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How the Program Works
When Steve Curington started the RU ministry back in 1996, he began with a burden to help some of his friends in the area who had drug and alcohol addictions. Starting with just a handful of people, his custom was to spend most of the class time preaching to them. He saw some results with this method, but something happened one night that changed his perspective. He went down to the area rescue mission to invite some men to attend the class. One man said to another after being invited, “What is RU?” To this the man responded, “Oh, that’s where people go to this class where this short redheaded guy screams at you for two hours.”
That weekend Steve Curington went to a resort with his wife. While at that resort, those words began to echo in his heart and mind. He walked out into a ravine where he saw many trees, some fallen, some leaning, and others standing. As he pondered the program that God was developing in his heart he asked this question, “If the trees could talk… What would they say?” From this time alone he realized that he needed to let them talk… out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh, and by letting others talk we are able to see more clearly what they are facing and their perspective.
So from that came our current class format, broken up into three segments, known as TALK, TALK, TALK.
To start the class we encourage students to write down their prayer requests on prayer cards and turn them in. They then share verbal testimony of what God is doing in their lives. This is not the time for war stories, but a time to express the victories God is giving. This is a key opportunity for leaders to listen and learn the spiritual temperature of their students. But it is also a time for students to encourage one another and rejoice in what God is doing in their lives.
During the next segment we break up into small groups: men with men, and ladies with ladies. Here in these groups they find accountability and the chance to bear one another’s burdens. We encourage them to be transparent and share struggles from their lives. To offer biblical solutions, the leader of these groups is trained to not only offer biblical answers, but to encourage others in the group to offer support. They are encouraged to get involved in a solid biblical recovery curriculum in these groups as well. It’s exciting to watch the philosophies and burdens of students begin to change as they interact and look to the Bible for answers to their struggles.
During the third segment of the class, we have a message from the Bible that is relevant to finding victory in Christ over sin issues the students are facing. The director of the program teaches from our ministries textbook, called Nevertheless I Live. Each week we see people challenge from God’s word and souls saved as they respond during the preaching time.
Following the class we offer a fellowship time, which is a chance for leaders to interact with students, and students with one another. One of the keys in finding victory is eliminating “old friends” and acquiring new ones.
The most successful programs that God has used to change the most lives have followed the formula known as TALK, TALK, TALK. We believe the key to victory is first of all, to develop a relationship with Jesus Christ. We must help them develop this relationship by talking to God, and allowing God to “talk” to them. Jesus said in John 8:32, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
The second key to maintaining victory in Christ is for them to develop a relationship with others around them. We do not know of a better place for them to discover these two relationships than the local New Testament church!
WE BELIEVE WHOLEHEARTEDLY THAT THE LOCAL CHURCH IS GOD’S SUPPORT GROUP FOR ADDICTED AND HURTING PEOPLE.