News Articles:

Rev. Paul Pruitt’s Article
 new Letter from Executive Director
&
“I will bless those who bless you”
Gen 12:3a

A Woman’s Perspective
Mrs. Donna McCall
Where Are You?

Paul’s Pen
Rev. Paul Ritchie
Six Elementary Principles of Christ  cont’d….

Counseling Corner
Rev. Don Loss
The Power Encounter


Testimonies:
Testimony of a Bethel Graduate


Other News:
new 70th Homecoming & Bible Conference
 new Golf Tournament
Update on Bethel’s Women’s Ministry
A Night of Hope
Name That Building!!!

 

 

 

Greetings Bethel Family,

In 2014 I wrote Bethel’s first July letter to you. It was one of the hardest letters to write. I explained to you then that the summer months were the hardest for us at Bethel. I struggled with writing it, but I knew the Lord wanted me to share the need. Now we are in our 2018 summer and I want to say an extra “Thank You”! Your sacrifice and faithful giving is noticed, appreciated, and is faithfully being used to glorify our Father in Heaven. Thank you so much for stepping up and being obedient to the Lord. Our summer finances have been better ever since. The Lord said in Matthew 25: 35; “…for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me…Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.”

I had a student say to me just the other day, “Pastor Pruitt, I am so thankful for Bethel. If it was not here I may have never known Jesus and I would most likely be dead.” That is the story of many with who we get the privilege to meet and share Christ. As they get here they understand the impact that Jesus has saved them in more than one way – for eternity and from a destructive life here on this earth. You are a part of that holy work through your prayers, “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” , and by sending in financial gifts and materials. 2 Cor. 8:3 says; “For I bear witness that according to their ability, yes, and beyond their ability, they were freely willing, imploring us with much urgency that we would receive the gift and the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.”

This summer we are working hard to open the Women’s Campus. Several wonderful groups, that understand the need for a Christian transformation center for ladies, have come and helped for a day or a weekend, and some have put in a whole months’ worth of time. Thank you to those who have come and spent even one day to help us get one day closer to opening. You are a blessing and the future ladies are going to reap great change because of your labor!

Please pray as we are seeing clearer every day an “opening day” for the Women’s Campus. We are not quite ready to set a “date” yet, but please keep in contact by following us on our web page, Facebook or YouTube where we will be announcing that day. According to God’s timing, your prayer and support it potentially could be sometime in August!

Please enjoy your summer with your family! As well, remember your missionary family as we all fight the good fight of faith and see the Lord set men and women free and reunite families.
May the Lord bless,


Executive Director


“I will bless those
who bless you”
Gen 12:3a

May 14, 2018 will be a grand celebration for Israel! 70 years of independence! I like to think of it as God’s faithfulness to His people! It has been in my heart to honor the Lord’s people and in that we honor Him. So in this newsletter we do have updates and info on the work that God is doing at Bethel but I want to honor His people in their 70 years of statehood!

Our country and Christians have asked the questions for years, “Should I support the nation of Israel?” That answer is really easy to answer if you go to the Word of God. We must remember that Israel, the nation, is very special to God. In Deuteronomy 7:6 “For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.” God has also made it His eternal purpose to bless the world through Israel. Already He has done so according to John 4:22, for “salvation is from the Jews”, but the fullness of future blessing is indicated in the promise of Isaiah 27:6: “In days to come Jacob will take root, Israel will bud and blossom and fill all the world with fruit.”

If you think about it, the declaration that “salvation is from the Jews” suggests our debt to Israel. All that we have worth having has come to us through the Jews. Our Bible is a Jewish Book, and our Savior is a Jewish Savior. So we should support and always pray for God’s chosen people. Jews are, biblically speaking, the “chosen people of God” and dearly loved by Him. Another reason for Christians to support the nation of Israel is because of the Abrahamic Covenant. We read of God’s promise in Genesis 12:2-3, “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

Because our nation was founded on the Word of God it has been in the DNA of America to support Israel. No nation in the history of the world has a better record of treating individual Jews with respect than does America. The same can be said for our befriending Israel as a nation. America has been a consistent friend of the Jews and the nation of Israel, as well as a benefactor. In 1948, President Harry Truman helped persuade the United Nations to recognize Israel as a nation. Since then, the United States has been the #1 nation that has contributed to Israel and I believe one of the reasons God so blesses our country.

