Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Appreciation Gathering

Come to the ACE Overcomers Appreciation Gathering Friday, September 21st 7-8pm at Gateway Community Church 353 E. Donna Dr, Merced 95340. Dessert & Coffee will be served. There is no charge. Hear testimonies how ACE Overcomers has helped people overcome childhood abuse and dysfunction. Catch a vision of how ACE Overcomers changes lives and heals families. Learn how you can partner with this unique and dynamic ministry. Please RSVP to aceovercomers@sbcglobal.net with how many will attend. I'm looking forward to seeing you at the Appreciation Gathering.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Leadership Training this Friday August 10th

After the last ACE Overcomers Leadership Seminar their were many requests for additional training. This Friday, August 10th we will meet at my home from 6:30-8:30pm. We will take the leader training to a new level. There is no cost. Light refreshments will be served. Call me at (209)617-4688 to register and to get directions. I'll be looking for you. Dave

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Perfectly Positioned to Minister to Those Suffering from Adverse Childhood Experiences- Part 1

The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study of 1997 removed the veil of secrecy from the extent and effects of abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction. Since that time many articles have been written and programs have been instituted. A few states have risen to the challenge and implemented child abuse prevention programs and harsher punishments for abusers. The long-term effects of these measures have yet to be determined. One roadblock impeding these programs is the air of suspicion surrounding governmental agencies. Few of us feel comfortable when the government comes to inspect or oversee our private lives. One study noted the necessity of developing a “beneficial and acceptable intrusion” (Felitti, 2003, p. 10) into the closed realm of personal and family experience.  

The Church- A “beneficial and acceptable intrusion” Where can this “beneficial and acceptable intrusion” be found? Is there an organization that has demonstrable effectiveness and wide acceptation? The local church is perfectly positioned to minister in this closed realm. The effectiveness of church attendance in reducing drug abuse is demonstrated by a study which reported the reduction of the use of crack cocaine as church attendance increased, (Richard, A., Bell, D., & Carlson, J. (2000) p. 244) and that an increased church attendance was a significant predictor of reduction in drug and alcohol use. It was also noted that involvement in a religious moral community may protect recovering addicts from relapse. In addition, the local church is an authoritative community. A recent study identifies an authoritative community as groups of people who are committed to one another over time and who model and pass on at least part of what it means to be a good person and live a good life. (Commission on Children at Risk., Institute for American Values., YMCA of the USA., & Dartmouth Medical School. (2003) p.14). Of all authoritative communities, the local church influences a greater number and a more varied age group of people than any other. The local church is accessible and accepted at nearly any time and on any occasion. There is an ongoing relationship that lends itself to accountability and encouragement. There are many church-based programs that are doing a commendable job helping people overcome addiction. Celebrate Recovery, Reformers Unanimous, Salvation Army and other programs are helping addicts and alcoholics reclaim their lives. However, for the victims of adverse childhood experiences there are few, if any programs tailored for their needs. This lack of programs is an open door for the church to reach a vast number of hurting people within our sphere of influence.  

ACE Overcomers equips churches to minister to those overcoming a difficult childhood. Bible principles are integrated with solid science to produce a powerful, unique ministry you can have confidence in. Call Dave Lockridge at (209) 617-4688 for information.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Seminar Registration

Use THIS LINK (also listed below) to register for the upcoming ACE Overcomers seminar:


ACE Team

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Ministry Seminar 2012

Here is a printable flyer advertising the next Training Seminar for ACE Overcomers.  You are cordially invited to participate with us--to join in and be a part of--in learning more about this live-saving/life-changing ministry.  Feel free to get the word out and let others know. 

Maybe you have a church near you that would like to host this Bible study.  Come and see what it's all about.  Feel free to let your ministry team know about it.

DATE: Saturday, July 14, 2012
TIME: 9:00 - 3:00 (Registration at 8:00 am)
LOCATION: Yosemite Church of Merced, CA
2230 E. Yosemite Ave., Merced, CA 95340
COST: $50.00 includes Leaders Notebook and Lunch

For more information please call Dave Lockridge at (209) 617-4688.

