Hope Over Heroin was a vision by Pastor Lawrence Bishop II to create a “net church” – tearing down denominational walls and becoming the hands and feet of Jesus. On August 8,9 & 10 at that first Hope Over Heroin event in Hamilton, OH that vision became a reality as 30 churches came together as one united body of believers, bringing hope to the hopeless. Many of those whose lives were transformed would not have felt comfortable coming into a church. God used his faithful to meet them where they were.
Looking back at the pictures of the sea of thousands of people at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds “Hope Over Heroin”, I didn’t see a group of lost souls or addicts. God spoke to my heart and said “This is the beginning of a Great Revival!” These are new souls full of hope and promise – and this is going to be big! Suddenly I saw how this epidemic that quietly swept our land, touching the rich & the poor, every race, every denomination – how this will be used to once again make beauty for ashes like God has done so many times before. Free will allows us to make bad choices, but we also have the ability to find forgiveness and hope! To choose life! Many believe Heroin is the worst addiction, almost impossible to get free & many end up dead. I’ve spoken to a lot of recovered addicts who said “It was the fear of withdrawal that kept me hooked. I wanted to get clean, but the fear of withdrawal was greater than my desire to get clean.” That fear causes addicts to lie, steal, overdose and eventually die. But I have also met many former addicts who tell me proudly and without flinching that there is power in the name of Jesus! How they got supernaturally healed and had no withdrawals. Those people have become testimonies to other addicts, to their families and friends who have watched their lives be transformed. If someone can get delivered from Heroin, then there is hope and freedom from any addiction, any depression or fear. “For I have not given you a spirit of fear and timidity, but of POWER,LOVE and self-discipline…” 2 Timothy 1:7
This movement didn’t just touch the lives of heroin addicts. As we assembled teams to go out to the streets with the “Cheeseburgers and Jesus” outreach to hand out cheeseburgers and flyers of the upcoming HOH events we found ourselves often praying with those who were sick, who had lost someone they love, who were battling depression – showing all that there is HOPE!!
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