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Addiction ministry to celebrate fifth anniversary

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com

Having been involved in addiction, recovered and on a new path, the founder of Betterdayz Thru Jesus Christ wanted to share his story and help others in their recovery effort.

That opportunity came five years ago and the ministry is going strong, continuing to help those involved in addiction and those who have previously been incarcerated.

Derrick Harrison and his mother Blanche Gallimore lead the effort that meets Mondays at 5 p.m. for a meal at Faith Christian School, 2635 Iowa Ave., followed by the meeting.

Both have come out of addiction. In Harrison’s case, he spent time in prison for drugs and theft to support it. He has earned his bachelor’s degree in addiction counseling and teaches classes for Fayette County Community Corrections. He also works with people held in the Fayette County Jail, where he once spent time.

For one night, starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 16, Betterdayz will return to its roots at PTC Ministries, 1892 W. State Road 44, to celebrate the recovery ministry and those it has touched.

Rodney Williams will give his testimony of coming out of methamphetamine addiction where he nearly died from a meth lab explosion. He is the author of “Club Meth to Christ” and “Once an Addict, Now Free.”

“His testimony is about the horrors of a life of methamphetamine addiction and how he came out of that,” Harrison said. “His claim is Jesus Christ as well. He lived it and has the scars to prove it. Most of his body was burned in that meth explosion and miraculously he was healed. He came back from 20 years of meth usage.”

Several faith-based groups from the surrounding area will be there to celebrate. 4 Christ will lead worship and provide music. There will be prayer for healing and deliverance over addiction and then some refreshments after the service.

Williams will speak at The Ha*ven the night before and then at Community Corrections and to the therapeutic groups in the Fayette County Jail the next day.

Betterdayz began in March 2014 at PTC Ministries, where the congregation and Pastor Ron Russell provided a place to meet and the support to get started. The name came from a song by the late Tupac Shakur.

Gallimore has been there from the beginning and the two have led the ministry through its growth and have seen it reach probably more than 530 different individuals. 

In May 2015, the association with Faith Builders Ministry began and they moved their meetings to the school, with the blessing of PTC Ministries.

People often did not have transportation to get to PTC, which is west of town on Indiana 44. After moving, Gallimore said several walkers began to attend.

The school is a neutral place because some people do not like to go into a church, Harrison said. In 2017, they often had 100 people at meetings.

“We have to be reminded that sometimes you plant the seed in them because we can’t make anybody be who we want them to be,” she said. “We also have to remember, God did not bring us this far to not help someone else.”

As Betterdayz looks to the future, Harrison said the goal is to find a location downtown to be closer to those in need. He wants to do more outreach evangelism as well as get a master’s degree in counseling and offer some type of affordable faith-based counseling. He would also like to earn some type of ministry credential.

Gallimore encourage parents to attend not only the special celebration but also the weekly meetings.