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March 2019 Update:

THE LATEST FROM MIKE      16 March 2019

Well it’s been a busy and eventful couple months. The recovery business in Lane County is BOOMING unfortunately, but there are lot’s of positive things happening  as well. The more I get out and about  as a CR state rep the more I see God’s hand on things around the recovery community.

To start with I was side lined a bit with a diagnosis of severe  DVT in my right leg. The recovery process has taken nearly three months, and is going well. I can move around pain free, but I’m still limited on how long I can be on my feet before my leg starts swelling, but its getting better. I’ve been limping along and have been able to get around to the CR groups in my area. As of today  I have twelve groups in my area, with four more on track to kick off in the next few months. My goal is still to have strong solid CR’s available in our community seven nights a week.

New Hope Church in Eugene had their initial informational meeting last night, and will officially launch  CR in two weeks. It’s been great working with their Pastor staff, and coaching  the CR leader, Pastor Dewayne. Really excited about this group.

The Seventh Day Adventist Church in Springfield will be starting their CR very soon. I have been  coaching and mentoring their  CR ministry leader (he was in our CR at ECF) through his team building process.

Grace Fellowship in Junction City will start their CR in early May. They are in the process of getting their team in place. Really enjoyed meeting Pastor Gordon and some of his team.

The Brownsville church of Christ, and the Calvary Chapel Church in Florence will start up CR’s at the end of summer. The Brownsville church is starting because I was Meeting a cr leader at the Brownsville truck stop. We were in the restaurant  talking about CR stuff, when this man walked up to me and asked if I knew about CR. I was wearing my state rep shirt and told him yes do know about CR. He almost started crying and told me he was a Pastor from Brownsville, and was trying to start CR in his church and was completely at a loss for how to do it. He had been praying that morning that God would send him some one to help. He walks straight into me at a place I never go………WOW…Now in a few months there will be CR in brownsville…………YAY GOD

 I’m expected to visit or contact  all the groups in my area at least once a month. I get to share my testimony, teach a CR lesson, or  do CR  leaders training,  coach and encourage . I’ve also mediated some leadership conflicts from time to time.

I also get invited to speak at groups out side my area.  In the past couple months I’ve shared my testimony at a CR in Roseburg, in Salem, and Albany. Next week I’ll be in Coos Bay to speak at a new CR there.

Next week I’ll be in Vancouver for two days for a State rep meeting the first day, then I’ll serve at the Western region CR one day training event with the CR national team the following day.

I spend a lot of time meeting with CR Ministry leaders one on one. It’s important to build relationships, to listen to their problems or challenges, and to share my experiences  with them. It’s also a chance for me to come along side them to help them make their CR’s better and more effective.

I get to serve at the CR at the Eugene First Church of the Nazarene, as their training coach. I do all the leaders  training,  as well as facilitate our monthly leaders meetings  at my house (thanks Sun Hwa)! The Cr at EFCN is doing well, and growing steadily.  Over eighty each week and climbing.

I’m starting a new men’s step study there in two weeks. I have twelve guys signed up so far. Once a week for nearly a year.

I’m also personally sponsoring a couple guys from my church. I love watching God work in peoples lives.

I also got to meet with the rep from Lane Co Mental Health.  As a result CR’s in our area will now be listed as a resource for out patient  support for people with addictions in addition to mental health issues.

Celebrate Recovery Inside is in the process to start CR inside the Lane County Jail. It is taking longer than expected to get going. They are building a team of volunteers to facilitate the program each week. I have been asked to join them to teach lessons a couple times a month.  In CRI I’m considered a normie because I don’t have a felony on my record, but they are going to let me play anyway. I guess thirty three years  of addiction counts for something 🙂 What my main function in this is to build a network of CR’s and Churchs to help us by connecting  with inmates a few months prior to their release dates. This way they will be hooked up with a CR, with a church, and  with God’s people to help them develop new fellowship and healthy relationships, instead of going back to their old unhealthy ones.  I have been working hard to build this “Bridge” but so far I must confess the response is a little underwhelming.

I also attended a CRI quarterly event in Salem.

I’m in the process of putting together a CR leaders connection event in May. This is really out of my comfort  zone. It will be held at the South sided Church of Christ in Lebanon. There will be leaders from all the CR’s  from Beaverton to Roseburg. We will serve breakfast, have worship and devotion time, speakers, testimonies, Q and A time, lunch, seven break  out training  groups with me as the hosting state rep.    LORD HELP ME

I spend many hours each week on the phone answering questions about CR , or simply listening to people’s problems, and encouraging them as best I can. Sometimes they just want someone to pray for them.

