DTM 2021 Recap
prison ministry - placed weekly calls and delivered Christmas gifts to family members
homeless housing - provided food and shelter for two un-homed members of our community
blessing bags - created and distributed bags to homeless with water, snacks, socks, scripture
tutoring - provided tutoring and IEP services to disadvantaged students struggling in school
family "adoption" - provided food, clothing, toys, necessities, gifts for a family in need
sober high schools - partnered with John Cates and other leaders in the APG movement
veterans program - DTM Board created support for military vets struggling in addiction
tithing - tithed to churches and ministries in North Carolina, Texas, and Virginia
Christian content - provided Christ-based content for 1813 News, Twitter, Facebook, IG
field trips - funded movies, mini golf, laser tag, go karts, and more for men in recovery at RDC
book blast - hundreds of copies of Divine Trust mailed to prisons and recovery centers in the US and abroad
DIVINE TRUST Ministries
Official Website of Divine Trust author Andrew T. McDonald
release date: Jan. 8, 2021
Once a junior high wrestling champion, high school quarterback, collegiate soccer standout, and seasoned trial attorney, Andrew was accustomed to winning. At the age of 45, he found himself divorced, estranged from his son, and strung out on drugs and alcohol. Andrew's winning ways were long gone; in fact, he served jail time in the very county in which he once successfully practiced law. He even failed at committing suicide. Andrew was broken, hopeless, seemingly beyond redemption, and utterly alone in a prison of his own making.
Finally, he surrendered.
His surrender resulted in mercy, grace, peace, and salvation by his savior, Jesus Christ, whom he came to know intimately and personally. Andrew's experience of the LORD, His miracles, His blessings, and how He chose to reveal Himself is the "body" of this work. Andrew's trust in Him - divine trust in the truth, the life, and the way - has led to this true story in which the supernatural transcends logic, the uncommon becomes common, and so-called coincidence is shown to be His perfect timing.
It is unfortunate but true that God seldom becomes a reality for us until he becomes a necessity. Yet, it is that Gift of Desperation that brings us to a place where we have a willingness to seek, and He comes to all who honestly seek Him.
If you find yourself alone and afflicted as I did, you do not have to choose to die this way. Your pain may become your greatest motivator; humbly accept the fact that you can no longer bear your journey alone; invite the Creator into your life, and seek refuge in His arms.
I am thankful for my scars because God has supernaturally transformed those very scars into gifts and experience. I seek Him for healing and the transformation of my greatest defects into my greatest assets. My scars are testimony that I am battle-tested and healed by His love and the stripes He endured before His ultimate sacrifice at the cross.
Coming to know God as He has chosen to reveal Himself has allowed me to develop a faith that, together with salvation, I count as my greatest gift.
I have come to know that in this life, and in any situation, from the greatest triumph to the worst tragedy, “This, too, shall pass.” No pain lasts forever; pain is as temporal as our finite bodies. The spirit is what will remain, and that is the part of us wherein God dwells.
Just as a grain of sand is the master of the pyramid and the snowflake the master of the storm, I must look within myself for change.
Some men like me fight to survive and prosper in a fallen world through self-will, self-sufficiency, and self-righteousness. We learn to “pull ourselves up by our bootstraps” and seldom ask for directions. We begin to feel unique and isolated as a result of this separation from God. Our pride acts as a shovel that begins to dig our own graves, where we become sadly resigned to what we believe is our final destination.
I start to see the man in the mirror through my Father’s eyes. This perspective is often mistaken as being reserved only for the spiritually enlightened. One who finds such perspective is often called a seer or a prophet. However, it is readily available for you and for me just as it was available for simple fishermen. All we must do is cast aside the internal critic and the lie that spiritual insight is reserved for “others.”
Today, I continue to “suit up, show up, and get out of His way,” for life begins once Jesus becomes the reason to live it.
When I became physically and emotionally sober, the painting of my life, this thing that has always been a work in progress, immediately began to become bright and beautiful. And then, when I finally found the humility and willingness to hand the paintbrush to Him, the painting of my life looked more like a masterpiece designed for His good purposes.
Divine trust results in accomplishments that I could never have achieved alone, and in results that defy logic and that are not readily foreseen.
Alpha Mu (My Beginning) This photograph was taken inside the St. Thomas of Aquinas Catholic church in Spring Lake, NJ. The author knelt at the altar and cried out to God. He saw his initials (AM) inscribed in the Ave Maria (statue of the Mother Mary) and took it as a sign from the LORD. To learn more, read Chapter One.
This is an unfinished work of art depicting the author's son, JP. The painting is by Laura Scully, a talented artist. To learn more, read Chapter 4.
This is another incredible work of art by Laura Scully. The canvas was the divine piece God used to reveal himself to the author. To learn more, read Chapter 4.
This "A" is an example of extreme irony. The author had been signing his name using a single cursive initial "A" for years as an attorney, LONG before he would accept that he suffered from alcoholism. The cover of the "big book" in AA bore the same single initial as the one he had been using all along to sign documents. To learn more, read chapter 6.
This chessboard and the accompanying rice bag (which held the chess pieces) was an unexpected method God used to dispel the author's notion of coincidence. To learn more, read Chapter 6.
New Jersey shirts
God employed a divine instrument to help the author come to understand that he was loved, blessed, and protected far ahead of the time that he accepted Him in his life. It caused the author to pause and reflect on how he had been so blind. To learn more, read Chapter 4.
Winning the Lottery
Evidence God used to dispel any doubt that the author had been blessed more immensely than any lottery winning could bestow (and well before he had purchased the Pick 3 tickets that night). To learn more, see chapter 6.
A Thousand Acres, a Gas Can, and a Weed Eater
A special place where "P" and the author began their mentorship. Curious about the rest of the story? Read Chapter 7.
Chapter 12 tells the incredible story of this sign, which was a clear indication that God could be counted upon to respond to the author's thoughts, intentions, and dreams.
Don't Worry Mister, I Got It!
Another example the author was gifted in the truth of God's word (that is sometimes difficult to believe until practiced) was shown through the generosity of a child. To hear the whole (beautiful!) story, read Chapter 8.
(OMG! Literall) The License Plate
Confirmation that the LORD was always well ahead of the author and planning the blessings he would live out came in an unorthodox form: a license plate. Curious to learn all the crazy details? Check out Chapter 12.
Petey the Parakeet
This fowl literally walked right up to the Dream Center SETX using the accessibility ramp, fulfilling the author's lifelong dream of reuniting. Who is Petey and why is he such an important character in the author's life? Read Chapter 12.
The Son and the Moon
The LORD truly did for the author that which he could not do for himself. Read Chapter 15 to hear the heartwarming story.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
When the author is not engaged in ministry (bible study, prayer gatherings, recovery meetings, visiting local churches, or guest-speaking from the pulpit or classroom), he can be found cooking up a storm in the kitchen, walking 18 holes on the nearest golf course, or playing a mean game of cards, all while spending time with close friends and family. He remains ever grateful for the selfless men and women who helped him along the journey to recovery and salvation.