Andy and Laurie
When my home church graciously provided a sabbatical, my desires for my wife and me were three-fold: 1) observe biblical counseling and ministry first-hand in a residential community; 2) take time to focus on accomplishing requirements for biblical counseling certification with NANC; and 3) have a time of rest, relaxation, and spiritual renewal. With these goals, the ABC Ministry Center seemed to be an ideal place for us. And it has undoubtedly proven to be so. We have seen the word of Christ and the love of Christ working to restore and mature believers. We have been blessed by such enriching interpersonal interactions, not only with residents but with ABC brothers and sisters. We have been able to focus on our NANC requirements. And we have rested and enjoyed the abundant beauty here. We anticipate these blessings benefitting future ministry at Green Pond. Thank you very much, ABC Ministry Center, and God bless you, Pastor Andy.
I came to the ABC Ministry Center in 2011, sick and desperate. I have struggled on and off with drug addiction for the past 46 years, and I knew that this was probably my last stop. Although I had been a believer for most of those years, many wrong views of God had infiltrated my thinking. These beliefs kept me from fully trusting Him enough to surrender defeating behaviors. It was a blessing to live in the lodge where many daily distractions were removed so I could spend hours studying the Word of God, praying and receiving encouraging, godly counsel. It was during these times God began to reveal more deeply His character and the love He had for me in spite of all I had done. During an in-depth Bible Study, God showed me powerful strongholds in my life and how I could break free from them. I saw His kindness to me in ways I had not fully grasped before, and it has changed my life. I am filled with tremendous gratitude for this ministry, and the committed servants God has raised to love the wounded and lost. The year at the Ministry Center saved my life. I am home, healthy, and clean, surrounded by a family that pulled hard for me. My prayer is that God will use the rest of my life to spread the message of God’s love and desire to break bonds and set captives free.
When I arrived at the Ministry Center in 2008, I had no idea what the Lord had in store for my time there. I had spent the last four years on the mission field but had found myself at a place of anger and discontentment in my relationship with God. What I thought would be a time of R&R and regrouping, by God’s goodness to me, was a season of brokenness and restoration. For the first time in years, I wasn’t running around “busy” with ministry but learning to rest before the Lord and allow him to speak and reveal the things in my heart that needed attention. The body of Christ at Adirondack Bible Chapel became the tool the Lord used to accomplish His desired work in me. I received countless encouragement and support, had challenging times in the word, and received reliable biblical counsel daily. Through his word and the power of the Holy Spirit, God did a transforming work in me. One of the greatest things I learned during my time at the Ministry Center is that doing for the Lord does not equal abiding with the Lord. I needed to get back to a place of daily abiding with Him, where everything else on any given day was simply the result of that.
Justin and Michelle
Following a difficult three year pastorate, we were encouraged by some fellow leaders to spend some time at the Ministry Center. Our time there was both challenging and rewarding. Through the conviction of His word and the care of the folks at ABC, we were able to wrestle through some issues from our previous pastorate and experience God’s grace in forgiveness and healing. We have been struck anew at the power of the Gospel in our own lives – not just for our salvation (which is where we often stop), but in every day living out of our faith. We are grateful for the time we spent at the Ministry Center, and we are excited to move on to the next pastorate with a renewed sense of both our sinfulness and of God’s incredible mercy extended to us on the cross.
Keith and Amy, Ministry Center Interns
Our experience as ABC Ministry Center Interns was one characterized by God’s lavish love and grace, which we have seen and felt through a committed body of mature believers. As we graduated from college, were married, and started job hunting, We were extended an invitation to consider the internship program at the Ministry Center. It proved to be a fantastic time of growth, both in our marriage and in our walk with the Lord. Our time there has allowed us the opportunity to see the body of Christ functioning biblically, while also allowing us to minister to others at the same time. Each day as we work on the Ministry Center grounds, disciple young believers, or build relationships within the community, we are ministering and being ministered to. Our time at the Ministry Center has been precisely what we needed in our marriage, in our walks with the Lord, and Biblical and Christ-centered understanding of ministry. We have been shown the importance of a church committed to being the church.
Josh and Marissa, Ministry Center Interns
Our time at the Ministry Center as interns was one of growth and encouragement, as we were able to serve the local body of believers, while also being served by fellow believers in Jesus Christ. Whether working on the ministry center building, helping those in need around the community, or eating a meal in someone’s home, we were truly blessed and grew in our walk with the Lord. We are thankful for how the Lord used the internship to prepare us for ministry opportunities and look forward to how He will continue to use this time in our lives as we serve Him in the future.