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The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet

To those who struggle with addictions, I’m here to encourage you that your time from freedom is now! That restoration and redemption is not only possible but is available to you this very day. The gratitude I’ve found in my sober journey has taught me that all things work together for good for those willing to step out in faith. Over the years as I’ve struggled with my own demons there was always this emptiness around what my purpose was in this life. Caught up in my own substance abuse the lie of the bottle told me that my life was meaningless and there was no hope for me. But the story doesn’t end there. Checking into detox on 1/10/17 was the first step in this sober journey that I’ve been on and I’m here to tell you that your sobriety is worth whatever the cost. Without sobriety there is no consistent employment for an alcoholic like me, there would be no Mr. & Mrs. Umidi as the marriage would’ve most likely have failed and lastly there wouldn’t be a Jesus + Seltzer book. Every good gift that I have in my life today is born out of that first step of courage and bravery to enter detox. There was no guarantee that I would’ve found lasting sobriety, but it was worth the risk. Shame had lost its grip on me that cold January morning and with that the spirit of the living God opened the flood gates of heaven and gave new meaning to my life. Do you hunger for a life full of purpose? Are your addictions robbing you of the life you were meant to live? If so, please join my on Friday nights in Ghent as we work our way through Jesus + Seltzer for a time of sharing and encouragement. Wherever you are at on your life journey come and be welcomed into a space for healing and recovery. Message me or send me an email at for more details.

“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” – Wishful Thinking by Frederick Buechner.

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