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House donated to ministry

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The John 3:16 Ministries now has a new location in Jonesboro, thanks to the White family donating a house on Flint Street to the ministry.

Monday, the house was officially complete and a grand opening was held with a fish fry to celebrate the event. John 3:16 Ministries works to help men rid themselves of drug and alcohol addiction. The main campus is in Charlotte, Arkansas.

Director Bryan Tuggle says men with drug addictions stay at their main campus in Charlotte, Arkansas for three months. Once they've completed their time there, Tuggle says they take them out to go and work in the community.

Tuggle says this generous donation is going to make a huge difference helping men in the Region 8 area. "Craighead county men will be able to get jobs," Tuggle said. "We go over and we work for like Arkansas Glass and different places, Western Sizzlin. We go and serve the community and then the community serves us back and we get jobs that way."

Tuggle says now men from the Jonesboro area can get guidance in Jonesboro. "We can send men to this house," Tuggle said. "We stay Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and we work and serve the community."

Landon Wise graduated from the program in May of 2010, and now Landon works as one of the programs instructors helping others. "This ministry is a great place," Wise said. "It's a place for guys to come who struggle with drugs and alcohol. It's a refuge for them to come and find the Lord and learn how to work, get a good work ethic, to learn how to live a life without drugs and alcohol."

Tuggle says their goal for the men they work to has both a big and current picture. "The big picture is to get everybody to Heaven," Tuggle said. "The picture for right now is to get men who are locked up in bondage to alcohol and drugs out of that and set them free through God's work."

Wise says he knows from experience the help this organization provides others. "I decided to stay on because I love to help other people," Wise said. "I get to see the guys come in on Sunday that are broken down and don't know where to turn and then I get to see them a month later and see their families and the looks on their faces when they see each other and it's a great feeling."

Wise says without the continued support from the public, organizations like John 3:16 Ministries won't continue to exist. "Drugs and alcohol are becoming a big problem," Wise said. "Places like this are becoming more and more and we have to have the support to keep these places going because these guys need a place to go."

Tuggle says they are working with 82 men right now and around 20 of them are from Jonesboro.

For more information about the John 3:16 Ministries, log onto their website.

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