The Value of Mentoring

MW Editor’s Note: MW welcomes Garrison Getchell as a guest author. His experience as both an addict and the sobriety he’s found in Christ is a challenge to each of us to invest in others. 

Growing up, I was one of six kids in my family in Jenks, Oklahoma by Robert and Teresa Getchell. My dad was an attorney, and my mom was a teacher. I graduated from Jenks High School and then attended the University of Central Oklahoma. I am a U.S. Army veteran with constructional engineering certifications, Now I work full time in a non-profit ministry as the Community Outreach Coordinator for Hope is Alive in Wichita and Kansas City.  

God’s Tug

I love being involved in the community as much as possible, serving at the Union Rescue Mission, mentoring troubled youth with Youth Horizons, and serving in my church’s kids ministry. The calling I feel God tugging on my heart the hardest though is discipleship in the Hope is Alive homes. 

Hope is Alive

Hope is Alive is a ministry with a nationwide mission of radically changing the lives of drug addicts, alcoholics, and those that love them. It is a program in which 85% of our graduates experience long-term sobriety. We have homes all across the United States, in which our graduates lead these programs, and lead men/women to sobriety through a relationship with Jesus Christ each and every day. 

Changing Lives

Our men and women have changed the face of recovery worldwide. The Hope is Alive Program is responsible for millions of months of sobriety, and thousands of lives saved. We redefine the way people get and stay sober. My vision is to radically change the way our residents interact with each other, always offering grace and kindness, but not backing down on holding others accountable. This is a gift that I believe God has blessed me with. One of my favorite verses that reminds me of this is Jeremiah 29:11.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” 

Life-Long Discipleship

Discipleship is unquestionably the service of the Holy Spirit, and our role in it is to be obedient and to pursue it deliberately. It is a life-on-life process of learning, where we see the Gospel being displayed in our imperfect daily lives and being taught to others who have crossed the line of faith, with a desire to see a multiplying effect of the transforming work of Jesus Christ.

Find a Tribe

These things have changed my life because someone took the time to freely pour wisdom and love into me. We have to keep our cup filled with the Spirit of God so we can continually pour into others. We can’t go through this life alone so find yourself a tribe of good influencers that will push you towards greatness. 

Paying It Forward

With everything I have gone through from homelessness to addiction, I know for a fact, I would not be where I am today without discipleship from the mentors in my life. I urge each and every one of you to find godly men in your life and ask them to meet however often you both can. Get out of the comfortable and content lifestyles you are in and be pushed by someone. Do something difficult daily. Then grab someone and do the same for them that was done for you. 

Warrior On!

Garrison Getchell
Community Outreach Coordinator at Hope is Alive | | Website

Garrison Getchell is driven by the vision to see those caught in addictions to find hope and sobriety in Christ. He is the Community Outreach Coordinator for Hope is Alive. You can reach Garrison at

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