Former Heroin Addict Finds Christ in Fishing Village

Fishermen in Sub-Saharan Africa pull in their nets to haul in the catch of the day. Fisherman such as these benefit from programs at “The Well,” a rehabilitation center founded by Southern Baptist missionaries. IMB photo

“I believe this. I want to be baptized.” Mark was just one of the men recovering from heroin addiction at “The Well,” a rehabilitation center founded by Southern Baptist missionaries in sub-Saharan Africa.

His new start in recovery led to his new beginning in eternal life.

Located inside a concrete building formerly frequented by heroin addicts, “The Well” serves those who live in the surrounding fishing villages. The name was inspired by the story in John 4 of the Samaritan woman, whose encounter with Jesus at the well not only changed her life, but also the lives of those in her town.

After being baptized and completing the program, Mark (whose name is changed for security reasons) returned home to his village. Typically, when addicts return home, it can be easy for them to slip back into old habits, and it is hard to maintain contact with their fellow classmates after they finish the program. But returning home also presents opportunities for relationships to be restored, broken families to be mended, and villages to be introduced to the Gospel.

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Source: Baptist Press