“Christ Central Missions Division is meeting the needs of the poor and disadvantaged in communities across South Carolina by serving existing mission stations, stabilizing new mission stations and working with individuals who want to start a mission station in their community. The Missions Division Office meets with civic leaders who feel a burden and want to make a Christian response to those living in need in their community.” (reference)
You can learn more about Christ Central Ministries on their website.
Jackie Chavers’ Testimony
Jackie Chavers, a third generation Pastor, always knew he was called by God to spread the Gospel. He went to International Bible College in San Antonio Texas and married home town girl, Donna Easley. “We thought we were Missionary bound” Jackie said, “when things started going wrong”. “My life turned to alcohol and drugs”, Jackie said. “And it stayed that way for 23 years. It was a downward spin”. Throughout the worst of times however, “No matter how intoxicated or high on drugs” Jackie said he never doubted that God was calling him. “He never left me. I always felt that I knew I shouldn’t be here”. It wasn’t until after he almost died that Jackie decided it was time to make some changes. He became very sick in 1996. His body shut down because of all the alcohol and drugs. He developed a high fever and could not recuperate. He was in the hospital for eight days, but his body refused every antibiotic the doctors gave him. “I felt like if I ever shut my eyes and went to sleep… I would die and go straight to Hell,” Jackie said. As he lay dying in a hospital bed, he looked up at his pregnant teenage daughter and realized he needed to stick around for his family. He knew he needed to tell both his daughters about Jesus. So he told God if He would get him out of the hospital, then he would do better. He said his body started accepting the antibiotics, and four days later he was out of the hospital. Jackie never smoked another cigarette again after leaving the hospital. Soon after, he gave up drinking and eventually drugs as well. He knew he needed to straighten up his life. He was facing 25 years in a federal penitentiary for drug trafficking. He had lost his home and his job. He said his family was probably next in line to go. So on June 29, 1997, he said he surrendered everything to the Lord. “From that moment, God just started putting everything in my path. The mission, the church” Jackie said. He was never convicted of drug trafficking, and his family stuck by him through everything. He and his wife Donna have now been married 40 years. He said God gradually changed his heart, setting him in the right direction. He said he used to spend a lot of time and money gambling, but God took that desire away from him. And now, more than a decade after getting clean – Jackie is helping others straighten out their lives. For the past ten years he has not only led the nondenominational Gospel Lighthouse Church, he also spent time ministering to inmates at the Jasper County Detention Center and the Ridgeland Correctional Institution. And in 2003, he opened a homeless men’s shelter. Ridgeland Christ Central Mission sits on 22 acres of land. The large white brick building houses about 250 men every year. It can accommodate 15 men at a time. Jackie said most of the men who come to Christ Central have had problems with drugs and alcohol. Some arrive right out of prison. Their families have disowned them, and they have nowhere to go. Christ Central feeds, clothes and shelters them. Jackie and the house manager, Randy Deloach, teach the men to be responsible, encouraging them to look for jobs and stay out of trouble. They also teach them about Jesus. They go to church twice a week and participate in Bible studies with Jackies, who said he knows first-hand how a relationship with Jesus can change someone’s life. “No man could ever do for me what Jesus Christ has done,” he said. “I woke up every morning to get high, and I went to bed every night wasted. God has brought me a long way, delivered me, set me free. I will always serve Him.”
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