March 28, 2008, was a day I will never forget. We started counseling as Truth in Love Ministries (TIL) on that day with Dr. Jeff Young and Dr. Judy Jones co-counseling with me in two cases at Philadelphia Baptist Church on a Friday afternoon. Those two cases changed my life and the lives of many others. Over time, two persons from those two cases came to know Christ and one relationship was reconciled to the degree that they later became married. That day will always be etched in my mind by the power of God and His faithfulness to work in the hearts of His people. That day launched TIL into full-time ministry in the greater Birmingham, AL area and beyond.
With that day in my mind, the Truth in Love Ministries team re-launched our counseling ministry but this time in the greater Indianapolis area. On the 10th year anniversary of our ministry’s counseling debut, we were privileged to partner with a local church in Linden, Indiana, called Stone Water Church and their residential counseling ministry to women called Through the Gate. On March 28, 2018, TIL counseled again, trained church leaders again, and partnered with a local ministry again. It was very cool to see TIL doing TIL-things once again and in a different city than where we began ten years ago. We enjoyed our day of serving alongside TTG and Stone Water.
Now, moving forward, the plan is to spend the next weeks praying and updating the ministry’s teaching modules, business documents, website, and other pertinent ministry information. We also have some planned teaching events in April at local churches (Russiaville, IN is one location) and at partnering local ministries like Crossroads Bible College in Indianapolis (see Equip 18 to learn more about our training weekends on April 12-14 & 19-21). TIL is simply a ministry that comes alongside local churches to assist them in what God has called them to do: to equip the saints for the work of the ministry (Eph. 4:12).
Truth in Love Ministries has been active for 10 years. For the past 4 years, our ministry slowed down with just a few training events each year for one big reason: there were no paid full-time staff. There have been full-time needs in the community and full-time opportunities around the world but not a full-time person to be devoted to help meet those needs. That’s not true anymore as TIL employs two full-time persons and has another 10 or so volunteers serving in the ministry.
There is much work to be done to re-launch the ministry in Indianapolis. For example, TIL set up a post office box in Indianapolis so we now have two mailing addresses (one in Alabama and one in Indianapolis). Our new address in Indianapolis, IN, is as follows:
Truth in Love Ministries
PO Box 78133
Indianapolis, IN 46278
The TIL team has re-worked the website and is still working on improving it (that seems like a lifelong project). The plan is to shoot some training videos soon. We built a small studio in my home to do just that. Those videos will be key in offering The Addiction Connection training to local churches and church leaders.
It is certainly an exciting time when considering all of the ministry opportunities surrounding a ministry like ours. We cherish what God has given us and hope to share it with many others in local churches around the world in the next 10 years and beyond.
-Mark (thankful for a fruitful first 10 years and hopeful for a more fruitful next 10 years)