"When the doors open, people will come," says Rempel, who is also a founding member of MCC Canada's Low German Mennonite Advisory Committee. "I've been getting lots of phone calls about when we will open," he adds.Alcohol and substance abuse, family violence, teen pregnancies and sexual abuse are symptoms of low self-esteem, says Rempel, describing low self-esteem as a "spiritual sickness" that is prevalent in many Mennonite colonies and communities in Bolivia. The emphasis on finding self-worth will be part of the addiction treatment program when the rehab centre opens, he notes.Quoting Isaiah 61:1-2, Rempel says churches are stepping up to the challenge of serving God through "binding up the brokenhearted" and comforting people who are hurting. "That is my motivation for doing this and that is also the goal of our committee," says Rempel.
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