When we counsel, we should examine the personality and history of a person. One of the biggest mistakes a counselor can make is when out of his own experience he tries to talk to a counselee. Different personalities, different histories, different experiences all lead to very different perspectives. Personality is the way God made our thinkers doers, and feelers and how they continue to be. History is all the stuff that happened in our lives from birth until now. By looking at the two together, we can see why we act and respond the way we do. Knowledge, however, is only half the battle, for without power it does not give freedom. Counseling is rarely telling someone something he does not already know, but rather is giving words to something that make it clear and useful in real life. The power is in Jesus, but often that is hidden by one’s twisted concepts of God, legalism, or pride. Working through all these things with counselees and helping them see the freedom that comes from admitting where they are at help smooth the way toward seeing that Jesus is the only way out. All the power that is in Jesus is in us as believers, and through that power is the only way to live the Christian life. We have it, but often fail to recognize it. We do not have all the answers, but we have the answer, Jesus.
Counseling is provided at offices in Littleton, CO, and Hagerstown, MD. Both Hannah Morrell and Tim Lester were supervised in their training by Michael Wells and worked with him for several years. In addition, Karen Lester is also fully credentialed and was supervised in her training directly by Tim. All three counselors will give consistent ALMI Christ-centered solutions to the spiritual, emotional, and physical problems of those who come to us for help.
Tim Lester L.T.T, L.C.P.C
BA Ministry, JBC
MA Psychology, Cornerstone
Karen Lester L.T.T., L.C.P.C.
BA Education, Trinity University
MA Special Education, University of Maryland
MA Psychology, Cornerstone
BA Humanities, Columbia International University
MA Counseling, Denver Seminary
You can contact the counseling office of your choice directly by using the information found below.
Counseling is offered at no charge to those actively on the ALMI support team. All others will be informed of a suggested donation on a sliding scale. Checks should be made out to Abiding Life Ministries International.
Both offices offer either weekly or more intensive counseling sessions for those who have had to travel from their home elsewhere. The counselee is responsible for all travel arrangements into Denver, CO, or Hagerstown, MD.
For Hagerstown: The nearest large airports to Hagerstown are BWI and IAD, both being a one-and-one-half-hour drive from the counseling office. The Hagerstown (HGR) airport is five minutes from the office and very reasonable to fly into. The office address is 13138 Cearfoss Pike, Hagerstown, MD. There are several hotels within five minutes of the office, and depending on availability there may be some lodging for free in local homes. Food and transportation are the responsibility of the counselee.
Contact info: Tim and Karen Lester, 13138 Cearfoss Pike, Hagerstown, MD 21740.
Karen 301-992-9897 Tim 301-992-7306
Karen email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tim email: email@example.com
For Littleton: DIA is the nearest airport to the counseling office and is about a 50-minute drive away. The office address is 8191 Southpark Lane, Unit 102, Littleton, CO 80120. There are many hotels in the area and some recommendations can be made if needed. Food, lodging, and transportation are the responsibility of the counselee.
Contact info: Hannah Morrell at 8191 Southpark Ln, #102, Littleton, CO 80120.