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Special Edition: The Men of TLC
If you are new at Calvary (and maybe even if you’re not), you may not know about Calvary’s ministry to men seeking freedom from the slavery of addiction. This residential program – Transitional Living into Community, or TLC – has been part of Calvary for over 20 years. It is not a namby-pamby program that treats addicts as victims or patients; rather, it calls addiction and its accompanying vices sin. TLC participants learn to submit to the authority of God by submitting to the authority of the program and its leaders. They are expected to be employed or seeking a job, pay program fees, and attend church. The TLC men are considered part of the body at Calvary.
I visited the TLC house on Sycamore Street in Brea last week to meet the current residents, hear their stories, and ask how the church body can be praying for them. Two of the seven men I interviewed have been living in the TLC house for several years. The newest of the seven had been there for six days. Several had experience with sober living homes that ran the gamut from a profit-generating business with active drug and alcohol use among residents and staff to a house with such high accountability that cameras were used for constant surveillance. The Christian foundation of TLC was a new experience, and a welcome one. Several of the men shared that they were homeless before entering the TLC program. If you have been wondering why Calvary doesn’t have a homeless ministry, the fact is that we do.
We talked about the balance the church strives to strike regarding the men of TLC. On the one hand, they are just like everybody else at Calvary. We are all sinners with a history of rebellion against God. We can only be reconciled with God by His grace, through the saving work of Christ on the cross. On the other hand, the TLC men are coming out of very difficult circumstances and need support and encouragement. Let’s pray that we as a church can consistently get this right.
I asked the men how we can pray for them, and here is what they said:
Thank you for praying! I hope you have the opportunity to meet some of the TLC men one of these Sundays.
P.S. This is the last edition of the blog until fall. Have a wonderful summer!