Yeldall Manor is a special place – a life-changing community of love and discipline and grace and truth where, since 1977, hundreds of men have found freedom from addiction and new life in Christ.
It’s also a place I called ‘home’ from 1982 and 1999. Yep, I grew up in rehab… but more of that another time!
The Yeldall story is incredible and, at so many levels, instructive. Yeldall began with the compassion, obedience and faith of Bill and Joanie Yoder and their two daughters, Tina and Heidi. Bill and Joanie had a chance encounter with a drug addict on the London Underground and, in response to the cries for help they heard, opened up their home to help the heroin addicts they met on the streets of London. In time, and with the support of local Christians in Berkshire, they bought Yeldall Manor to create the ideal context for this growing work. Since then Yeldall has evolved into a highly regarded Christian drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre as a result of the investment of its incredible staff, quality residents, and generous supporters.
For those of you who don’t know Yeldall this short film is a superb introduction. For those of you who do, I still think its worth a watch!
It’s July 2014 and I currently serve as the Director of Yeldall Manor, a Christian drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre in the south-east of England (www.yeldall.org.uk). I met my incredible wife, Mickey, in 1995 and we married in 2000. We have four fabulous kids – Daniel, Jemimah, Phoebe and JJ.
As a family we are preparing to move to Santa Cruz, Bolivia in order to launch Novō, a charity which will create transformational communities in developing nations – places where hurting and broken people can find healing, wholeness and hope. We plan to leave for Bolivia in May 2015.
This blog is intended to be a place where we can share the journey with those are on it with us – friends, family, and others who share God’s heart for the addicted.
I don’t exactly know what this is going to look like. What I do know is that as we move forward in pursuit of this vision we need to be connected with others and I’m hoping this blog will help us to do that!
If you’re up for it, please click on the link to the right and sign-up to follow this blog by email. There may be a bit of a flurry of updates to begin with but I promise not to inundate you with updates in the long run!
Andy, Mickey, Daniel, Jemimah, Phoebe, and JJ