This is dedicated to Travis Holappa who was kidnapped, tortured and murdered on July 25, 2004 in Northern Minnesota. This was all due to meth. I am Travis' mother and I wish to make this devastation turn into a better thing by educating and exposing the truth about meth, the dangers, and the deadly consequences it brings about to individuals and communities.

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I want to do what I can to educate people about what is going on around the world with the meth problem. I want people to know about it BEFORE they even get the idea to want to try it. It is a dangerous drug and will ruin your life as well as all those who love you. I am on a mission on behalf of my only son, Travis.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Spiritual 'restoration' takes time (Colorado)

Tarnished evangelical leader faces long, grueling rehabilitation process

Dan Elliott
Associated Press

DENVER -- There will be prayer, and perhaps the laying on of hands. There will be counseling and a confession. And there will be advice, confrontation and rebuke from "godly men" appointed to oversee the spiritual "restoration" of the Rev. Ted Haggard.

Atoning: The Rev. Ted Haggard resigned as president of the National Association of Evangelicals after allegations of gay sex and drug use. He has agreed to undergo a spiritual "restoration." - Erik Stenbakken / Associated Press

Haggard's Indiana ties

The Rev. Ted Haggard grew up in Indiana, moving with his family to Yorktown from Delphi in 1969. He graduated from Yorktown High School in 1974. His father operated a veterinary clinic in the Yorktown area. In 1987, Haggard's brother, Timothy, an Albany pharmacist, was convicted of attempted murder after an attack on his estranged wife in the couple's Muncie home. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison, but a judge suspended the sentence in 1995.

-- Star news services

After tumbling from the pinnacle of the American evangelical movement amid allegations he snorted meth and cavorted with a male prostitute, Haggard has agreed to a rehabilitation process that could last three to five years.
"I see success approximately 50 percent of the time," said H.B. London, vice president for church and clergy at Focus on the Family, the conservative Christian ministry in Colorado Springs.
Those who fail "end up selling cars or shoes or something, and being miserable and angry the rest of their lives," London said.
Haggard was president of the National Association of Evangelicals and senior pastor of the 14,000-member New Life Church in Colorado Springs until Nov. 4, when a Denver man said Haggard paid him for sex nearly every month for three years and sometimes took methamphetamine during the encounters.
Haggard denied having sex with the man; he admitted buying meth but said he threw it away unused. He resigned from the association and days later was fired from his church after confessing to unspecified "sexual immorality."
London, who is not involved in Haggard's restoration, said the process will demand honesty from Haggard and determination from his overseers.
"It cannot be just a matter of friendship. It will have to become almost a confrontational relationship," he said. "You've got to confess your sins, and you've got to have a group of people around you who will not let you whitewash the issue."
The process includes counseling, in groups and alone, and prayer. Each restoration is unique, with a program tailored for the needs of the participant.
"From the Christian perspective, we think in terms of prayer, we think in terms of what we call godly counsel, where godly men who are clean themselves insert themselves in the life of the one who is struggling," London said.
The symbolic laying on of hands may also be a part of the recovery, London said.
"I'm sure there will be those who lay their hands on Pastor Haggard as an act of faith, calling on the act of God to restore and heal," he said. "The prayer can be therapeutic, the laying on of hands can be ceremonial."
One of the men who agreed to oversee the restoration, Focus on the Family founder James Dobson, has already withdrawn, citing a lack of time. The other two -- Pastors Jack Hayford of The Church on the Way in Van Nuys, Calif., and Tommy Barnett of First Assembly of God in Phoenix -- declined to comment on specifics.
It isn't clear whether Haggard will try to return to the ministry.
"He says that he has committed his life to God and that he is looking for direction as to where God can best use him," said Leonard Chessler, Haggard's lawyer and friend.
The Rev. Shawn Spear, a Brethren in Christ pastor in Hollidaysburg, Pa., knows at least part of what lies ahead for Haggard. After admitting he had an affair with a woman, Spear endured a painful yearlong separation from the ministry, went to counseling six times a month and worked to earn back the trust of his wife and his church.
It was brutal for his wife, Joy, as well. She said she suffered nightmares, had trouble sleeping and at times wanted to die.
"If God could have taken me at that point, I would have been pleased, because you just didn't feel like you could take another day," she said.
Now they feel blessed: They say their marriage survived, even flourished, and their church accepted Spear back as minister.
"There's hope," he said. "There's grace. There's restoration."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"They say their marriage survived, even flourished, and their church accepted Spear back as minister."
I'm glad their marriage survived, but he should find something else to do not pastor.
He fell by the wayside and is not fit for the kingdom of God. Yes there is forgiveness with God there is restoration with God.
But he should not be a pastor. Because if he cannot lead himself to do right he cannot lead anyone else.
Neither the Hebrew prophets nor any of the apostles ever fell to this level. It is imperative that men live holy lives if they are to be part of the five-fold ministry.

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