Sunday, January 24, 2016

Operating Principles of Bethel House

 Principles of Bethel House 3 January 2016

Preamble:
1.This house is owned by Christians and as a ministry is managed by Thomas Francois. It is named Bethel (House of God) because it is dedicated to the glory of God for the following purposes.

2. The purpose of the house is
             a. to provide a safe place for those who are committed to Christ And want to grow in fellowship and maturity during their stay.
             b. a temporary or longer term place of refuge, a peaceful place to grow, to fellowship, to pray, to worship and find mutual support in Christ.
             c. to further the Gospel, good news of Christ, and therefore the resident guest is also encouraged in reaching out by serving others in need. They are not eligible to live here until they show by their words and lives that they are serious in their commitment to Christ.

3. Those who come to stay in the guest room here are expected to follow the rules and principles of the house, to engage in the spiritual activities of the home and to respect the property and the spirit in which the house is operated.

4. The men who have taken an interest in seeing the purposes of this home being accomplished will hold Thomas responsible for managing the house and ministry by these principles.

There are a number of standards that will be upheld and those who violate these while here are liable for immediate eviction.

a. All people who come under this roof will be treated with respect. This also applies to behaviours while out in the community.
b. If you smoke smoking will only occur on the boulevard by the trash can. Butts will be extinguished and disposed of in the can and not on the ground or the street.
c. The house is alcohol and drug free. If you are suspected of using you may be tested and if you are found to have been using you are liable for immediate eviction.
d. No vulgar or profane language.
e. Zero tolerance for violence, aggressive behaviours or intimidation. These will not be tolerated by those who oversee the ministry.
f. No glorification of street life.

This is a one on one transitional Christian based private housing situation, meaning that you will be living with Thomas the manger of Bethel: House of God. There is a qualified Family Doctor who is also a Psychiatrist and is available for consultation as maybe needed by those in the general population. If you are in need of this service a referral will be necessary from a general practitioner. There are, as stated above, expectations of you in your time here. Financial obligations in your time here will be assessed on a per individual basis.  

Currently there is availability for someone and we are praying for the right person to move into the room.

Blessings

Thomas Francois
Beit El Bethel House of God

Thursday, January 14, 2016

A Vision For Ministry

The home I am living in was an answer to prayer, a desperate cry to God for grace, mercy and provision. For his glory.

  For a variety of reasons, back in August of 2015, I stood on the edge of a mere three days away from being homeless. The circumstances were bleak and very dark indeed, they were as such that the provision of this home could plainly be seen, by those closest to me, to be His provision alone. Praise God.

  I determined and promised the Lord that this home belonged to him and for him in service of Christ and that I, with an open heart, would have an open home of ministry designed to be a place where others will be ministered to in his name.

  Soon, in another month or so, Bethel: The House of God, will have a gathering for the community where there will be food, fun, fellowship and music. We are looking at the third Saturday of March tentatively. There will be an announcement here soon, as well as at Prairie Tabernacle, so stay tuned.

  For far too many years, after three years of Bible College and two in Seminary (Tyndale University College), I wandered in the dry desolate places without a vision for ministry. Despite my rebellious ways and the squandering of my heavenly inheritance, the Lord's hand and protection remained on my life. He remained faithful though I had not.

  Now, 17 years after leaving the Seminary, God has positioned me with a vision for ministry, and the very basic provision of a real home with a guest room, awaiting another Christian male, needing to be blessed by a Christian home environment where a number of groups are already in operation.

  Bethel has specific prayer needs. Pray concerning that the right man for the room will be brought at just the right time. God knows who that is so pray that we are able to clearly recognize God's will in this.

  We are in need of committed prayer partners and people with a vision for a Christian home ministry; some to participate in groups and planned activities. We can see walks, the recreation centre, the pool and bowling as some of the regular activities. Perhaps a Christian movie and pizza night once a month on a Saturday evening. Early evening of course.

  The Wednesday night Bible Study is already going and is open to both men and women. We have taken turns in leading sessions so participants are encouraged to grow in a number of ways including proficiency of group leadership. Mentors and participants include Albert Ehman (currently away) Bill Redifer, Stefan Dyck, and Thomas Francois.

  There is currently also a men's discipleship group here on Sunday afternoons being facilitated by Dr. Martinus Reedyk. We are also looking to have a Monday night fellowship with prayer, praise, worship, music and fellowship so please help me to seek God for his provision in all of these matters. Those hungry to have God's presence and Holy Spirit overflowing their lives as rivers of living waters are encouraged to be here.

 Please also pray that those who hunger for God's touch in their lives; the marginalized, the poor, the orphan and the widow, pray they will find God in the midst of their dark night of the soul and into His loving light!

Prayer List for Program Development needs & ongoing financial support

A) toiletries/sundries; cleaning supplies; coffee, sugar, creamer, filters

B) laptop with Windows 8 or Windows 10 for database development, html web design, documents building, program development, daily program log entry, PowerPoint, laser printer, printer paper, inks.

C) Eventually I would see God's provision for half of the rent, utilities and internet costs covered, while I would still continue to cover the other half. Future guests would still pay half rent, utilities, and internet however those monies would go into a general Bethel account to be utilized for the ministry as determined by designated financial advisors.


Your fellow servant in Christ
Thomas Francois
Beit El Ministries