From the biblical declarations of God’s love and care for His chosen people, the nation of Israel, and from the history of nations being destroyed because of their evil dealings with God’s chosen people, the Jews, Christian believers should give support to the chosen people of God. This is not to say that we n

ecessarily support the methods they use in some dealings. The Bible warned that conflict would always characterize the relations between the descendants of Isaac and Ishmael. Sadly, this conflict will continue until Jesus comes back to judge the nations and sets up His reign of peace on earth. We must look at the “big picture” with a biblical worldview. While we do not have to support everything Israel does as a nation, we most definitely should support Israel’s right to exist. God will fulfill His promises and covenants with Israel. God still has a plan for Israel. Woe to anyone who seeks to defeat that plan; “whoever curses you I will curse” (Genesis 12:3).
The Lord has blessed our Jewish friends and they, in turn, have blessed the world. Have you ever looked to see how God has blessed them with wisdom? Jews have been given the Nobel Peace prize over 194 times. Israel has more scientists, technicians, and engineers per capita than any other nation in the world, with 140 per 10,000 employees. The United States has 85 per 10,000. They have created things from medical robots to what many use as irrigation drip systems. They have lead in cancer treatment development and Parkinson’s disease medicine, giving medical aid to the very countries that threaten them.

As Israel gives back to the world and God uses this nation to glorify His name, let’s honor them in their 70 years of independence. One of the ways we will honor Israel at Bethel is by flying the Jewish flag this month beginning on May 14th. The flag pictured was given to Bethel by a Jewish friend who lives in Israel, Michael Cohen. Mike is in the linage of Aaron, and when he heard that Bethel was celebrating 70 years with Israel he gave us this flag and prayed the priestly blessing over Bethel. Numbers 6: 24-26: “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”

May the Lord continue to bless His people!

Pastor Paul & Stacy Pruitt
Executive Director

Woman’s Perspective

Where Are You?

 

If I came knocking on your door right now and asked this question, you would be able to tell me. Maybe you are in the kitchen with a cup of coffee reading before you have to leave for work. Maybe you are in the bed with reading material that will help you go to sleep. You would tell me where you are physically so I could find you. Just a simple question with a simple answer. Right?

Genesis 3:9 “But the Lord God called to Adam, and said to him, “Where are you?”” This is the question God proposed to Adam. Now God knew where Adam was physically. He was in the garden God had created for his residence. He was living among the animals he had given names with his wife Eve. This time when God came to fellowship with Adam, he was hiding. He was afraid of his Creator. Before this moment, he had been able to walk and talk with God openly. He was not ashamed he was naked. God knew him inside and out. Adam was not afraid for God to see him just as he was.

All the sudden Adam was fearful. He had done the one thing he was not to do. God comes calling for him. Adam feared to face God. So, where was Adam? He was in the prison of fear. This was not a reverential fear but a fear of God seeing what he had done. We all know this fear well. This emotion that will take over when we find ourselves doing what we should not do. Maybe it is fear of the consequences or fear of getting caught. Either way it is the trap Satan sets when we fall to his tactics.

Elijah found himself in this trap as well. 1 Kings 19:9 “…behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and He said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”” Elijah had just witnessed the defeat of 850 false prophets of Baal. People around saw Elijah’s God was mighty. Even Ahab, most evil king of all kings, knew Elijah’s God was God. He told his wife Jezebel what had happened. She then sent a threat to Elijah. She would destroy him the way the false prophets were destroyed. Elijah had just defeated 850 men but he ran from one woman. He was on the run because of fear. It was not fear of God but fear of a woman.

Where are you? Maybe this emotion of fear has trapped you the way Adam and Elijah were. Fear is a “yoke of bondage” according to Galatians 5:1. The yoke is a heavy, uncomfortable apparatus meant to hinder and restrain. Fear is a way for the enemy to stop you from being all you can be through Christ. This is a heavy yoke. Jesus said come unto me for my yoke is easy. (Matt. 11:28-30) In 2 Timothy 1:7 we are told God does not give a spirit of fear. Let’s explore how we can break out of this trap.

Romans 5:12 “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” The one man who allowed sin to enter was Adam. Romans 5:19 “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.” The one man who brought righteousness was Jesus Christ. What Adam lost at the time of his failure Jesus gained at the time of His death and resurrection. The consequences, the punishment for our sins was paid for by the Son of the Living God. Isaiah 53:5 “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.”

