A Christ centered approach to overcome life-mastering sins and establish a Biblical direction in life.
What is the
Women’s Samaritan Program?
The Samaritan Program is designed to accommodate spiritually minded women who require more than overnight guest but cannot commit to a year-long program.
Who Joins the Samaritan Program?
This program is not offered to everyone. It is for women interested in spiritual growth, with unique situations such as:
- medical situations that prevent them from meeting the overnight guest guidelines
- school obligations and need to stay longer than an overnight guest
- a need to work for legal/family reasons, which prevents them from participating in the Healing Heart program.
What is the program all about?
It’s a work-study program. If the Samaritan does not have a job outside the Mission due to reasons such as medical hold, they will be assigned a Mission job.
All Samaritans are required to complete lessons and memorize Scripture.
Women in the Samaritan Program have often been through other, shorter “treatment programs” but have not had lasting success. Usually, these shorter programs have not been Christ-centered.
This program is for women who are struggling with life mastering problems. Many times these problems are drugs and/or alcohol; although some women join just to get a Biblical direction in life.
All Samaritans attend the following, as work schedule permits (unless individually excused by a Staff Member):
- Morning devotions
- Evening chapel services
The Samaritan’s work schedule must allow for at least one of either morning devotions or evening chapel each day.
- Work assignments at the Mission.
- All classes
- Counseling sessions
- Sunday services in an evangelical church
- Activities specifically assigned by the Director of Women’s Ministry
Addictions Victorious is a 12 Step Christ centered support and recovery group that is recognized by the courts. Meetings are held weekly on Thursday evenings. If a Samaritan is required to attend meetings more than once a week, the staff will accommodate and provide needed meetings.
- Interview with Columbus Rescue Mission Director, the Director of Women’s Ministries, and/or other staff members.
- Possess or apply for a social security card.
- Sign an agreement to abide by the guidelines.
- Sign statement indicating all AIDS questions were answered truthfully.
- Submit all medications to the staff to be kept locked up in the office.
SAMARITAN women must memorize John 3:16, Romans 3:23, Romans 5:8, and Romans 6:23 within the first two weeks and complete 35 Bible Study worksheets within the first month.
CLASSES OFFERED: Classes will be tailored to the particular needs of the individual woman. Classes may include, but not limited to: Foundations of Faith, Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave, The Gift of Forgiveness, Victory Over Darkness, Philippians, Peacemakers, Lies Women Believe, Loving God with all Your Mind, Biblical Money Management, and Job Interview Skills
Memorizing the names of the Books of the New and Old Testaments may also be required.
The Samaritan is required to write a personal testimony and may be required to obtain a GED, if they don’t already have a High School diploma or GED. They may be required to obtain a Nebraska Driver’s License, and pay all fines.
The Samaritan must complete all assigned studies, attend Sunday morning church every week, complete assigned duties at the Mission, and continue to display a generally good attitude.
BENEFITS FOR LIFE:
Bible studies and learning from teachers who have studied God’s Word many years.
Getting to know mentors who are spiritually mature Christian women.
Reduce and End Debt – there is no charge – you can get your debts under control as you learn Biblical financial management and budgeting.
Free Housing – All of your clothing, personal items, and meals are provided – free warm beds, showers, and laundry facilities.
Visitation with your children/family and help from Mission staff with restoring broken relationships
Getting established with a Church and Church family, which bring support for Life.
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My load is light.” Matthew 11: 28-30
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.” John 5:24
Jesus therefore was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” John 8:31-32
For you were formerly darkness, but now you are light in the Lord: walk as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Ephesians 5: 8-10
Contact LaVerna Smith – Director of Women’s Ministry