(If interested in the Men’s New Life Program, please check us out at www.columbusrescuemission.org for more information.)
A Christian Discipleship Program
“Anyone in bondage to the rule of a substance, activity, or state of mind, which then becomes the center of life, defending itself from the truth so that even bad consequences don’t bring repentance, and leading to further estrangement from God.”
Edward T. Welch, A Banquet in the Grave
Common addictions include such things as substances (alcohol and drugs), tobacco, sex, pornography, gambling, pleasure, food, sports, work, success…etc.
If you are interested in the New Life Program please contact:
LaVerna Smith, Director of Women’s Ministry
Healing Heart Women’s Discipleship Program?
The Healing Heart Women’s Discipleship Program is not a “treatment program”. It is a non-denominational Christian discipleship program. We encourage our women to establish a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. We use the Bible, various textbooks and some videotapes and all are Biblically sound.
Healing Heart Women’s Program Disciples are not isolated from the rest of the world while in their recovery. They do have separate living quarters within the Mission (they have more privileges, as well as more responsibilities than other guests at the Mission). They are part of the Mission team, seeking to extend Christian hospitality and a good witness to all.
All Healing Heart Women Disciples complete Bible lessons and memorize Scripture.
The three phases are variable in length because of their goal-oriented nature. Whether done quickly or not, the goals are important to reach and perseverance is the key!
Who May Join the Healing Heart Women’s Discipleship Program?
Women in the Healing Heart Discipleship Program have often been through other shorter “treatment programs” but have not attained lasting success. Usually, these shorter programs have not been Christ centered or effective.
Disciples are struggling with life mastering problems, many times drugs and alcohol; although some join to just get some direction in life.
Welcome to Living Water Rescue Mission HEALING HEART WOMEN’S DISCIPLESHIP PROGRAM. By entering this program, you are admitting there are areas in your life where you need help. We pray that we will be able to give you the environment necessary to enable you to improve your life with God’s help.
The HEALING HEART PROGRAM is a four phase, work-study program. The four phases are:
- The JUMP-START Phase —————— 2-10 weeks
- The FIRM FOUNDATION Phase ————- 3-5 months
- The FREEDOM Phase ——————— 3-5 months
- The FINAL Phase ———————– 1-3 months
2. ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
- Be interviewed by a Mission Staff Member to begin the JUMP-START phase.
- Interview with the Director of Women’s Ministries.
- Possess or apply for a social security card.
- Sign an agreement to abide by these guidelines.
- Sign that you truthfully answered all AIDS questions.
- You must submit all medications to the staff on duty.
- Check valuables with staff. We recommend that you have valuable items placed in our safe. Please request a receipt.
3. PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
All persons entering the HEALING HEART PROGRAM must first complete the JUMP-START Phase. During the JUMP-START Phase, in order to progress to the FIRM FOUNDATION Phase. All JUMP-Starters must attend Sunday morning church every week, accept an assigned Mission job, and display a generally good attitude. Before advancing to the FIRM FOUNDATION Phase, you must memorize John 3:16, Romans 3:23, Romans 5:8, and Romans 6:23.
To advance from the FIRM FOUNDATION Phase to the FREEDOM Phase, you must memorize the order and names of the 27 books of the New Testament, selected verses and complete all assigned studies. You must also attend Sunday morning church every week, continue with your assigned Mission job, and continue to display a generally good attitude.
During the FREEDOM Phase, the order and the names of the 39 books of the Old Testament must be memorized, as well as showing satisfactory attendance and participation in any and all other classes, Sunday church, your assigned Mission job, and display a generally good attitude before moving on to the FINAL Phase.
In all Phases, Disciples are required to memorize Scripture.
|Monday – Friday:|
|8:00 AM||Morning Devotions|
|8:30 AM||1st class|
|10:00 AM||2nd class|
|7:30 PM||Evening Chapel service|
|10:00 PM||All Mission guests must be in building, in rooms|
|10:00 PM||If a roommate wishes to sleep lights in room must be out.|
All Disciples are required to attend the following, unless individually excused by a Staff Member.
- Morning devotions.
- Work assignments.
- All classes.
- Counseling sessions.
- Chapel services 7 times/week on the Jump-start & Firm Foundation; 3 times/week on Freedom & Final.
- Sunday services in an evangelical church.
- Any activities specifically assigned by the Director of Women’s Ministry.
- Additional activities as announced.
YOU WILL RECEIVE NO PAY, wages or salary for work done at the Living Water Rescue Mission. Work is a very important part of the therapy in this program to enable you to develop into the kind of person God wants you to be. A stipend will be given twice per month – on the 15th and the last day of the month.
