Pools of Bethesda Restoration Center currently Offers an 18 Month Residency program based on the Power of 12 Teachings.
We Also Offer The Following Services:
– Food Pantry
– Pell Grant Assistance
– Job Assistance
To help individuals experience God’s healing power, transforming love and grace and to become influencers of change in their families, churches, and communities.
Prepare and equip Residents for a successful return to society upon completion of an 18-month residential program which includes:
Biblical and clinical counseling, individual, group, family: job training; and education.
Program Overview: Power of 12
“Experiencing God is a popular Bible Study written by Henry Blackaby. In it he states: “God is always at work around you and He invites you to join Him in His work.” In Scripture we see Jesus doing this as He called 12 ordinary men to “follow” Him. With these 12 men, Christ spread the Gospel through the then known world.
With 12 families every 18 months, we hope to teach these present-day disciples (learners) to become disciple-makers just as Jesus did. We will accomplish this by incorporating teaching, counseling family training, job training and education throughout each day as we learn to live and work together in community.
The program is set up in 3 phases of 12’s: 12 weeks, 12 months, and 12 weeks.
Phase 1: First 12 Weeks: Couples are separated and live in dorms—a man’s dorm and a women’s dorm. This is done This is done to help individuals deal with their own issues and not each other. The 12 topics that will be presented, one each week are:
- Presentation of Creation 7. Power of Words
- Tree of Life 8. The Living Word
- Spiritual Order 9. Authority and the Demonic
- Heart Issues 10. Vessels of Honor
- Surrender 11. Worship
- Forgiveness 12. Practicing Life Concepts everyday
Counseling during this time will focus on individuals and children will be invited to attend Sunday services and spend the day with their parents having a picnic lunch and many games and family activities.
Phase 2: Next 12 months: Couples are treated to a special re-dedication of their marriage ceremony. Couples who arrived but were not married were allowed to attend the first 12 weeks living apart in the couples dorms—if they have children. At this time, those who are not married will have the choice of committing to each other through marriage; if they are not sure they want to do that yet, they may stay with the program as long as they commit to remain in the separate dorms and to reframe from sexual activity; or, they may leave the program at this time.
The teaching and counseling during this phase will build on the first 12 weeks. We will take each topic and develop the concept for a month each. Learning to practice the concepts taught one at a time. Residents will begin to add couples and group counseling to individual counseling, and about 6 months in, family counseling will be added and the children will be phased in.
This program is not a time of R&R. It requires work. Days will run from 6 AM until 10 PM. While there will be time for people to relax and reflect, all activities including periods of rest and reflection are scheduled.
During this 12 month period, Residents will learn many new skills. On the property there are opportunities to acquire the following skills:
- Aquaponic Farming 7. Bee Keeping
- The business side of marketing farm produces 8. Housekeeping
- Administration working in our offices 9. Culinary Arts
- Recordkeeping, and other office skills 10. Automotive Repair
- Landscaping/horticulture 11. General maintenance
- Animal husbandry 12. Computer Science
These are part of the daily activities at the Restoration Center. Other opportunities will open as we find the gifts, talents, and abilities of each group of Residents.
Phase 3: This phase will take the 12 concepts the Residents and put them into practice as Graduating Residents begin to welcome a new group of Residents. When appropriate and skill level allows, Graduating Residents will lead some activities and help new Residents get through the settling in period.
During this phase, children will spend the weekend from Friday night until Sunday afternoon with their parents. The last week the children will spend the whole week with their parents.
During this phase, Residents will find housing and jobs on the outside. We will assist with each area and it is our hope to set up the program in such a way that those who graduate will leave with the first and last month’s rent (or equivalent) paid, all of their utilities turned on, and those who need dependable transportation will receive one of the vehicles that were donated and fixed in the automotive program.
Without being at the center and everything up and running, it is difficult to predict potential income. Our “off-the-cuff” ideas are as follows:
- Excess produce and fish from the Aquaponic farm.
- Selling high-quality compost and worm casings
- Excess honey after need at the Center is met.
- Fruit and nuts from the many varieties depending on the amount of land
- Banquets that will be cooked and served by residents
- Excess farm eggs
- Income from the Automotive Shop as the community supports the ministry
- Catering for small and medium-sized parties, weddings, etc.
- A large annual fundraiser
- The Ministry will receive income from outpatient community counseling
- Residents learning to do landscaping and lawn care in the community
- Income from home maintenance training in the community.
Other income opportunities and adjustments to the above list will be made as the program develops and we learn the skills of the Residents.
To accomplish this, the property is needed that will allow room to plant fruit and nut trees and berries such as raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries. Fruit trees such as orange, lemon, peach, pear, grapefruit, limes, pomegranates, apple trees fig-trees, mangos, and others. Nut trees such as pecan, macadamia nuts, and others that we find grow well here. Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated.