2019-2021 Mission Focus
Theme Scriptures – Jeremiah 17:8(NIV), Micah 6:8 (The Message), John 7:37(NRSV), Isaiah 41:18(NIV), Ephesians 3:16-17a, 2 Corinthians 5:17-21(NSRV), John 3:16-17(KJ)
Did you know?
· Over 20 million Americans over the age of 12 have an addiction (excluding tobacco).
· 100 people die every day from drug overdoses. This rate has tripled in the past 20 years.
· 6.8 million people with an addiction have a mental illness.
· Over 90% of those with an addiction began drinking, smoking or using illicit drugs before age 18.
Addictive behaviors are used to help us manage stress, negative emotions, and difficult social or relational experiences. For women, the challenges of multiple demands, role stress, body image, or trauma may also lead to addictive behaviors as coping strategies. With this theme we could explore the dynamics of addiction as a progressive condition that begins as a solution and ends as our biggest problem. But even in the midst of this problem, we are not separated from God. Jesus knows why we started these behaviors and will walk with us into newness of life.
Addiction is a psychological and physical inability to stop consuming a chemical, drug, activity, or substance, even though it is causing psychological and physical harm. In 2011, there were approximately 20.6 million people in the U.S. over the age of 12 with an addiction.
American Baptist Women’s Ministries announces its mission focus theme for 2019-2021, Addiction. Building on the 2019-2021 ministry focus, “Sisters Seeking Wholeness,” and in response to the increase in addiction in the United States, the mission focus provides American Baptist women and girls the opportunity to explore this critical issue, especially its impact upon women and girls, and how our faith calls us to respond.
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