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A Journey with God and His Vision

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Where it Began

We invite you to follow along as I share how this miracle of Wholeness to Freedom Ministries, Inc,. and Still Waters Brevard is unfolding before us, in real time, and dates back to 1995. Independently of each other, before my husband Jim and I even met, God birthed a passion within us both to support others in rising up to be the person God had always intended and to discover and walk in that potential. So even though the stirring of this vision started years earlier; it is here in Melbourne, Florida in 2013 that it was reignited in one of our local restaurants, “Beef O’Brady’s,” with one of those like-hearted beautiful women of God, where the visions in all our hearts merged into Still Waters Brevard. We were feeling the squeeze in our counseling and ministry offices and began praying the prayer of Jabez:

“Enlarge the site of your tent [to make room for more children];
Stretch out the curtains of your dwellings, do not spare them;
Lengthen your tent ropes
And make your pegs (stakes) firm [in the ground]. Isaiah 54:2 AMP

Support and Prayers along the way

With the three of us praying quietly, it was in July of 2017 that God opened the door for us to look at the Ferndale Property and the WFMI board toured the site and discussed the feasibility of acquiring it. At that point, the purchase price was 1.9 million dollars. After much discussion and prayer, an offer of 1.2 million was presented and accepted and the process began in bringing formation to the vision. Several individuals have volunteered to serve between then and now, and several events have happened:

  • Grant writing for repairs, elevators, programs.
  • A previous Day Care Owner commits to head up the Day Care and get it equipped and functioning.
  • A community member, previous ministry cook, commits to head up the Kitchen and Dining facility.
  • An Event Planner, formerly employed for said purpose, and volunteers to generate events for sanctuary and kitchen and special events.
  • Several financial pledges are made.
  • Monies are donated for the process (Architect for creating dorm rooms out of the school, permits, down payment, etc.) of acquiring the property, very positive and encouraging
  • A qualified individual volunteers to be Project Manager once on the property;
  • Meetings with the City of Melbourne
  • The Architect creating plans for transforming the 3 story school building into a dormitory

Miracles along the way

In the beginning of July 2018 the sellers contacted us and presented to us that they would make an addendum to the contract and lower the price of the property from 1.2 million to $500,000.00 with a closing date of September 4, 2018.

The closing date arrived and for various reasons we were not able to close; however God was not done.

On September 13, 2018 He literally dropped an opportunity of provision to purchase the property and a new closing date was set for October 1st, at which time the property transferred over into the hands of Wholeness to Freedom Ministries, Inc.

The Vision Becoming a Reality

Right now we are in the process of transforming this amazing property to complete the vision with a three-stage process. The first stage in refreshing and repairs of the office building, the sanctuary and kitchen; as well as a day care in order to begin walking this out. (To understand more fully how this property completes the vision God has graced to

Wholeness to Freedom Ministries Inc. see our “Vision of Usage” page. (link))

Since the closing there have been many volunteers from area churches and the community helping to prepare for our opening day of Tuesday October 30th and the spirit of unity is truly being seen and experienced in this region!

Much work remains as we move forward in preparing the sanctuary/dining facility for ministry opportunities, and for the remodeling of the three-story school for Still Waters Brevard and we welcome your support as God leads you. We appreciate and are grateful for the many who have supported us with prayer, volunteering, needed items, and monies and we thank you all! Love and Blessings, Jim and Susan

 STILL WATERS of BREVARD MISSION

The mission of Still Waters is to journey alongside single women/women with children that are experiencing a lack of resources and life skills as they walk out their decision to improve their lives towards wholehearted living of mind, body, and spirit towards freedom and independence.

The Vision

SCOPE AND PURPOSE The scope and purpose of Wholeness to Freedom Ministries is to help individuals overcome the negative effects of life experiences involving, but not limited to, poverty, relationship struggles, emotional, sexual, physical abuse, and trauma in order to better function and contribute to society and fulfill the purpose for which they were created on a local level within the community in which they live.

To hear more of our personal stories as it relates to the journey visit us at http://stillwatersbrevard.com/letter/

If you wish to donate and/or partner with us visit us at http://stillwatersbrevard.com


Learning About Still Waters

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Learning About Still Waters Brevard

We are excited you are here and we trust that you will be encouraged and hopeful in hearing our journey, and our story, and inspired to partner with us in this most exciting miracle. We all have opportunities each day to serve others and give of our time and money, yet the most effective offerings are those given from the heart. If your heart is aligning with ours for those struggling and the many women and children stuck and caught in a system that erodes the very freedom of whom they were meant to be and accomplish, we encourage you to come along.

I, Susan, a licensed mental health counselor and my husband Jim Begley, a Pastor and Pastoral Counselor have been walking alongside hurting people for many years, (To read our stories visit  http://stillwatersbrevard.com/letter/ ). Since 2011 it has been our mission to bring wholeness and freedom to the broken hearted in the Brevard County Region and God has amazingly, enlarged our tent pegs and provided the opportunity for WFMI to purchase the Tabernacle Property on 1619 Ferndale Ave., Melbourne, Florida. To understand all this entails you can read about our 3 stage process here –  “Vision of Usage” Wholeness to Freedom Ministries Inc.  [This link will be to a new page, – “Vision of Usage”,  that needs to be created under about us”] has and is, expanding through a 3 stage process!

