As a pastor, Don Yeagle has seen the effect of addiction up close.
Now, he hopes New Vine Restoration Ministry will be able to help those who are addicted.
A seminar to launch the ministry will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. June 27 at the Penn Township Municipal Building. The seminar is free and open to the public. No registration is required.
The seminar will feature Joel Jakoubowski, vice president of business development for Pennsylvania Adult & Teen Challenge in Rehrersburg, Pennsylvania. Jakubowski joined PAATC as a client in 2003, and finished the program in 2004.
He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in behavioral health and addiction studies from Alvernia University, as well as a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Clarks Summit University. He is now enrolled in a behavioral health organization leadership doctoral degree program at Grand Canyon University.
He is a certified minister, certified recovery specialist, certified intervention professional and certified alcohol and drug counselor.
For this week’s five questions, Yeagle talked about what prompted him to hold the seminar and what he hopes to accomplish through it.
Q. As a pastor, what have you seen as a result of various addictions, that you can share?
A. What I’ve seen as a pastor is how addiction tears apart families and ruins lives. Those who are addicts continually make decisions based on their addiction, not necessarily how it affects the person as a whole.
Q. What can people expect the night of the addiction seminar?
A. It will be a high-energy, hope-filled presentation from a former addict who has won the victory over his addiction through Christ Jesus. Helpful resources not only for the addict but also their loved ones will be offered.
Q. What is the New Vine program?
A. It is a Christ-centered answer to addiction, which offers hope and freedom through Christ. Our hope is to offer Isaiah 61: To proclaim liberty to the captives and to appoint beauty for ashes. To offer a way for restoring what addiction has stolen.
Q. How can people be a part of the seminar and the New Vine program?
A. Come and listen to the testimonies given, write down any questions you might have and feel free to ask them. We will have forms that can be filled out so we can make contact with anyone interested.
Q. What is the role of the church in helping those with addictions?
A. Through action, such as mentorship and counseling. Also by showing the love of Jesus and how his love can break the chains of addiction.