Do we run away from God in fear when we fail? No. We run in repentance to the throne of grace where mercy flows. We run to our Father not from Him. We do not have to hide the way Adam did. God knows where we are. Do we try to cover up our nakedness? No. We confess our faults. Luke 5:32 “I (Jesus) have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” Repentance is changing your mind from lawless thinking to godly thinking. In other words, I will turn from the thing that goes against what God wants to do and to that which He desires me to do. 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” God is not waiting to punish us. He is waiting for us to run to Him so the original pureness of the relationship can be restored. He knows we all have issues. Romans 3:23 “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

Here is the interpretation of this. We sin. We have a meeting with God and tell Him what we have done. We thank Jesus for taking that act upon Himself when He suffered on our behalf. We ask the Father to look at us because of the Son and through His perfectness. We once again can walk “naked and unashamed” before God. Fear of seeing God or being seen by Him cannot abide in us because the yoke and burden of fear have been broken. The spirit of fear has yielded to the spirit of power, love, and a sound mind which 2 Timothy 1:7 tells us God gives.

Elijah’s fear was not like Adam’s. He feared what a human can do to him. Elijah had seen many things which revealed the might and power of God. He had been fed by a raven by a brook. Think about that. A bird brought him provision every day. A widow with barely enough would receive more than enough to supply the needs of Elijah. He not only saw God’s hand for provisions but miracles. He prayed for the woman’s son and he was brought back from death. Elijah witnessed God’s power as He consumed the sacrifice placed before Him with fire even when it was soaking wet. As noted earlier, Elijah defeated 850 false prophets. He should be pumped up and full of faith. Yet, fear took control of him.

The enemy, Satan, (the devil) roams about seeking whom he may devour. (1 Pet. 5:8) He does not look at our “spiritual” level or number of great experiences to decide if he can devour. If that were the case, Elijah would not have been a target. His goal is to steal, kill, and destroy. (John 10:10) He wants to steal our faith by planting fear. If he cannot get us to fear God, he will have us fearing people. We have to keep our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. (Heb. 12:12) We have to learn to do as Jesus did. When doubt was planted, He used the weapon of the Word of God.

Psalm 118:6 “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?” The Psalmist said it well. God penned it for us to proclaim. 1 John 4:4 “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” John knew what it meant to have his Creator living in him. Luke 12:4 “And I say unto you my friends, be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.” Jesus told us not to fear when threats come. Luke 10:19 “I (Jesus) have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.” We have been given authority to overcome fear not be overcome by it.

Don’t let fear speak to you. Speak to it. When you hear someone is out to get you like Elijah, don’t run. Stand firm. The Bible tells us we have been given weapons to use. Ephesians 6 tells us about them. These weapons are not used against our fellow man but against the spirit which drives those who try to bring fear. These weapons are given so we can stand. We have the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, belt of truth, shoes of peace, shield of faith, and sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. This will help us stand in faith and not fear. We overcome by the word of our testimony and the blood of the Lamb. (Rev. 12:11) Do not run in the face of adversity but speak out your faith. The enemy cannot place a yoke of fear on us when we declare whose we are and what we know.

Where are you? What are you doing there? Are you living free from fear? The fear God says we should allow is this: Luke 12:5 “But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him.” The Greek definition of fear here is stand in awe. So, stand in awe of the One who holds your future. Stand in awe of the One who is the final judge. Remember, He made a way for us to experience heaven. He does not want us bound with fear. He wants us free. John 8:36 “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”

Where Mercy Flows,

Donna McCall,
Director of Women’s Campus


Paul's Pen

 

Six Elementary Principles of Christ
cont’d…

“Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.” Hebrews 6:1-2.

In the last newsletter, we looked at the 1st principle – repentance from dead works. We will now look at the 2nd principle which is ”faith toward God”.

Hebrews 11:6; “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

It is impossible to please God without faith. What is faith? What it is not – It is not faith in faith. We could ask God to give us more faith. Faith the size of a mustard seed can move a mountain in your life. See Mark 4:30-32. So, the size of your faith isn’t the issue, it’s the purity of your faith. I must have substance without doubt and unbelief. “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord.” James 1:6&7

Hebrews 3:12 states; “Beware, brethren. Lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God.” The seed of faith must first be pure, not mixed with doubt and unbelief. Mark 7:13; “…making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down.” The traditions of men (opinions, psychologies, accepted habits and values of the fallen man) makes the word of God have no effect.

