THE VISION FOR NEW ENGLAND OUTREACH COMES FROM THE BOOK OF NEHEMIAH, CHAPTER 4:

AFTER I LOOKED THINGS OVER, I STOOD UP AND SAID…“DON’T BE AFRAID OF THEM. REMEMBER THE LORD, WHO IS GREAT AND AWESOME, AND FIGHT FOR YOUR FAMILIES, YOUR SONS AND YOUR DAUGHTERS, YOUR WIVES AND YOUR HOMES.”

THE OFFICERS POSTED THEMSELVES BEHIND ALL THE PEOPLE OF JUDAH WHO WERE BUILDING THE WALL. THOSE WHO CARRIED MATERIALS DID THEIR WORK WITH ONE HAND AND HELD A WEAPON IN THE OTHER, AND EACH OF THE BUILDERS WORE HIS SWORD AT HIS SIDE AS HE WORKED.

FOR MANY IN RECOVERY THE FOCUS ON REBUILDING DOMINATES, LEAVING THE INDIVIDUAL DEFENSELESS. NEO ADDRESSES THAT DEFICIT IN TREATMENT BY EQUIPPING THOSE WE SERVE WITH STRATEGIES FOR COPING WITH LOSS, SHAME, SELF-LOATHING, DOUBTS, FEARS AND LOSS. JUST AS THOSE WHO REBUILT THE WALLS IN THE BOOK OF NEHEMIAH, THOSE WE SERVE WILL LEARN TO REBUILD WHILE ALSO BEING READY TO DEFEND THE HOPE AND PURPOSE THEY ARE GAINING. FOR THIS REASON THE NEW ENGLAND OUTREACH LOGO SIGNIFIES THE SPEAR FOR DEFENSE WHILE THE TROWEL SIGNIFIES THE WORK OF REBUILDING WHAT WAS ONCE LOST, WATCHED OVER BY THE HOLY SPIRIT, WHICH LEADS TO PEACE THROUGH THE PROCESS.