News Articles:

Rev. Paul Pruitt’s Article
What Bethel Is Doing to Help in the Opioid Crisis:

Paul’s Pen
Rev. Paul Ritchie
Homecoming Is a Joyful Day

Counseling Corner
Rev. Don Loss
Longing For Love


Testimony of a Bethel Graduate

Other News:

An Opportunity for you to help support Bethel’s Women’s Ministry
Bethel Colony’s 69th Homecoming
Bible Conference
Golf Tournament

What Bethel Is Doing to Help in the Opioid Crisis:

I’m sure by now you have heard of the Opioid Crisis that is in our country. It is on local news stations and newspapers as well as on larger news agencies. Daily we hear of accidents, overdoses and deaths. What the North Carolina Governor’s office recently reported was that 3 people die daily from overdose. Opioid deaths are up 20%. 349,000 people are estimated to have misused prescription drugs in 2016. 1,252 infants were admitted to emergency care due to drug withdrawal. 41.5% of foster care admissions are due to parental drug abuse. They are predicting that by 2021, NC will see more than 1,500 overdose deaths per year.  A graduate from Bethel who works for the Red Cross says there are more than 10 calls a day related to Opioid overdoses in his small hometown. This is in NC alone. Bethel receives men from all over the U.S. and the need is just as great in those states.

For the men that come to Bethel and the families that love them, this is and has been an EMERGENCY!

Due to this emergency situation there are plenty of changes that need to happen in our society. Yes, the pharmaceutical companies need to make changes. Yes, the medical world needs to make changes. Yes, the cartels and dealers need to be stopped. Yes, individuals need to make changes. But, we won’t make changes in any of those areas if we spend our efforts blaming and not coming together. We are not talking about a business transaction; we are talking about lives that are at stake!

Bethel Colony of Mercy has been in the middle of helping men get free from the chains of addiction for 69 years. We have seen the ups and downs of different types of drugs that take over the streets. And we have been working on ways to help more as we have seen the need to continue to grow.

One of the many ways we are helping in this crisis is that we have been expanding so we can help as many as we can. Bethel has already grown from 60 beds to 82 and by next year it will be 100. That process has required more expansion than just beds. In order to accommodate more students we need more teaching space, dining space, more staff and all the services that are required to minister to the men. Our expansion has reduced the waiting time from 2 months to 2 weeks. As I tell the men in the office; “We can’t help them if they are not here.”


Newly renovated HOPE Dormitory


GRACE Dormitory under renovation

We spend the largest amount of our time at Bethel teaching the men about the victory that is in Jesus! A man will have over 70 classes, be involved in 27 worship services, go through 30 audio teachings, 6 Navigator work books as well as other assignments in their binders. And have a minimum of 9 one-on-one counseling sessions with assignments from there counselor. Romans 10:17 (NKJ) “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

Through the years we have built great relationships with churches and other organizations in the community. Without the Lord putting these partners in our lives we wouldn’t be able to accomplish what we do. We have been making a greater effort this year to build more relationships in cities and states from which a lot of our men come. We have visited over 52 churches since January, 2017. We go and share the miracle work that God is doing at Bethel. We inform them of the need, what we do, our students sing of His goodness as a choir and share individual testimonies of the power of Jesus Christ to break the chains of addiction.

Bethel Students sharing in song and testimony at The Grace Place.

Eating dinner before service at Crossroads Community Church

We have been informing our community of the need and how we can help:

Interview – local NBC affiliate

Lenoir Police Dept.

We started a weekly program called “Because You Asked” that is shared on Facebook, YouTube, and our website. This helps inform people of Bethel and answers many questions they may have about coming to Bethel.

We have been informing other ministries of the work Bethel does and learning more about the work they do so we can partner together, help one another, and help people share the love of Christ.

Randy & Paula Borton Solus Christur, East Bend, NC

Steve Aaron Salvation Army

We have been connecting with community resources to understand what they are doing and what is available for the men that graduate who may need help with finding a job, a place for transition, etc.


Caldwell Chamber of Commerce

NC Works

To those of you who have been fighting this epidemic with us for so many years, we say THANK YOU! You are making a difference on a yearly basis in over 500 men’s lives, their families’ lives, marriages and the next generation!

Please continue to pray and support Bethel as we push to help more and search for property for the women’s ministry!

Come see and hear first-hand what God is doing!

Join us for one of the greatest days of the year –

Pastor Paul & Stacy Pruitt
Executive Director



Paul's Pen


Homecoming Is a Joyful Day

“Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10c

What makes Homecoming at Bethel Colony a day of joy? Bethel Colony is much more than a place – it is a relationship. We are a christian ministry, but we don’t stop there. So, what is Bethel Colony? We are a family, centered around Jesus Christ – our HOPE, our example, our victory, our High Priest.

