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Rev. Paul Pruitt’s Article
A Woman’s Perspective
Mrs. Donna McCall
Are You A New Creation?
Rev. Paul Ritchie
O Foolish Galatians!
Rev. Don Loss
Taken Captive by the Devil
Bethel Women’s Campus 2 Year Anniversary
– Chris & Bethany Williams
Bethel Lawn Care
“’For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
I don’t know about you, but I was very relieved to see some normalcy this summer. We were really excited about Homecoming. Even more so this year because we didn’t get to see you last year. We were looking forward to that time of rejoicing and praise in person. We always look forward to this time of celebration!
I don’t know about in your community but ours has been hit with COVID again. We have had several at Bethel that has had it. We were ready to plan our full-fledged Homecoming. We had been telling people all summer that we were. But we have had to stop, pray and rethink our plans for Homecoming and Bible Conference again this year. Proverbs 16:9 says: “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” The Lord’s thoughts are greater than ours and I am glad He directs our steps. When things don’t look like what we were hoping it is very powerful to have His Word for our foundation. Isaiah 55 gives us great truth. When we understand that: He is infinite–we are finite. He knows the end from the beginning. He knows the whys. Scripture and experience clearly illustrate that His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts. And, we can trust Him. I was hoping it would be a different plan, but we want to Glorify the Lord and we know that “all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose”. Romans 8:28.
With that being said, we have had to keep in mind the purpose that God has us here for and the health of all those that the Lord has put under our care. So, with prayer and consideration, this year’s Homecoming will be very much like last year. Keep in mind that both the Men’s and Women’s campuses have been actively ministering to the men and women God has sent to us. We believe that in order to remain healthy and not hinder our ability to minister, this year we will not open the campus up for Homecoming and Bible Conference. This is a really hard decision for us on one hand but, on the other, we believe it is the right decision.
Even though we will not open up the campus for visitors we are still going to have Homecoming and Bible Conference! We are still going to celebrate what God has done and will continue to do! And because of the gift of technology, we are going to bring Homecoming and Bible Conference back to you. We are not going to let this virus hinder the Good News from getting out and our Bethel family from sharing with you. Who knows? Last year we had a great crowd online including some from other countries. I am hoping we will have the biggest crowd ever, online! I believe you will be blessed and it will be a blessing to many who live farther away that have not been able to get here for Homecoming in the past. We have had graduates from every state in the U.S.A. as well as other countries like Canada, Central America, Switzerland, and East Africa. So, it is exciting to think about how many more could benefit this year from online viewing.
We are planning to utilize our 3 major media platforms that many of you have already watched from. Our web page: bethelcolony.org, Facebook: facebook.com/bethelcolony, and YouTube: Search Bethel Colony. If you are someone that has always wanted to share your testimony but lived too far away or you’re someone that was planning to come to share this year, we would love to talk to you about sharing your testimony. We are planning to share testimonies through September leading up to Homecoming. As well as on the day of Homecoming, Sunday, October 3rd, and through Bible conference Oct. 4th-8th. This is an exciting way to share the gift of God’s hope, mercy and salvation through Jesus that we may be free.
Psalm 107:2 instructs us to; “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy.” Please contact me, Pastor Pruitt, ASAP! Call Bethel (828-754-3781) or email me at email@example.com
We are thankful to the Lord that there is still a way that we can all celebrate together and we hope you will take the time and be with us online October 4th -9th. It will be a blessed time! A time of celebration, with the Word of God and growth in the Lord!
Please see Other News for a more detailed schedule!
With great expectation,
Pastor Paul & Stacy Pruitt
How thankful we are for your faithful donations and prayers for Bethel Colony of Mercy, Inc. Looking at these pictures of former students and their families reminds me that God does not just minister to and bless the man or woman who comes to Bethel as a student. As that student’s heart, mind and life is changed by the Word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit in his or her life, his or her whole family is affected by that change.
Sometimes we are blessed to have the opportunity to minister God’s grace, mercy, hope, forgiveness, and transformation in both the husband and the wife, at the same time, at our two campuses. What a marvelous miracle God allows us to partake in when He does that.
