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Eleven years ago I drove across the bridge and entered the program for women at the Boynton Beach Florida facility. I had a mixture of feelings going on inside me: anxiousness, relief, fear, depression, and sadness. I did not know how or why but, as I drove over that bridge, I had an overwhelming sense of peace and calmness. Maybe because I had made the decision to change my ways; or maybe because deep down inside me I knew I had made the right choice to be
there. Another interesting reaction that happened is that I had a sense that I was going to be there a very long time over the required time served. I know now it was all in God’s plans Jeremiah 29:11 “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.
The reason I chose Faith Farm was because it was free and I could afford that. I had just gotten 2 DUI charges within a month. I had to get myself in an inpatient treatment center fast; my focus was to do what was required. I did not care where, just a place I could afford and without a waiting list to get in right away before my next court date. I found Faith Farm, it was free and I would deal with the religious thing later, my focus was getting into the place.
Now, remember I was just avoiding jail and all of that business and as I have learned about myself, thanks to Faith Farm, I am the queen of manipulation and compliance. I can conform to situations so this Religion thing (piece of cake). I thought, I can handle this I will do what they say, I will say yes and no and whatever they throw at me. Well, needless to say, it took about 3
months of compliance and low and behold The Spirit moved greatly in me; and everything that I was learning went from my head and landed miraculously into my heart. was saved by my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. .
I graduated from the Eastham Home for Women and stayed on as a Student Leader Servant (SLS). After serving as an SLS, I resumed my life as a professional chef and moved up to Chicago, Illinois. I was active in the church; I even hosted a bible study/cooking demonstration class, which drew a lot of people to the study and many became active members in the church. I was amazed I could walk along side women who had been Christians, brought up in the church,
time went on in Chicago I found that being in the food industry was okay, however, the hours and lifestyle were not for me. I was struggling to stay in the food industry because my attitude and outlook on life had changed. I had lost the passion for being a professional chef and restaurant manager; my focus on life had changed. I wanted to work with women with problems with drugs and alcohol. I was ready to give back what I had received. I was diligently in prayer and meditation about what my next move in life would be; no doors were opening up in Chicago. Then one day I received a call from Faith Farm they wanted me to help run the Women’s Home in Boynton Beach. It was winter of 1999 and the Women’s Home was going through a transition. I packed all of my furniture and other belongings, and moved down to Boynton Beach and lived above the Women’s Dorm.
As I look back now, God was preparing me for something more each new transition I was taking on my path of life. I was so proud to be part of the staff at Faith Farm. It was an honor and a privilege to work there and I treasure the experience I gained by working at Faith Farm. Many of my students still keep in touch with me today.
God knows, He always has the big picture in mind and my experience working with the ladies was preparing me for what I do today. I am now a social worker at a local medical emergency room. I now help hundreds of people a year and daily take the opportunity to share what the Lord has done for me. Acts 20:24 But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.
I am pretty amazed at what my life looks like 11 years later. Today, I own my own home. I am very active in community, I volunteer at a Christian-based food pantry, Oasis Compassion Agency. I am active in my church, Christ Fellowship and love my small group, which I am diligent in my attendance and just love all of the bible studies.
One thing I can say is that I am proud I went through the program at Faith Farm, I am not ashamed. If by telling my story helps one person then that’s what it is all about. The Lord took a self-absorbed, career oriented, selfish and lost woman who just received her 5th DUI and was facing major time incarcerated. God took a woman who did not believe she had a life-controlling problem due to drugs and alcohol and transformed her today into a Beloved Daughter of The Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Romans 12:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will
Today, many homeless and downtrodden come daily to my window at work and I do not hesitate to share with them my story and tell them LOOK WHAT THE LORD HAS DONE.
I, Errol Mullings, have come a long way, by living and staying in God's Word and Love in my life. Born in Jamaica, West Indies and living with my Mother and Grandmother on a farm with all kind of animals and cultivating all kind of fruits and vegetables. I lived among poor people so you had to give them what they needed to survive. Then we moved to the city of Kingston where I attended Catholic School with my cousins. I left my friends at a young age back in Jamaica. Then my Grandmother passed away and my mother and I moved to Florida and had a good life. Then my mother passed away and the Lord brought me to Faith Farm. While at Faith Farm I met good friends and good teachers. I attended Church and classes, graduated and moved on, again leaving friends behind. I went to work on a Merchant Marine ship and got married. During all this time I still come back to Faith Farm to visit with my Brothers in Christ. I thank God for keeping me safe and His blessings for everything He has given me.
