News Articles:

Rev. Paul Pruitt’s Article
Let Us Go to the House of the Lord

A Woman’s Perspective
Mrs. Donna McCall
What is your purpose?

Paul’s Pen
Rev. Paul Ritchie
The 3 Baptisms of the Believer
according to Scripture

Counseling Corner
Rev. Don Loss
The Deluge of an Unsound Mind


Testimony of Heath Benfield – Men’s Campus Counselor
Testimony of Barbara Benfield – Women’s Campus Admin. Assist./Counselor
Short statement from a Bethel Graduate

Other News:

70th Homecoming Celebration
Bible Conference and Golf Tournament
Women’s Campus Update
A Night of Hope




“I was glad when they said to me,

‘Let us go into the house of
the Lord.’”
Psalm 122:1


On May 14th we celebrated with Israel their 70 years of being reestablished as a country! In the May newsletter we wrote to you about honoring God’s people. In this edition we want our Bethel family to honor God with us as we celebrate 70 years of His Faithfulness on Oct 7th. About this time of the year we are encouraging our family to come to Homecoming and then we report in the following newsletter. But I would like to take a little more time to encourage you to come and celebrate this great day!

When I was a student at Bethel Colony, I can remember how staff members would talk about Homecoming. You could tell it was a day they enjoyed and looked forward to every year. They would reminisce about the students that would come back for Homecoming and how they left and were so blessed by them coming and sharing what God has done in their lives. I can remember after I graduated I looked forward to the upcoming Homecoming. I was so appreciative of all God had done for me, and how He used Bethel Colony in my life. How could I not go celebrate with them and tell of the good things of the Lord! So on the first Sunday in October of 1997 I made it to my first Homecoming. It was one of the highlights of my faith. To come back and see men and their families that I went through the program with! So exciting to see them and rejoice with them. Not only them but to see other men that had graduated years before me. To see a glimpse of the heavenly family. That will inspire you! To see men through generations come to the house of God. Men that were broken, without hope, death had been knocking on their door, but God intervened and brought them to a “Hill” and into His house (Bethel means house of God). To see God restore their families and hear how God brought them through that journey. There is nothing like it!

As a Pastor and Director, it is the highlight of my year. For so many of the same reasons but also for many more. When you have experienced what God can do and then you pray, counsel, plead with families, help them work through hard spots. Not just go through it but get in the trenches to help them out. It brings another deeper level of joy to see what God has done and is still doing. It is like watching your babies learning to walk and then come back and tell you how they rode their bike. It is such a blessed time that I think I may have only missed one Homecoming in 20 years! I do not plan to miss our 70th!

If you have never attended a Homecoming at Bethel, this is what you can expect: Praise and worship, testimonies of former graduates, a grand lunch, the Bethel choir, a powerful message from our speaker and the Lord God to move in your life!

This year, knowing it is our 70th and in anticipation of having more people here, would you help us plan? If so, please reply by mailing back the cut off, dropping us a note on Facebook or calling the office to let us know you are planning to attend and how many will be with you. This would help us out with food and seating. If you are planning to make a week out of it: Golf Tournament on Saturday the 6th, Homecoming on Sunday the 7th, and Bible conference on Monday through Friday (the 8th-12th), let me encourage you to call ahead and make hotel accommodations as they can go quickly. Be sure to request the Bethel discount.

We are looking forward to celebrating with you,

Pastor Paul & Stacy Pruitt
Executive Director


Woman’s Perspective

What is your purpose?

Let’s take a look at the Book of Ruth. The first character we will find is Naomi and her family. Her name means good and pleasant. She was happy with her small family, a husband and two sons. But, one day a famine in the land changed everything as she knew it. She moved away from her home and her people. She became a stranger in a foreign land. There she saw her husband and two sons die. She headed back home.

Now this sweet lady had some things that rocked her world. They were so hard on her that she changed her name from Naomi to Mara. Mara means bitter. The sweet became bitter. The loss became so overwhelming it changed her. How could she do anything after such events? What kind of purpose did she have now?

