Hello, my name is Jeremy. I am the Ministry Coordinator for the Lazarus Rooms Ministry. I want to share my testimony about how I ended up in the position I am in, and how my friends and I started this ministry.
First off, I grew up in a rural town on the east side of Cincinnati. My family and I were very ignorant to drugs and addiction. I grew up going to church but I never really understood what a relationship with Jesus meant.
When I was fifteen years old, my dad divorced my mom, and my mom started to get really sick with a disease called lupus. After the divorce, I stayed with my mom to help take care of her. We stopped going to church, and I slowly started to drift away from any morals I had been taught in church.
By the time I graduated high school, I was smoking cigarettes, lying, being sexually immoral, and had used painkillers a couple times. After I graduated high school, I quickly started using painkillers every day. By the time I completed two years of college, my addiction had progressed to shooting up heroin several times a day and being willing to do just about anything to get it.
I spent the next few years trying to get clean. I had some success and a lot of failure at doing this. In late 2012, my mom finally died as a result of the lupus. I was clean when this happened, but I relapsed when she died.
After using for a few months, I ended up in a faith-based drug rehab in Cincinnati. While I was there, I finally saw some things that I was missing from when I was a child in the church. I got connected with some local believers, and when my time at the rehab was over, I stayed connected with these people. These people loved the Gospel, discipleship and fellowship, and they taught me how to be born again and what relationship with Jesus is actually supposed to look like.
Since then, the Lord has continued to raise us up to be evangelists and people who make disciples of Jesus. One of the groups of people God has us pursuing are the drug addicts of Cincinnati. We want to help drug addicts who want to get off drugs for the sake of becoming a disciple of Jesus. We have seen many miracles as drug addicts come into our homes to detox and ask Jesus for help.
Whether it is drugs or not, all of my friends and I have needed the forgiveness and mercy of Jesus to overcome the sins that were separating us from God, and we want people to experience that same freedom in Christ that we have experienced. So to help the drug addict experience this, we have created the Lazarus Rooms.
The Lazarus Rooms are rooms that my friends and I have set aside in our homes to bring in drug addicts to help them detox and learn more about becoming a disciple of Jesus. They receive around-the-clock accountability, and we have local faith-based volunteer crews for them to join and work on as they stay in our homes. Our hope is that by the time an addict has spent some time in our homes and working with our volunteers, they will have accepted the Gospel, experienced freedom from addiction, been born again, and are ready to make a long-term decision about how/where to continue their discipleship.
As we attempt to give up our whole lives to advance the kingdom of God and help people come to know HIm, our prayer is that as you read this, you will be encouraged and challenged to do the same.