My name is Amber Johnson I am 22 years old. I went to New Beginnings on Jan 5, 2006. Before I went into the home I was depressed and had no hope. I was unsaved and had no reason to live at all. I was raised by my Grandpa till I was 12 then I lived with my mom for about 2 years, my Aunt for 2 and a half years, then another aunt for about 6 months. My family loved me but I would push away their love out of bitterness and fear of being hurt. I got into the wrong music, bad friends, partys, and other worldy outlets for my hurt. Everything I tried left me feeling alone and unloved. After trying hospitals, therapists, counselors, and medicines I was left the same and worse.. When I was 16 God brough me into the Home. New Beginnings was Gods sparing my life yet again. For the first time I was shown a love that could not be severed. That unconditional love has held me captive and I loved it!!! I got saved Jan 11 2006 under Bro. Fellures preaching in Florida and my life is SO DIFFERENT!!!! God allowed me to graduate High School in 2007. People thought that would never happen. God has been so good to me. I am now attending Hyles-Anderson College. I have hope, goals, a reason to live, and a love that is overflowing. God has given me so much. I have truly been blessed beyond my wildest dreams!!! New Beginnings is my home and I love the home and the people there. They were the tools God used to save my life.
My name is Donna and my son was a student at New Beginnings in the Boys Academy. He was actually the first boy that Bro. Mac took in at the school. The boys’ school was not quite ready to open its doors yet and I had been in contact with Bro. Mac about the crisis that was going on for my son and our family. Bro. Mac graciously called me and said that he felt there was something about "this boy" and that God was saying to take him in. It was truly a miracle in my life and for my child that was in so much pain and turmoil...all the pieces began to truly miraculously fit together and within one month my son was placed in Bro. Mac's care. I didn't know that my son had been praying that if God would get him out of the situations he was in, he would give himself completely to God. God answered his prayers on May 12th and my son recognized it as God's hand and indeed within a few weeks at New Beginnings, he rededicated his heart back to Jesus.
I went to visit my son with his brother and sister after he had been at the school for six months. We were all completely amazed at the transformation that God was accomplishing in and for my son. He had that peace and joy back that he had as a young boy, loving Jesus. We spent the three days we got to visit him singing hymns and songs that we had sung together when he was young as we drove around Missouri together.
I am in awe of God and the work He is so faithfully completing in Taylor. I am forever grateful for the godly men the God has placed in Taylor's life at New Beginnings. When my son left California, he was a 15 year old that struggled with entitlement, disrespect, lying, and anger. He now is a young man that has a passion for God's Word and actually is able to take responsibility for his actions. As a mom whose deepest desire is that my children will have personal relationships with God...He has granted me the desires of my heart as I hear what He is doing in my son's life. I knew that my son needed to be removed from his environment and family dynamics to have a chance to hear God's call. To God be the glory for the things He hath done for my son and thanks be to God for the family at New Beginnings and their willingness to give their lives for our children in service to God.
My name is Buggs. Eleven years ago on Father's Day I accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal Savior. I wish that I had done this so many years ago. I would have brought my family up in a more Christian home environment, but you live and learn. No matter how hard you try, the Devil has ways of getting in and trying to steal your glory. I have a son that was 17 years old. All and all, he has always been a good son. I kept him in church and he went to the altar and asked Jesus to be his personal Savior, but I did not believe that it was from the heart. Only God knows the heart. My son got into a little trouble in June of 2008.
The church that we attend supports New Beginnings, so I prayed about the matter and in just a little time the Lord spoke to me about sending my son there. I called Bro. Mac at the home and spoke to him about the matter and asked if he would consider taking my son. He told me that he would love to have him in the program. It was the best thing that I could do for my son. At 8:45 on September 10, 2008, my son asked the Lord Jesus to be his personal Savior and this time it was from the heart. The difference that the staff has made in my son's life is like day and night. Just in the first few weeks, I could tell the difference in my son. It is so good to set down and have a conversation about God with my son and listen to him bring Bible verses out in to the conversation.
The staff at New Beginnings is a God fearing King James 1611 Bible believing ministry. Only the true Word of God is spoken. I have seen the difference that the ministry has made in my son and would encourage anyone that has had a teen male or female that needs a second chance or a parent who wants to help their child get a better start even in their education to contact New Beginnings.
