Testimonies have been a part of Celebrate Recovery since the very first meeting in November 1991. The purpose of the "Testimonies to Go" videos is twofold: (1) To help new Celebrate Recovery ministries get started with providing testimonies as a regular part of their weekly large and small group time; and (2) to provide encouragement to all of the courageous individuals as they grow in their own recoveries.
The videos show how God used Celebrate Recovery to change the lives of six believers all struggling with different hurts, habits, and hang-ups.
JACKIE: Jackie shares her struggles with codependency, anger and control issues. Her recovery includes dealing with being raised in an alcoholic home and the effects of being sexually, verbally and physically abused as a child. Today, Jackie has found the life God intended for her. Jackie shares about the gratitude that empowers her to do whatever it takes to provide opportunities for other people to receive freedom.
MIKE and KELLY: Sexual Addiction, coupled with guilt, shame and secrets, held Mike captive to his addictive lifestyle. Kelly, in her codependency, constantly compared herself to other women, telling herself for years how she wasn't good enough. Watch as they share their life-altering experience as they worked through restoring their relationship through Celebrate Recovery.
MINDY: "I lived a life full of crisis," says Mindy, a single mom, victim of child abuse, victim of emotional, physical and sexual abuse, and a codependent who really didn't trust anyone. Take a front seat and watch one of God's greatest modern day miracles.
JOHN: Heed the chronicle of John's life that started with beautiful beginnings of being raised in a Christian home that ended in divorce. John began to develop his serious codependency and food issues in his childhood. Go on this journey with John as he shares his story and compares his despair to that of Jonahs, and the triumph that came out of his recovery.
JAMIE: Imprisoned for the murder of her abusive husband, Jamie was introduced personally to Celebrate Recovery by John and Cheryl Baker at the Valley State Prison for Women in Central California. While incarcerated, Jamie completed and led a Step Study Group for women struggling with anger, where she was able to address some of the many recovery issues confronting female felons in the U.S. today. Since her release, Jamie has continued serving the Lord through Celebrate Recovery and other ministries in San Francisco's Mission District.
BRIAN: For years Brian was captive to his sexual addiction, sexual abuse, codependency, and issues of being an adult child of an alcoholic. Brian says "Through life I could conform to rules and regulations and look good on the outside, say and do all the right Christian lingo, but be dying emotionally and spiritually on the inside." Go with Brian as he takes his leap of faith into celebrating his recovery.