Now, let’s look at the other woman in the book. Ruth, the namesake of the book. Her name means friend. She was just that to Naomi. The mother-in-law she refused to leave. She declared where you go, I will go. Your God is my God. Ruth was willing to go with Naomi not knowing what was in store when they got to what was a foreign country for her. She would listen to all Naomi advised her to do. She did not know her full purpose but knew she needed to follow Naomi to find it.

Two different women, each with a purpose. What was the purpose for each?

Naomi was the one who could take Ruth to the place she needed to be. Naomi was not going to have any grandchildren but she was able to point Ruth in the right direction so Ruth could have them on her behalf. She found her purpose as she gave Ruth advice and as she became the nurse to the child who was the grandfather of David.

Ruth, the Moabite woman. Not even a Jew. She would have children who would be the same as Naomi’s grandsons. She would meet Boaz as she gleaned in his field and become his bride. She was to be in the lineage of the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. She was an outsider who was allowed in.

Each had a purpose. Each had a past. Each had the ups and downs of life. But, God had a plan bigger than they could imagine.

Now, God always thinks bigger than we can think. He is an Ephesians 3:20 thinker. “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” Naomi could not think past her loss. Ruth could not think past her field. God had a Boaz for them. Boaz provided all they would need, both now and in the future.

Jeremiah 29:11 “’For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’” There is always purpose. There is purpose during the times of loss. There is always purpose during the times of lack. God has a purpose.

Maybe life has left you bitter like Naomi. Maybe, like Ruth, you find yourself in a far country and a field where you seem to be picking up the leftovers in life. In the midst of it all, we can all look up. God has provided our Boaz. His name is Jesus. He is here to make provisions for us. He is here to help us with the future plans. He will not leave us gleaning in a field where dreams and visions slip away unnoticed.
God has a purpose for each of us. That purpose was picked by Him specifically for us as individuals. The fulfillment in life can be found in that purpose. We can look for other things to fulfill but we will never find that peace we are looking for until we find that purpose. Today, don’t look around at where you are, look up and find the purpose God has for you. What He has in store is so much better than what we think.

Where mercy flows,

Donna McCall,
Director of Women’s Campus

Paul's Pen


The 3 Baptisms of the Believer according to Scripture

We continue our study of the six principles of Christ found in Hebrews 6:1&2. “Therefore, leaving the discussion of the six elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of…”

repentance from dead works
faith toward God
the doctrine of baptisms
laying on of hands
resurrection of the dead
eternal judgment.

Baptized: (in Greek baptizo, to be whelmed, under).
Example: A ship that had sunk had been (baptized) whelmed, covered over, or a cloth that had been through the dye vat had been whelmed with the new color. Or a soldier in his 1st battle was baptized under fire (over whelmed) and will probably never be the same again. The original word baptizo. The English word baptism was created from the Greek).

The Baptizer –The Holy Spirit!

I Corinthians 12:13; “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body – whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free – and have all been made to drink into one spirit.” Vs. 27; Now you are the body of Christ (Messiah translated Savior) and members individually.” Romans 8:9; “But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ (Messiah or Savior) he is not His.”

The Baptizer – The Church!

Matthew 28:18 – 20; “And Jesus came and spoke to them saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ Amen.” Water baptism is not salvation but is a result of salvation. It signifies that you have died to self. It goes beyond symbolism including faith, obedience, confession, commitment, gratitude, acknowledgment of Christ and the body of Christ. (See 1st baptism) That you are one in Christ and He is one in you, dead to self and alive in Christ (the Savior). The qualification for baptism is found in Acts 8:34-38; “So the eunuch answered Philip and said, ‘I ask you, of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or of some other man?’ Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him. Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, ‘See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?’ then Philip said, ‘If you believe with all your heart, you may.’ And he answered and said, ‘I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.’ So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him.” A public drama of all of the above. Dead to self and alive in the body of the Savior – one in Him and in the family of God. Again, the word whelmed or overwhelmed applies.

The Baptizer – Jesus:
In all four Gospels – Matthew 3:11, Mark1:8, Luke 3:16, John, 1:33

The third baptism is not by the Holy Spirit as was the firstt baptism. Nor is it the same as the second baptism, by the Church. It is not the baptism of John the Baptist unto repentance but by Jesus Himself: Matthew 3:11; and Luke 3:16; “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” In the Holy Spirit and fire presents a better picture of baptism. Example; in water rather than with water. Keeping within the meaning of baptism (overwhelmed, or overcome – into) keeping a consistency; baptizing “in” rather than “with”.

