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SOUTH | Olive Baptist Church
Pastor Ted Traylor
Spending time in prayer for their community and looking for needs that weren’t being met led Olive Baptist Church to find a way to help women who were coming to faith in Christ in prison but didn’t have a place to live once they were released. That led to the creation of Charis House, a faith-based, one-year residential drug and alcohol recovery program. The women who enter the facility live dormitory-style with three residents sharing a room.


“We took a house out here, and we gutted it,” Traylor says. “We put five bedrooms in it, got a house mother and decided we were going to try to disciple women we were leading to faith in Christ in prison. We didn’t know what we were doing. We fell on our faces a few times, but that was the beginning of a ministry we started on faith. We’ve learned by trial and error.”


Today, the Charis House program serves 14 women and is part of a larger ministry at Olive Baptist helping meet practical needs in the community. Charis House residents participate in a 12-step biblically-based recovery program and attend classes in relapse prevention, communication and discipline. They also receive individual professional counseling. The goal is to see lives changed, hope restored and families reconciled through the power of Jesus Christ.


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