I would like to thank the staff at New Beginnings and all of the wives of these great men who have devoted their lives to changing boys and girls into respectable young men and ladies. God bless you all.
My husband and I want to personally thank you for helping our son to change his life and get him back on track. Last year was a tough year with our son becoming more defiant, getting angry a lot and losing his relationship with God. In a short period of time you helped change his life around. My son was not doing drugs or getting in trouble with the law but he was angry and destructive in our home, not caring about school, our family or God. Before it was too late for him and he started getting involved with drugs or the law, we wanted to send him somewhere so he could change. New Beginnings was the right fit for our son. He was able to get right with God, which is what he says has helped him change the most. Further, the structure and support helped him break out of his angry demeanor. Being away, helped our family heal and helped our son understand what is important in life. He now wants to do well in school and is repeating the classes he failed. He is taking pride in himself and his life. He now has a relationship again with God and wants to be a part of church several times a week; this has been a huge blessing.
He is pleasant and polite. He does work around the house in a cooperative manner. He has gotten his temper under control. He learned so many new skills while at New Beginnings, such as planting, harvesting, carpentry, laying cement, etc. These skills are a source of pride for him and he really enjoyed doing these things while he was there. He has learned how to take responsibility of his life and build his self-esteem. It was such a hard decision to put him on the plane and send him away but I knew it was what he needed. There were many days I cried and prayed for comfort but I would do it again in a heartbeat because the change in him is incredible, he is a young man now. The months he was gone were hard for me but seeing him happy and in control of himself is a blessing from God. He grew up so much with your program and God’s support.
If you are considering placement for your child, I would highly recommend New Beginnings. It clearly changed our son’s future.
I had a great childhood & loving parents. As a teen I started to get into trouble; defiant to my parents, smoked pot, drank, and entered the ‘party’ lifestyle. Dated a gang member/drug dealer. The drugs got worse & so did my behavior. I skipped high school, got into fights & failed my classes. My parents tried counseling, grounding me, everything they could to help me. Finally they decided to send me to a Christian girls home. I wasn’t too happy about that; especially leaving my friends and boyfriend behind. They took my jeans & cigarettes and gave me a Bible. As time went on & hearing the Word, The Holy Spirit spoke to me in Aug 98 in Corpus Christi TX. I knew I needed God desperatley so I gave my life to Him. 13 years later here I am writing this testimonial looking back on how my life has changed since that moment and it’s been an awesome ride. After the home I got my GED & took a job as a preschool teacher at a Christian school. I met my husband (a pastor’s son) a few years later. 8 years later we had our daughter who is now turning 2 and I’ve been blessed to stay home with her & run my own business. I thank God for my parents who got me help before it was too late, for the McNamaras who’ve dedicated their lives to this ministry, and to the One who loved me enough to hang from that tree and die for me, I will forever be grateful.
Hello I am Meghan Waldo. Before going into the home i went to a good christian school and a great baptist church.I was raised in a good home but always wanted what i wanted. I would do whatever it took to get what i wanted no matter what it took. My parents did all they could do for me and i never took the help that they were giving me I wanted what i wanted and wanted to do what i wanted. When i got to the home i knew that's where i needed to be. I had been in the home for a while before i got saved thought i was but one day realized i had not been truly saved but on may8,1990 i got truly saved.That was the best day of my life. I learned a lot of things in the home that i needed and they were the best 4 years of my life. I would not be where i am today if i had not went to the home. To this day i regret what made me have to go to the home but i do not regret the help that i got from being in the home.You get what you want from the home and it is up to you to take it or leave it , and i am glad that i wanted to take it. When i left the home i felt like i was leaving a second home but i know that i will always have a home there if i need it.I came home and meet my husband at our baptist church and the Lord really has blessed us in a GREAT way. I will be forever grateful for what the Lord did through the Macs for me and i hope many other boys and girls can get the help i did. JESUS FIRST OTHERS SECOND THEN ME.
