Faith Through the Storm

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Pastor Kathryn Bausman
Director of Eastham Home for Women, Faith Farm Ministries

The popular song lyrics “we will praise you in the storm” took on a whole new depth of meaning as we braced ourselves for one of the largest storms in history, Irma, a category five hurricane.  Faith Farm’s students and staff had a chance to practice what we teach, and I am so proud to say we came through.  As the storm drew closer the praise and prayer grew louder.  Some staff stayed with the students through the entire storm and encouraged them to believe what we have been teaching; there is another way to deal with life and crises besides drugs and alcohol.  Faith Farm has been serving the communities of South Florida with a free residential recovery program for more than 65 years and we are not about to stop now!  We operate on a unique micro enterprise system, with the majority of our operating expenses being supplied through the Certified Work Training opportunities that we offer our students.  This model allows us to use the cash donations we receive to go to program related expenses.  The storm, not only knocked down trees and fences, but the power and water shortages shut down our micro enterprises for more than a week, crippling our cash flow.  There is another saying “faith isn’t faith until it is tested” well test away, we will stand.  Our staff and students immediately began the laborious task of cleaning up the mess, picking up trees, repairing broken fences and torn down awnings.  We started classes back up right away, and through it all we continued in prayer and praise.  Our kitchens never stopped feeding our more than 400 students, in fact in Fort Lauderdale we shared our blessings with the community and fed those who had no way to feed themselves.   You see, the truth of who we are is in our very name, FAITH Farm.  We believe what we are doing, must be done, that the men and women we are helping must be helped and so we continue to do what we do even through the storms.  We walk in Faith that God will raise up an army, if needed, that will see the importance of our work and come alongside us to continue the work of the ministry.  If you want to be a part of that army and join us in the fight against addiction visit our web site at www.faithfarm.org or donate directly to our Hurricane Relief Campaign at http://bit.ly/supportFaithFarm.

The Blame Game

An addict blames everyone else for their problems. Loved ones wonder what they did wrong.  All of them play the blame game. All of them feel guilt and shame.  Loved ones do not realize that they enable the addict, and the addict does not realize how much they are hurting their loved ones.   Worse yet, neither the addict nor the enabler understands that they both need recovery.

Addiction is a family “disease”.  Every family that has a “user” also has an enabler. An enabler will go to great lengths to protect the addict. An enabler will make excuses and manipulate so that the user does not have to face consequences of the addiction. Every addict needs at least one enabler or he/she will not be an addict for very long. Think about it! An addict that must face the consequences of their addiction cannot use if they are in jail, in a hospital or dead!

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If you are sick because of cancer, you go to a doctor for help.  If you’re sick because of addiction, user or enabler, you SHOULD get help!  Instead, you hide the disease because of the stigma, shame and guilt attached to the word.  The stereotype of addiction is …  a stumbling drunk, crack houses, dirty needles, alley transactions.    NOT!!!  Addiction is not a moral choice! It is time we stop judging and become the solution to this catastrophic disease.  In reality, it is your son or daughter, your spouse, your neighbor, your co-worker.

Finally!!! The Federal Government has issued a state of emergency because of this epidemic. (In reality, we are facing a pandemic.) Unfortunately, we are so behind the eight ball in the battle against addiction. The extremely intelligent and knowledgeable “experts” treat addiction as a disease, which it is. This disease, however, is different from other diseases in that it has a physical, a mental and a spiritual component. It is not enough to heal physically, and it is not enough to heal from Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome.  Addiction requires spiritual healing as well.

Although one can achieve physical healing quickly, the true healing is in changing the way one thinks and that takes time. Our students learn strategies that empower them not to use drugs or drink alcohol and to stop self-destructive behaviors. Coping tools and spiritual truths put into practice on a daily basis is the real battle. Faith Farm provides the place and the time necessary to learn how to fight the battle. This is Faith Farm Ministries’ recovery program:  a 10- month, faith-based, recovery program that heals much more than simply a physical addiction at no cost to the student. Faith Farm is a free program … no insurance required! We have 440 beds for men and women. We have students from all over the country that come to us after they detox for a Spiritual healing.  It is amazing what you can achieve if you remove greed from the equation.

“I can’t say enough about this organization. My son was on a downward spiral struggling with addiction for 10 years. Faith Farm saved his life! I haven’t seen him this happy for years. This program is excellent … It’s one of a kind! Thank you, Faith Farm, from a very thankful mom!!!” Denise

It is because of special people like you that we can continue to deliver our free 10-month, residential recovery program with 440 beds at three South Florida locations. We provide the place and the time for a full life transformation and recovery program at no cost to our students by helping them build a foundation that provides a successful life of recovery.

