The ARK – City of Refuge or Refuse?

The current situation in the world is causing much debate about religion. The “free world” claims, for the most part to be Christian. I have had mainly bad, to f-ing appalling experiences with people that shout about bean Christians. One of the worst was at The Ark. The full story is in The Chronicles of the Mexican Horse Thief IV. I would suggest if you (Christians) would like to survive, and indeed not end up in your Hell, you had better start following your instructions from the Bible and Jesus, just a bit more closely.

Here I will put down the information that is in The Ark’s pamphlet, you can decide what you think when you have read a day by day account, in the Chronicles, of what I saw once in there, stone cold sober. Eish!

The Ark
City Of Refuge Church
Men’s Home
Orientation Manual

Our Vision
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
Because he hath anointed me
To preach to the poor;
He hath sent me to heal the broken hearted,
To preach deliverance to the captives,
And recovering the sight to the blind,
To set at liberty them that are bruised,
To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
Luke 4:17,18.

Our mission is to glorify God in all that we do and to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ through caring and providing for the “least” among us, the destitute, the indigent, the physically and spiritually ill, the hopelessly addicted and the unwanted.

Introduction to Men’s Home
Our purpose is to provide Christian-based care/rehabilitation to men in need(addicts, the destitute, aged, etc.) with the mission of the church to glorify Jesus Christ in all that we do and to take part in the great commission.
We provide assistance, through rehabilitation, to residence –
With addictions (sustenance-abuse, anger, etc.)
By creating a platform to acquire hard-skills for the labour/ entrepreneur market
By providing Christian-based personal and family counseling
By encouraging them to personally take time, searching the scriptures and to apply God’s Kingdom rules, so that they experience the healing process and have that life of abundance and peace as promised by God.
Our Christian-based life-skill program consists of various courses that deal with spiritual and emotional restoration in areas of denial, anger, rejection, bitterness, etc. All life-skill training is incorporated into daily living chores in so providing for practical reality-based thearapy.
1 John 1:7

Conditions of Entry
Dear Friend
We welcome you to The Ark City of Refuge Church in the most precious name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
The purpose of this ministry is:
1) Promoting the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2) Providing temporary shelter for the homeless, food and drink for the hungry and thirsty, clothing for the unclothed and spiritual guidance according to scripture for all those that desire it.
We are NOT a place of permanent residence for the unemployed.
The following terms and conditions of entry apply to all who apply to reside in the Church.
a) Every person will be required to complete the Orientation Courses (50 Day Bible Course and Agape Foundation Course) after which your progress will be reviewed and you will then be required to enter a program according to your need, i.e. drug/alcohol, related problems, life-skills, hard skills etc.
b) You may not partake of alcohol nor any narcotic drugs including non prescription tablets, on these premises.
c) You will be denied access to these premises should you display any evidence of having taken any of the substances described in b) above or you will be summarily expelled from this Church should you partake of them on these premises.
d) You may only smoke cigarettes or tobacco in designated areas.
e) You may not engage in employment of any kind until the completion of the Orientation Courses after which you may obtain a 30 day pass to seek employment on a daily basis. If successful in obtaining employment within that 30-day window, you will be given an additional period of 30 days to find alternative accommodation. During your employment you will be required to contribute 30% of your income to the Ministry. (Copy of pay slip required) If you are unsuccessful in obtaining employment within the 30 day window you will be required to meet with the Re-evaluation Committee to discuss your future e.g. extension of the 30 days window, life-skill training and or hard skills training. After each 30 day window period you will be required to submit a new application for residency to the Church. Your continued stay will be subject to approval from Management.
f) Persons receiving pensions/grants are required to pay 30% and persons receiving child grants are required to pay 10% to facilitate their stay in the Ministry.
g) You may not engage in violent behavior nor may you use foul language towards any person in the ministry.
h) You shall respect the authority of the Pastors and Staff of this Church. Failure to do so will result in your summery expulsion.
i) You must hand in any firearms, other weapons on entry.
j) You must hand in any medication(Schedule 3 and above) to be kept in the dispensary, which will be issued under supervision.
k) You will be required to perform certain duties within the ministry as designated by the Section Heads.
l) You may not enter into a relationship nor have an affair with any resident during your residency.
m) Your stay is temporary and you may from time to time be moved from one place or section of accommodation in order to facilitate the efficient running of the Church.
n) If in the opinion of the Management Board you have reached a stage where you are considered to be able to continue with your life elsewhere you will be given a notice period of 30 days in which to find alternative accommodation.
Finally, we wish you all the grace and goodness of our Lord Jesus Christ during your stay with us. May HE restore you and guide you as you strive to be healed spiritually and physically.
SIGNED – RESIDENT ______________ DATE _______________
SIGNED- MEN’S HOME PASTOR __________ DATE ______________
WITNESS 1 ________________ DATE ________
WITNESS 2 _______________ DATE __________

More rules followed mainly about Church rules, I will mention them as we go along.