I am so blessed to be able to do what I do, and I know for sure it is His purpose for me. He shows me that all the time. I used to be a lost drug addict but now I’m addicted to watching God change people’s lives.

There’s  probably some things I forgot to mention but this is most of what’s been going on.  In His service……Mike d

November Update from Mike Tibbitts:

Greetings every one. As always, lot’s going on. During the past month I was on my annual elk hunting safari for two weeks. Had a great time. I was able to attend and speak at the opening night for the new CR group in Lebanon, and have met twice since then to assist and coach their leaders through some bumps and pot holes that have come up during their first month. Things are getting better. I also attended and spoke about grace vs accountability in recovery at our South Valley CR leaders Pow Wow in Albany. I attended the one year celebration at the CR in Veneta Alliance church.
I assisted a new CR group in Tangent, OR with their kick off plan. They start next Thurs night. I will be there for that. I am in the process of helping another CR group that will be starting CR in their church in Corvallis. I have met twice this Mon, Th with their leadership team. I have been working with a local CR ministry leader to try and fix a very dysfunctional CR ministry in our area. Not fun. I’m meeting next week with the Pastor of Grace Church of Eugene to explain CR, how it works and how to implement a kick off plan.
At my home CR at EFCN I have done a couple of CR training lessons at my house for the team there. We also had one team meeting at my house this month. Two additional trainings for Dec.
I also am now actively sponsoring three men. Two of them are members of JOY church.
Celebrate Recovery Inside is now officially in the Lane county jail for the first time, and will start very soon. The meetings will be held every Sat. afternoon…More to follow as this develops.
Also visited four other local CR groups.
I probably forgot something but that’s all for now folks…..Mike T

Chaplain Activities July-October 2018:

Mike Tibbitts Celebrate Recovery South Valley State rep.

I went to Redmond to speak at a Celebrate Recovery Inside (CRI) networking event. I talked about the role CR Ministry leaders can play in helping newly released inmates assimilate back into the community.

I also spoke at the First CRI quarterly event ever held in Eugene a couple weeks ago. I am working with the CRI regional director and his reps to develop a bridge for inmates to assist them to be successful after being released. It starts with all local CR groups to start relationships with inmates prior to release. They immediately have many CR groups available, as well as connection with local churches. Its been my experience that a combination of being connected to a church, to God’s people, as well as a strong accountability group like CR, their chances of success are much better. Doors will open. Lives will change.

I have been helping Pastors and or reps from some local churches. Teaching, coaching, as well as team building to start new CR’s in the area. In the Eugene and Springfield there will be at least four new groups that will kick off in early 2019. I’m hoping to have a strong CR every night of the week.

Another group is kicking off tonight at the Calvary Chapel in Lebanon. I will be speaking there tonight. I have been helping them with their kick off process.

I have also met with reps from churches in Harrisburg, and Marcola to lay out a kick off plan for each of them.

I have shared my testimony at CR’s in Albany, Lebanon, Sweet Home, Cottage Grove, and Veneta.

I do at least one jail visit per month…Need to do more.

I have worked with all the CR ministry leaders in my area, to reinstate some we used to do. We call it a leadership Pow Wow. All the local CR leaders gather for food, worship, fellowship. We share struggles, and challenges, as well as praises and victories. Its a great way to share resources and to be connected as a community of CR’s.

In my home CR group at First Church of the Nazarene, I serve as the training coach. I have helped them with some problems in the operation of their CR as well as some team building items. I do at least one formal training each month for their leadership team, and host a monthly leader meeting in our home.

There are thirteen CR’s going in my area at this time. I try and attend at least two per week, mostly to observe and make sure they remain on track with the CR model.

I also do conference calls twice per month with other CR state reps as well as our regional team lead.

I’m also mentoring and sponsoring three men at this time.

Also as a state rep I spend a lot of time fielding emails, texts, and phone calls every day.
I also logged over 750 miles on my truck for Aug thru Oct. doing CR related activities.

Lots going on, and lots coming up. I will get better at keeping track of my activities.
Thank you…………..Mike Tibbitts…..South Valley CR state rep