To restore requires connecting those who hurt with those who can help. It takes time and continuing support. Thus, we have partnered with a variety of skilled organizations to help us provide ongoing care to those whom we have reached and rescued.
RESTORATION THROUGH ON-GOING CARE
Our network of vetted partner organizations across the country helps provide a path to long-term healing for those who come to us. Our partners meet the unique needs of individuals facing a variety of issues. Additionally, with our deep held belief that prayer is the foundation for any real change, ThePrayerZone is an avenue for teenagers and young adults to receive ongoing prayer.
The Dawson McAllister Association has a long history of valuing restoration through ongoing care. It is key to who we are and why we have invested so much time into building relationships with other organizations. TheHopeLine.com contains information and links on over 40 partner organizations for visitors to self refer to. And anyone who chats on-line with a HopeCoach is referred to partner organizations that meet their specific needs. Click here for a list of our partners.
ULTIMATE RESTORATION THROUGH FAITH IN CHRIST
In one way or another, each of us is continually struggling with the process of restoration. We each have struggles, baggage, embarrassing failures. But there is a restorative act that sets the stage for all others. It is the moment we fully acknowledge our own sin and helplessness, and put full faith Christ, trusting in His saving work on our behalf. In his ministry Dawson has seen well over 100,000 teenagers and young adults make the life-changing decision to follow Christ.
While many who connect with our work have little or no interest in spiritual things, we actively seek the opportunity to share the Gospel and call them to faith in Christ. Sometimes they disconnect. Sometimes they get angry and let us know they want nothing to do with God. Sometimes they simply say no thank you. But as the Holy Spirit provides the opportunities, we will continue to offer them the Lord’s ultimate restoration and rejoice with the angels when they surrender their life to Christ.
DMA’S COMMITMENT TO RESTORATION
1988 Partnering Begins – Dawson’s Conference Division partnered with a well-known counseling organization to care for students whose hidden trauma, addiction or despair escalated into personal crisis. Though it took many years for the concept to mature, this was how our community of care was born. Today, that community includes over a dozen vetted and like-minded partners who are as called and committed to their mission as we to ours. We are humbled by this constantly growing network of restoration.
1992 A Pioneering Prayer Effort – A year after the launch of Dawson’s radio show, it became painfully evident that students needed prayer. And so everyone one who called TheHopeLine was promised that their need would be captured in a short prayer request and sent to an adult who would pray for them.
Here is how it worked; HopeCoaches would coach and then pray for each caller. Before taking the next call they would write out a short prayer request capturing the essence of the caller’s struggle. Because so many people wanted to pray, 5 or 6 copies of each request were put in envelopes and sent to different Prayer Partners.
1997 – 25,000 Prayer Partners – It was slow, labor intensive and expensive. But it worked! By 1997 over 25,000 prayer partners were praying every month.
2007 TheHopeLine.com – Blogs and On-Line Chat– While we work hard to earn trust, this generation has become increasingly distrustful, even dismissive of religion. We often find ourselves plowing hard ground, but by the grace of God we seek to plant a seed of faith at every opportunity. Nothing has facilitated this more than our blogs. With over 300 titles on virtually every type of felt need this generation has experienced, they have become the spark that causes many to recognize wrong thinking, to reconsider their values, and to examine the role faith may play in their lives and circumstances. TheHopeLine.com averages around 4 million visits a year and nothing attracted more of these visits than a google search of a felt need that led to one of our blogs. They have been a catalyst for restorative thinking.
Through on-line chat our HopeCoaches are serving on “the front lines” of the ministry sharing the restorative power of Jesus Christ with teens and young adults. They share the Gospel faithfully and by God’s grace see teenagers and young adults make a first time decisions or rededicated their lives to Christ. And this even includes teenagers and young adults in other countries as far away as India, Australia, and the Philippines.
ThePrayerZone is a simple but powerful website, as well as a mobile app, that has the potential to generate millions of prayers for teens and young adults in desperate need of it. Here is just a sample of requests received:
I’ve been having suicidal thoughts for a long time now. Every day, more reason to end it all.” -David
I was raped by my mother’s fiance’ for the 6 months before she died.” -Frankie
My 13 year old friend Steven got hit by a car and died Thursday morning.” -Kaitllyn
I’m struggling with believing in God’s love for me.” -Kendra
The best part is that ThePrayerZone is not our ministry…it’s yours. You can become a prayer champion for them. Interceding prayer is a powerful commitment to restoration.
We praise God for leading us toward all these important milestones as He draws people to full restoration in Jesus.