My name is Darren Revlett and I’m the director for RU Chapter K1015 in Livermore, KY. I’m a disabled Marine Corps veteran.
The reason I was first drawn to RU was that I had a story much like Bro. Curington’s. I spent almost 10 years as a functional alcoholic upon returning home from active duty. Satan used the memories of the trauma I suffered while on active duty to keep me in bondage to sin and succeeded for a while. The truth is though, I was a willing accomplice in this imprisonment.
I grew up in a Christian home with Godly parents that sacrificed to provide me a Christian education. Much like the prodigal, I found a far country and squandered all the opportunity that had been given me in riotous living. The emotional baggage of my service I carried sent me farther down the spiral. I finally reached out for help, but soon found myself surrounded by enablers at every turn. Whether it be the VA, whose solution was always a handful of different pills, or my friends and family who meant well but just didn’t understand what I was going through or know how to help. I was filled with rage and anger. I began drinking and abusing prescription medication even more.
Well, I’m glad to report this story has a happy ending as I was gloriously saved and set free from the chains of addiction by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! I was introduced to RU a short time later by my pastor, Jonathan Turner, who had carried a burden for this ministry for some time and felt the Lord’s guidance in starting a local chapter. As I began to learn about RU, the Ten Principles and hearing Steve Curington’s amazing testimony, I knew God was at work in my life and that he had used these trials to help conform me to be an instrument of His will in bringing this ministry to our community. I was reminded of II Corinthians 12:9, “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
I can’t begin to express what a blessing this ministry has been, from the time I completed my first challenge in the Overcomer booklet, the first entry in the “It’s Personal” Daily Journal until today, the RU curriculum continues to be used by God to help perfect me and keep me “living freely in a bound world” as Steve Curington said. There is a peace that lives within me today that “surpasses all understanding” and the “stinkin’ thinkin’”, as Ben Burks so aptly calls it, has been replaced with meditating on those good things that come from above. I can’t imagine life without RU and our wonderful RU family.
My wife, Christine, serves as secretary of our local RU chapter and we enjoy the support network we have in our RU family and the local church. Unfortunately, though there are way too many brothers and sisters in arms along with civilians that are still struggling to find that happy ending. These heroes need and deserve our help. In RU we all strive to become Psalm 1 Overcomers and as we reach out to these that have sacrificed so much for us I would encourage us to also become “Psalm 142 Caregivers”, and care for their souls.
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Estimates tell us that 22 veterans a day commit suicide and it’s clear that social and government programs, no matter how well intended, are an abject failure.
We know what these individuals need! We have the answer! It’s not in more pills, not in more therapy, not in more handouts but in the victorious life found only in Jesus Christ, which is the heart and soul of the RU message!
One Friday night a little over 5 years ago I came walking into an RU Recovery Program on a Friday night. Of course, I wasn’t there because I was an addict. I had nothing wrong with me, you could just ask me. No syringe in my front right pocket, no pipe in my front left and no bottle of booze in my rear pocket. As a matter of fact, I had given up drinking about 2 years earlier as it was a problem in my life. I was there because my relationship was rocky and I was doing/feeling ways that I shouldn’t.
So after checking out some YouTube videos and testimonies, I gave it a try. Of course, I came in late, I didn’t want to be associated with “these” people. You may ask who “these” people were. Well, they were the Bible thumping church goers and the strung out drug addicts and drunks. See, I couldn’t stand drunks and addicts. I had to deal with too many in my professional life and alcoholism and drugs had touched my personal/family life as well. So I snuck in there and sat in the very last row. About 15 seconds into the first Principle video, I said: “I’m coming back”.
About 3 weeks later, October 15, 2011, I made a personal decision to accept Jesus Christ as my Savior. BOOM! There was immediate change! I know, I was rolling my eyes about these testimonies 6 years ago, but it happened. I lost my sailors tongue immediately. And yes, I was a sailor for 10 years. Next, He showed me bitterness against loved ones and friends I had, then anger and my wandering lustful eyes. About a year in, He took my can a day of Copenhagen away from me after 27 years of trying to quit. I was simply amazed at God’s goodness.
