Update: February, 2017
Update on Bethel’s Women’s Ministry
Every week, three of Bethel’s board members meet to pray, discuss and move forward on the Women’s Ministry. As we meet and pray, we pray with a burden on our hearts for the women that God wants to restore through the ministry of Bethel Colony. We are diligently asking, seeking, and knocking for God’s will on the locationfor this ministry. We have looked at multiple sites and, for different reasons, they have not met the needs we have. So 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.
What the Lord has been doing since we made the announcement in October is amazing! He has been bringing new support from people who believe in what is already going on at Bethel and who are looking for the same kind of faith-based program for women. Bethel has already gained new prayer warriors, potential volunteers, potential staff and over $18,000.00 in donations for the Women’s Ministry. Praise the Lord with us and please keep praying!
Announced: October, 2016
You have been asking us for years…. We have been praying for it for years…
The Board of Directors of Bethel Colony has seen the need and been in prayer about how we
could help make a difference; so we are pleased to announce to you that…
We are starting a Women’s Ministry!
Our Approach at Bethel has been focused on the men that God has sent to us and we understand and have seen it many times…as God restores the husband, the father, the head of the household, most of the time the home can be restored. There has been a lot of change in our culture in the last 10 years and in every state the portion of families where children have two parents, rather than one, has dropped significantly. The number of two-parent households decreased by 1.2 million. Fifteen million U.S. children, or 1 in 3, live without a father, and nearly 5 million live without a mother. In 1960, just 11 percent of American children lived in homes without fathers.
Also, addiction among women has increased and for a long time has been miscalculated as the number of women who have been addicted to prescription drugs and/or tranquilizers has not been in the equation. What has not been accounted for until recently is that 25% of U.S. females are on some kind of mental drug dealing with anxiety and depression; learning that women have a high rate to be addicted to tranquilizers. It is estimated that over 4 million women are addicted. They see that trend in Europe and China and the U.S. is catching up. Prescription pain reliever overdose deaths among women have increased more than 400%.
So as we continue to minister to men, we are making plans to start a women’s ministry in hopes that we may help the father and the mother be set free and united under the leadership of Jesus Christ and become a family again! And, break that generational bondage for a future generation!
Where are we with the plans? We are currently looking for a location and land while praying for God to raise a team of ministry leaders! We also need God to raise up the finances to start and maintain this women’s ministry that will not take away from Bethel’s daily/weekly/monthly work here at the men’s program. It takes over $12,000 a week to minister to 82 men and we are working hard to get to 100 men.
So, as you pray, please pray for…
- Wisdom as we desire to help the whole family be set free.
- A ministry team for the women’s program
- The financial support needed to start and maintain the women’s ministry.
- God’s provision of property and location.
As we make these plans, would you consider giving a seed offering above and beyond (and not taking away from Bethel’s ongoing need) for the Women’s Ministry ?!!
Please mark your donation “for women’s ministry” and mail in to Bethel Colony of Mercy, 1675 Bethel Colony Rd., Lenoir, NC 28645 or click link below to give your seed offering.