Ashlynn Bailey Foundation

Ashlynn Bailey Foundation

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“This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and on which enters within the veil” (Hebrews 6:19)

Ashlynn's Story

Ashlynn Nicole Bailey was born on April 21st 1995 to the proud parents of Mike and Deborah Bailey.  She was a beautiful blue-eyed baby girl, tiny yet mighty.  She had to stay in the neonatal step down unit after she was born because she had to be treated for pneumonia after aspirating during the delivery process.  She was a fighter and strong during the healing process.  She had to stay in the hospital for 7 days before we got to bring our baby home.  She was our first child and the first grandchild on both sides of our family.  We all immediately fell in love with her!

 

We had to be careful with Ashlynn being around other people initially after her birth due to her having pneumonia; but as soon as she was able to attend church, we had her there.  She was dedicated about 8 months of age in our church’s parent-baby dedication ceremony.  She grew up in the church, learned about God, and became a Christian at an early age- just after the 9/11 event that forever changed our peaceful world here in America.  She loved God and had a real anointing for leading others to Christ.  She felt that everyone needed to go to Heaven.  She led several of her friends to Christ. Read The Full Story >>

 

Through God’s direction, power and sovereignty, our purpose is to assist with the Restoration of the reformed addict’s life; to provide a means for parents, family and friends of the addict to become Anchored in faith in the midst of a storm; to hold on to God’s promises by beginning to take a Christian stand in an evil world and start paving a way for drug dealers to be stopped and their wrong actions to be Justified.

 

“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

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Restoration

“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age” (Titus 2: 11-12)

 

Addiction is devastating!  The wounds and burdens that an addict carries are deep.  Through our experience with our daughter and what we learned in counseling sessions in various rehabs, the addict often feels that he/she has ruined his/her life forever.  The addict finds it difficult to know how to start over in life.  We were able to also observe some addicts who had overcome their addiction through a life totally submitted to God.  Consequently, these individuals were able to help other addicts beat addiction through a true connection and relationship with God that gave them the tools they needed to survive all that life threw at them instead of returning back to drugs.

 

Some of the rehab facilities offered programs that helped the former addicts get back on their feet by assisting them to find jobs.  This is an important step in the recovery of the drug addict.  We want to enhance this process further by providing another step: the recovered addict can restore his/her life and begin to live life in freedom the way God intended.

 

We want to help the recovered addict that has committed his/her life to Christ and feels led by God to help others fight in the world of addiction by offering a chance to further restore his/her life.  Once the individual has demonstrated a commitment to the process and fulfilled the prerequisites, that individual may apply for a fully paid scholarship (books and tuition) to  Highlands College.

 

At Highlands College, students are able to find their purpose through world-class academics, experience their calling through hands-on ministry training and launch their future through leadership positions around the world.

 

“This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and on which enters within the veil” (Hebrews 6:19)

 

Drug Addiction is not only devastating for the addict, but it is also devastating to the family and the loved ones of an addict.  Through our struggles as parents in dealing with our daughter, Ashlynn’s drug addiction, we have felt all the hurts that a family or friend of an addict can feel and experience.  What most people would see as a hopeless, painful experience, we have been able to see God’s total involvement in the life of our family.  We desire for all people associated with loving and caring for a drug addict to be able to know God as their Anchor in the mist of the storm of addiction.

 

We feel led to share our experiences and to reveal the way God has supported and carried us through every ordeal we have been through in loving and caring for a drug addict.  We have coming in the future a daily devotional book to help assist family members with emotions, thoughts, and questions that arise when a loved one is a drug addict. The book was written under God’s guidance as these emotions, thoughts, and questions arose in parenting our daughter enslaved in drug addiction.  It is faith in God, the power of His promises, and the truth in His Word that anchored us in our storm of addiction.  It is the one thing that brought us hope and peace in what otherwise was a war zone in hell.  God showed us that His grace is sufficient; His strength is enough; His love is forever; and that nothing can separate us from Him who saved us.

 

Anchored

Justification

“And do not fear those who kill the body, but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28)

 

Society has labeled drug addicts as losers and garbage.  Society thinks that it is totally the drug addicts fault  and that they deserve what they get. While it may be agreed upon that the addict should have never experimented with drugs in the first place, there is another monstrosity out there that should be apprehended with justice.  The real culprits to addiction are the drug dealers.  They are selling poison, a poison that ultimately destroys the brain, the personality, and the lifestyle of the person buying the drugs.  The drug dealers know that some of what they sell is difficult if not impossible to come off of and that the individuals buying the drugs will constantly seek the drug to feel the insatiable craving.  The drug dealers are making money, killing with weapons when deals go bad, and unfortunately, knowingly providing a drug that can be lethal to an unsuspecting individual.

 

We feel that drug dealers need to be off the streets and justice served for their own issues with drugs, greed and power.  While a drug dealer deserves a chance to reconcile his/her life with God and seek forgiveness and live a life of freedom just as an addict does, there should be consequences for the choice he/she made.  Our hope is that one day, laws will be changed/enforced to the point that all drug dealers will no longer be in business and no longer have the ability to sell such a life devastating poison without stern consequences for their actions.

 

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Ashlynn Bailey Foundation

P.O. Box 36091

Birmingham, AL 35236

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