Just as a three-legged stool needs all of its legs to stand steady, so does our students need our three-legged approach to achieve lasting transformation and recovery:

  1. Provision of Basic Needs: Shelter, food, clothing, safety and security.
  2. Rehabilitation and Recovery Classes, counseling, 12 step program and peer support groups.
  3. Training and Education:  GED Education, Comprehensive Work Training and college credits.

Each leg of the student’s journey has one common ingredient. For over 6 decades, Faith Farm has been a place where hurting men and women find freedom from the bondage of addiction through the truth, power and love of Jesus Christ. We give our students a “hand up” instead of a hand out so a student has the opportunity to build a strong foundation for success … to stand steady in their life’s recovery journey.

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About the author:  Judy Walters is the Project Manager for Faith Farm Ministries, serves on the ministries’ Academic Board serving as the Board Secretary and is a member of the Emmaus community. She is a published author,  copy writer and editor. She strongly conveys the healing nature of Christ through Celebrate Recovery 12 Step materials combined with The Alpha Series materials by Pastor John Glenn. She is a co-founder of the Boynton Beach Celebrate Recovery Group that currently meets at Faith Farm’s campus. As a mother of four with a former real estate career spanning 25 years, she has many stories and life lessons worth sharing. She is a Licensed Minister with compassion and a powerful message of hope for those who struggle with life controlling issues. Audiences are sure to have valuable take-a-ways when Judy shares her story to inspire and equip audiences in recovery from issues like addiction, co-dependency, abuse and low self-esteem. She has a genuine love for ALL of God’s people and cherishes diversity. She is an enthusiastic disciple that models agape love. Her goal is to remove the stereotype and preconceived stigma of addiction and recovery by showing others that recovery from life’s hurts, habits and hang-ups can be fun and fruitful. “People in recovery for any life controlling issues are the strongest, bravest and most transparent people I know, and I admire their courage.” 
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Leaving A Legacy

Your-life-has-purposeHas the time you spent living your life made any difference? Will the world be changed because of you?  Will it be better?  Did you significantly affect the life of others?  Will anyone even know you were here a year from now … Twenty, fifty, even a hundred years from now? A legacy is tangible evidence of your existence after you are gone.  Leaving a legacy is the ONLY way you continue to make a lasting and meaningful difference for those who come after us. You should want to know that your life had a positive effect on humanity. Have you improved life for the future generations?. Psalm 20:4 says, “May He grant you according to your heart’s desire, And fulfill your purpose.”

I want to propose an opportunity for you to experience the joy of your purposed legacy. One of the most critical issues facing our society today is that of addiction.  According to a Columbia University Study, “40 million Americans age 12 and over meet the clinical criteria for addiction involving nicotine, alcohol or other drugs.” Stephen Odem, Ph.D. wrote in The Sober World newsletter, “It is estimated that each chemically dependent person directly affects at least four others. The math suggests that an astonishing 160 million Americans are directly affected by addiction.”

For 66 years, Faith Farm Ministries has been living its legacy … providing a free, residential, drug and alcohol recovery program for men and women who struggle with addiction.  Our motto has been, “Restoring Hope … One Life At A Time.” We could easily add … “One Family At A Time” to that motto. We have helped tens of thousands over the years. If we were to count families, that number could easily reach into the hundreds of thousands. Roldan is one of those lives restored at Faith Farm …

“An amazing place of hope and restoration!  I owe not only my life but my eternal soul to the guidance that I was provided.  My life is now an amazing journey . . . There is no place like Faith Farm.  I will be forever grateful that God led me there.”          ~Roldan

The societal problem of addiction knows no boundaries, destroys lives, families and communities. To make a lasting legacy, please consider a bequest that might:

  • Establish an annual scholarship in your name that will help save lives.
  • Fund our many educational opportunities including, work training, GED or College credit program.
  • Fund much needed equipment in our Farm Operations, Kitchens, or route trucks.
  • Fund capacity growth with naming rights to help more people as the need continues to be greater.