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7 Responses to “The ARK – City of Refuge or Refuse?”

  1. John Brandow Says:

    Hi Wayne, you invited me in(to your blog) and will now enjoy(hopefully) my comments. To Generalize groups of people by calling them names is not going to work. I do not call myself a Christian. I do not have to. It is all in what I believe. Just by reading the pamphlet I can tell you there are major issues with these guys. NOTHING and I mean nothing is done according to anything let alone the bible here. I do not have to read the rest of what you wrote to be able to tell you what goes on there. They want to take you personality, your dignity and everthing in between away from you by offering to help you – with what? People going to such places do it out of desperation and needs to be handled with dignity which I do not see – Unfortunately it is guys like these that give anything a bad name – It seems to be some money making racket- is that the word? How on earth and to what end are people forced into
    bible programs – I wonder what the content of these programs are ?


  2. Duncan Says:

    ”The battle is not yours, but mine says the Lord”…’those in glass houses, dont throw stones’ are just two things that instantly come to mind!!!! By the language and negative attitude displayed in these letters I don’t really imagine either of these two doing anything positive for the why lash out and judge those that are trying I say. I would rather be radical striving to to for God (even if I slip or dont get it right sometimes) than be doing nothing but critising others. Our walk with God is a choice….. and Praise God that we are saved by Grace.

  3. Wayne Bisset Says:

    So… by imagining you cover yourself rather well, one cannot accuse you of “judging.” You seem to feel my observations are judging though? OK. :} As I am not a Christian, or a Jew, the Old Testament is not really relevant to me and as a soldier of fortune I do believe no decent God had anything to do with the battles I have seen.
    I question mine or John’s negativity. We both have overcome huge odds by our positivity.
    Lastly, Duncan, if I were a Christian, I do question that Grace will save these people, more like when they call Jesus’ name, he will say, “Get away I did not know you.”
    That said, thank you for taking the time to read and then comment on my scriblings.

  4. Kim Says:

    The Ark City Of Refuge was started with Genuine People doing the Lords Work…There are some genuine people there and they are tring to help the homeless. There are not many places the homeless can go to. I have worked there years ago and learnt a lot. I also overcame a lot of things in my life and learnt a lot about the Lord.
    Dont Judge it is not for us to Judge. God is the Judge and appreciate the Ark for helping people who cant help themselves.
    I appreciate people who are trying to help othere and nobody is perfect. If you stay in other places you will pay at least R250 per night wheras the Ark is free so dont complain. Why were you there in the first place??? You must have had a problem of some sort to land up there or were homeless or on the street.Most people who land up there have a problem of some sort and then overcome the problem. I think the Ark is doing a good job although nobody is perfect yet. Jesus came to give us life.
    Get Jesus and Get Life.
    Live .

    • Wayne Bisset Says:

      I judge not, I observe. If you read all my Chronicles you will see the bad track record the “Christians” I have met have. At the moment I am working as security for a Christian Mission. It is also a bit strange. My problem? I am a binge drinker.

      • Kim Says:

        The Ark is there to help people overcome their problems…..If however you werent happy there then maybe there are other chritian places or churches where you will be happier.
        Some people pass through and others stay there for years making it their home..
        I learnt a lot form being there for a few years and doing bible school. However it helped me to remember to pray every day and taught me faith which I apply to my daily living. I am happy there is an Ark for people who need to go there..Just carry on your life with Christ Jesus as your guide and let him lead you.. Drinking you need to lay down at the cross and ask God to take it way ….Its like eating one needs a good healthy diet. Drink the living water from the Lord and overcome the other….Get Jesus get life. amen.Kim..

  5. Jamie Says:

    Good site you have here.. It’s difficult to find quality writing like yours these
    days. I really appreciate individuals like you!
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