My name is Eric Sutherland. I went through the home about two years ago, though I didn't want to be there it taught me how to find God. I got saved there, but never really got right with God; when I left the home and came back to California God was still dealing with my heart . I was still trying to do my own thing my own way about 2 months later God finally broke through and I had nowhere to hide I finally turned my whole life over to Him and he blesses me everyday and has blessed me in more ways than I can ever repay Him for. I joined the army and God has got me through some rough times in my career and will continue to carry me through. I learned a testimony is not something you get but something god gives to you. God has taught me more than I thought I could ever learn He gave me the dream I always wanted and that was to be a soldier in the army. You see God is not just about giving things up thats not always what He want sometimes He just wants you to do it His way. I had many dreams and goals when I was a child He has given me all of them and much more. God is good all the time even though we don't deserve any of it. This testimony is very hard for me to write because in a thousand years I could not even come close to how good God really is as a wise man once said"He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep in order to gain what he cannot lose" -Jim Elliot said this. Well I hope this testimony can help someone down the road and I will leave you with this "I have been blessed God is so good".
I came to the home on May 25, 2008. I was living in a way that was leading to a life without purpose. I was happy on the outside, but really miserable inside. My parents foresaw miserable lives for both my sister and I if we continued to go on as we were living. They knew we needed help, they just didn’t know exactly how to get it. They later found New Beginnings online. My Dad flew from California to Missouri to see if it would be a good place to send his girls. Needless to say, a month later we came to NBGA.
The second night I was in the home, I realized for the first time how much I personally needed God and that I couldn’t live my life without Him. That night, May 26, 2008, I prayed and asked Jesus Christ to come into my heart and save me from Hell and He did! Five days later, my sister got saved too! Still, at 16, I had no idea what God had in store. That summer I learned how to garden and can.
While I was in the home, I went on 8 tours to over 15 different states, which was awesome because I hadn’t been to the east coast before. In August 2009, Bro. and Mrs. Mac took my sister and I on a week vacation to Universal Studios in Florida. That was a lot of fun. I learned how to fish, cook, mow, and all sorts of things while I was at the home. My sister and I joined the girls’ quartet after 6 months. We enjoyed a lot of “sister time” and got to minister to several different churches. Before I knew it, my 18th birthday was coming up and I could choose if I wanted to stay or not. The Lord worked on my heart and I decided to stay. My sister also decided to stay. At the time we weren’t even thinking about graduating, we just knew it was where God wanted us to be. A year and a half later we both received our High School diplomas with high-B averages.
In three years, Good took my hard heart and made it soft; He gave me a conscience again. Over time, God took all my old desires and gave me His. I love my family very much and thank God for giving me such loving parents. I love the Lord with all my heart. I am grateful for this home. This home is where I learned to be a hard worker, to have honest character, and to have a servant’s heart. Bro. and Mrs. Mac have been so encouraging. They are people who are the “real deal.” Their hearts are too big for this world. They are my heroes.
The staff members at New Beginnings have been a blessing from day one. What I like about this ministry is that they have nothing to hide. They love what they do because they love the Lord. They are sincere and genuine; there is nothing I could do to repay the love I have received from them. This home changed my life, inside and out, and has given me a new purpose in life and that is to live everyday for Jesus; a life without regrets.
“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,” Philippians 3:13
I can’t exactly put into words all the good things the Girls’ Home has done for me. Although I got saved in another home, this home has helped me and led me in a closer walk with the Lord. Bro. and Mrs. Mac (plus all of the staff) have helped me through my trials.
While at the home, my dad was diagnosed with cancer, another man who played the role of my father (and my hero) suddenly passed away, and my brother was shot in the head and has been at death’s fingertips.
Through all of this, they have encouraged me to keep going in the narrow way, even though life crumbles around me. Without the Macs’ prayers, support, and comfort, I would have given up completely! Every year we get to travel and participate in lots of fun stuff.
At the home, we have Friday Fun Nights. On those nights we get to watch a movie or play games. We also get a special treat. We have P.E. where we exercise and play games. Sometimes we go outside just for the fun of it and play kickball or volleyball. Last summer we went to Unionville, MO. Unionville is an Extreme Teen Weekend Camp-meeting. We got to participate in every event. Paintball, Capture the Flag, Dodgeball, giant slip ‘n’ slides, and fun obstacle courses are some of the fun things that we did. We got to do a lot.
