Community helps local ministry striving to expand

Community helps local ministry striving to expand

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - John 3:16 Ministries held its sixth annual Community Fest at A-State's Convocation Center Saturday in an effort to raise funding to expand their ministry.

For years they have been helping men struggling with drug abuse.

As more and more people seek help to be free from addiction, the organization strives to change more lives every year.

"The wave of addiction is everywhere, but more than that, God is everywhere," Bryan Tuggle, the director of John 3:16 Ministries said.

Tuggle expected bigger crowds on Saturday afternoon as the organization continues to grow.

"We have 140 men now and we're building another twelve-man Greene County faith house out at the camp," Tuggle said.

He said the organization does not receive state or federal funding.

"Through churches, through businesses, through events like this, that's how we fund ourselves," Tuggle said.

Landon Wise knows all too well the struggles of addiction.

He went through John 3:16's program, and because of that, he now knows the importance of giving back.

"Six years ago I was at my rock bottom," Wise said.

That rock bottom was a daily struggle of fighting substance abuse.

Wise, now an instructor for the ministry, serves as God's hands and feet to help save men that are in the shoes he once walked in.

He knows every penny raised can change several lives.

"We say for every person that gets help, 12 to 15 of their family members also get help," Wise said.

He said it is help from the pain of seeing a loved one battle the addiction.

Wise, like his mother and father, encourages people to donate and said those who are suffering should reach out to them.

"We'll help you achieve your goal of sobriety or get the cure," Wise said. "We are not just about getting sober, we're about finding Jesus and that's the cure for drugs and alcohol."

Several people around Region 8 supported the organization at Community Fest by coming out for a fish fry, family fun, a live auction and much more.

Tuggle hoped to reach a goal of $360,000. Before the doors opened at Community Fest, they already had $140,000 raised.

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