Rejoice with us over His wonder-working power in the lives of these men, women, their children and extended families! And, continue to give and to pray for those God brings to Bethel’s campuses. You will see your reward in Heaven!
Are You a New Creation?
II Corinthians 5:17 says; “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
The first question we have to ask ourselves is: Are we in Christ? Have we taken the steps to be placed in Him? This verse takes the approach of a horticultural technique where you take the limb from one tree and graft it onto another tree. The living tissue in the limb has to merge with the living tissue in the new tree. The merge can only be successful when the new limb pulls the nutrients from the tree itself and then from the roots. This is a process that can take seven days to complete. There are two parts of the process. First, the limb must begin pulling from the tree which takes three days. Then, it must pull from the roots which takes seven. Interesting to note, three in Hebrew means complete and seven means completeness and perfection.
Now, I ask you; have you been grafted in? To accept Jesus as Savior, the One who died for your sins, is the first step. It is the time where you recognize your need to put yourself in His hands. Holy Spirit has revealed to you how much you are in need of a Savior. (John 6:44) At that moment, you should begin drawing your strength or daily needs from a new source. You have been placed in a family that is not like a natural family, it is a kingdom. This kingdom is much more than meat and drink for growth. It is righteousness, peace, and joy (Rom. 14:17).
The second question is: Are you getting your nutrients from the right place? To live righteously we must know how to live. The standard for living right is found in the Word, the Book of all books, the infallible Word of God. Righteousness does not mean we live perfect lives; it means we will try to do what is right in God’s eyes. Our “do” must change to match our “who”. We are no longer our own. We are His. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore, glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
Do you look more like Jesus today than you did yesterday? Are you still drawing from the tree trunk or have you advanced so you are drawing from the roots?
So many people today say they know Jesus. To know Him is to love Him. To love Him is to be willing to change for Him. The change on the inside becomes evident on the outside. This is the new creation emerging. The love that entered into our hearts shows in our actions. Love is found on the pages of the Book, the Bible. This is our life source. We can no longer look to the world to tell us how to live but look to God. He sent Jesus to show us how to live and He had men to pen what they saw. We are told to be rooted and grounded in Christ Jesus and our faith. (Col. 2:6-7)
God did not leave us with only the words in the book, the pages in the Bible, the life lessons through time. He sent us a part of Himself to help as well. The third person of the Trinity, Holy Spirit. John 14:26; “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.” Holy Spirit will help us live right and teach us, help us understand what God says in the Bible. He will also remind us at all times what it says when we have placed it in our hearts. God even says out of our belly shall flow rivers of “living water” or the Word to help us and others along the way. (Jn. 7:38)
Now I ask again, are you a new creation? Do you look different today than you did before you met Jesus? Are you ready for change?
Romans 6:1-7; “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore, we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.”
Where mercy flows,
O Foolish Galatians!
“O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified? This only I want to learn from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh? Have you suffered so many things in vain- if indeed it was in vain? Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?…just as Abraham “believed God, and was counted to him for righteousness.” Galatians 3:1- 6
Romans 1:16- 17; “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jews first and also for the Greeks. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith as it is written, “the just shall live by faith.” Galatians 3:10-11; “for as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse, for it is written, “accursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them. But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, “the just shall live by faith.” Definition of cursed- shut off the flow. The root word is to shut off the flow of water. In this case it would be to shut off the flow of God’s blessings. Hebrews 10:38-39, “Now the just shall live by faith: but if anyone draws back, my soul has no pleasure in him.” but we are not of those who draw back to perdition (destruction) but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.
