The Haven is a Christian residential program to help young men overcome addictions which is located on a beautiful farm in the rolling green hills above Greenock Scotland. The business team had the privilege of worshipping with about 15 of the men staying at The Haven. The sweet songs brought down a powerful presence of the Lord. We could have spent the entire day singing and praying basking in the preciousness of the Holy Spirit.
We shared a meal with the young men and got to hear their personal stories. They were each a miracle; lives that had been raised from the dead. One of the men who had been there for nine weeks told us his story: he had been doing heroine for 15 years and one night he had a medical emergency. His leg turned black after shooting up into a vein in his groin. He called every relative and friend he could think of to pick him up and no one would come. A man from The Haven had given him his card and in desperation he pulled it from his back pocket and dialed the number. Much to his surprise the man answered and dropped everything to pick him up and bring him back to his home. He was stunned and amazed that a total stranger could care about him to that extent.
He now lives at The Haven, 31-years old, free of drugs, living a life he never knew was possible. He said that he has never been so happy in his life and the changes that he is experiencing now as a Christian are almost surreal. He said if his life has changed this much in nine weeks, he could hardly imagine what his future could hold. His eyes danced with wonder, joy and expectation.
Appropriating these experiences of God’s glory for our own is addictive. While we were there visiting, two of the lads who were newcomers to The Haven prayed to invite Jesus to be Lord of their life with the members of the business team. Indeed whom the Son sets free is free indeed.