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Good Samaritan: Wendy Oster
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1 Timothy 1:12: I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service.


Wendy Oster had a difficult childhood. Raised by two alcoholic parents she lived in the projects after her father lost his job. Bullied incessantly by a group of girls throughout grade school she learned saying “no” could get her beaten up. However, in a fateful moment that would save her years down the road she came to Christ at age eight.

“A lady came to the door to take us kids to Sunday School,” says Oster. “I met Jesus in that church. I fell in love with Him there.” Her parents, being atheists, quickly put the fire out.

Soon Wendy started experimenting with drugs and alcohol. She had her first cigarette at nine, tried marijuana at twelve, and alcohol at thirteen. By sixteen she was looking for a boyfriend who would hopefully become a husband. It was what she had been taught life was: Grow up, get married, have children, and use drugs and alcohol to hide the pain. Once she found her boyfriend (they never married) they were together for eight years and had two children. Her next relationship lasted five years and resulted in her third child.

While looking for her next relationship and on a binge drunk she cried out to God: “There has to be something else out there for me!” Suddenly her mind was clear and within a week she had started her own bible study with both her and neighborhood children. The fire she had lost as a child was rekindled.

Wendy joined Abundant Life church where she attends to this day. The real turning point for Wendy came after she married and later had to divorce a man at the church and had a relapse with alcohol. Her sister told her about Celebrate Recovery, which meets at the church.



Celebrate Recovery is a Christ focused recovery program that addresses a wide range of destructive, compulsive behavior. It was developed by John Baker at Saddleback Church in 1990. It uses the 12 steps as developed by AA (with Christ being the focus rather than a “higher power”) and the eight principles which are based on the Beatitudes, and these five guidelines govern every group:

1. Keep your sharing focused on your own thoughts and feeling. Use “I” or “me” statements not “you” or “we.”
2.There is NO crosstalk please. Cross talk is when two individuals engage in conversation excluding all others. Each person is free to express his or her feelings without interruptions.
3. We are here to support one another not "fix" another'.
4. Anonymity and confidentiality are basic requirements. What is shared in the group stays in the group. The only exception is when someone threatens to injure themselves or others.
5. Offensive language has no place in a Christ-centered recovery group.

Since beginning her journey with Celebrate Recovery ten years ago Wendy has seen her life change drastically. Not only has she become sober and is recovering from her hurts but she is involved heavily in the ministry helping others. She is the Ministry Leader who oversees all aspects of the ministry, schedules live testimonies every week and team meetings once a month. She also facilitates group once a month, teaches a lesson once a month and shares her testimony, and runs the 101 group for newcomers. She also has lead the Step Study and supports and sponsors others in their path to sobriety. Wendy says that best of all her grandchildren have never seen her drunk.

“I have a great TEAM who come alongside me and support me. CR has three components, Large group, Small group and the 12 Step Study. We are gender specific, men share with men and women share with women. Celebrate Recovery is a safe place for us to share our hurts, habits and hang-ups with one another. Where we find freedom and change by applying the Christ centered 12 steps and eight principals to our life and by allowing Jesus to heal us and transform us. Celebrate Recovery overall is a great support group.”

If you are concerned about aspects of your life you may want to check out http://www.celebraterecovery.ca/is-cr-for-you/ to see if Celebrate Recovery might be helpful. Celebrate Recovery meets at Abundant Life Community Church at 640 Grosvenor St. in London on Thursdays at 7 PM. You’ll like Wendy.