Never Let Go

On September 30, 2013 by Jamy Shaffer



A few months ago, Disciple Days attended a SLAM Jam (a Christian concert organized by the local Student Lead Action Ministries).  While there, my good friends Mary and Victor Juarez spoke to us about their ministry.  Entitled Never Let Go, Mary and Victor strive to educate today’s youth in the dangers and eventual consequences to everyone involved in the lives of a drug addict.  Mary lost her 31 year old son, Marjoe to an overdose on April 18, 2010.  This morning while visiting my mother at the house, Mary told us about the groups new website that she started up only a month or so ago with some help from a few people she met while on a “rest and stress relief” trip to visit her daughter Christie in New York State.  Of course, I had to check the site out and give it a plug (WOW if only I had known she was interested in developing a website….)!  While Victor works a paying job to put bread on the table, Mary is out everyday visiting rehab centers, talking at schools, visiting Christian youth groups, and doing her best to get the word out there in a loving, Christ-focused presentation.

This morning, mom and I learned Mary’s underlying purpose on her “Mom on a Mission” journey:  To know and understand where she failed Marjoe as a parent.  And in three years, she still has not discovered what she could have said or done to save her son.  Not that any parent, friend, sibling, anyone involved in the life of a person with a problem of this magnitude can ever understand what they could have done.  So many of the young people who Mary and Victor have met do not fit the typical appearance of your “average user.”  Some even go against the statistics and come from stable households with a mother and father.  However, without Christ as the center of the family structure, how many of these families go through devastation.  While talking with an 18 year old girl, Mary broke down and was encouraged by the girl not to cry because it made her feel uncomfortable.  Uncomfortable or not, this is what the girl’s addiction was doing and continues to do until she got some help.

“Do you think this is what God wants for you?” Mary asked.

“I don’t know.  There is a voice inside my head that tells me that I need to. And I don’t know what it is.”  A definite battle going on inside.

While glancing at the website, there are sketches drawn by Marjoe, photos which chronicle his journey from happy times to bad times to recovery and finally the ultimate fall (when he let go of His hand for the briefest of moments), and a blog that Mary (who told us over and over that she had no idea how to turn on a computer much less create something with it) has started.  I read the first post and once again marveled at her use of words.

So…. check out the blog Never Let Go Ministries and learn about my babysitters (from way back) journey.  She even reminded us of my brother’s “Correct way to eat macaroni and cheese” and swallowing a safety pin.

“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love Him.  Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am being tempted by God,’ for God cannot be tempted with evil, and He himself tempts no one.  But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.  Then desire when it is conceived gives birth to sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.”  (James 1:12-15)

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