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For more information, please call Judy Walters at (561) 737-2259 or email jwalters@faithfarm.org

About the author:  Judy Walters is the Project Manager for Faith Farm Ministries, serves on the ministries’ Academic Board serving as the Board Secretary and is a member of the Emmaus community. She is a published author,  copy writer and editor. She strongly conveys the healing nature of Christ through Celebrate Recovery 12 Step materials combined with The Alpha Series materials by Pastor John Glenn. She is a co-founder of the Boynton Beach Celebrate Recovery Group that currently meets at Faith Farm’s campus. As a mother of four with a former real estate career spanning 25 years, she has many stories and life lessons worth sharing. She is a licensed minister and a counselor with compassion and a powerful message of hope for those who struggle with life controlling issues. Audiences are sure to have valuable take-a-ways when Judy shares her powerful testimony to inspire and equip audiences in recovery from issues like addiction, co-dependency, abuse and low self-esteem. She has a genuine love for ALL of God’s people and cherishes diversity. She is an enthusiastic disciple that models agape love. Her goal is to remove the stereotype and preconceived stigma of addiction and recovery by showing others that recovery from life’s hurts, habits and hang-ups can be fun and fruitful. “People in recovery for any life controlling issues are the strongest, bravest and most transparent people I know, and I admire their courage.” 
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CHANGE ~ How Bad Do You WANT It?

If you are perfectly content with your life, then praises to you … You are a very small percentage of the population.  Most people are in pursuit of change. The American Dream is full of change and upgrades that people believe will make them happier. However, most people are not willing to put forth the hard work necessary to make their dream a reality. Therein lays the real challenge to addiction recovery.

everything-in-your-life-is-a-reflection-of-a-choice-you-have-made-if-you-want-a-different-result-make-a-different-choiceI had breakfast with a group of old friends the other day. During the conversation, one of the women expressed her struggles with worry and fear. I shared truths from my own experience that worry was a choice to not trust God, that fear is not from God, that there are many places in scripture that tells us, “Do not worry,” ”Do not fear,” “Be anxious for nothing.” Why does he tell us not to worry? Because it is a sin to do so, and the “wages of sin is death!” I choose to believe and trust that I have a bigger God than my problems.  My friend was very offended and continued to clutch her emotions as if it were old friends. What would happen if she WANTed relief as much as she NEEDed it? For those who struggle with life controlling issues, change is necessary to gain freedom. Most people NEED to change to overcome the struggle. However, do they WANT it bad enough? When the pain outweighs the fear, a person will do the necessary work to change.

Everyone who comes to Faith Farm Ministries needs recovery … they NEED to change something. However, our Intake Counselors attempt to identify those who truly WANT to change.  We have 445 beds for men and women to receive a free, 9 month, drug and alcohol recovery program consisting of spiritual training, life skills, college accredited recovery and vocational classes with a work project. We provide a safe place … a non-judgmental place … where students obtain knowledge, skills and tools that help them learn to overcome life-controlling issues. We provide the necessary time needed to heal, restore, renew and build a strong foundation with faith, which provides strength to overcome life’s challenges and obstacles. We provide the place but there is no magic here! A student who comes to Faith Farm must WANT recovery. For those who WANT it bad enough, there is a 100% success rate.

About the author:  Judy Walters is the Project Manager for Faith Farm Ministries, serves on the ministries’ Academic Board serving as the Board Secretary and is a member of the Emmaus community. She is a published author,  copy writer and editor. She strongly conveys the healing nature of Christ through Celebrate Recovery 12 Step materials combined with The Alpha Series materials by Pastor John Glenn. She is a co-founder of the Boynton Beach Celebrate Recovery Group that currently meets at Faith Farm’s campus. As a mother of four with a former real estate career spanning 25 years, she has many stories and life lessons worth sharing. She is a licensed minister and a counselor with compassion and a powerful message of hope for those who struggle with life controlling issues. Audiences are sure to have valuable take-a-ways when Judy shares her powerful testimony to inspire and equip audiences in recovery from issues like addiction, co-dependency, abuse and low self-esteem. She has a genuine love for ALL of God’s people and cherishes diversity. She is an enthusiastic disciple that models agape love. Her goal is to remove the stereotype and preconceived stigma of addiction and recovery by showing others that recovery from life’s hurts, habits and hang-ups can be fun and fruitful. “People in recovery for any life controlling issues are the strongest, bravest and most transparent people I know, and I admire their courage.” 
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Recovery – From The Inside Out

header_02I had the pleasure of attending a meeting of the Palm Beach County Substance Awareness Coalition (PBCSAC).  In attendance was a plethora of addiction industry, well-connected professionals from various South Florida rehabs, sober homes and focus groups.  This group, together with like groups from counties all over the State of Florida and the United States, is credited with the overdue attention given to the opioid epidemic. In May, Governor Scott declared Florida’s opioid epidemic a “public health emergency.” As a result, additional funding can be realized in strategic areas for heroin antidotes. Funds were made available for the Sober Home Task Force to stop the greed and help provide safe homes for people in recovery. New addiction awareness initiatives, locally and in Washington D.C., are being implemented.

