Dramatic life changes can have modest beginnings. Just walking across a room was all it took to start a conversation that changed Brian Chudy forever.
A Walk Across A Parking Lot
In March 2018, I came to North Pointe Church a broken man. Our home is a stone’s throw away from North Pointe so when my wife strongly suggested I seek out help for my addiction, the closest church seemed like a good choice.
We showed up ten minutes early for the 12:30pm Sunday service and found our way to some back row seats in the auditorium. We weren’t church-goers and we were surprised at the welcome we received. A guy walked across the room to shake our hands. He introduced himself as “Bob.”
Later, we found out that he was the pastor of the church.
5 Days Later
At the end of the service we hung around to talk to Bob again. He suggested we get together later that week. The next day I got a text from him confirming our meeting time. I was impressed.
On Thursday afternoon we met in his office and I shared my story. Addictions have been a life-long struggle for me. Even the battles I’ve won didn’t guarantee the end of my struggle. Bob shared Jesus with me. How each of has a hurt, habit or hang-up – or all three. Jesus came to set us free from these and how I could find that freedom through a decision.
Bob asked if I was ready to ask Jesus into my life as Savior, and I replied, “Yes.” So we prayed.
And something good happened. Something great!
Following Jesus To Freedom
I became a follower of Jesus. Bob introduced me to Joey Pilgrim, another pastor at North Pointe and he was the first to hear my story of salvation.
My life is changing. I joined the Christ-centred Addiction Recovery Education (CARE) ministry. My family is happier and I was baptized on Sunday May 27, 2018.
Plus I met an incredible group of guys on a Wednesday night at North Pointe in a program called MOTR (Men Of The Rock). I’ve always been into physical training but these guys take it to the next level. Reuben Celemin – the facility manager at North Pointe – leads us every Wednesday night in physical and spiritual training. It’s rigorous and I love it.
Addicted To the Right Place
Since that day I have not missed a Sunday and keep getting more and more addicted to the right place.
I am so glad I found Jesus through North Pointe.
I hope you will, too.
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