Joumana Samhoun came into our program a Muslim not understanding the program was biblically based. Shortly after entering the program she received Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. She graduated from Faith Farm Ministries Eastham Home for Women in November of 2000 and became an SLS (Student Leader Servant). Just after becoming SLS she received a call that her son had committed suicide. She was devastated. Not thinking clearly, she packed up and left the campus only to find out later the only one who could heal her broken heart was Jesus. She has been serving Him ever since.
Joumana now donates her time as a group leader at Christ Fellowship’s Believers in Recovery. She attributes her spiritual success to inner healing, a ministry offered at her church, committed attendance, tithing, quiet time, journaling and recovery groups. Joumana continues to work on her character qualities; honesty, integrity and trust.
Joumana’s relationship with her daughter, Mounira, has been completely restored and this year she is spending Thanksgiving with her in Michigan. Joumana just bought her first home, has a good job and for the first time is financially secure.
“I never thought I could do the things I can do----that I could live a normal life,” Mike Beavis recalls. Faith Farm Ministries, he says, was the tool God used to change his life.
Mike gave his heart to God at the age of 15 in the church where his father was a pastor. But soon, he felt overwhelmed by failure. “I didn’t understand the love of God, what He had really done for me. I let Satan come in and steal what God had given me. Some hard things happened when I was young that I kept inside, so I toted a lot of pain around. I started acting up trying to prove I was a man.”
Drugs and violence landed Mike in jail several times before he was 21 years old. The last time, he was sure he was going to prison. Instead, the judge ordered him to Faith Farm Ministries. “I went to Faith Farm thinking it was a prison-type deal,” he says. “But I found a place where the love of God is shown. I learned that Jesus Christ is going to love me no matter what I do or say. If I mess up tomorrow, I’m forgiven. He gave me dreams and aspirations. He showed me I am the future”.
After two successful years of college, Mike started his own contracting business. “God put it in my heart to do it and gave me confidence. Not to step off the cliff and test God, but that my thoughts are His thoughts. When you get in line with that, you become an unstoppable force.” Now a successful business owner and father of four, Mike is counting his blessings. ”Believe me, I know where they come from.” He adds incredulously. “Nine years ago, I wasn’t even trusted with $20 to go to the grocery store.”
Mike contemplated going into full-time ministry, but God had other plans. “He told me, you’re doing what I want you to do.So, my business is my ministry. I’m blessed to be giving.” “I truly believe God is raising people up, like Joseph or Daniel, to be leaders in places of influence so we can influence people, communities, nations. We are lifted up so He is lifted up.”
Mike, and so many others like him, have found welcome, pardon, cleansing, and a future filled with hope at Faith Farm. Thanks for the part you played in their restoration!
“When I came to Faith Farm Ministries, I was a man broken and lost in despair. I was shattered from my sin. I had lost everything and my back was against the wall. The pain was unbearable. I had no where to run but to the Lord. I cried out to Him to help me and He did. The folks here welcomed me with open arms and didn’t judge me.”
“At Faith Farm Ministries, I came to know Christ as my Savior and Lord. I was a man who served sin and death. I lied, stole and cheated. But, because of His love for me, God healed me and restored me. He showed me His faithfulness and gave me understanding of who I am in Christ.”
“While at Faith Farm’s program, I went from being a man who took no responsibility for his life to a man who chooses to act responsibly in all situations. You can’t help but change when you do things God’s way. I choose to live by His Word and pursue His best without compromise. Relief: Not only have I graduated from Faith Farm Ministries’ program, God has restored my marriage! I’m so thankful to God for bringing me to Faith Farm. I owe it to Jesus Christ who saved me, to my family who depends on me, to my church who instructs me, to my generation who needs my example and to myself because I am a man of God.
ďIn 2006, I was 25 and in over my head, drowning in my own sorrows and self-destructive habits. My substance of choice, to block out my "pain", was alcohol and any kind of opiate. I didn't see how my actions were affecting not only my physical and spiritual well being, but also my loved ones. Through Faith Farmís 9 month program, I was able to not only see my problem, but was willing to give it all to God. Since returning to my home in north Georgia, my transition into living the life God intended for me hasn't been easy, but now I know there's nothing that can come against me that the Lord can't carry me through...and because of that, I'm now happy...I'm now living. Without a doubt, God's love has saved my life. Faith Farm helped introduce me to Him. Faith Farm is awesome...I definitely recommend looking into it, if youíre sick and tired of being sick and tired.Ē