"But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you."
Matthew 6:33

Bethel Colony of Mercy

Looking for a free (except for a minimal entry fee) drug and alcohol rehab with a faith-based approach using the Bible and Christian principles in counseling? Then, Bethel Colony of Mercy, located in Lenoir, North Carolina, is the place for you. With only an entry fee of $250.00, Bethel Colony is a 65-day residential program that teaches victory over sin through Jesus Christ and the Bible. This is done through classroom teaching, audio tapes, counseling both at the Colony and online, homework, worship services and work projects. Our program is designed to provide a vital context in which men are encouraged to know Christ personally and to understand the practical outworking of the Word of God in meeting every need. Daily teaching, counseling, devotionals, guided personal Bible study and prayer provide the means by which these objectives are accomplished. This, combined with a disciplined schedule, healthful climate, nutritious food and relaxing recreation, soon restores a measure of physical health and a more positive mental outlook. The residents also participate in routine maintenance of the facilities, general upkeep of the grounds and community projects. Bethel Colony's program is primarily designed to produce in each man a more effective lifestyle in which he allows Jesus Christ to take control. Please read About Bethel Colony under Who We Are for more information.

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When you have a Kitchen Manager who was on a fast-track for major culinary awards laced together with a strong personal testimony of how God changed his own life those benefits accrue to an active kitchen team where basic principles for getting along and faithfully executing a variety of responsibilities comes into play. Managing inventories, determining nutritious offerings, maintaining high standards of cleanliness and an atmosphere where God is honored doesn’t come without hard work and stellar management. Hear some of the core values for the kitchen operation, why it weaves into the daily spiritual life on “The Hill” and how basic disciplines like scripture reading, prayer and an every meal “Attitude Check?” matter. More than rituals these are vital road signs for a healed sober life! We reinforce many of those lessons around simple round tables filled with love and encouragement.

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This is not to glorify dark paths. A good testimony is one of someone who has followed Jesus and has not veered off course in their walk with God.

Philippians 2:12 KJV
12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

Nor is it to degrade those of us who took the wrong turns and walked down some dark paths of life.

Romans 8:28 KJV
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose

I myself had went back and forth with God I would Give control of my life to God but not all of it. I would hold onto a few things even though in my mind I thought I was giving it to HIM. Me holding onto a little bit of control would always end up in me taking back control of it all. Which looking back I was not in control of anything I was bouncing back and forth off of the bumpers in life just like a pinball in a pinball machine somewhat randomly bouncing off the bumpers of the game. This ended up walking me into a very dark corner of life,

Romans 1:21 KJV
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

I found myself sitting there even though I knew God was my answer and He was the only way And it was just one decision away so close but seemed so far , I had lost all hope of ever escaping my dark corner that I had created. With no hope this created such a despairing state of mind that I longed for anything that could just take it away even to point of wanting to wake up dead. This did nothing but greatly increase my desire to just be numb to the world, my thoughts, my feelings, my emotions. Satan’s way in vicious trap.

Ephesians 2 KJV
1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
2 Where in in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh,fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love where with he loved us,
5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Even though I was trying my best to give up GOD found a way to get me back to BETHEL COLONY OF MERCY. This was almost 9 years ago this is when I met PASTOR PRUITT he was my counselor and over the next few years I watched him walk with God and grow into the position of Director of BETHEL COLONY Of MERCY When I got here I met people who came from the same kind of world I came from and they had been here for a little while and some were even working here and making a life out of the journey that God had brought them to. When I see this almost instantly God gave me my first gift The simple thought of maybe there is HOPE.

Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV
11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
After almost nine years of working under Pastor Pruitt’s Leadership it has been an all inspiring story to watch unfold first hand.
For all those who have lost hope!
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