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The “Perfect Family”

Have you ever wished your family was like theirs? You know the one. They come into church smiling and seemingly all together. Pressed khaki’s, button down shirt, perfectly parted hair. Their kids come in holding hands and laughing. You are asking yourself, “How do they do it”?

Maybe you have flashbacks to earlier that morning to your kids fighting and your spouse not moving as fast you would like. They seem to be in their own little world and oblivious to the obvious need you have for help. Arguments ensue in the car, and you just remembered you left the baby’s diaper bag at home.

It is clear that you are going to be late…again. You pull in the parking lot…time for game face. It’s show time!

The pressure in our culture (especially church culture) to manage our appearances is huge!

We have come to believe this lie that if we don’t have it altogether (spiritually or otherwise), that it somehow reflects on God’s character and reputation.

Individuals and families crumble under this kind of unhealthy pressure, and it promotes environments of secrecy, dishonesty, and mask wearing.

Over the next few weeks, we are going to give you, our HopeQuest family, some quick and easy tools to enhance your friend and family relationships. These are going to be some of the simple skills families use at our Friends and Family seminars. They are simple, and can be used right away!

Do you have any “perfect family’ stories you’d like to share? Reach out to us on Facebook and Twitter. We’d love to hear your story. It helps to know when you aren’t alone!

A word of encouragement for our Friends and Partners in Hope

“In my anguish I cried to the LORD, and he answered by setting me free.” ~Psalm 118:5 (NIV 1984)

Often times in our anguish, trouble, crisis, or despair, we cry out to the Lord for an immediate answer to an immediate problem. We don’t want to look for destructive habits, assess weaknesses, or explore unhealed wounds; we simply want to be rescued from the moment!

But what God desires for us is much bigger – yet much smaller. It is much grander – yet much more intimate. His plan for us is a life of freedom built on intimate relationship with Him. More than a list of things to do or not do, His call to our hearts is to be with Him, not always do for Him. One of our Walking Free participants recently shared, “It is my relationship which motivates my obedience, not the other way around.”

God has blessed our HopeQuest ministry team with a clear vision for crisis care, counseling, and discipleship to those struggling with life-dominating behaviors. We are thankful for your friendship and Kingdom investment as we guide those in our treatment center on their path to freedom.

With grateful hearts,

Your HopeQuest ministry team

A 6-year-old Boy Shares Hope During the Holiday

Service Project by 6-year-old Generates Cash Gift to HopeQuest

– by Dawn Hood

Seth Evaschuk, age 6 (and discussing what the Tooth Fairy might bring in exchange for his missing front tooth) presented the HopeQuest Ministry Group with a Mason jar full of money: $200 in $1, $5, $10 and $20 bills. Seth had designed and colored Christmas cards for sale to family, friends, and his Dad’s co-workers at Lockheed. He told his parents, Nicholas and Leah Evaschuk, that he wanted all the proceeds to go HopeQuest, a comprehensive, residential treatment program offering services and resources for those who struggle with addiction and life-dominating behaviors.

Very creative and a little bit shy, Seth was quick to point out the details of his colorful artwork to Roy Blankenship, founder and CEO of HopeQuest Ministry Group. “I put a smile on that one,” he said as he pointed out the Snowman design. “My mom helped me a little with this one,” he quietly admitted directing Roy’s attention to the Christmas Tree card. “And I like the colors on this one,” he added, moving the J-O-Y card to the top of the stack. Their family friend, Gigi Dooley, is on staff at HopeQuest and Seth’s mom shared that he wanted to help Miss Gigi with her work.

The oldest of four children, Seth is a home school student whose family attends Watermarke Church located in Canton, GA. After designing, drawing and coloring the three originals, his parents had copies printed on card stock and then the sales frenzy began. At $2 per card, Seth sold over 100 cards between Dec. 1st and Dec. 23rd.  Earlier last year, Seth made Thank You cards for the Timothy Ministry which is part of his home school program. When talk turned to the holidays, Seth told his mom that he wanted to make Christmas cards for HopeQuest.

“It deeply touches my heart”, said Roy. “I pray that God will continue to make Seth strong in spirit and grow him to be a man whose gifts will be a blessing to those in his community. In the midst of the difficulty of our work and the heartbreak that we see daily, Seth’s gift is truly inspiring. Our entire staff has been encouraged and energized by his simple act to help those who are hurting.”


A Letter from Pastor Johnny Hunt…

Dear Friends:

Have you been spending tens of thousands or know someone who has for addiction programs which leave the client spinning in despair and not achieving freedom?  After experiencing similar failures, we have supported the development of and recommend the HopeQuest Ministry Group.

HopeQuest is a Professional, Christian, Intensive 12-Week (90-days) residential recovery program for persons who struggle with alcohol abuse, substance (drug) abuse, and other addictions.  This God honoring ministry has helped my family and friends, and I regularly support it.

If you have a need or know of a need in this area, I highly recommend you check our HopeQuest!

Blessings, Johnny Hunt

Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Woodstock, Georgia