Marty and Edie Basil are launching a Living Free Group out of Summit Church, where they attend.
The Basils have been in pastoral ministry for 18 years and are involved in mission work. Both have firsthand experience with addiction. Marty Basil went through the Western Pa. Teen Challenge in 1991 where he experienced a life-changing encounter and received the call into ministry. His wife, Edie Basil, worked in the drug and alcohol field for years. Both have powerful testimonies of the freedom one can have through a relationship with Christ.
Living Free is a nonprofit Christian ministry with a mission that reaches out to people facing life-controlling problems, hurts and everyday challenges of life that can become overwhelming. It is designed to help members of the groups to deal honestly with real-life problems.
Addiction and life-controlling problems have a common bond - no one is immune. From white-collar professionals to blue-collar workers, from students to housewives, anyone can be affected. If left unchecked the results often are disastrous and devastating.
Living Free is an affiliation of Teen Challenge, and the Basils hope that a crisis center could eventually be set up in Elkins, where they can transfer some individuals into the residential Teen Challenge Programs. Teen Challenge is not just a center for teens, but adults as well. Those interested in the program for outreach can call for more information.
They hope to launch a Life Line Connection, an alliance of faith-based organizations that seek to restore individuals, families and communities affected by addictions and other problems through Christ. This would be a community-wide effort with churches, ministry organizations, law enforcement agencies, judicial systems, social service agencies and other groups working together. At this time, the Basils know of only one Christ-centered group being offered in the local area at Living Waters Church.
Hal Boehm, lead pastor of Summit Church, has a vision statement for Summit "Take people from the dark valleys of life to the mountain top where they can have their own life-changing encounter with Jesus!" In that spirit, the Basils said they knew what they had to do.
"We can't ignore the problems around us and our desire is to look for the wounded and to offer them the hope we can find in Christ!" they said.
The meetings will begin June 21 at Summit Church in Elkins, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The church is located on 302 Goff St. in Elkins. More information is available by calling 304-636-2141, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting www.summitelkins.com.