Overcomers Outreach is a unique Christian fellowship that grew from one home bible study in 1977 to an international network of support groups.
The vision that God put in the hearts of Bob and Pauline, OO Founders, has now grown into an effective Christ-centred fellowship that supports addicts in churches across all denominations.
The groups now span across America, Canada, the UK, Sweden, Germany & Australia.
Overcomers Outreach seeks to support anyone with any addiction who is open to working the 12 steps in their life and who would like to know Jesus Christ more deeply as their Higher Power.
OO meets in churches around Sydney and Interstate. Every group leader is a person in recovery... they understand the struggle... they understand the needs. Each group has a pastor attend who is trained to apply the Bible to the Step.
At OO we look at 1 Step per month, 12 Steps over the 12 months.
Who you see in the room, what you hear in the room, stays in the room.
It is a safe room where the honest work of recovery is encouraged.
We stand in the grace and the light of what Jesus Christ has done for us.
Penny W found herself struggling with alcohol after she started attending a church in her mid-30s. She heard the gospel and found Jesus Christ in 1999. She was able to stop drinking in 2001 by 'white knuckling it.' So many Christians have the view that 'just one won't hurt'. What that led to for Penny was more suffering. She picked up just one drink at a party at the end of 2001 and by the beginning of 2002 she was unable to stop. She was also unable to admit she could not stop of her own free will.Thankfully someone in her church took her to a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous where she was introduced to the Big Book. A book that outlines the instructions for recovery that was developed by a bunch of drunks reading their bibles and seeking God's will for their lives in the 1930's – what a miracle!
The Big Book of AA describes the condition on p.24
"At a certain point in the drinking of every alcoholic, he passes into a state where the most powerful desire to stop drinking is of absolutely no avail. This tragic situation has already arrived in practically every case long before it is suspected.The fact is that most alcoholics, for reasons yet obscure, have lost the power of choice in drink. Our so called will power becomes practically non-existent. We are unable, at certain times, to bring into our consciousness with sufficient force the memory of the suffering and humiliation of even a week or a month ago. We are without defense against the first drink."
Penny says "I wish I could say the rest was history, after that first meeting – but as a Christian I hated it – I hated the shame of my behaviour that took me there. I hated the stupid ideas that many had about God, in the AA rooms. I hated the fact that I was there. I hated the fact that they were sober and I was not. I hated it all. I hated the world. I just wanted to die. So I drank."
It was to be some time before Penny got sober. She had her last drink on the 18th March 2003. It was the message of the 12 steps that saved her life and it is the hope of Jesus Christ that motivates her now. Out of the struggle of those early years Penny began an Overcomers Outreach group in Sydney CBD in 2006.
There are many good 12 Step meetings in the Sydney area but many are not 'warm' to Christianity or any Orthodox faith. The meetings are dominated by academics and various new age devotees. Christians should not abandon the 12 Step communities, because of this – quite the opposite - they are an excellent place to shine like a light. However the Christian in recovery has a dire need to be supported with Christ-centered recovery and that is what OO is about. There are many Christians who have addictions and obsessions, and they need to know they are not alone and there is an answer in Jesus. There is freedom. There is hope.
The City group of OO now has a core of regular members with a variety of struggles. Other groups have sprung up around Sydney. Claymore has a weekly Thursday morning meeting. We hope to begin a similar Friday morning gathering at Redfern in early August and another monthly evening group will be commencing in Wagga Wagga in late August.
Our Kingsford evening group meets on the 2nd Monday of every month, Bexley on the 3rd Monday, Engadine on the 4th Monday and Rooty Hill on the 4th Wednesday. There is also a meeting in Brisbane on the 2nd Wednesday.
Overcomers Outreach seeks to be a Bridge between 12 Step groups and the body of Christ. Those who struggle with addiction or suffer from friends and family who struggle with addiction are welcome to join us for our City meeting on the 1st Wednesday of every month.
For further details contact Penny W on 0417 663 539 or John K on 0414 381 195 or Chris at the Healing Service on 02 9265 1660.
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