With that said, the addiction battle is against an enemy that is so vast that we can only combat the proverbial “tip of the iceberg.” The Surgeon General, Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., Vice Admiral, recently submitted his report, “Facing Addiction in America … Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health” and he stated “… addiction is a health condition, not a moral failing or character flaw.” As such, addiction is a disease that affects body, soul and spirit. Many 28-day programs provide medically assisted treatment where patients can detox and address physical/body recovery. There are many behavioral health rehabs providing counseling services to address the soul in 30 to 60 day rehabs. Rehab defined … restores an addict to their condition prior to using the substance.

ego-says-once-everything-falls-into-place-ill-feel-peace-spirit-says-find-your-peace-and-then-everything-will-fall-into-place-quote-1Faith Farm Ministries was the only faith-based organization represented at the PBCSAC meeting. We understand that there is an obstacle to the “rehab” approach. An addict may not have dealt with whatever caused them to use in the first place. For this reason, Faith Farm’s approach provides a regeneration program, or spiritual recovery.  Just like a caterpillar becomes a chrysalis, then a beautiful butterfly … this is what Spiritual Recovery does for a person.

Making an impact in the external addiction battlefield is a daunting goal.  It seems to me that the battle strategy to combat the addiction enemy can best be fought from the “inside – out!” We stand a better chance when we try to help a person by loving them and helping them to love themselves.

About the author:  Judy Walters is the Project Manager for Faith Farm Ministries, serves on the ministries’ Academic Board serving as the Board Secretary and is a member of the Emmaus community. She is a published author,  copy writer and editor. She strongly conveys the healing nature of Christ through Celebrate Recovery 12 Step materials combined with The Alpha Series materials by Pastor John Glenn. She is a co-founder of the Boynton Beach Celebrate Recovery Group that currently meets at Faith Farm’s campus. 
As a mother of four with a former real estate career spanning 25 years, she has many stories and life lessons worth sharing. She is a licensed minister and a counselor with compassion and a powerful message of hope for those who struggle with life controlling issues. Audiences are sure to have valuable take-a-ways when Judy shares her powerful testimony to inspire and equip audiences in recovery from issues like addiction, co-dependency, abuse and low self-esteem. She has a genuine love for ALL of God’s people and cherishes diversity. She is an enthusiastic disciple that models agape love. Her goal is to remove the stereotype and preconceived stigma of addiction and recovery by showing others that recovery from life’s hurts, habits and hang-ups can be fun and fruitful. “People in recovery for any life controlling issues are the strongest, bravest and most transparent people I know, and I admire their courage.” 
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Drop And Give Me 10

6cro5K4eiPhysical fitness enthusiasts would not think of going without a daily workout to sculpt their bodies and keep their heart pumping while enjoying the endorphin rush. It is a non-compromised part of their life. The daily exercise keeps them healthy and feeling in tip-top shape. They would not flinch if someone told them to “Drop and Give Me 10!” Ten Push-ups (or 10 “Ps”) is nothing to someone who is a strong, healthy, physical fitness guru.

I am a spiritual fitness enthusiast.  I can say “Drop and Give Me 10” as a daily spiritual workout, sculpting the mind and keeping the heart flowing.  This, too, is a non-compromised part of my life. I will “Drop” (to my knees) and “Give Me 10” in order to stay spiritually fit. My “10” = Prayers, Psalms or Minutes. I challenge you to do the same.  Prayer is staying connected to your Life Source; communication with the Creator.

The Old Testament overflows with great prayers. A prayer of Hezekiah is a beautiful prayer.  Despite his perilous situation and the needs of his people, Hezekiah honored the Lord first with his praises. There are prayers of supplication like that of Elijah. First, he prayed for it not to rain and it did not … for 3 years. Then, he prayed for rain and it came. Abraham knew God very well, thus he was called the “friend” of God. In Abraham’s intercessory prayer, he pleaded with God to spare Sodom because Lot was there.  He pleaded on the grounds of God’s justice, claiming it was unlike God to slay the righteous along with the wicked.

There are many more prayer models: Daniel, Nehemiah, and of course, King David and his beautiful Psalms. Prayer is a tool we teach to our 445 students at Faith Farm Ministries, a free recovery program for men and women who struggle with addiction. The chance of recovery success dramatically increases when you stay connected, teachable and accountable with a regular regimen of spiritual fitness.

