Barb was successful in her work in the accounting department of a health service agency. With her attention to detail and strong organizational skills, she moved steadily to greater levels of responsibility. When her husband Randy’s job was cut, Barb felt added pressure.
She worked extra hours to ensure her position was secure, and to bring in additional income. The financial stresses came at a time when Barb was already struggling. Accepting an invitation to gambling she was surprised how relaxed she felt.
As a long time Christian, Barb never imagined herself involved with gambling. But over the next several months, she found herself returning repeatedly to the lounge to play. She had some big wins, increasing her desire to gamble.
The Close to Home series is designed to help Christian caregivers invite others to journey toward wholeness.
Ways to use the booklets:
* Offer them and discuss them in your pastoral care visits.
* Display them in the church foyer, counseling office, or even a restroom.
* Give them to loved ones of those who suffer, so that they can be informed.
* Distribute them as conversation-starters for adult education or support groups.