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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.

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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WE GIVE A HAND UP!

hands002Faith Farm Ministries began the holidays with our huge annual Giving Thanks Sale at Faith Farm Ministries.  You have probably seen one of our 29 Faith Farm box trucks that drive an extensive territory around South Florida serving our three Faith Farm Thrift Store locations in Ft. Lauderdale, Boynton Beach and Okeechobee.

We are so thankful to our donors and our patrons for supporting us by shopping our stores and donating your gently used household goods. Your support provides free, residential full-life transformation addiction recovery for those whose lives have been devastated by addiction.  Addiction has no boundaries and affects us all, whether personally through a loved one or through societal cost of addiction. By the time a person is truly ready to do the hard work of recovery, they often do not have financial means.

Faith Farm offers a full life transformational program at no cost to our students. We don’t supply a hand out … we give a hand UP! We provide: 1) Basic Needs of food, housing, clothing; 2) Recovery Classes including tools and time to heal … not simple sobriety; and 3) Education on many levels: GED classes and testing; Our recovery classes offer up to 9 college credits; Comprehensive Work Training (CWT) – Classes and on the job training that teach work ethics, conflict resolution and resume worthy skills.

Faith Farm is among the top 5 largest Ashley distributors in the United States. Our three stores hold over 55,000 sq.ft. of abundant selection of gently used household items, appliances, electronics, clothing, jewelry, art and collectibles, bric n brac, living/dining/bedroom furniture, outdoor furniture, sporting goods, medical supply and more. 94 cents of every dollar generated by our thrift directly supports the student programs. However, it costs $3,000 per month, per student. You can help by sponsoring a student’s curriculum, food program or work training materials for only $15/month gift.

Text FAITHFARM to 41444 or visit www.faithfarm.org and click the Ways to Give tab to make a gift. For every $1 invested in our addiction recovery program, there is a tax dollar savings estimated at $12 in reduced drug-related crime, criminal justice costs, theft and health care expenses. (Source: Association of Gospel Rescue Missions)

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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Three Ways to Love an Addict

For those of us who have a loved one with an addiction to alcohol or drugs, there are some very significant ways to help them without trying to “Fix” them. In co-dependency, we always try to fix the problem, fix the hurt, or fix the person, but can we … Really? The answer is no, which brings us to the first way to love an addict …b3f5c2a6bba5bf654ee56c521cadcaa9

  1. Stop trying to fix things. Your loved one and his or her addiction is something you have no control over. Trying to fix it will lead to YOUR insanity.  Instead of trying to fix the addict, fix yourself.  Yep! I know!  Many years ago, I picked up a book by Stormie O’Martian called “Power of a Praying Wife!”  I was going to pray my husband into sobriety! On the first couple of pages of that book, the words clearly said it was ME who needed to change.  What?  You have to be kidding!  I threw the book across the room. It broke the window blinds, hit the wall, and on the floor it sat for few days, until I gained the courage to change the things I can, starting with me.  This was a great place to begin to love my husband again.
  2. Get out-of-the-way! Every addict needs an enabler.  An addict simply cannot continue to use without one.  Enabling prevents consequences of one’s actions and bad decisions.  An enabler makes excuses and justifies the loved one’s behavior, even if they assume the blame in the process. In order to love your addict, set some strong, personal boundaries, and stop getting in God’s way of the teaching through negative consequences.  Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” I love to color with my granddaughter who is almost 3 years old.  I make a beautiful picture with lots of color, and I stay inside the lines … perfection! My granddaughter decides she wants to help me with my picture. To make it even prettier, she grabs a big black crayon and within seconds, makes huge scribbles across my masterpiece.  Don’t we do the same thing to God’s masterpiece when we decide to help?
  3. See through God’s eyes. Are you perfect? Of course, you are not.  Does God love you anyway? Of course He does. God loves your addict, too!  Just like you, He created your addict with special gifts, talents and purpose.  Discover those and focus on them.  Stop dwelling on the negatives.  See your loved one as God sees them and love them unconditionally the way He loves us.  This may do nothing for your addict, but it will go a long way in softening your heart to your situation.  With your heart in the right condition, don’t be surprised when your addict responds positively.  Do not give up before the miracle happens.
About the author:  Judy Walters 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.”
Judy is a member of Faith Farm 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.
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CREATING YOUR LEGACY!