John 1:30 – 34; “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him. This is He who baptizes in the Holy Spirit’. And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.” Mark 1:8; “I indeed baptized you in water, but He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit.” Acts 1:5, 8; “for John truly baptized in water, but you shall be baptized in the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

The fire cleanses and the power enables us – now ready to serve – no longer intimidated by our sinful past. Now ready to answer the call of Acts 1: 8;”But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” For more on the fire see Daniel 7:9,10, Isa. 6:1-8, Rev.4:5

I pray that we might all catch some fire and power to become bold witnesses on the behalf of the Lord Jesus in our corner of His world.

May God bless you and your family is my prayer. I will be looking for you at Homecoming.

Pastor Paul Ritchie

Senior Pastor


Counseling  Corner

Reverend Don Loss

The Deluge of an Unsound Mind

As I reflect on the depravity of human nature I am astounded of the shipwreck of the mind of so many. The shipwreck of the mind is not limited to those in addiction. In fact, many who are pursuing counsel are already shipwrecked in their mind. Family issues abound without the enslavement of addiction. Addiction just exacerbates the shipwrecked mind. The mind plunges into shipwreck when it lacks a rudder. Those not in fellowship, teaching, preaching of the local church will shipwreck. “Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105 The mind without the sound doctrine of the Scripture is a mind without a rudder. G.K. Chesterton writes on the subject of morality. “Morality is a lot like art, you have to draw a line somewhere.” Sexual immorality abounds in the church as the Word of God is abandoned. It is the sign of an unsound mind. Other mental issues that cause pain and suffering are rooted in an unsound mind floundering in the darkness. The spirits of relativism and easy believe-ism are the catalyst of the darkened mind. Relativism teaches that there are no absolute truths. Easy believe-ism is belief without obedience to God’s Word. “These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips but their heart is far from Me.” Matthew 15:8 The consequence of this mindset is depicted in Isaiah 1:5-6; “…the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faints. From the sole of the foot even to the head, there is no soundness in it….”

Until the mind is rescued of this dungeon by a supernatural, divine work of the Grace of God, it is futile to try to bring it into the light. “For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light.” Psalm 36:9 “For He satisfies the living soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness.” Psalm 107:9 It is the power of God’s grace that will free a person from the bondage of an unsound mind.

Flannery O’Connor’s comment on grace says it well; “All human nature vigorously resists grace because grace changes us and the change is painful.” We see the action of grace working miraculously in Ephesians 2:8; “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast.”

It is the phenomenon of trusting Christ as our personal savior that our mind is transformed from darkness to light. “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the Kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption, through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.” Colossians 1:13-14

At this point, our minds are rescued from ‘shipwreck’. We are given the mind of Christ. II Corinthians 2:16 I believe it was Geoffery B. Wilson who wrote in his commentary on Romans a revelatory truth concerning the mind of Christ. “We do not have the fullness of the mind of Christ; but we have it in its potential.” This is a sound mind – rooted in Christ.

The Apostle Paul writes in II Timothy 2:7; “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and of a sound mind.” The sound mind denotes a man of prudence and discretion. “When wisdom enters your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul, discretion will preserve your, understanding will keep you, to deliver you from the way of evil.” Proverbs 2:10-12 This sound mind has an affinity for love for God, for others, and one’s self. “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment. And second is this; you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Mark 12:30-31 Not only is the mind loving, but it is rooted in power. It is the power of God that holds us in this sound mind. As one of my Bible professors said concerning our walk with God; “If we fail it’s our own doing; if we do well it’s God’s doing.” “We are kept by the power of God through faith.” I Peter 1:5

I would suggest that the mind of God in us puts a check in our spirit towards anything that will disrupt our fellowship with God. If we ignore the mind of Christ in us, we will drift into the seas of an unsound mind and shipwreck into the abyss of darkness. This is a great paralysis that blinds the mind from the light of hope. Hopelessness, evil, deceit, and foolishness dwell in this place. “But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, and demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.” James 3:14-16

What must we do to destroy the unsoundness of the mind? Return to the place where the grace blows. Pursue Jesus, the author of grace. Repent of your sin, of drifting away from the mind of Christ resulting in the bondage of an unsound mind. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I John 1:9 Run to church, fellowship, God’s Word, preaching, worshipping God. The light and the presence of God will renew your mind. Sound doctrine will heal your mind. George McDonald writes; “If you want to improve yourself, do the will of God to improve yourself.” “…to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” Romans 8:6 Spiritual mindedness will bring you back to a sound mind.

