Stories of victory – Reformers Recovery Ministry

by Benjamin Burks on December 24, 2010 · 3 comments

Stories of victory…at Reformers Unanimous we receive letters from people all over the world proclaiming the victory they have found in Christ through the ministry of RU. These letters are exceptionally encouraging to all our staff. If you have a story of victory that you would like to share, please email it to us at

Mr. Curington received the following letter last year and it was a special delight to all of us. In fact, it was used in a special holiday project that we want to share with you! Click here to view this project as a Christmas gift from Reformers Unanimous International and have a very Merry Christmas! (Please feel free to share this link with all your friends!)


Dear Mr. Curington,

Allow me to provide you with a little background about myself. I am 32 years old, I have been married to the same wonderful man for almost 14 years, and I am a mother to 3 precious little boys. As a child, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Saviour, and I was raised in Baptist churches. I have been exposed to the truths in God’s Word all of my life, but I never realized I was living the Christian life in my own strength.

When our family faced a series of difficult trials, the alcohol I had only experimented with in the past soon began controlling me. I became something I never thought possible, something I had always despised – an addict. I began experimenting with illegal drugs, as my behavior became more and more sinful, shameful, and dangerous.

After a near-death experience, I began to realize that sin has no plateaus. Its appetite is relentless, immeasurable, insatiable, and the road to destruction only spirals downward.

I knew I needed help (fast!), so I spent hours researching and/or applying for financial assistance at alcohol and drug treatment centers. I looked at everything from residential inpatient facilities, to regular hospitalized inpatient therapy, to intensive outpatient therapies … only to find that middle-class America (me) cannot afford any of it! Only the rich can afford the best facilities; only the poor can qualify for financial assistance. By all appearances, I had reached a dead end. Little did I know this was a blessing in disguise.

In the midst of counselors, psychiatrists, medications, and dead-end re-hab programs, my husband and I began attending RU meetings at the church we had been visiting. I must admit the first few weeks were not very productive. My heart was hard, and my faith in my redeemer was at an all-time low. On top of that, I was still drinking and running with the wrong crowd, but our family remained faithful to every church service as well as every RU meeting.

The combination of sound Biblical preaching at church, godly fellowship, weekly RU meetings, and consistent exposure to God’s Word through the Overcomer Handbook began to crack the hard shell of sin that had stifled my spiritual life for so long. Little by little, my faith was restored, and I began to experience victory I never thought possible … victory that only Jesus can give. I am so thankful I was not able to enroll in any of the world’s treatment plans. It would have been a waste of time and money, as you cannot fight an inward problem with an outward program. I needed to be completely reformed, not partially rehabilitated.

I have since completed the Overcomer Handbook and am well into the Challenger Book. I have been clean and sober for 30 days and counting (after quitting “cold turkey”), and I praise the Lord for all the exciting things He is doing in my life, not to mention the life of my husband and the lives of our children. I also thank God for a church that is willing to reach out to those that much of society would reject.

Thank you, Mr. Curington, for allowing God to use you to touch the lives of so many through the RU discipleship course. My family and I will forever be grateful. Glory to God, I am FREE!!!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Kelly Baker September 25, 2016 at 5:59 am

PTL you are all here in RU, transforming into the man or woman or girl or boy In Him!
PTL I made it back to RU and my church, Riverview Baptist Church in Pasco, WA. We have an exceptional RU and Baptist Church, because Jesus is In Charge of me and lives Inside My Heart, I am Free Indeed!!!


Kelly Baker September 25, 2016 at 6:08 am

That second sentence, before last, in my last post was badly mistyped. I am not the reason the Riverview Baptist Church and our RU is so fantastic. I just came back, but I will say that I’m excited to do this and to teach others to do this as well. PTL Jesus for making me the Proverbs 31, Godly woman I have always longed to be!!! Please pray for all three of my kids to get Saved. I am praying for all three, Jordyn 24, Jaxsyn 18, and Chris 13. May God guide them all three to their KJV Bibles I got them years ago! Praise the Lord!!


Tammy Mead November 11, 2016 at 1:25 pm

I too just finished the overcomes handbook. Going to start in the next phase prayerfully tonight.


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