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I often ask myself, has the time I spent living my life made any difference? Will the world be changed because of me?  Will it be better?  Did I significantly impact the life of others?  Will anyone even know I was here a year from now? How about twenty, fifty, even a hundred years from now?

We should want to know that our lives had a positive effect on the planet or humanity and improved life for the next generations. King David tells us in Psalms 139 that we are all “fearfully and wonderfully made.”  Psalm 20:4 says, “May He grant you according to your heart’s desire, And fulfill your purpose.”

Legacy is a gift of property, especially personal property, as money, by will or a bequest. A legacy is anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor.  It is tangible evidence of our existence after we’re gone.  It is the ONLY way we continue to make a lasting and meaningful difference for those who come after us.

With an opportunity for you to experience the joy of your purposed legacy, Faith Farm Ministries is a 64 year old Rescue Mission with three campuses providing food, housing, work training, high school and college education, spiritual training and more for men and women who have lost control of their lives due to alcohol and/or drug addiction.  Faith Farm is “good soil” to sow into!

“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

Roldan is one of thousands restored through Faith Farm’s program.  The societal problem of addiction knows no boundaries, destroys lives, families and communities. Here’s some ideas to help you make a lasting legacy:

  • 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.

According to SAMHSA 2014 statistics, 27.2% of the nations’s population uses illicit drugs.  That’s 1 in 4 people in your family or workplace uses drugs … it’s not the addict’s fault that they cannot stop using.  I don’t know anyone who ever used a drug that had the goal of becoming an addict.  Addiction is a brain disease and it affects people you know.

Faith Farm is the safe, loving, non-judgmental place used by God to help save the lost, hurting and broken people who struggle with addiction.  We try to provide all the tools necessary and remove any obstacles to the student’s success.  It is not enough to simply achieve sobriety.  Students must change their thinking, establish strong biblical foundation and embrace a healthy recovery lifestyle.

This place saved my life! Body, Soul, and Spirit…       ~Tom

I hope you’ll visit their website at www.FaithFarm.org to learn more or call my friend, the Director of Development & Programs, Wayne Richardson (561) 737-2259.  He can tailor a legacy program to meet your giving goals.

Blessings to you,

Judy Walters

Nobody does “Thrift” like Faith Farm

For the last 7 years, I have been blessed to work at Faith Farm Ministries. Working in the Administration Offices, it’s always a treat to take a break and visit the Thrift Store, and I am always amazed when I do. Nobody does “Thrift” like Faith Farm. 20150612_091412Every time I enter the store, it is fresh and different.  The New Furniture department is filled with staged ensembles of beautiful new furniture, complete with fireplaces, lamps, tables, art and floral centerpieces.  The used furniture area has new choices every visit, whether one day or one week apart.  During a “Big Sale” at Faith Farm, inventory changes hourly.20150612_085912I am amazed at the deals in the clothing room with lighted jewelry display cabinets, hat and shoe displays and mannequins featuring party dresses and wedding attire.  It looks more like a boutique.  20150612_085642Quite a few visits have resulted in found treasure in the form of brand new designer suits with the tags still on them!  … YEAH!20150612_085557New books, art and collectibles come in every day; electronics, computers, appliances, sporting goods, medical equipment … all your needs at prices anyone can afford.  The outside sales area is a rummage lover’s dream.  I am amazed at how friendly everyone is and how hard everyone works.20150612_090356What amazes me most is that after 64 years, many of our shoppers still do not know that they are saving lives by shopping at a Faith Farm Thrift Store.  We are so much more than a Thrift Store.  When you shop with us, you are supporting our 9 month residential, college accredited, drug and alcohol addiction recovery program.  Simply put, your shopping dollar saves the lives of those that are serving you through their work training program in our Thrift Stores!  Visit us and you will be amazed, too! Our “Red Hot Summer Sale” is August 7 & 8, with extended hours from 9 am to 8 pm both days.  Also, every Wednesday is “Senior Day” when our 55+ year old customers can receive an additional 25% off any item, excluding new furniture.  Bring your friends, have some fun, and save a life, too!