Stan Friedman: Sanctuary for the addicted

Posted by Kendall Harmon

As worshipers walk into Central Park United Methodist Church, Bob Swoverland usually pulls one of them aside and asks him or her to help serve communion. One day he felt moved to ask Karen (last name withheld) to help. As he remembers, "Normally, I'll just ask anybody, but when she came in it was like God grabbed me by the collar."

Swoverland recalls what came next. During the testimony portion of that Sunday's worship service, Karen confessed for the first time that years earlier she had killed a woman while driving drunk. She had served five years in a Minnesota prison as her punishment, and then, despite promises to herself and others, she began drinking again. She spent two more years in a county workhouse. "The judge told me I was a menace to society," she recalls.

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Posted November 28, 2007 at 9:02 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. Kevin Maney+ wrote:

May God continue to bless this ministry. What a great story of hope in the transformative power of Christ.

November 28, 11:42 am | [comment link]
2. Milton wrote:

#1 I second that motion!  May we all be brought to such a realization that we are poor in spirit, though hopefully before we fall very deep or cause too much damage, but if so, at least then!

November 28, 12:57 pm | [comment link]
3. Br_er Rabbit wrote:

Amen.

November 28, 4:43 pm | [comment link]
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