Galatians 3:13-14; “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written. “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”
Everything and anything that we receive from God comes to us through the doorway of our faith in what Jesus Christ did on that cross when he gave his blood, his lifeblood, to pay for our ungodly rebellious sinful life. (mercy) We had a sentence of eternal death, in the lake of fire for all eternity, where the worms never die and the fire is never quenched. With nothing but more torment, and more torment, and more torment, never ending torment. Then there are the worms, which are the past opportunities that we missed by making bad choices, we ran with a lost, lost world. When we mocked God and His heaven, all of the guilt and all the shame, all the regrets all the times that we blasphemed God. Galatians 6:7-8. “Do not be deceived. God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to the flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.”
Galatians 4:9. “But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the week and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage.”
The Greek word here again is only used 3 times in the New Testament, twice in John 3:3 & 7 and in Galatians 4: 9; from above, from the 1st; by implication, anew—-from again, the top. Ephesians 2:4-7 describes this event. “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of his great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” The moment that you get saved, the Heavenly Father deposits within you the Spirit of Christ, and raises you up to the top. Romans 8:9 declares, if you do not have the spirit of Christ, you are none of His. If the spirit of Jesus Christ does not reside within you it is impossible become a new creature in Christ
Now the Galatians were under much pressure from the world around them and were turning back from the promises of God, back down to the beggarly things of the past which lead to bondage. We are now in a time when those that believe in Jesus Christ are beginning to experience the pressures that are being applied to Christians, many of which have been living on the edge between grace and law in that we attempt to solve many of our problems that Jesus has already solved on the cross for our salvation which is all-inclusive. Those of us who call ourselves Christians must learn how to trust God with many of the things that we been trying to do our selves. This does not please God. He calls it sin and living under the law. We must build up our most holy faith one by reading the Scriptures out loud. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. We must hide within our hearts exceeding great and precious promises of God and speak and meditate on them until we actually believe them and can rest on them. Many of the people that I have led to the Lord thought they were saved but found out it was simply head knowledge and not in the heart. If what we are doing is not increasing our faith in Jesus Christ and the work of the cross then maybe all we’re doing is going through mental exercises trying to build up faith in our head, faith in the head is dead faith. Only faith in the heart truly works.
May God’s blessings be upon you and your family.
Pastor Paul Ritchie
Happy 90th Birthday
Pastor Paul Ritchie!!
Help us celebrate Pastor Ritchie’s 90th birthday
35th year in ministry at Bethel Colony of Mercy, Inc.!
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The souls of men may be taken captive in many ways. The world itself has several means to take captive those who have lost their senses to any moral code, taking the souls captive to the carnival of vanity fair. To love the world is their nature and can only be remedied by the message of the cross. The apostle John writes telling his believing flock to forsake the love of the world. “Do not love the world or the things of the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world; the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away and the lust in it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.” (I John 2:15-17) We abide forever in Christ. “I am the vine; you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him bears much fruit; for without me you can do nothing.”
Who abides forever? He who does the will of God. We who are in Christ will love Him. And we have a moral code; His commandments. The Word tells us this in John 15:9-11. “As the Father has loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.” How can we abide in His love? “If you keep My commandments you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.” This is our moral code for us that are in Christ. Living according to His moral code will give us a joy that the world cannot give us. “These things I have spoken to you (The Vine speaking to the branches), that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” Did you get what the Lord has said? The joy He gives us is in its fullness. All of His joy bestowed upon us.
Now, getting back to the captivity of the devil. Why are we captive to the devil? Because of the fall of Adam in the garden of Eden. We are in our fallen image of God under the devil’s domain until we are saved.
The apostle John gives us a distinction between the children of God and the children of the devil. “We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.” But we who are in Christ have an understanding to know him. “And we know that the son of God has come and given us understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. “ (I John 5:19-20}
But all other souls without Christ are subjects of the devil. He is responsible for their captivity and for imparting evil in all that are under his dominion. Paul writes to Timothy of those who are in bondage. “And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel, but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.” (II Timothy 2:24-26)
Sadly, those who preach, teach, and counsel are flooded with souls who know Him and are taken captive to do the will of the devil. They have lost their senses and left the moral code of the commandments of God, abiding in Christ, and the will of God; subsequently losing the joy that they once had.
Repent, return to your first love, abide in Christ, and do the will of God and it will be well with your soul.