We also got to go on October tour. This tour was 6 weeks long. During tour, we got to go to 20 different churches. In between singing and traveling, we got to play softball, dodgeball, kickball, four men on a couch, and basketball. The Macs participated in all of those. We had lots of fun with them. We got to go to a “Trunk or treat” at a church in Maryland. We ate tons of candy. Sometimes Bro. Mac would walk in with a box of candy and start passing it out!
My favorite time here is the preaching. I love to listen to Bro. Mac and Bro. Gary’s preaching because it really helps me. They tell us what the Bible says. They don’t water it down like so many other people do.
At our church, two other girls and I get to play our instruments with the congregational hymns. We have a lot of fun trying to figure out songs and cd’s we listen to. I definitely wouldn’t get to do that at home. My mother and father would agree that this home has done more for me than they could, spiritually and morally.
The home made graduating High School possible for me. They taught me to seek God for council, not friends. They taught me that reading me Bible is the best thing for me. This home has helped me build a better relationship with my family. I am so thankful for them.
First, I want to say that I am so thankful for the opportunity to lift up the name of Jesus, my Savior and Lord. He is so good to me, and the very least I can do is give Him the glory.
My name is Emma, and I am from North Carolina. I was raised in a loving Christian family, and was saved at a very young age. My parents took me to church and did their very best to live Godly lives in front of me and teach me by example. We were even involved in a family music ministry for several years and often traveled to churches and gospel singings. I never got into drugs or alcohol, and all of my friends were Christians. In spite of growing up in such a good environment, when I was 16, I found myself in a serious relationship with a much older man who was very manipulative and a very bad influence on me, and it nearly destroyed my family and my life. I was depressed, opressed, angry, hopeless, and living with a defiant attitude toward God, and I had no idea how to "get out" of my situation.
Thankfully, God still had a plan for my life. He intervened, and after a very long year of that miserable relationship, I arrived at the home on April 3rd, 2006. At first, I was scared and felt very lonely, but in just a couple of days, all of that changed. Now that I was free from the influence of my ex, I accepted Christ's forgiveness for all that had happened and allowed Him back into my life. God also restored my relationship with my family, and over the next 6 months in the home, God healed my heart and gave me hope, joy, and purpose again. NBGA was the haven and resting place I had so desperately needed, and God encouraged me every day through the staff, many of the other girls in the home, and through the preaching at the church we attended. I learned that, even though I didn't want to trust anyone again, I could trust God, because He really did want what was best for me, and I would be happiest living for Him.
It wasn't easy spending that time away from my family, but God knew exactly what I needed, and I am so thankful that I did spend that time at the home. While I was there, I grew spiritually, mentally, and physically stronger, earned my GED, and decided to move back home 2 months after I turned 18. That was 5 years ago. I am now very happily married to the most amazing Christian husband, who always puts me first and protects and defends me and our marriage every day. I have had the opportunity to continue teaching private music lessons (an occupation I have always enjoyed) and I am studying to work in the field of veterinary medicine. I also attend a local church and have just become active in the music ministry there, as well.
God continues to bless my life every day, and I often thank Him for not giving up on me, and for rescuing me from the path I had chosen and setting my feet on the solid Rock again. Had He not intervened, I know my life would have only continued to spiral out of control, and I would have spent the rest of my time on earth out of fellowship with Christ and out of His will. About two months into my stay at NBGA, God gave me a song, and it is probably the best way I can sum up my testimony. I included the words below. I hope it blesses you and brings God glory.