About the author:  Judy Walters is the Project Manager for Faith Farm Ministries and serves on the ministries’ Academic Board serving as the Board Secretary. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Oceanside Emmaus community and is a published author,  copy writer and editor. Audiences are sure to have valuable take-a-ways when Judy is the presenter as she draws on her past with her own powerful testimony to inspire and equip audiences in recovery from issues like addiction, co-dependency, abuse and low self-esteem. Her favorite thing is teaching, whether at the pulpit or in the classroom. She strongly conveys the healing nature of Christ through the Celebrate Recovery materials combined with knowledge from The Alpha Series materials by Pastor John Glenn. She is the Celebrate Recovery of Boynton Beach Ministry Leader. She provides administration, marketing, social media, event planning, donor development, customer service and public relations for Faith Farm as the ministry’s Project Manager.
As a mother of four with a former real estate career spanning 25 years, she has many stories and life lessons worth sharing. Redirection of her passion has led her to become a licensed minister and a counselor with compassion and a powerful message of hope for those who struggle with life controlling issues. She has a genuine love for ALL of God’s people and cherishes diversity. She is a friendly and enthusiastic disciple with a mission to show others what agape love looks like. Her goal is to remove the stereotype and preconceived stigma of addiction and recovery by showing others that recovery from life’s hurts, habits and hang-ups can be fun and even fruitful. “People in recovery for any life controlling issues are the strongest, bravest and most transparent people I know, and I admire their courage.”
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I’m a “Groupie” for Life!

HI_recovery1(1)I’m a “Groupie” and I’m proud of it! Small groups are where life happens. Think about it! From the moment you enter this world, you become part of a group … a family! Perhaps you are the blessed one who was born into the stereotypical “mom and dad with beautiful children” family. In the not so typical foster care system, you may have many siblings that change from time to time. It is still a group … a family. Growing up, you enter classrooms … many different groups with different people, focuses and chemistries.  We join scouting groups, youth clubs, sports teams and mission groups.  After beginning your career, you have certifications, accolades, professional organizations and licensing groups providing credentials that make you a better and more successful businessperson. Groups build us up, teach us and prepare us for life.

There are music groups, Facebook groups, church groups, bridge clubs, ethnic clubs, collectors clubs … groups for everything.  However, recovery small groups for addicts, codependents and hurting people are so important because they truly save lives. Why are they so important? First, small groups are Biblical. Genesis 2:18 states, “It is not good for man to be alone.” Life is meant to be done together.  Second, small groups build community.  People get close enough to each other to care, challenge, encourage and confide in one another, and this allows for maximum personal growth, which does not happen in isolation. Finally, small groups provide accountability. The chemistry in a small group that is non-judgmental and safe provides for an open, honest and intimate experience.  Holding a member accountable for their behaviors can often prevent an excursion down a dangerous path.

Faith Farm Ministries is structured around this small group accountability, education and spiritual foundation.  Morning classes, work projects and dwelling accommodations are all a type of small group. Our students attend Celebrate Recovery small groups as well.  For 65 years, Faith Farm has provided a free, drug and alcohol, addiction recovery program for men and women.  Our program is now 9 months long and we have 445 beds at three South Florida locations.  If all people understood the value of small groups as they live their lives, perhaps Faith Farm would not always have a waiting list of those who are seeking help from their hurts, habits and hang ups.

About the author:  Judy Walters is the Project Manager for Faith Farm Ministries and serves on the ministries’ Academic Board serving as the Board Secretary. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Oceanside Emmaus community and is a published author,  copy writer and editor. Audiences are sure to have valuable take-a-ways when Judy is the presenter as she draws on her past with her own powerful testimony to inspire and equip audiences in recovery from issues like addiction, co-dependency, abuse and low self-esteem. Her favorite thing is teaching, whether at the pulpit or in the classroom. She strongly conveys the healing nature of Christ through the Celebrate Recovery materials combined with knowledge from The Alpha Series materials by Pastor John Glenn. She is the Celebrate Recovery of Boynton Beach Ministry Leader. She provides administration, marketing, social media, event planning, donor development, customer service and public relations for Faith Farm as the ministry’s Project Manager.
As a mother of four with a former real estate career spanning 25 years, she has many stories and life lessons worth sharing. Redirection of her passion has led her to become a licensed minister and a counselor with compassion and a powerful message of hope for those who struggle with life controlling issues. She has a genuine love for ALL of God’s people and cherishes diversity. She is a friendly and enthusiastic disciple with a mission to show others what agape love looks like. Her goal is to remove the stereotype and preconceived stigma of addiction and recovery by showing others that recovery from life’s hurts, habits and hang-ups can be fun and even fruitful. “People in recovery for any life controlling issues are the strongest, bravest and most transparent people I know, and I admire their courage.”
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