About Bethany Farms
Many years ago a Christian family designated 100 acres of property as Bethany Farms. The purpose of the property was to be a site for evangelical Christian ministry. In 2005 this family gifted Bethany Farms to Faith Church in order for Faith Church to carry out this same goal and purpose.
Since that time Bethany Farms has been used to serve missionary families on furlough. Families serving in Africa and Europe have found Bethany Farms to be a perfect setting to relax and rejuvenate for ministry.
In addition, Faith Bible Seminary students lived at Bethany Farms over the last nine years. As men, and their families, moved to Lafayette from other parts of the country to serve and learn they found Bethany Farms to be a wonderful place to live and think about our glorious Lord.
It has been a joy using the property for the purpose it was given. Another part of evangelical Christian ministry is using the farm as a discipleship tool. It is a place to work, to grow living things, and to care for a beautiful property. The donors wanted all 100 acres to be used for Christian ministry and we are excited about some additional ministry that can occur on the property.
Living and Serving at Bethany Farms
Faith Biblical Counseling Ministries (FBCM) exists to help men and women know and understand that God’s Word has help and answers for every area of life and every problem. However, sometimes the model of a single one-hour counseling session per week isn’t sufficient to help individuals struggling with life-gripping challenges like drug and alcohol addictions. Our conviction is that God’s Word and Jesus Christ still have the answers and power to free someone from life-dominating addictions, but the model needs to be different. As a result, FBCM offers a residential ministry for men (18 and over) on a 100-acre property called Bethany Farms. This model allows men to get out of the environment and pressures they are experiencing for a period of time to focus simply on changing through the power of God’s Word, and to have more accountability through this difficult season of change.
Who Can Bethany Farms Help?
Because Bethany Farms is a faith-based ministry, the best candidates are men who desire to use God’s Word to solve their problems. Candidates must always be willing to come to Bethany Farms. No men who do not personally desire to be in the program will be considered. Bethany Farms is committed to providing the necessary tools for long-term change, but apart from a willingness on the men in the program, those tools will remain unused.
Therefore, the ideal candidate is a man, over 18-years old, who desires help from a faith-based ministry and is willing to do whatever it takes to change. Men must be ready to forsake their past ways of handling life. Honesty with the staff and counselors is crucial as well as an openness to a completely new way of processing life. Holding onto old thinking will lead to the same old results and consequences that have ultimately lead to men to needing a ministry like Bethany Farms.
Bethany Farms is open to both single men and married men. We know that it may be especially challenging for married men to consider stepping away from their family for 8 months, but those 8 months could be what the Lord uses to not only transform your life, but also the lives of your spouse and children.
Because Bethany Farms is not a medical facility, the best candidates are those who are in relatively good physical health. That means that they will be capable of doing manual labor, able to move and do activities without any physical assistance, and in general need limited medical attention. Therefore, Bethany Farms may not be suitable to men who need direct medical oversight—e.g. daily medications, feeding tubes, fragile diabetics, etc.
Furthermore, since Bethany Farms is not a medical center, men who are seeking help for alcohol addiction, drug and substance abuse, or any other similar addiction may be required to go through a medically supervised detox program prior to acceptance.