Here’s the kicker. He kept throwing addicts and drunks at me all over the place. He even put me in a position to lead a group. I struggled with loving an addict, but He kept testing me until my heart was broken for addicts and addictions and I started showing them, love. I finally surrendered completely to ministering to addicts in the RU Recovery Program. I am now an assistant director of a local chapter and devote my ministry and free time to helping the hopeless and showing them hope from their bondage. It can be both heartbreaking, and rewarding. I know this when an addict is ready, we are here to show them that “Only the Truth Makes Free”.
See you don’t have to be a junkie to need recovery. Our program is a faith-based behavioral modification program. The goal isn’t to clean up an addict from the outside, but to clean up the heart from the inside. When the heart changes, the outside/behavior will follow.
He continues to work on other issues that are not pleasing to Him by discipling me through the RU Recovery Program. For this I am grateful.
Because of Him,
“And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbors saying unto them, rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost” -Luke 15:6
My name is Sara Jackson and I now have victory in Christ. I’m 20 years old and I am from Houston, Texas. At an early age, I became obsessed with the party lifestyle. Sneaking out to night clubs in search of attention and fame, I ignored the warnings of my parents. Real life quickly began to fade as I found myself entangled in a web of strangers, music, and drugs. There was a deep, painful void inside my heart I tried so desperately to fill. The thought of my future was often a concern that haunted my mind…when would I wake up from this nightmare and get my life together? It felt as if I was running from everything, all those problems, but going nowhere. Truly I was running from God and it wouldn’t be long until He stopped me dead in my tracks of sin.
One night after leaving a familiar club, I headed to a friends’ house where I planned to get high. I ended up overdosing on acid. They frantically rushed me to the E.R. as I blacked out, bleeding from my mouth, and convulsing into violent seizures in the vehicle. My breathing gave out soon after. Lifeless, my body was carried through hospital doors where doctors pronounced me dead upon arrival. By the amazing grace of God, He allowed the doctors to resuscitate me. Two days later, I awoke from a coma, fully responsive. This is just one of the many miracles God’s performed in my life.
Thankfully that traumatic event led me through the doors of hope on January 27th 2012, little did I know, it would change my life forever. “And I will give her her vinyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall sing there as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt” (Hosea 2:15.) As time passed by, God slowly began His work. Picking up the shattered pieces of my heart, He carefully mended them back together in His perfect love, creating within me a new one. “And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you, and I will take the stoney heart out of their flesh, and give them an heart of flesh” (Ezekiel 11:19.
I know now that His hand was there guiding me through every dark moment, every sleepless night, and every time I hated myself. God’s unfailing love was secretly present. I no longer feel that void. Through the Reformers Unanimous curriculum, I learned to structure my life around that which is eternal and cannot be taken away. I discovered a true love and personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and finally, quit running.
In conclusion, I now celebrate 9 months victory in Christ over all addictions. My future plans circle around the RU graduate program with a burning desire to reach out to the addicted in hopes they may find the Truth that makes free, as I have through this amazing program. By the power of God, lives are changed, hearts are healed, and miracles become reality. “He hath made everything beautiful in his time, also He hath set the world in their heart so that no man can find out the beginning to the end” (Ecclesiastes 3:11.) He has transformed this former club promoter into a promoter of Christ, a job I wouldn’t trade for all the riches in the world!
First of all, I would like to thank God for saving my soul and securing me an eternal home in heaven. Also, I want to thank my family, for all their love and support. And for believing in me throughout this journey every step of the way. Also to Mr. and Mrs. Barnes I owe a debt for not allowing me to quit in the beginning when everything in me screamed to give up. Thank you, Mrs. Joy Lemke, for her burden to start the women’s home with Bro. Steve Curington. I am grateful for the girls who have resided with me at R.U.T.H., for teaching me what real friendship is all about. I want to give special thanks to Pastor Kingsbury, for his dedication to North Love and all the messages that cut deep into my heart. For a particular message, I thank Bro. Burks. His sermon “Nevertheless” led me to surrender my life to the cause of Christ. I also appreciate North Love Church, for their determination and efforts in spreading the gospel worldwide. Most of all, for welcoming the wounded with open arms and helping them get victory in Christ. And lastly, I want to thank Steve Curington, for his over-all vision from God, that started it all… may his ministry of helping the hurting never die.
Since graduating from the RU Schools of Discipleship, Sara still has victory in Christ. She has gone on to become a recent graduate of West Coast Baptist College. Sara has obtained a four-year degree in Missions this past May. She was recently approached about a Christian teaching position in Central America and after MUCH prayer and soul-searching, she believed that is where the Lord was directing her to go.