Our mission is to enable men to break the chains that have for so long kept them in the grip of the world, the flesh and the devil. We don’t except the excuse that the devil made me do it! However, the spirits of darkness, evil and uncleanness do play an active role in many cases and must be dealt with. The end result is that through the Word of God, the power of the blood of Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit there is victory regardless of the cause. That is where the joy of the Lord comes in. “Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Do not sorrow. Put the sin, mistakes of the past, under the blood for there is no redemption except through the shedding of blood – royal, blood of Jesus. Joy is the result of a good relationship between God and man or between man and man. There is much strength when we are in good relationship with God and man.

Our method is to teach the truths of the Scripture that can change a person’s perspective of himself, his family and his world. I call it discipleship counseling or discipleship in the Word of God in the area of need. Also, we do see the need of many to be set free from the bondage of the demonic. Luke 4:18 says; “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me because Hew has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor, He has sent Me to heal the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed.” There are those who have become captives and are blind to truth as well as those who are oppressed. First, they need to hear the gospel and have their broken hearts healed.
Our means of sustaining this program is the faithful prayers and financial support of our partners. We are a 501 (c) (3), non-profit, para-church organization.

But, back to what makes Homecoming such a joy! As people come in on Homecoming Sunday (always the first Sunday in October!), we greet Bethel alumni and their families who come with the joy of being free from the chains of addiction. They come with new lives and restored families. We rejoice with them as they introduce us to their families. We will praise the Lord with loud anthems of praise for all He has done in their lives. God is indeed good all the time for all good gifts come down from the Father of lights. James 1:17; “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights.”

Next, we will hear the testimonies of graduates who share the goodness of our Heavenly Father and what He is doing in their lives. Many are engaged in some sort of ministry. After this, we will all go to Bethel’s dining room and share a meal which has been prepared by Bethel students. You can hear the happy chatter of joyful people as we eat together.

After the Homecoming dinner, we again assemble in the worship center to hear a Word from the man of God who has come to inspire us on to further heights of love for our Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ our Lord.

What a difference from the time that they first come to Bethel Colony – hopeless, suicidal, rejected – to when they come back for Homecoming, full of hope, smiling, and often with a renewed family. It is a day to celebrate the goodness of our Lord and the power of the resurrection seen on the faces of these people, wives with restored husbands, fathers taking their children in hand and parents who are forever grateful for reclaimed sons.

Sadly, there will be a few who are not here because they have not allowed the power of God to work as He would in their lives. We will continue to pray for them knowing that God still wants to work a miracle in their lives as well. Don’t miss the joy of the Lord at Bethel Colony on Homecoming Day – Sunday, October 1, 2017.

Pastor Paul Ritchie

Senior Pastor


Counseling  Corner

Reverend Don Loss


Longing For Love

The very nature of a human being longs to be loved. Deep down in the soul of every human is the desire for someone to love and cherish him/her. God, in the beginning, said; “It is not good that man be alone.” Genesis 2:18 The God of love made the perfect match for this dilemma by bringing a woman to a man. “And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept: and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. And Adam said: ‘This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.’ Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” Genesis 2:21-24

God has established the desire for companionship between a man and a woman. Any other type of union is an aberration from God’s creation. The Scripture says that “Jacob loved Rachel”. Genesis 29:18 Laban, Rachel’s father told Jacob that he must work seven years for her. Jacob agreed to do so and it was said that the seven years “seemed only a few days to him because of the love he had for her”. Genesis 29:20

I believe that it is the loss and neglect of this foundational marriage covenant that has damaged the souls of many. A wife who experiences the love like Jacob’s love for Rachel is going to be full of meaning, security, peace and, may I add, joy! And the husband likewise will experience the same peace as he is loved by this wife. The love for one another is the glue of the marriage. It is also the basis for the flow of this love to the children which will give them a sense of security and peace. It is an environment where the longing for love is satisfied.

Add to this the training of the biblical truths of Scripture and you have virtuous sons and daughters; children of dignity, morality and love. They will not have to long for love for it has been poured out upon them by their parents. This is God’s plan for love. When this is not functioning, the soul may become subject to torment.
Anyone who is single is subject to torment in the soul if he or she has no sense of being loved and cherished by someone. This can lead to a dungeon of torment, a place of desperation. The rejected or abandoned marriage partner can also succumb to this pit of darkness.

Separation from a spouse may be one’s own doing. The person is not the victim; he/she is the cause. This can lead to an idolatry of the loved one that has been lost. The longing for love, a legitimate longing, has moved into idolatry. He or she has made the person that once loved them an idol. This is a walk on thin ice that will not hold. Only God can take us across the thin ice. Watchman Nee, in his work, “Spiritual Man”, says it like this; “Only God can satisfy a Christian’s heart; man cannot. The failure of many is to seek from man what can be found only in God. All human affection is empty; the love of God alone is able to fully satisfy one’s desire. The moment a Christian seeks a love outside God his spiritual life immediately fails.”

