High on Hope Ministries in conjunction with Broken Chains Ministries and the BoMar Club & Drop In Center will be hosting an Equip the City Jackson County event at the Parchment Valley Conference Center from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 9.

Equip the City Jackson County is a free event geared toward teaching groups and individuals ways to help fight the addiction problem by providing practical tools, resources, and connections that can be used to heal the community.

High on Hope Ministries was founded by Tim Craft in January of 2017. Craft, who himself was addicted to heroin for 12 years, knew it was time to get help following the death of his sister due to an accidental overdose.

Craft was approached by a close friend who gave him the opportunity to change his life for the better by learning and studying the Bible. Through his studies, he learned the importance of renewing his mind and truly being free.

While directing the Dreamlife program, a one-year faith-based recovery program in Parkersburg, Craft discovered the need for unity between the churches and the recovery community in the Mid-Ohio Valley, thus leading him to launch High on Hope.

The vision for High on Hope is to connect resources and network with other ministries and initiatives to ensure that anyone seeking help will be able to get the help they need.

A few of the efforts in place within High on Hope to serve and equip the community that Craft uses to fulfill his vision are going out with local law enforcement and first responders, holding recovery events to keep the community informed and engaged, and holding weekly overcoming addiction classes.

“We believe part of the assignment God has given us is to visit churches and share our testimonies and keep people informed of our vision for the future,” Craft said. “We want to bring Jesus to the center of the addiction epidemic in America and proclaim freedom over our region.”

In April of 2019, High on Hope Ministries hosted their first Equip the City event in Parkersburg. Craft said the response to the ministry was so overwhelming that he already has plans lined up for several more in both West Virginia and Ohio.

“My ultimate goal is to have an Equip the City event in every region of the state,” Craft said.

Craft encourages not only individuals, but churches, and community organizations that are interested in helping fight the addiction crisis our communities face today, to attend Equip the City Jackson County and learn how to provide hope to those who need it the most.

To have High on Hope visit your church or community organization, call Tim Craft at (304) 916-8468 or visit the Facebook page at High on Hope Ministries.