Faith toward God is pleasing to God. (Hebrews 11:6) God only meets you at the point of your faith. He is a covenant God and obligates himself to this covenant with man. Anything we receive from God outside of this is only because of His love and grace.

Numbers 23:19 tells us that God isn’t like a human man, that He should lie. His covenant is a legal document, and he won’t break it. However, there are often certain conditions that we must meet in order for us to qualify for His promises.

Faith requires an action. Heb 11:1 states; “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” It is an expectation based on faith in action according to His promise. Even as the only time that you have rain is when it is falling from the sky. Even so, “faithing” is hope in action. This action may be your words, or some other form of action. Until you put your faith in action, nothing will happen.

God’s promises are a legal statement and when we act on these promises with expectation, God can bring into the physical, what comes from the invisible. However, Satan can also steal what belongs to us if he can find a legal loophole in the law, such as doubt and unbelief, which he may use as an accuser. We may need to send our angel (Hebrews 1:14) to intervene on our behalf, so that we can receive what we’re expecting from God.

There are many facets on the subject of faith; however, Hebrews 11:6 is the subject of faith in a nutshell. God is displeased when we doubt Him or flat out do not believe Him. We must believe that He is AND believe that He rewards those that diligently seek (action word) Him. Those that seek Him will find that He is also seeking us. John 4:23-24; “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” As we seek Him, worship Him and exalt Him we will experience a personal sense of His presence.

Proverbs 3:5 – 10; “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones. Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the first-fruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.”

When He is directing your path that is a very personal experience. May your experience be a personal one and the blessing that follows bring you closer than ever to Him. May your walk with Him be from faith to faith and glory to glory. May all of your days be either good or better days and when we see Him face to face that will be the very best day of your life! May God bless you and yours.

Pastor Paul Ritchie

Senior Pastor

 

Counseling  Corner

Reverend Don Loss

The Power Encounter

 

In the early 80’s, while in seminary at Columbia International University in Columbia, SC I had little knowledge of spiritual warfare. My commitment to serve the Lord was to “grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” I Peter 3:18. It was a season of peace for my beloved wife, Cathi, and me. We started our family, made acquaintances with like-minded saints, and studied the word of God. Being financially deficient, it was a wonderful season of trusting the Lord. “He who calls you is faithful, who will also do it.” I Thessalonians 5:24. I sometime refer to that season as “the normal Christian life”. Little did I know about spiritual warfare until I parachuted into a highly contested warfare “hill” for the advancement of the gospel; I speak figuratively. My normal Christian life changed to one of intense warfare.

CIU is an excellent school, but I was not taught about spiritual warfare and the reality of the demonic. There was one exception. One of my professors, Dr. Harold Burchett, was teaching a counseling class. He recalled going to visit someone and, upon entering the home, he saw an unusual expression of the demonic manifesting in the person. I’ll never forget what he said about the encounter. He said, “in situations like these there needs to be a power encounter.” He was talking about the need of deliverance above and beyond Biblical counseling. Warfare prayer in the name of Jesus must be administered. He quoted John 8:36; “If the Son shall set you free you shall be free indeed.” Administering the Word of God with truth is a very powerful tool of helping people to get free. John 8:36 states, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” Biblical counseling, teaching, preaching, worship, and training in righteousness are the means of grace to set people free. The Spirit of freedom flourishes in the fellowship of the local church where the grace blows. Jesus, in training his disciples, says to them, “It is the Spirit who gives life, the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” John 6:63.

Part of this freedom has to do with initiating the weapons of our warfare. “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.” II Corinthians 10:3-4. We have a witness to this power phenomenon in Luke 11 when Jesus was casting a mute demon out of someone. Some wrongly accused Jesus of “casting out demons by Beelzebub, the ruler of demons.” Of course, this was a lie for he cast out demons by the finger of God. And, Jesus is the stronger one in any power encounter. “When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are in peace. But when a stronger than he comes upon him and overcomes him, he takes from him all his armor in which he trusted, and divides his spoils.” Luke 10:21-22.