“Enlarge the site of your tent [to make room for more children];
Stretch out the curtains of your dwellings, do not spare them;
Lengthen your tent ropes
And make your pegs (stakes) firm [in the ground]. Isaiah 54:2 AMP

Why is this so important and why might you partner with us? Brevard County is historically known to have a spirit of poverty, brokenness, and despair. This opportunity is creating an umbrella of ministries and services that will join with other churches, ministries, businesses and agencies in the area to help dispel the spirit of hopelessness and establish healing, wholeness and hope to the people of Brevard County.  The US Department of Health and Human Services states in an article, Psychological First Aid for Families Experiencing Homelessness, that the research shows a large portion of those facing homelessness have “experienced traumatic events, including domestic, interpersonal, and community violence and have been victims of physical, emotional/psychological, and /or sexual abuse in childhood” (2009, page 2).

God has graced Wholeness to Freedom Ministries Inc. a vision to speak into this community wide struggle and be a part of the solution, along side others, for Brevard County. We have witnessed these struggles in our counseling rooms, our churches, our businesses, and our community and what we have found is that unless effective relational skills, loving community, life-skills, education and equipping are modeled in loving relationships, ministry, and counseling this hopelessness will continue.

The Ferndale property has equipped WFMI to provide such a loving community-based, 2 to 3 year program, with a dormitory for single women and women with children, Still Waters Brevard, to feel safe and secure while learning relational skills; a Counseling Center to support healing, growth, and overcoming emotional struggles; a Christian Day Care & School for the children and while supporting the women in their vocational and educational goals; Teaching/Training/Worship Center for healing and discipleship opportunities; Classrooms for learning life skills, relational skills, and vocational skills; and Food Pantry for serving the community.

Your donations will be utilized to transform this amazing property, with excellence, as we walk through a 3 stage process to begin implementing this program. We are so honored and excited to be able to step up and serve in this way and to fulfill the vision God has placed upon our hearts. The ministry will be educational, transformational and transitional.  The new home for WFMI, 1619 Ferndale Avenue, Melbourne has freed Jim and myself, and the many others of like-heartedness already with us, to minister these principles on a larger scope than any one of us ever imagined. Thank you for taking the time to inquire into partnering with us.

Won’t you partner with us, in this amazing effort? (Put a link to the Still Waters Brevard donation page)

If you wish to learn more about our journey in the process and more about myself and Jim you can follow these links on our webpages.

The journey of acquiring the Ferndale Ave property. http://wholenesstofreedomministries.org/a-journey-with-god-and-his-vision/

Jim and Susan’s story as related to the vision of Still Waters Brevard http://stillwatersbrevard.com/letter/

Still Waters Brevard. http://wholenesstofreedomministries.org


Unlovable

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If we truly understand the experience of the power of God’s love as he demonstrated it while he was hanging on the cross, there is no such thing as an unlovable person. There are approximately 7 1/2 billion people on the planet; show me just one, and set that person right here in front of me, and I will show you absolute zero unconditional love!

Ephesians 3:14-19

14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family[ a] in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.


” THE CROWD “

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On Monday, October 19th, 1:30 a.m., God woke me with great trembling, in a full sweat and weeping. I asked, “God, what is this? God, is this you? Is this me?” He responded, “Come with me”. I knew it was not me.

As I got up and went to the living room and sat on the couch, I was still trembling, and weeping uncontrollably. Again I asked, “God, is this you? What is this?” I heard Him say, “There is no crowd!” “What?!?”, I asked. Again He said, “There is no crowd! Man sees the crowd. Man hears the crowd. But there is no crowd”. Still trembling and weeping I asked, “God, what are You saying? If man sees the crowd, but You are saying there is no crowd, what ARE You seeing?”

Then it was as if the very air opened up and I saw as in an open vision, pure light, the very Presence of God on the Throne of Heaven as He spoke.

I heard God say, “As I am seeing through Myself . . . while I am hanging on the cross, I see no crowd”. Weeping, I asked, “If You do not see the crowd, then what do You see?!?”

Again, I head the sound of His voice as He repeated, “As I am seeing through Myself while I am  hanging on the Cross, I see no crowd. I am seeing through Myself while I am hanging on the Cross every man, woman, and child through all eternity. As I am seeing upon each of their faces, I am seeing into their eyes. I am seeing into all that is within each person whom I created, and I am seeing every sin, every brokenness, every weakness and temptation, every evil thought, lust, and anger, every fear, despair, disappointment, discouragement and cry of desperation, every helplessness. “

“While seeing into all that is within each person I come back to seeing each face. I then looked into the eyes of each one to acknowledge all that I am seeing, and as I spoke each ones name, I THEN said ‘It is finished!!!,’ as I gave up My Spirit, My very self, to My eternal purposes in each life.”


True Surrender

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The Lord has been speaking to my heart lately about surrender. To surrender is to submit; to submit is to yield; to yield is to give “right of way”.

Many times we attempt to surrender without giving right-of-way to God and many times we go about our list of things to surrender. For example, we attempt to surrender our finances, our jobs, certain people, our health issues, our children, etc., etc.

While those are examples of what we desire, and need, to give Him, that is not true surrender.

True surrender is of myself, and with any and all outcomes!

I believe that is possible as we continue to love, to learn, and to grow {mature} in relationship with our God, with self, and with one another.

Blessings,
Jim


Still Waters

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One of our dreams is to create a healing center called Still Water