing this kind of ministry is that not every story turns out the way we hope. Not every woman is ready to make the necessary changes. Not every woman finishes the program. Some seem to successfully grasp what we offer, but then don’t maintain the recommendations that would make continued success more likely. Our staff, leaders and mentors stay in touch with many past clients – rejoicing in their successes, and crying along with them in their sorrows. The precious life we recently lost had graduated from the Charis House, reclaimed her life, was living on her own with her child, and was working toward completing her education and beginning a career. Things seemed to be going well for a time, but we began to see hints of drifting, and compromises that awakened concern. In the end, only she knew the struggles and circumstances that led to the ultimate loss.

What we know with strong conviction is that this young lady was a child of God. During her time at the Charis House, she was transformed from a lost and lonely soul to a person that knew To Whom she belonged. She knew God, and she accepted Him as her Savior. Her memorial service was a testament to the positive impact she had on others, her transformation, and a harvest that came from her personal knowledge of Jesus as her Savior.

We have full awareness that there is only one Savior. We believe that He is the only hope for addiction recovery. Our goal is to reveal Him to as many people as possible – to teach them, to guide them, and to plant seeds of His Word and His character in their hearts – knowing that God will do the heavy lifting beyond what we can accomplish. In our sorrow, He brings us peace.

Knowing our limitations, we keep praying. We keep trusting. We keep sowing seeds. And we continue to know and trust that God is in control.

Please say some extra prayers for our Charis House staff, mentors, clients, and alumni in the days and weeks ahead. This loss has been hard. It has been real, and raw, and has stirred up many emotions. But there is still much work to do. There are still hearts to reach and lives to heal. God isn’t giving up on us, so we can’t give up on each other.

✝️ The Charis House is a non-profit Christian-based residential substance abuse program for females. The program is designed in 3 phases, each offering stages of recovery that provide the necessary tools for a practical transition into a new lifestyle free of addiction. The faith-based recovery program addresses the client’s personal relationship with God as the foundation for healing and wholeness. It requires a willingness to change and adhere to a controlled, strict and disciplined environment, allowing life-changing experiences to occur. There is no fee to apply.

☎️ To learn more about the Charis House, click here or contact Vanessa Bettis at 850-475-1116 or

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