WORK is a very important part of every persons life. We each should be developing good life-long attitudes about working hard at whatever job we may have. Building good work habits here and learning to be part of a team can help you for your entire life. We expect you to be honest and loyal.
The Director of Women’s Ministries must make any change in work assignments. Sickness cannot be used as an excuse for not going to work unless you report your illness to your supervisor on duty and stay in bed and/or see a medical doctor.
WORK OUTSIDE THE MISSION is permitted and encouraged. Arrangements must be made with the Director of Women’s Ministries. You may be limited in the number of hours per week and the scheduling. The Mission will keep no money earned and a joint saving account (the Disciple & Counselor) must be started.
OTHER FINANCIAL INCOME such as unemployment benefits, welfare or any government aid including pension, social security, veteran pension, SSD or any regular financial assistance must be reported to the Director of Women’s Ministries when entering the program or as soon as the benefits are first received. From this type of income, the Mission must receive $300.00 per month or 80% of any check $375.00 per month or less. Exceptions are permitted. Exceptions must be cleared through the Executive Director.
DRESS CODE: PLEASE BE CONSTANTLY AWARE OF HOW YOU LOOK. We should not dress to appeal to the opposite sex or attract attention, but for the purpose of glorifying God. Women must wear collared shirts tucked in and a belt to class, chapel and meals. Unacceptable apparel T-shirts or sweatshirts with suggestive/offensive advertising, tank tops, undershirts or muscle shirts. Footwear is required.
PERSONAL CLEANLINESS: Daily you must shower, brush teeth, give attention to hair, and wear clean clothes. Haircuts must be moderate, if you have questions consult a Staff Member BEFORE getting a haircut. Your bed must be made every morning and your room kept in order.
ROOM INSPECTION: A periodic room inspection of any or all rooms may be made at anytime by two staff members to check for cleanliness and/or contraband. On unannounced occasions, a specifically trained dog from the State Patrol will be used to determine the presence of illegal drugs
PASSES: Overnight passes must be obtained 24 hours in advance from the Director of Women’s Ministries. You must submit the date leaving, destination, phone number and time. of return. Your work responsibilities must be covered.
FIRM FOUNDATION Phase Disciples may have one pass per month.
FREEDOM Phase Disciples may have two passes per month.
FINAL Phase Disciples may have one pass per week.
LATE ARRIVAL: You must return to the Mission at the time you arranged. In the extremely rare event that you are detained, you must call the Mission before your appointed time of return.
Discipline is a divinely ordained activity (Hebrews 12:6) designed to be used by God for our good, that we may share in His holiness (Hebrews 12:10). In order to best reflect the invariable nature of God, it is important that discipline be administered consistently and without personal favoritism (James 2:1-4). To best reflect the personal nature of God, it is important to allow room for the exercise of grace and mercy (John 1:17). To this end, the following guidelines are provided:
- Depending on the Staff Members analysis of the severity of the offense, restriction may be given: 1 day, 3 days, 7 days, and 14 days. Other methods of discipline may be used, depending upon the recommendations of the disciples counselor and/or the Director. These other methods may include:
- Withholding or reduction of stipend – $2 deduction for missed classes, chapels, devotions, $1 for being late, etc.
- change sleeping areas
- additional assignments
- refusal of passes
- dismissal from the program
- any other appropriate measure
- Subsequent offenses of a similar nature should be rewarded with a stricter consequence. Example: If 1st offense earned 1-day restriction, 2nd should earn 3 days, 3rd should earn 7 days, etc.
- Restriction for separate offenses should not run concurrently, but should run consecutively.
- Total accumulated restriction for any number of offenses should not exceed 21 days. If more than 21 days of restriction are accumulated, it seems to indicate that restriction is not an effective disciplinary measure, and removal from the program could occur.
- Once removed from the program, the disciple cannot be allowed back in the program for a minimum of 30 days.
- All Disciples restarting the program shall begin with the FIRM FOUNDATION Phase.
- The Disciple’s counselor shall handle variances and appeals for variances (concerning discipline); the Director of Women’s Ministries and the Executive Director.
5. GROUNDS FOR IMMEDIATE DISMISSAL.
- Possession and/or use of alcohol or illegal drugs either on or off the premises.
- Gambling – including purchase of lottery tickets.
- Repeated profanity – includes any language not becoming of a lady.
- Possession of any pornography.
- Possession of any weapons.
- Lewd behavior.
- Blatant refusal to obey staff.
- Smoking in the building.
- Stealing from Mission or guests.