Sara departed the states at the beginning of August 2016 to teach second grade at the New Life Bilingual School in Sabana Grande, Honduras for two years. While there she will also have the privilege to serve in various ministries of the New Life Church (pastored by missionary Samuel Hodges) including bus routes, Sunday school classes, conferences, special events, choir, and soul-winning.
This truly is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that she couldn’t be more excited about! Her desire is, not only to provide students with an excellent education experience but also to invest eternal truths into the hearts and lives of those she will be teaching. She is fully trusting that God will enable her to be an effective teacher and will allow her to share His love with those who need it most.
The Reformers Unanimous Schools of Discipleship are located in Rockford, Illinois. Our mission is to train and empower men and women to live victorious Christian lives, enabling them to have a permanent victory from any and all crippling addictions. It takes approximately six months in our program to bring about these changes. If you are serious about and committed to your recovery, we are certain that we can help you! Read this testimony of a current graduate of the Women’s School of Discipleship, known as R.U.T.H. (Reformers Unanimous Transitional Housing).
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Hello from the National Headquarters of RU! Today’s Story of Victory is different than any of the others we have ever distributed. This Story of Victory is for the sole purpose of giving you an update on the Curington family. On October 30, 2014, it will be four years since our ministry’s founder, Steve Curington, graduated to Heaven. He left behind a beautiful wife and five precious children, all of whom we love and adore.
As you can imagine, living without their beloved husband and father has served to be difficult at times. The family has gone through a myriad of emotions and struggles, but continues to serve the Lord and keep their focus on His will…only possible by the intimate relationship they have with Jesus Christ. Shortly after Bro. Curington’s passing, Lori and the children took a much needed vacation to Hawaii, here Steve had taken them several years ago.
This past month the oldest Curington, Charity, graduated from high school. It is hard to believe the little girl who we still picture with the dirty little dress as mentioned in one of the original Ten Principles has grown into a lovely young woman, ready to begin her college years. Charity is planning to attend West Coast Baptist College in the fall. The next three Curingtons bring a lot of activity into the household! Chase is entering high school this next year. At age 14, he is quite the leader. Channing, the middle Curington, is entering Junior High this next year and continues keep the family bonded with his tender heart. Chance, the youngest boy will be in 5th grade this fall. He is an ever present reminder of his dad, with his “orange” hair and mischievous smile. These three boys keep Lori busy in more ways than one! Cherish, the youngest, was only 4 years old when her dad went to Heaven. She has certainly changed a lot since then and will be entering grade 4 in the fall. Cherish, also with her dad’s hair color has every bit as much energy as he had! It has been a joy to watch these kids grow over the past 4 years; not just physically, but spiritually. Lori has continued to live her life fully submitted to her “umbrella of authority” allowing God to lead through her God-ordained leadership. There is no doubt that God has blessed her in great ways because of her obedience.
It is to this end that that we bring you exciting news on behalf of the Curington family. In January of 2013, Jay Nordmoe returned to North Love Baptist Church. Jay was once a faithful member of the church and was one of the original helpers in Reformers Unanimous, helping Steve pass out the first tracts ever made containing the Steve Curington story. Jay was a part of the very first RU meeting and was the one who first spoke to the group! Upon returning to NLBC and attending for a short time, Jay observed Lori and became interested in a possible relationship with her, as he saw in her a woman who he greatly admired. Jay spoke to Lori’s step-dad about it, who then brought it to Lori’s attention. Without hesitation, Lori requested that both of them speak to Pastor Kingsbury. She knew that if it was God’s will, God would lead her through her pastor.
Through both Pastor Kingsbury and assistant Pastor Dan Outler, Jay was told to “wait” and “wait” he did! In fact, Jay waited for six whole months! This did nothing but increase Lori’s admiration for Jay who was in complete submission to his authority. In January of this year, Jay and Lori began to correspond and “court” as one would say. We are thrilled to announce that on June 28, 2014, with their families and a few close friends, Jay and Lori will become husband and wife!!
Please join us in congratulating Lori and her groom, Jay Nordmoe! You can send them well- wishes to:
Jay and Lori Nordmoe
1415 Nelson Dr.
Machesney Park, IL 61115
Please continue to pray for this precious family. It is without doubt that God’s timing is always perfect. We’ve seen God’s hand on this family in times past…and His hand is still evident today!