"I Can Testify"
Confused and disappointed, but I still thought I was right
Too weak to reach out for His loving hand,
My heart was heavy-burdened, no joy was within sight
Beneath the sin of this old world, I could not stand
But for some reason He looked beyond my shame
And saw the blood of Calvary upon my name
I can testify there's no greater love than what He's shown to me
Even through the blackest night, across the valley on my knees
I couldn't feel His hand in mine, but in my weakness He held tight
He never once gave up on me
I can testify
I still regret the time that I wasted out in sin
Those years I can't get back to live for Him
But by His mercy great, those years have been erased
From this day on, my battles He will win
Now I can look back and see how He never let me go
And I can stand before you today and say
I can testify there's no greater love than what He's shown to me
Even through the blackest night, across the valley on my knees
I couldn't feel His hand in mine, but in my weakness He held tight
Before I came to New Beginnings I was miserable, bitter, and lost in my sin. I looked for happiness in the wrong places when happiness was in front of me. My family did all they could do. They took me to church, summer camps, Bible studies, church conferences but nothing seemed to help. It was easy for me to look good on the outside because I knew what people wanted to hear. As I got older I got worse and had no desire to go to church anymore. I began to make the excuse "I'm not chosen so why waste my time going to church?" Things got worse at home. I stopped going to school and thought I could make it. Things stared to get worse and worse and the real Amanda started to come out. Many people at church tried to help me see my need for Salvation but I continued to live in sin. One day my mom asked me, "do you think you're a believer?" That question stuck with me and I couldn't help but think about Hell. When my family could see I was not going to change they found New Beginnings online.
On May 25, 2008 my sister and I were sent to New Beginnings. We had no clue our parents had planned this all out. I was angry at them and thought they gave up on me and no longer loved me.
When we got to Missouri we went straight to Bible Believers Baptist Church. I was in total shock to see all the girls and listening to Bro. Friesen preach was something I was not used to.
May 31, 2008 was a day I'll never forget! The night before Bro. Armstrong was preaching on Hell. It scared me to think I was headed there. That whole night I couldn't sleep and I couldn't stop thinking about his message but I still wanted to keep my sin. The next day a new girl came with her family and i could see her parents just wanted to see her change her life and get saved. That whole day I couldn't stop thinking about my family and hell. Then that night Bro, Mac was preaching on pride. I felt like he knew what I was thinking. Conviction was strong, but I didn't understand how to get saved so I started to cry. Then this girl next to me asked me "do you want to get saved?" So we went to the back of the cafeteria and Mrs. Mac explained to me what Salvation was and showed me Scripture in Romans. So that night i asked Jesus to come into my heart and to forgive me for all the wrong things I did.
After getting saved I still struggled alot in school, following rules, my relationship with my parents and having a hard time getting over my addictions. but i believe it gave me a chance to trust God and stay on my knees. During those 3 years of being at New Beginnings I was taught how to be a Slave for Christ, I was taught to stay in His Word, to find comfort in His promises, to understand that all things work together for good, to be content, to never give up, and also how to do dishes (:
I was able to finish my school at New beginnings and i give all the glory to God and God only!i am so thankful that out of everyone in the world He chose me to go to New Beginnings and to get saved and to give my life completely to God! I'm also thankful for the MacNamara family they made it possible for me to graduate and for the encouraging words. And of course Bro. Armstrong for the counsel he gave me while I was in the Home and for Mrs. Armstrong and her hugs (: And for Bro. Friesen and his family staying faithful to the church! And for Miss Laura my forever dorm staff and for Miss Heather.
I came back home to sunny California June 21st and I could honestly tell you I have one of the best relationships with my family! I love them and I thank them for everything they do for me. I have been able to find better friends and be a testimony to the old. Of course coming back home was not easy because of temptations and memories but staying close to the cross and the right people has helped tremendously!
As a parent, I have witnessed, first hand, the destruction of drug use of my son, Alex. He began experimenting with marijuana at the age of 14 and then progressed to prescription drugs with full blown addiction in his later teens. By the time he reached 20 he began stealing valuables from our home to pay for the drugs. Out of money, in and out of jail, in debt, with no place to go, Alex was in a pit of darkness, a lost soul without hope, wasting away. We tried two separate drug rehab centers where he learned more about how to use drugs than stay off them.
Then we found a place in southwest Missouri which allowed Alex a “safe refuge” away from the evil world influences to get his feet planted on solid ground. Teenagers today live in a world subject to the oppression of lies and deceit which can lead a young person to destruction. What attracted me as a father to this place for my son is the constitution adopted by the founders and staff which is the King James Bible AV 1611, the word of the living God. This is the most valuable substance on the face of the earth known to mankind. We as parents have a total responsibility to know the Truth and give our children the means to seek and receive it when they are ready to receive. This place simply stands on the Book with the leadership of Brother McNamara.