NON-FRATERNIZATION: (NO socializing with opposite sex!) Association with members of the opposite sex has been proven to be downfall of many people attempting to straighten out their lives. Experience has taught us that it is necessary that socializing can not be permitted with members of the opposite sex (unless married). A Christ-honoring relationship with someone may be permitted to anyone on the FINAL Phase. Rare exceptions may be considered by the staff. All such exceptions/relationships must be approved in a staff meeting. KINDNESS AND POLITENESS ARE EXPECTED.
HONESTY AND RESPECT FOR PROPERTY: All Disciples are being trusted to respect the possessions and rights of other. Please do not break this trust.
- Disciples are not allowed in the room of another Disciple.
- Women are not allowed in the men’s residence areas.
- Women are not allowed to linger in any men’s working areas.
- Food, beverages, and tobacco-use are not allowed in sleeping rooms.
- The office area is off-limits unless a staff member is present.
SMOKING AREAS: Smoking and any use of tobacco is a habit that everyone should quit. Since the Christian’s body is the dwelling place of God, every effort must be made to keep God’s house clean and smelling good. This pleases God. It would also save you money and give you better health. Smoking is not permitted in any of our buildings or in our vehicles at any time. Smoking is permitted only on the East Side of the building in the designated area. Please do not litter cigarette butts.
USE OF RADIOS AND TV: Radios may be used only in your room. Please be considerate of roommate. Music with offensive lyrics is not permitted anywhere on premises. Only Mission owned and operated TVs are permitted.
6. ADDITIONAL SERVICES
- MEDICAL HELP is available from local facilities.
- LAUNDRY service is available to you once a week. A specific day will be assigned for you. You must get your articles to be washed turned in early on that day – by 8 AM!
- MAIL service is available. Our address is Living Water Rescue Mission, 701 S. Lincoln Ave, York, NE 68467.
- Use of Mission PHONE. One ten minute outgoing local call is permitted daily (not during business hours). Three incoming calls may be accepted daily.
- Use of PHONE. We encourage you to use the mail.
- GED classes are required for those who need to complete their high school education.
- Periodically we schedule events such as concerts, bowling and other functions. Some may be required attendance. Others are available to those interested.
SAFETY AND SECURITY: Fire extinguishers may be found in numerous locations through the building. Please be especially aware of the locations of the ones nearest your room.
All Disciples must sign out when leaving the Mission. You must sign in upon return.
DONATIONS: All items donated to the Mission are property of the Mission. No individual may assume that he/she may take anything unless it is cleared by a Staff Member. ANY ITEMS TAKEN WITHOUT PROPER CLEARANCE WILL BE CONSIDERED STOLEN MATERIAL.
IF YOU CHOOSE TO LEAVE THIS PROGRAM, please do not just walk out. The staff at the Living water Rescue Mission has love and concern for you. We are grieved when someone disappears and we have no idea why or where he or she went. Please let us know your intentions. Re-entry into the New Life Program will be considered again after thirty days.
NOTE: We will not hold nor can we be responsible for any clothing or personal items left here longer than 72 hours. If you leave, or are dismissed, you must take your possessions with you or make arrangements for them. Our storage space if very limited.
Healing Heart Women’s Discipleship Program Graduation Requirements
The following are the mandatory requirements that every disciple must complete prior to graduating the Healing Heart Program.
Firm Foundation Phase:
- Memorized and recited the Books of the New Testament in order.
- Completed the “5 – S Series” Bible class.
- Completed “Basic Christianity” class.
- Completed “The Gift of Forgiveness” class.
- Completed “Resolving Everyday Conflict” – Peace Making
- Acquire G.E.D. or have a High School diploma.
- Acquire a valid Nebraska Driver’s license (If legally or medically possible).
- Acquire a part-time job (no mornings).
- Elimination of all court-related or fine related debt.
- Completed the “Financial Peace University Class” & have a debt-elimination plan for all personal debt.
- Completed the “Victory Over the Darkness” Class
- Completed the “Bondage Breaker” Class.
- Completed the “Every Man’s Battle” Class.
- Completed the “Addictions – A Banquet in the Grave” class.
- Memorized and recited the Books of the Old Testament in order.
- Completed a “Who Am I in Christ?” essay.
- Completed all other class assignments.
- Prepare and present an Evening Chapel or Chair an Addiction Victorious meeting to the satisfaction of the LWRM staff.
- Exit Interview.
The disciple should exhibit the ability to work within the community structure and conduct themselves in a godly manner while dealing with life issues outside the mission structure. By this phase the disciple should be well established in a local church and actively attending bible studies and services offered by their church. The disciple should be earning a regular income, will have saved the needed start-up money, and be living within her means
If you are interested in the Healing Heart Women’s Discipleship Program, please contact:
LaVerna Smith – Director of Women’s Ministries