Where the grace blows,
Pastor Don Loss
Associate Director / Director of Counseling
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Bethel Women’s Campus 2 Year Anniversary
My name is Bethany Williams, and I am 30 years old. I did not go to church as a child and did not know God as my heavenly Father. At the very young age of 13, I began to hang around older men, drink, and do drugs. I acquired a lot of attention this way, so I went all-in with this lifestyle and didn’t look back. Before I knew it, it had been over ten years, and I had dived deeper into drugs and sex than I ever could have fathomed. By trying to find security in others, I found myself in countless abusive relationships that left me physically, mentally and emotionally beaten down. I would use my body to get what I wanted, not caring if I hurt others or myself in the process. Everyone I cared about cut me out of their life. By this time, I hated who I was more than I ever could explain, which had me spiraling into an all-consuming depression that led me to attempt to end my life many times. I realized I did not want to live the life I had been living anymore. By the grace of God, I ended up at a Celebrate Recovery meeting where the people made me feel welcomed and loved. As I sat listening to the message, it hit me, Jesus Christ was who I had been searching for all my life, but I never knew it. At this time, I committed my life to Christ, was baptized, and truly felt I had changed. Although I still was not clean from drugs. I was taking Suboxone. For years I ran from God’s truth, going back and forth from Suboxone to my drug of choice, which left me confused, discouraged, and eventually back in another treatment program. I met my wonderful husband, Chris, around this time. We were very close friends. He was the only person I could talk to about how I believed God was the right way to live. To my amazement, he believed the same. After several bad decisions later, I had overdosed twice and was right back on the same path. Chris told me about this place called Bethel Colony of Mercy and said that we should go. I persistently prayed about it and knew God was telling us to go. For the first time, I followed through with what God told me to do and not the world. I put it in God’s hands, and I gave him what little trust and faith I had. He gave and continues to give me courage and strength. Beyond my belief, the Lord has begun restoring relationships in our family, created a strong foundation in our marriage, and opened my heart to a deeply loving relationship that I feel worthy of. I have re-dedicated my life to Jesus Christ and I have learned the enemy will always be hard at work attempting to destroy everything God has planned for my life. Chris and my paths have not been of continual success but multiple failures. However, our failures are always followed by growth, as long as we are steadfast in relying on the Lord.
I am a child of God, and Proverbs 3:5&6 says: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will not make your paths straight.”
Bethany Williams, 2020 graduate
I started using drugs around the age of 12 even though I grew up going to church. By the age of 15, I was addicted. Drugs, alcohol, and premarital sex were all a part of my everyday life until I got saved at 17. Shortly after, the Lord called me to preach and evangelize. Since public speaking is my biggest fear, I ran from the Lord for the majority of the next 17 years. Deeply in bondage, my life revolved around drugs, alcohol, and the lifestyle that goes with that. After 5 attempts at rehab, I realized I couldn’t do this on my own. Then I met my beautiful wife, Bethany. She gave me a new motivation to do better and live right. But that was still not enough. She and I both slipped back into bondage. But God…made a way for us both to come to Bethel Colony of Mercy. Bethany has been at the Women’s Campus while I have been at the Men’s Campus. We have received marriage counseling under Pastor Starnes at the Men’s Campus. God has been working and moving in our lives. He has brought us out of addiction and showed us how to be obedient to Him. We were ready to go home after the basic 65-day program but He had other plans and the more we listened the closer he drew us to Himself. The more we trust Him the more He reveals Himself and His plan to us. The Lord brought Bethany and me to Bethel to prepare us and grow us for mission ministry which lines up with the Lord’s earlier calling on my life to evangelize. Since the beginning of our journey at Bethel, endurance Scriptures have stood out to us. Through these Scriptures and His guidance, He has taught us to be patient, to be still, and to wait on Him. His will for our life is far greater than anything we could ever do on our own. Bethany and I are so excited for what the Lord has planned for us. He will get all the glory, honor, and praise! “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day: For our light affliction, which is but for a moment is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18.
