“They went into it half-hearted, just wanting to have a good time,” laughed Chuck Richardson, the ministry leader of Celebrate Recovery at PaulAnn Church in San Angelo, Texas. “I said, ‘Well, in order to have a good time, we have to do a few things.’”
He was referring to the men and women who attended Celebrate Recovery’s most recent “Unity on the Frio” retreat in the Canyon, and who were initially reluctant participants in the group’s kitchen crew and clean-up teams. Richardson added, “But once we get down there, the hardness of the world gets out of their heads and their hearts, and they see the value of nature and beauty. They start to see the value of teamwork and coming together.”
Learning to work with and appreciate others is an integral part of personal healing and the recovery process. Richardson looked to Ephesians 4:1-3 to guide their reflections.
The San Angelo Celebrate Recovery community retreats to Linnet’s Wings each year so that they have a chance to truly relax, which leads to a greater openness to healing together. Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered, 12-step program that focuses on healing from a wide list of “hurts, habits, and hang-ups,” including drug and alcohol abuse, like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. Founded in 1991, Celebrate Recovery also seeks to help those recovering from sexual addiction and pornography, eating disorders, and abuse.