God has pleasure in relationships as long as they are in line with the truths of God. We are not to make idols of relationships. There is only one God. “There is no other God besides Me, a just God and a Savior; there is none besides Me.” Isaiah 45:21

Life has a lot of heartaches, troubles, valleys, etc. If you are in a difficult situation, trust God with the unmanageable. “Though He slay me, yet I will trust Him.” Job 13:15 Make a stand, for righteousness’ sake, to be faithful to the Lord in your storm. Keep your testimony! Bolt to prayer! Keep your love for the Lord in the midst of the storm and He will sustain you. (Psalm 55:22) King David experienced storms and this is how he prayed: “In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, and my cry came before Him, even to His ears.” Psalm 18:6

Spend some time in Psalm 18 and be encouraged!

Where the grace blows,

Pastor Don Loss
Associate Director / Director of Counseling

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Testimony of a Bethel Graduate

I would like to thank the entire staff of Bethel Colony of Mercy for investing their lives into the ministry of God and allowing me the opportunity to learn from men who have been down the same road as me and got lost and through the power of Christ overcame the lies and deceit of our enemy.

I thank God our Father for bringing me to Bethel. It was not all a bed of roses, but it never is easy being told that I am wrong in a way that I can’t argue with. God be glorified, my life has been touched by all of the staff here and I will carry the teachings and experiences of Bethel with me for the rest of my life. I knew about God and believed in Jesus and was saved when I was a teenager, then I fell away from His will and grace. I have rededicated myself to Him.

Having been taught about spiritual warfare and the tactics of the Devil and the weapons and armor that God provides me, I feel that I am now better equipped to recognize and deal with Satan’s attempts to destroy me. I am aware that Satan will be trying harder now, but through faith and prayer and submitting to God and resisting the Devil, I will have victory through Christ Jesus our Lord and will give all the glory to Jesus.

I will continue to pray for the staff, their families and the ministry at Bethel and that God will bless all those in your care. May God smile on you as you serve Him, furthering His Kingdom.

In His grip,
C. N.

An Opportunity for you to help support Bethel’s Women’s Ministry

Each year Belk Stores offers a Belk’s Charity Sale Day on the first Saturday in November. This year that sale day will be November 4, 2017.

Bethel Colony will have tickets available on Homecoming Sunday (October 1st) for $5.00 each. The $5.00 will go to the Women’s Ministry of Bethel Colony and you, the purchaser, will be able to use that ticket on Saturday, November 4th from 6:00 to 10:00 a.m., at any Belk store you choose for $5.00 off your purchase price.

If you cannot attend Homecoming but would like to purchase a ticket(s),

call Shirley Shiflett at 828-754-3781 for more info.

• We continue to receive numerous requests for a ministry like Bethel that women can go to and receive Biblical counsel, teaching and deliverance from their addictions.

• Three of Bethel’s board members continue to meet every week to pray and discuss moving forward on the Women’s Ministry.
• Please keep praying for the property and facilities to accommodate the immediate need and the potential growth for us to reach as many women as we can.

• Bethel has already gained new prayer warriors, potential volunteers, potential staff and over $20,000.00 in donations for the Women’s Ministry.

Praise the Lord with us and please keep praying!

Bethel Colony’s

Sunday, October 1st, 2017

Prayer & Praise – 9 a.m.

Roll Call – 10 a.m.
(testimonies of Bethel graduates)

Lunch – 12 p.m.

Homecoming Service – 1:15 p.m.
special music provided by Bethel Students

Homecoming Message
Dr. Rudolph Outlaw

We are excited to welcome Dr. Rudolph Outlaw back to Bethel for our 2017 Homecoming and Bible Conference. Dr. Outlaw is an exciting speaker. He brings the Word alive and the living Word will make you alive!

“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17

Rudolph Outlaw was placed in an orphanage at age 4 when his father died. His mother remarried when he was 14 and took him out of the orphanage. Having a jealous step-father, he was put out of the home and was living on his own as a teenager. He was taken advantage of by a man who took him and other young people all across the country selling magazines door to door. When his mother and step-father separated he came back home, got a job, finished school and married right out of school. He began drinking alcohol in high school and it eventually became a real problem for his home and family. He heard Nicky Cruz give his testimony about how Jesus had made a difference in his life.

In 1972, at the age of 34, after hearing Nicky Cruz give his testimony, Dr. Outlaw gave his heart to Jesus Christ and answered a call to preach. In 1976, he started a Thursday night Bible study with one man and his family which eventually grew to become a church. Dr. Outlaw pastored this church for 30 years while traveling and preaching in other churches and at Bible conferences. Dr. Outlaw received an Honorary Doctorate from Emmanuel Baptist Seminary in 1989 and served on the board of directors at Southeastern Free Will Baptist College for a number of years. In 2004, he resigned as pastor and has continued to travel as an evangelist sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Bible Conference
Speaker:  Dr. Rudolph Outlaw

Monday, October 2nd through Friday, October 6th
9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Bethel’s Annual Golf Tournament

Ole Still Golf Club in Hickory, NC
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Registration 8:00 a.m.
Shotgun 9:00 a.m.

For more info on any of the events contact us at 828-754-3781