We read in Luke 8:26-39 of Jesus confronting the man in the tombs who “had demons for a long time.” v27. Let’s look at the showdown. Vs28-29. “When he (the man in the tombs) saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before Him, and with a loud voice said, ‘What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me! For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had often seized him, and he was kept under guard, bound with chains and shackles: and he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the wilderness.” We notice here the power of the unclean spirit; the man was bound in shackles and chains but the demon broke the bonds. Notice where he drove the man. He drove him back in the wilderness of sin. The unclean spirit will always drive a man back into the wilderness for the purpose of manifesting its desires for evil. This is why those in addiction may need deliverance. It is a spiritual warfare of darkness and light. Jesus, the light of the world, will set the captive free; “to proclaim liberty to the captives.” Luke 4:18.

I will share an illustration from Noel and Phyl Gibson’s book Evicting Demonic Intruders. He speaks about lustful spirits. “Because sin comes from Satan, its driving power is obviously demonic. Lustful spirits are among the most common and strongest spirits to oppress and dominate believers. Normal counseling methods have as much power to stop lust as a sandbank to keep out a tidal wave.” In one instance, Phyl met a man driven by unbridled lust. He said of this man that he found it very difficult to control his fleshly desires. Phyl said this of him. “I realized that words of advice would be as effective as trying to stop a charging bull with a lasso of knitting wool.” This is the place that deliverance needs to be administered. A showdown must come. A power encounter. Jesus is the answer for any bondage. This is our ministry to help you break the chains. Anyone in bondage needs to start the process of repentance for his sins. For sin is the driving power that imprisons us in the wilderness of darkness. Flee to a church where the grace of God blows. That will be a place of refuge for you.

Then make an application to Bethel. We can help you.

Where the grace blows,

Pastor Don Loss
Associate Director / Director of Counseling


*  If you would like to read previous Counseling Corners we are now archiving by topic/title for your future reference.Click on link: Counseling Corner Archives

 

Testimony of a Bethel Graduate

 

As taught by all of you in many of the classes that I sat in while a student at Bethel, I pray intently with all my heart and mind. I have continued with the practice of saying what I am thankful for every morning, praying for others and I’m still asking the Lord to make me whole again. I kept faith in Jesus and prayed much and He blessed me abundantly with His provisions. When I left Bethel, the Lord blessed me with a job at Food Lion and He taught me the importance of how to respect His provision and to do the right things with what He has given me. However, there was still the issue of my family’s ability to trust me. They say that they loved me but there was still very little communication with them and I began to feel that the situation was hopeless. Then I found something I had written down in one of my Bethel notebooks that said, “Wait upon the Lord, for there is nothing that you can do. Any attempt on your part is not God’s will and may once again lead you into downfall. Wait for God’s best for He knows what you really need and when to give it to you.” So I prayed harder and the Lord blessed me with another job here in North Carolina as the Network Server Technician at Halifax County Community College. Not only was this God’s bestowing of more provisions for me but He provided another blessing which is the beginning of a new life in Christ with my family. Once I told my wife of this latest provision from God, she and all 4 of my children started to communicate with me again. One of my daughters wrote, “I just knew that with God’s help you would overcome alcoholism and return to us.” My heart was overjoyed with the love that only Jesus Christ can provide. Then the devil tried to enter my mind to lie and tell me that they only want to talk to you now because you have money. Keep everything for yourself. They did not care about you up until now. Remember they are the ones that sent you away to Bethel. It was at this moment that your words, Pastor Loss, entered into me and I began to shout back at the devil very loudly; “Leave me, Satan! You have no influence over me for I have on the Full Armor of God and you can never have another stronghold on me as long as I stand firm in Jesus! So get out of my head and be gone before I stab you with the Sword of Christ.” Once I regained my composure, I was able to think more clearly of God’s new plan for my life and how beautiful it is. Even though I am still separated from my family we now talk to each other regularly and I will be with them back home in Maryland for both my youngest daughter’s high-school graduation May 2018 and then my eldest daughter’s wedding June 2018. But, we know the battle with evil is never over. My eldest daughter has invited me to the wedding but my wife will be walking her down the aisle. Satan came to me again with his lies. “You see they all still hate you, they disrespect you, you are unfit to walk your daughter down the aisle, I would not go where I am not wanted, you would be a fool to attend.” Once again, Pastor Loss, your training in warfare came back to me and I shouted loudly “Be gone Satan, you evil devil, you liar and master of deceit!” I am not missing the wedding just because I am not walking her down the aisle. My wife and I are joined together by Christ, so in a way I will still be walking her down the aisle. I am just glad to be invited. You see, Satan, God will not allow you to destroy my family a second time.