With a dedicated and committed staff, my son has been allowed the privilege of getting re-established in his life on a solid biblical foundation. I’ve seen a lost soul in darkness pulled out of a pit into the light. I am deeply grateful to the staff for allowing Alex a safe refuge and to grow solidly in the Truth. I am also deeply grateful for the grace of Almighty God. This place is New Beginnings Ministries in La Russell Missouri.
My name is Elisabeth and I am 23 years old. I came to New Beginnings in 2004 at the age of 16. This home was a last resort for my family. My parents never wanted to send me away, but knew they had to if I were to get help. I came from a good family and never got in much trouble until high school. But, through the wrong choice of friends and simply just a desire to do wrong, I got in a lot of trouble. I went from being a straight A student to ditching school whenever I could. I started to just experiment with drugs and alcohol but it got to the point where I didn't want to spend a day sober. I became miserable, doing things I regretted. I definitely wanted to change, but with all the same friends, influences, and in my own strength I could not. My parents saw no other option and sent me to New Beginnings. I immediately knew that whatever it was that was lacking in my life could be found here. The Lord made himself real to me and on October 9,2004 I received Christ as my Savior. I never doubted I was a sinner and to think that the Lord loved me enough to die for me in spite of any wrong I had done was all that I needed to draw me to Him. I am so thankful to say, that was almost 7 years ago and I am still striving to serve the Lord. I was able to graduate from New Beginnings and then the Lord led me to stay around and work for a year and a half. New Beginnings is my second home and the McNamaras and the staff are like my family. They have sacrificed their own lives so that others might have a second chance at theirs. While working at the home, I met my husband to be. We were married in 2008. My husband is now the pastor of a Baptist Church in Ohio and we are doing our best to serve the Lord in this ministry he has called us to. We are seeing God move in our church each and every day. We now have two beautiful children and a third on the way. I am so thankful for the family God has given me. If I had not gone to the home I would never know how to be a Christian wife or mother. I am far from what I could be, but to think of where I would have been had it not been for this home and for Jesus Christ is so humbling. I now have good examples, the Word of God, and the Holy Spirit to guide me each day as opposed to my own self and the world. God is good! I can only pray many others will have the same opportunity that I did.
I’d like to start out by saying I thank God for New Beginnings. If not for them, my daughter may very well have been dead by now.
My name is Carol, and I have a daughter named Heather who is now 16. At the age of 13, she was in public school, and got involved with some very bad kids. She started being very rebellious and defiant at home, and then she purposely cut herself on the arm. I knew she needed help beyond what I could give.
I’m a nurse, so I know what the world has to offer in situations like this. I definitely did not want that for my daughter! By the time I took her to talk to Bro. McNamara, Heather had started tearing the skin off her face with her finger nails. He agreed that she needed help right away, so she stayed there.
After I went home, I read Heather’s journal. In it, I found an entry where she stated her intent to cut herself dated two weeks before she actually did it. There was an entry a week or so later where she stated her intent to kill herself. I dropped to my knees and cried, and thanked God for allowing her to go to New Beginnings at the time she went, and sparing her life.
After 1 year, I saw a huge improvement in Heather when she was home for a visit. I thought she was ready to come home, so I made the mistake of bringing her home without asking Bro. McNamara if he thought she was ready. I should have asked his opinion.
God has given him insight and experience that I do not have, but I thought I knew my
daughter well enough to make that choice. Needless to say, Heather did great for about 6 months, and then she went back to finding the worst kind of friends. This time, she got involved with kids that smoke and drink. She was also trying to get pregnant. Because of her defiance and bad attitude, there was constant turmoil in our home. She was angry because we didn’t let her go anywhere without us, except for school due to her behavior. She picked mindless fights with her brother, sister, and me. She picked fights with my husband when I was not home, and then told me a totally different story of what happened, therefore causing my husband and me to fight. There was no peace in our home.
Heather is now at New Beginnings for the second time, and she is doing great! I am grateful this time around there is also godly counseling to go hand in hand with the program. She actually wrote to me and thanked me for sending her back to the program. Peace has been restored to our home now, and part of that is because through this experience, my husband is now reading his Bible and praying every day. He is becoming the leader he should be. Our whole family is drawing closer to God and each other, and I’m very pleased to say that includes Heather. I believe God has great and wonderful things in store for her and I’m excited to sit back and watch what he does in her life.
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