Every morning, the doors of schools all around Texas open, the hallways are filled with children, adolescents and teachers and students are confronted with choices about using alcohol and drugs. Research has shown us that if a kid can feel like they are not alone and that their peer group is saying “no” to drugs and alcohol then they have a 90% probability of being able to say “no” to drugs and alcohol. As Baptist churches in Texas, we have a tremendous opportunity coming up on October 19 so show the children and adolescents in our community that they are not alone. If fact, the church can make a powerful statement on Recovery Sunday to encourage both children, adolescents and teachers in their quest to take a stand against substance abuse.
All of us can do something and I encourage your church to begin by at least having a prayer time to encourage and affirm the need for prevention and education in your community. At the same time, I encourage you to consider making a powerful statement by preaching a message on recovery, having a testimony in the service, have a special rally for parents and youth etc. There are many ways to make a statement on October 19. The Substance Abuse Ministry has some resources available on the CLC webpage to help you in this endeavor.