I truly believe that without your guidance in spiritual warfare, Pastor Loss, (along with Pastor Pruitt, Pastor Ritchie and Pastor Turner’s lessons as well) that I would not have had the courage or strength to come this far. God is glorious and He used all of you to make me free and whole again. As Pastor Pruitt was present in class on my last day at Bethel, I told him and my fellow brothers that I go forth now from Bethel to rebuild my temple which is faith in Jesus Christ in me. As I wear my Bethel t-shirt from time to time I am constantly reminded; “Because of Him I can face tomorrow.” I plan to make a pilgrimage back to Bethel to pray with you all once again and to meet new brothers. Please share this testimony of a victory through Christ. Thanks and I hope to see you all soon.

PS… You were right when you said to give my wife at least one year – it has been exactly one year.

Robert Lynch

2017 graduate of
Bethel Colony
Men’s Campus

 


 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS GLORIOUS CELEBRATION OF GOD’S FAITHFULNESS
OVER THE LAST 70 YEARS AND THE OPENING OF THE WOMEN’S CAMPUS!

BETHEL’S 70TH ANNUAL
HOMECOMING CELEBRATION
Sunday, October 7th, 2018
beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Dr. Billy Martin, Evangelist
will be our guest speaker for Homecoming
and

BIBLE CONFERENCE
Monday, October 8th through Friday, October 12th
9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. daily

GOLF TOURNAMENT
Saturday, October 6th
Cedar Rock Country Club
shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.
Captain’s Choice teams – $55 per person
call Nick Rabah or Cathi Loss at 828-754-3781 for info

 

 


Update on Bethel’s Women’s Ministry

Praise the Lord with us and please keep praying!

Great is God’s faithfulness! We closed on the property located at 1230 Camp Carolwood Rd, Lenoir, NC on April 16th!!. We are projecting to open sometime

this summer. God’s faithfulness has been evident as we proceed with this extension of our ministry.

We are now looking for help with renovations to the buildings currently on the property. This will require help from many men and women. Though you do not have to be, those skilled in remodel or construction would be welcome. We will be painting, sanding, etc. There is plenty of cleaning needed both inside and out. We will appreciate anyone who is willing to work!

We are also getting together the essentials for the ministry. The list includes golf carts, outdoor lawn maintenance equipment such as mowers and weed eaters, etc. Office supplies, kitchen utensils, small appliances, silverware, blankets, pillows, etc. are all needed. We have a list available and would love to share it if you would like to help us meet these needs.

Many have donated already and the supplies are growing daily! How exciting! A neighboring church has “adopted” one of the cabins on the property and is providing all the materials and labor to get that cabin ready for women to occupy! What a blessing! We would love for you to be a part of what God is doing also!

If you would like to help by volunteering time and labor or food for workers, 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 ministry.


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.


NAME THAT BUILDING ! ! !

We have been so blessed by the overwhelming response to the opening of Bethel Colony of Mercy Women’s Campus! So many of you have given financially and lots of you have offered your time and abilities to come to the new property and help with clean-up and repairs. We thank God for all who have given financially, donated material goods, volunteered time and helping hands, and those who are and have been praying for the women’s campus to become a reality. God is faithful and His people are fulfilling the directive in Titus 3:8; “Those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works.” Bethel Colony of Mercy is delighted to be the recipient of those “good works”!

Here’s a chance for those of you who may not be able to donate financially or volunteer to help prepare the property for occupancy to have a part in getting it ready for the women who will be coming soon.

All of the buildings on Bethel Men’s Campus bear names based on biblical principals. The men’s dormitories are FAITH, HOPE, LOVE and GRACE. Our newest dormitory is The Rock. Our staff dwellings are Pinehaven, Joyhaven, Peacehaven, Bethhaven and MorningStar apartments. The new property for

the Woman’s Campus has the Director’s home, 5 cabins (for the women to stay in), a gymnasium, and two large lodge style buildings. These buildings need names in keeping with Bethel’s tradition at the Men’s Campus.

Look at these pictures, pray, and then submit your idea(s) for naming the buildings. We will pray over all of the possibilites submitted and make a decision. It will be exciting to see what we come up with as we seek the Lord for names for these buildings which will house precious souls in need of God’s mercy, grace and deliverance from their bondages.

One of the 5 cabins that will house female students

Side view of one of the cabins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd Lodge with kitchen, office and classroom

Lodge with kitchen and office space

 

Director’s Home

Gymnasium