Hi again, or as most of my friends here say ‘you alright?’ 🙂 I’ve settled in really well in Betel and I live in the women’s home; the women are lovely, range between the ages of 25-56, and each one has a story to tell. My schedule here is hectic, pretty much back to back- I do manual work for more than 8hours a day BUT I really do feel blessed. Betel’s program is more of a peer to peer help one; the people who have overcome their addictions since being here help others do the same and I tell you, IT WORKS! Both the staff, interns and those on the program work together; I have never waxed, painted, and distressed so much furniture in my life- I will never look at furniture the same again 🙂 I am also being trained to run the cafe so I’ve been learning to make coffee (ironic isn’t it since I don’t drink coffee 🙂 toasties, and other things; I can already see how God is stretching me through these things.
As we work and do productive things with our hands, there is a sense of accomplishment and ability to do things well that comes with it; so this is very helpful for us especially for the men and women on the program-learning to earn one’s keep the right way.
However, you cannot miss the love between the people here- Betelitos as they’re called; they love each other and support each other, give tough love and emotional support, it really is amazing. I’m blown away by the testimonies of people here, some have been with Betel for more than 5 years, are married now and helping to lead the center/ministry. These same people 15 years ago were rejected by society and family saying no good could come out of them, God really is amazing isn’t He? He uses us as we avail ourselves to Him 🙂 like the potter in Jeremiah 18, He takes us and molds us into the image of Himself through molding our character, stretching our faith, and helping us to grow in our love for Him, He’s very awesome AND He’s my Daddy!
We all have a role to play in being God’s hands and feet to our hurting world whether it is through visiting those who have no one to visit them or have been neglected in hospitals and hospices, reaching out to men and women in prostitution, victims of trafficking,Â those in prison, orphans, widows and widowers (you know, most of the people who come to our cafe just need someone to talk to and give them a smile…many of them are lovely, old widows). What is your role? Which group can you reach out to? Answer that question and reach out today, tomorrow may be too late.
Betel is following God’s command to us, to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit those in prison, love the least of men, showing no favoritism to the rich and not detesting the poor as described in the book of James… I’m blown away by how the men and women of God in leadership and those who are part of the Betel family express the heart of God here at Betel, Birmingham. My life will never be the same again. Hearing God’s word but not obeying it leads to deception… God is love, if we claim to love God and do not love our neighbors, we deceive ourselves and are liars.
STAND AND HELP THOSE WHO NEED YOUR HELP TODAY! So yes, I have definitely had my perspective refined.