Where the grace blows,

Pastor Don Loss
Associate Director / Director of Counseling

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The Lord has done great things for us, And we are glad.
Psalm 126:3

My name is Heath Benfield. I grew up in Morganton, NC. I went to church all my life growing up and I thought I was saved but I was not. My life began to show I wasn’t saved when I got into high school and after I graduated high school. I lived a life of sin (sex, drugs, and rock and roll) because that is what sinners do. This lifestyle went on until I was 28, leaving a trail of hurt and destruction to all those around me that loved me. Sin affects you and everyone around you. I had lost my family, was about to lose my job and my home.

I had a friend that was always talking about Jesus and the Bible. He always had a Bible with him. There was something different about him and he knew something I didn’t, so one day I went looking for him. I did not find him that day, but Jesus found me that day. On June 12, 2004 I cried out to God to forgive my sins and come into my life and right there in my car going down the road HE SAVED ME! (Romans 10:9-13) There was a radical change in my life (2 Cor. 5:17). I had a hunger and thirst for God’s Word but did not know He had a purpose and plan for my life.

I walked with the Lord for about two years and fell. I didn’t know about true repentance and was buried under guilt and shame (Hosea 4:6). I went back to my old life and it was worse than before, for eight years I wandered in the wilderness. I was leaving a wake of hurt and destruction again. I could not hold a job and I was couch-surfing at different places. I would make my rounds to my families every once and a while. My family got tired of putting up with me and my dad told me if I didn’t go to Bethel Colony I was going to be homeless. I went to Bethel in January 2014 and had no intentions of changing, BUT GOD got a hold of me on February 6, 2014. I repented and surrendered all to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. While I was at Bethel I learned God had a purpose and plan for my life and I was supposed to follow Jesus (Jeremiah 29:11).

When I left Bethel, I was led to serve at Burke United Christian Ministries in Morganton, NC. I volunteered in the soup kitchen and started building relationships with the people coming in. I started seeing God change lives. Then God led me to stay at a homeless shelter and I saw God change lives there also. This went on for close to a year and then God led me to a ministry in High Point, NC. I was a house manager for almost a year and a half. I got to see God change lives again and help disciple men to follow Jesus.

When I was at Bethel they taught us to pray for God to send us the wife He had for us, so I did (Genesis 24). While I was serving at Pierced Ministries in High Point I met the woman God had for me. Her name is Barbara Benfield and she truly is a gift from above. Then God told me it was time to go. We were planning to get married in August and I had no idea what the next step was. I called up Pastor Pruitt and asked him if I could come stay for 30 days at Bethel and seek God’s will for what’s next (Jeremiah 29:13). He said come on. On Memorial Day 2016 God showed me He wanted me to go to college at Fruitland Baptist Bible College. Barbara and I had a honeymoon suite in a college dorm for almost two years. I had six more months of school left and I told Barbara we needed to start praying for the next step in our journey. We started praying and it wasn’t long before doors started opening in several places but I believe in God’s perfect will (Romans 12:1).

God had given me a vision several years back that I would be at Bethel and I had shared it with Pastor Pruitt. God is faithful and the vision has finally come to pass. On June 11, 2018 Barbara and I started serving at Bethel Colony of Mercy. Barbara is serving at Bethel Women’s Campus and I’m serving at the Bethel Men’s Campus. There is nothing else I would rather do than serve my Lord and my God. We get to see God move every day! (Matt. 5:8)


Heath Benfield

Barbara Benfield,
Bethel Women’s Campus
Administrative Assistant / Counselor

As I sit quietly at His feet this morning, and worship, the song, “Come to the Altar” comes to mind. My eyes are filled with tears in the remembrance of that day when I obeyed Him and went to the altar, August 27, 2006. I don’t remember what I said to God or what was prayed over me that day. One thing I do remember is that I did not feel I could be forgiven for having not raised my children right and having lived a life of harlotry and drunkenness. But God gave me the sense that this time when I cried out to Him something was different. This time I had come to the end of myself meaning that I had nothing left to give. Like the prodigal son in the pigpen who remembered there was a father who loved him, and even if he should need to accept the position as slave in his father’s house, he would be better off than where he was. That was me. I knew I had nothing left to give and nothing good in me, but that God wanted to save me. I know it was Jesus who lifted me out of the pit and put me on solid ground. While I did not turn into a perfect child of God, He had begun a good work in me, and according to Scripture, “He will continue it until the day of Christ Jesus.”

That was 3 days before my mother (whom I loved dearly) went to Heaven. God allowed me to say to my mom, with full conviction, “I will see you in Heaven.” He began a work in me, but I still had too much Barbara. I continued to make more mistakes than I care to admit, but I began chasing God and He began changing me. I believe that God only gives you as much of Himself as you are “ready” to receive. On November 22, 2015 I was baptized and that was probably the second most peaceful day of my life. It meant so much to see my brothers sitting there, who had been walking with Jesus for over 20 years, and I presume praying for their wayward sister all that time. I pray for my niece, Mie Jean, that I will be sitting at her baptism, as she was mine.

Also, on that day there was this guy named Heath, who was serving at the ministry where I was serving. Heath talked more about Jesus than anyone I had ever met, and he talked about how Jesus wants us to follow Him and that Jesus will guide us every day of our lives if we let Him. Heath also got baptized that same day. At the ministry I had prayed with Heath, and we had talked together about Jesus, and I remember thinking, “Talking to Heath is how I imagine it would be sitting and talking to Jesus Himself.” When Heath got baptized, he said, “The world is behind me and the cross is before me; I AM on the highway to holiness; He IS my all in all. I LOVE that man named Jesus.” I thought to myself, “He is ready for whatever God has for him next.” I didn’t realize at that moment it included me. I thought we’d always be friends in the Lord, but I wasn’t prepared for what happened next.

What happened next is that God put a love in my heart for Heath and vice versa, and God led us to get married and serve Him at Bethel Colony of Mercy. I had been in so many relationships that only led to disaster and had decided that I was not meant to be married. I am thankful for the marriage to my children’s father, which led to two beautiful gifts from God, but I was really bad at being a wife, and really bad at life in general. I had told God to not allow another man into my life unless he had JESUS STAMPED ON HIS FOREHEAD, and Heath lives to serve Jesus, and therefore, God answered my prayer.

I am so thankful to be a part of Bethel Colony of Mercy. God used the leaders at Bethel Colony of Mercy to speak life into my husband, and turn him from his craziness, and God used Heath to turn me from my craziness. It isn’t just Heath, I am thankful for all who have spoken truth into me throughout the years. God is using every bit of it! Please pray for me as I submit to G

Heath and Barbara Benfield

od and speak life into these ladies as they come onto the women’s campus of Bethel Colony of Mercy. I am thankful for the promise found in Romans 8:28, “God works all things together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.” I am thankful for God’s perfect plan and that He really does have a purpose for each of us.

God loves you!
Barbara Benfield
Administrative Assistant / Counselor (Women’s Campus)


“All men should come to Bethel; not just men with addictions.
I have learned more about God and the Bible in 3 weeks here
than in all my life prior to coming to Bethel.”

Current Bethel student – Ben Jones


Bethel Colony of Mercy’s


Sunday, October 7, 2018 – 9:00 a.m.

Dr. Billy Martin, Homecoming and Bible Conference Speaker
(pictured and testimony below)

Join Bethel’s Staff, Board of Directors, current students,
former students, family and friends for a day of
Praise, Worship, Testimonies, Fun, Food, and Fellowship!

9:00 AM AND 7:00 PM – DAILY

Dr. Billy Martin

Having served as pastor, evangelist, and Bible College Professor, Dr. Billy Martin has a rich and varied background of ministry. He has served extensively in the field of missions, travelling widely in the United States, Canada, South America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

His academic preparation includes an undergraduate degree from Piedmont Baptist College in Winston-Salem, NC, and a graduate degree as well as a Doctor of Divinity degree from Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC. He has also studied at Elon University in Elon, NC.