Chris Williams, 2020 graduate
My name is Dawne Ray. I grew up going to church. I enjoyed church, and I loved God. I accepted God as my Savior; however, when my parents separated and got divorced, I quit going to church. I did not understand what was happening. I felt alone, with no one to talk to, and at age 12, I tried to take my life.
Trying to fit in somewhere, I eventually got with the wrong people and started experimenting with drugs. When I found out I was pregnant at age 20, I was happy. Maybe this was what I needed. I had two children out of wedlock. That relationship did not work. When I met and married the father of my third child, I threw myself into being the best mom I could be. My whole world was my children. After twelve years of marriage, I separated from my husband. The kids started to pull away from me as all children do.
I found myself lost again. I threw myself into my work. I would work from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. some days. Then, I started hanging out with some bad influences at work. Drinking on the weekends, led to a couple of drinks during the week. I had back surgery in 2012 and became addicted to pain pills; when I could not get those anymore, I turned to the streets. I ended up doing OxyContin, which led to heroin. I quit heroin the day my nephew had to pull the plug on my brother, Danny. He died from a heroin overdose. He loved God and asked my mom to get him the Bible for dummies, which she still has. Kris, my nephew, asked me to stop using that day, and I did. However, I did not stop drinking. My drinking got the best of me. I did not drink every day, but I could not stop until it was gone when I did. By this time, I was isolating myself from everyone. I have no relationship with my oldest son for reasons that are mine alone.
I waited to get into Bethel for almost a year. Yes, I had quit many times, but it never lasted. My mother used to ask me all the time to go to church with her. I finally did the Sunday before I came here. I now know that waiting to get into Bethel was the perfect choice for me. A relationship with God was what I had been missing. Nothing could fill that empty spot that was inside of me, always crying out to be fed. I know that I need the word of God every day. I am coming closer to God every day that goes by, and I thank Bethel and everyone there for helping show me the way.
2nd Corinthians 5:17; “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, He is a new creation, old things have passed away: behold, all things are new.”
My name is Hope Frame; I am 36 years old. I was an alcoholic and addict since age 17. I have been through a lot in my life that stems from rejection and abuse issues throughout my childhood into my adult years. I am not proud to say I have had my four children taken from me by social services because of my drug use. I felt lost; I was homeless, hopeless, and helpless. At least I thought I was. I honestly believed I would have to spend my whole life constantly fighting my struggles with addiction. I finally realized after 13 rehabs and thinking I knew everything there was to know about addiction (thankfully I was shown another way), the only way is through my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In January 2019, when I first came to Bethel, I gave my life to the Lord. I completed the program and I knew I was not ready to face the world, so I visited my children for a week and was supposed to return when COVID hit. The devil was waiting right there for me also. I managed to stay sober for a couple of months, but then everything fell, and it fell fast. By the grace of God, I made it back to Bethel in October with God’s open and loving arms waiting for me. Bethel is helping me start digging deep into my emotions and fears, and my past. I need to get to the roots of my problems so I can be forgiven and also forgive. I also have to let go of my past and press forward. I realize I cannot step into my future with Jesus Christ if I cannot let go and forgive my history with the devil. Today I have a newfound family guiding me, loving me, and teaching me at Bethel Colony of Mercy. I have become God’s new creation, and I am finally living the abundant life that is meant for me, and the best part is I am just getting started!