ACE Ministry Team

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Twelve-Year-Old Forced to Wear Diaper

A twelve-year-old was recently humiliated by her mother in public.  That may sound normal to many. However, this particular situation was very wrong.  The young girl's head was shaved and she was paraded around in public in a diaper.  You can read more about it here.

Friends, continue to partner with us as we pick up the pieces of shattered lives.  Pray for the Gospel-advancing work of ACE Overcomers.  And pray that the cycle of abuse stops.

ACE Team

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Fundraising Walk 2012

Join us for just a small portion of your Saturday to share with others that there is NO Excuse for Child Abuse

The ACE team is gearing up for a fantastic walk here on April 21, 2012.  It starts at 8:00 am at First Baptist Church of Merced.  The route you walk depends upon the map you receive--different walkers will receive a different map.  You'll be heading to a neighborhood in Merced to drop of brochures at the homes you find there.  Our passion is to get the word out to 25,000 homes that there is NO Excuse for Child Abuse.  Please consider joining us.

Download your forms here:

(There are jpg forms and pdf forms available.  Choose the format that works best for you.)

Or, you can email Dave Lockridge at aceovercomers@sbcglobal.net and he'll mail one your way.

Thank you to our amazing sponsors who made our spectacular giveaways possible!

ACE Team

ACES Too High

Dave Lockridge was recently interviewed for a blog that shares nation-wide data related to ACE's.  You can find that article here.

ACE Team

Monday, March 5, 2012

Conceived in Rape

Here is a video by Rebecca Kiessling.  She was conceived in rape and has a bold ministry teaching others about the beauty of choosing life for children who are conceived in rape.  Here is her website if you want to find out more about her work.

Rebecca Kiessling (Conceived in Rape): "A baby is not the worst thing that could ever happen to a rape victim, an abortion is" (at 9:41 into the video).

Beloved, do you suffer from the after-effects of rape or abortion (panic, fear, escapism, sleeplessness, high blood pressure, emotional highs and lows, over-spending, thrill seeking, controlling behaviors, authority issues)?  ACE Overcomers can help you walk through the messy road of healing--one step at a time.  Call or email us today for more information.

ACE Team

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

New Workbooks

We are excited to announce that the ACE Overcomers workbooks are hot off the presses.  They are now available for purchase.  Please email Dave Lockridge (dave.lockridge@sbcglobal.net) if you would like to purchase some for your church or group.  He can assist you in purchasing those.  Leader Guides are ready as well; those can be purchased at Leadership Trainings. 

We are elated to bring these materials to churches in our local area.  Two additional churches in our local area have requested Leadership Training at their sites.  Dave and Jason are excited and prayerfully preparing for those upcoming trainings.  Join with us in prayer for these servants/leaders/teachers and the trainings that will go on at these sites. 

ACE Team

Monday, January 23, 2012

Video Spotlight for ACE Overcomers

Enjoy this brief video spotlighting some of the key points of the ACE Overcomers study.  Here's Dave in his own words:

ACE Team

Leadership Training Video

Enjoy this brief video promoting our faith-based leadership training.

ACE Team

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Falling Madly In Love With God

We were greatly humbled and encouraged by this wonderful sermon and wanted to share it with you.  Enjoy.

ACE Team

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Save the Dates

A few dates to mark on your calendar:

1. Our next newsletter is going out March 1, 2012.  Make sure Melissa Culver has your mailing address so that you can get one.  Email her (melissa.culver@sbcglobal.net) with your address if you are not already on the mailing list.
2. March 2-3, 2012 -- Leadership Training Seminar in Fresno, CA
3. April 21, 2012 -- Child Abuse Prevention Walk

We will post up-to-date information here later.  We simply wanted to make sure you had these dates.

ACE Ministry Team

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Local Training

See the informational bulletin below for an upcoming training we have scheduled here in Merced.  Call Dave Lockridge if you would like to be a part of this great opportunity.

Melissa Culver