At present, Dr. Martin and his wife are serving the Lord in full-time evangelism and conference ministries under the auspices of Billy Martin Evangelistic Ministries, Inc. Their burden is getting the gospel to the lost, edifying and encouraging believers, challenging churches for missions, and proficing resources for pastors in the area of prayer and ministry.

Both at home and abroad, Dr. Martin has been widely used in the field of evangelism. The ministry has taken him to over forty-five nations. Equally rewarding has been his opportunity to conduct over 140 nations. Equally rewarding has been his opportunity to conduct over 140 evangelistic campaigns in the country in which he lives as well as speaking in major conferences for Christian workers on four continents.

As an accomplished student of God’s Word, Dr. Martin will bring messages with answers for some of life’s baffling problems. We hope you will join us not only for Homecoming, but also for Bible Conference on Monday, October 8 through Friday, October, October 12 at 9:00 am and 7:00 pm daily.

Cedar Rock Golf Club
Lenoir, NC
Saturday, October 6, 2018
Registration: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Shotgun Start: 8:30 a.m.

Captain’s Choice – 4 person teams ($220.00 per team)
Entry Fee: $55.00 per player includes lunch and prizes

• Free range balls during registration
• Return round of golf for $22.00
• $5.00 RAFFLE: Round of golf for 4
with carts

Get your team together and contact Nick Rabah or Cathi Loss at
828-754-3781 or to register team or
for more information about the tournament.

Update on Bethel Women’s Ministry

Praise the Lord with us and please keep praying!

Since our last newsletter, we have completed renovations on one of the 5 cabins at the Women’s Campus. This cabin is the new home of Heath and Barbara Benfield. You were just introduced to Heath who is now assisting with the pastoral counseling at the Men’s Campus. You also just met his wife, Barbara, through her testimony. Barbara is our new Administrative Assistant / Counselor at the Women’s Campus.

15 – 20 outside groups have come on-site to help renovate and clean up the other cabins, buildings and property. They have worked great along-side our Bethel students and staff. These folks have been painters, plumbers, electricians and lawn care specialists. There is still much to do and we are looking for volunteers who want to get their hands and feet dirty as they clean up the Women’s Campus.

Many of the essentials have been donated. There are still several items needed. The list is updated on a regular basis if you would like to email or call to find out what you can donate.

What a blessing it has been to see God’s people acting like the church in the Book of Acts! Different denominations, all walks of life, the young and the old have come out to do what they can to make this Women’s Campus a reality.

If you would like to be part of what God is doing at Bethel Women’s Campus, please contact Mrs. Donna McCall, Women’s Campus Director, at 828-754-3781. She will be happy to sign you up!

If God is leading you to support Bethel Women’s Campus with a financial
donation, please make sure you mark your donation for the women’s campus.

Jonathan Dale-Cox is a friend to Bethel Colony who has put together this fund-raiser concert to raise awareness of the opioid crisis in our area and to raise funds to further the message of Jesus Christ to those in addictions.

Did you know that Hickory, NC and the Unifour area were ranked #5 in the nation in 2017 in opioid addiction? And, Wilmington, NC was ranked #1. This is devastating to families and communities and affects us all. Bethel is making a difference in the lives of those caught in addiction and their families.

Medical professionals and law enforcement officers will be speaking on this night also.

We are very grateful to Jonathan and to Meghan Lindsey for being willing to share their gifts and talents in a way that will benefit the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Bethel Colony of Mercy, and men and women caught in addiction.

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy,
And gathered out of the lands, From the east and from the west,
From the north and from the south.
They wandered in the wilderness in a desolate way;
They found no city to dwell in.
Hungry and thirsty, Their soul fainted in them.
Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
And He delivered them out of their distresses.
And He led them forth by the right way,
That they might go to a city for a dwelling place.
Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men!
For He satisfies the longing soul, And fills the hungry soul with goodness.
Psalm 107: 1-9

Thank you for praying with us and for supporting the wonderful work God has been doing at Bethel Colony Men’s Campus for 70 years.

Please pray with us as we begin accepting applications from women who need to be delivered out of their distresses. Only He can satisfy their longing souls and fill their souls with goodness.