Dear Family Member:
In February 2021, DAP delivered five truckloads of water to Jackson, MS during the city’s largest public health water crisis, which caused a water shortage. Again, last month, we delivered 200,000 more bottles of water in five DAP trucks, a U-Haul truck and a van, to assist with this emergency. The city of 150,000 people, a quarter of whom are below the poverty line, is still under a boil water advisory. We were grateful to have had the pleasure of serving our brothers and sisters, who are in desperate need of clean water.
We joined hands, in this huge endeavor, with the Oakwood University Church and asked friends, neighbors, churches, businesses and communities at large, to join in. People were so generous; it reminded us of when Moses asked the Israelites to give for the building of the temple, gifts had to be turned away. However, no gifts were turned away here. We had to rent an additional U-Haul truck and use a van to carry the overflow of water that was donated. It was truly a beautiful sight of ‘love in action!’ We certainly can’t beat God giving. It seemed as though people were coming out of nowhere. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
On the trip. Emil, Robert, Steve and Brian drove separate trucks, five hours straight. Cliff and Emil pulled 20’ trailers loaded with water. Upon arrival at the New Heights Seventh-day Adventist Church, the pastor and members were anxiously waiting to receive the water to distribute to people. Everyone was so appreciative of our kindness to help meet the urgent needs of this critical public health crisis. We were grateful to serve.
The men of DAP have learned many valuable lessons in the program, while getting the experience of serving others in different capacities. It brings them satisfaction as they give to others, expecting nothing in return. They said, during their addiction, they ‘took’ so much from others, and now, it feels so good to be on the other end of the spectrum of ‘giving’ back to others.
We pray that the men’s experiences at DAP will equip them to live happier lives as valuable assets to their family and community. The program, set up like every day living, teaches them the spiritual and practical side of sober living. For the past 35 years; the DAP curriculum, practiced 12-18 months, has changed their lives, for the better. This has been the outcome for hundreds of men who have walked through our doors. There are no words to describe the gratitude and feelings of helping to make dreams come true. Our clients, like you and me, dream of living productive and joyful lives and to be used by God. With the joining of hands of committed family and friends, this work has been our greatest joy. Has there been pain, heartbreak, disappointment? You better believe there has! But along with pain, heartbreak and disappointment, have come love, forgiveness, compassion, understanding, hope, trust, patience…, which makes all of us better servants for one another. To God be the glory!!
We need your continued support. DAP is not only a drug assistance program. We want to extend our services to wherever God leads, and be prepared for humanitarian efforts, like those in Mississippi. Our services are not limited to one particular need. The world is yearning for God’s love, and we are His instruments. Please don’t miss this opportunity to give back and show gratitude for the many ways you have been blessed by God. When we help others, we are also helping ourselves. We become better responsible stewards and our lives become richer as a result. Your continued love, prayers and donations are much needed. We have come this far, there’s no turning back now. Thank you, thank you, thank you for what you have already given and what you continue to give. You are so much appreciated and we are grateful for you!
In His service,
Cliff & Freddie