My name is Jessica Bowen, better known as Jess B at Bethel Women’s Campus. I am 33 years old. In July of 2020, high, out of my mind, and in the deepest darkest place I have ever been, finally, I knew I needed help. I have always heard of that saying “hitting rock bottom” and at that moment, I truly understood what it meant, and it was exactly where I was, scared, hurt, lost, and alone. Although I was in and out of church throughout my childhood, I never truly had a relationship with Christ. Because of sexual, mental, and emotional abuse, I spent most of my time feeling unwanted and unloved. This continued into my adult life and led to unhealthy relationships; even my marriage was full of toxic behavior and drugs. Because of my and my husband’s addiction, our two daughters were taken from us, and our drug use got out of control. From there, I entered a program in 2018, and I was clean for a little over a year. During that time, my dad got sick and passed away, which lead to a relapse. I was so deep into my addiction; I did not think things could get any worse. On June 18th, 2020, around 11:00 a.m., I got a phone call from my brother saying my husband Sammy had been killed in a motorcycle wreck on the same road that we lived. I cannot explain the hurt I felt or the heartbreak I was experiencing, and my immediate response was to turn to drugs, yet again. It was not long after Sammy’s death I finally realized that I did not want my daughters also to lose their mother. I was tired of choosing drugs over the most important part of my life. On September 16th, 2020, I came to Bethel Colony, a broken person bound by the devil. In my first counseling session with Mrs. Donna, I gave my life to the Lord and finally realized I am no longer a slave to my past and I am a child of God. I am growing in my faith as my love for Jesus Christ blooms. I am still amazed at how God brought me to faith in Him, and I am excited to tell people about it.
Jeremiah 29:11; “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, they are plans for good and not disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
It’s that time of year again!
Bethel’s 73rd Homecoming Celebration
is coming up on Sunday, October 3, 2021!!
Join us via live-streaming to be encouraged, equipped,
and inspired by Dr. David Kistler.
Evangelist Dave Kistler was born into a pastor’s home and came to Christ at the age of 5. During his teenage years, he began preparing for a legal profession. However, at the age of 16, he sensed the overwhelming call of God to preach the gospel. Following his college and seminary training (during which he obtained an undergraduate degree in Bible and Graduate degrees in Pastoral Studies and Divinity-including Biblical Languages), Dave joined the staff of a large church in Florida, leading a youth group of 125 teens. After two years in youth ministry, he yielded to full-time evangelistic ministry.
For over 30 years, Dave, his wife Betsy and children (Rachael, Nathan and Hannah) have traveled the world proclaiming the gospel and the word of God. Included in his ministry is an evangelistic outreach to major cities via a 2000 seat tent. Since 2001, Dave has conducted three crusades in Washington, DC, and two in the Pentagon. As a result of those evangelistic endeavors, he has started an ongoing ministry to elected officials in the nation’s capital called “HOPE To The Hill.”
Evangelist Kistler’s ministry (HOPE Ministries International) has ministered in England, France, Belgium, Scotland, Wales, Canada, Mexico, the West Indies and Africa, as well as in almost every state in the nation!
Join us on-line and watch Dave Kistler preach
Bethel’s 73rd Homecoming message on Sunday, October 3rd.
Bethel’s Homecoming Celebration begins at 9:00 a.m.
Then, be blessed by his godly messages at our annual
Monday, October 4th through Friday, October 8th
9 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily
Saturday, October 2, 2021
Registration will be available online thru Wed., Sept. 29th.
Express check-in for those who register and pay
(online or via invoice)
by Fri., Sept. 24th.
Captain’s Choice – 4 person teams ($220.00 per team)
Entry fee: $55.00 per person (includes lunch and prizes)
Get your team together and contact Cathi Loss at 828-754-3781
or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
You are also invited and encouraged to join Bethel’s 73rd HOMECOMING Celebration on Sunday, October 3rd beginning at 9:00 a.m. via Livestream (bethelcolony.org, facebook.com/bethelcolony, youtube: search Bethel Colony). Then Bethel’s Annual Bible Conference – Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily. Dr. Dave Kistler will be speaking at each service.
Bethel Lawn Care!!!
Bethel’s Lawn Care Service is part of our ongoing program and coincides with our mission statement – teaching the deliverance message of Jesus Christ. Part of our approach is daily work assignments. Work assignments are designed to teach men responsibility and stewardship. As we help more folks in our community the Lawn Care service not only helps men with responsibility and stewardship but instills a Christian work ethic, provides a skill they can use to get a job and teaches them to give back to their community and to Bethel.
To schedule your Lawn Care Service, and to check prices,
contact Jeff Hollar, Bethel Lawn Care Manager,