This is a  staff list for New Beginnings Rebekah Home (aka New Beginnings Girls Academy (La Russell, MO) or Marvelous Grace Girls Academy) in Pace, FL

(we are working to acquire the complete records for ALL years)

 

We advise current and/or former staff to report any abuses you may have witnessed while working at New Beginnings Rebekah Home/Marvelous Grace Girls Academy.  For information on your rights and how to take action, visit www.heal-online.org/blowthewhistle.htm.If you were fired or forced to resign because you opposed any illegal and/or unethical practices at New Beginnings Rebekah Home/Marvelous Grace Girls Academy, you have the right to take action.

 

If you were harmed (family or survivor) by New Beginnings Rebekah Home/Marvelous Grace Girls Academy, please contact info@heal-online.org if you remember the long-term employees and from which years.This will help!†  Also, if you recognize any of these staff as having worked at another program, please send in any information about their past or present employment at other facilities and/or cults.

 

Please donít place your loved one in New Beginnings and rescue them if they are there now. 

 

Name

Unit/Position

Additional Information
Richard Azud Superintendent New Beginnings Rebekah Home/Marvelous Grace Girls Academy (Pace, FL) Location ONLY
Steven Blankenship Director From their website--After years of living a life of a Satanist and Witch, a young man began to witness to him at his work place.  The Christian was not afraid of Steven.  How he looked, or his attitude.  After consistent love for his soul, Steven Blankenship Repented of his sins and trusted the shed Blood of Jesus Christ! The Lord not only saved a 19 year old boy that Day, but also a future Christian Husband and a future Christian Father!  The Lord also saved a future Preacher of the Gospel and Director of the New Beginningís Girlís Home!  This is a cult. 
Bill McNamara Director New Beginnings Girls Academy in La Russell, MO
Mr. & Mrs. Wiley Cameron Founders This program is associated/affiliated with the abusive Roloff Homes.
No other staff listed No other titles listed (New Beginnings/Marvelous Grace, like many other programs in this industry, keeps a "tight lid" on any specific information regarding their staff, qualifications, and practices.  Please contact us with the names of any staff of which you have firsthand knowledge or experience.  Thank you for your help.)
For Survivor Statements, click here.
Survivor--Amanda Clayton (Signed Close Provo Canyon School petition with comment, see signature #594 on petition)
External Link: http://www.complaintsboard.com/complaints/new-beginnings-girls-academy-c414958.html
External Link: http://www.care2.com/c2c/share/sharebook/847184185
20/20 ABC Network Article: Biblical Reform School Discipline: Tough Love or Abuse? (April 12th, 2011)
HEAL Report:  Review of New Beginnings Enrollment Agreement, Application, and Releases

(This review does not constitute legal advice and is for information purposes only.  If you need legal assistance, please contact an attorney.)

Following is HEAL's review of New Beginnings' enrollment agreement, application, and release forms.  The hyperlinked text in the previous sentence and in the title will take you to the complete documents used for this review.  The documents linked above are the original documents from New Beginnings and are the basis for this review.  We will not be linking to the documents throughout the remainder of the review and advise readers to open the documents in a new window if greater contextualization is preferred.  This review will follow the same format as others on our website.  We will begin with the document title, page number assigned by .pdf format as pages are not numbered by New Beginnings, and quoted text from those pages followed by our comments, questions, and concerns.

Enrollment Agreement

Page 1 Quotes

"I/We understand that the structure and rules under which my/our child will be educated and trained are very strict."

"New Beginnings administration will have my/our full support and cooperation as they minister to the needs of my/our child."

"I/We understand that New Beginnings is no more that the name implies and makes no claims to be anything else."

"I/We understand that my/our child may not always be in the immediate presence of an adult, and therefore, I/We will not hold the Academy, its staff, or its officials responsible for my/our child's welfare."

HEAL Comments/Concerns

The structure, rules, and severity of disciplinary procedures are discussed in the review of later pages.  However, we will tell you now that the "discipline" includes what is legally considered abuse in many states throughout the country.  It is considered abuse to use a paddle or instrument to strike a child in many states.  There are only 20 states that still permit corporal punishment.  Missouri is one of them. 

Is New Beginnings an accredited school that provides transferrable academic credit?  HEAL searched the Missouri Department of Education to see if New Beginnings was listed as a registered private school.  New Beginnings was not listed in the school directory.  It appears that New Beginnings' own website now solely claims it is a ministry and not a school. (Source: newbeginningsgirlsacademy.com, June 23rd, 2011)  The only claims made regarding education and training on their website at this time are in regards to "spiritual education".  New Beginnings is an "academy" in its d/b/a name only.  It is a ministry with no qualifications for providing mental health services nor academic services.

New Beginnings requires absolute control over and obedience from the parents and the children that enter their program.  This will be discussed further as we get to more detailed pages and concerns throughout the review.

It would appear that New Beginnings is disclaiming any possible "misunderstandings" regarding their program by claiming that New Beginnings is no more than is implied by the name.  And, this is one of many statements in New Beginnings' documents that suggest deception, unconscionability, fraud, and/or open hypocrisy on the part of New Beginnings.

On page one New Beginnings disclaims any injuries that may occur as a result of temporary non-supervision of minors in the program.  However, as you will see below, New Beginnings also disclaims any injuries, up to and including death, caused by New Beginnings' staff, policies, and disciplinary procedures. 

Page 2 Quotes

"I feel that my presence is unnecessary and unwarranted for the enrolling of my child into New Beginnings.  I understand that although not present, I am responsible for all policies discussed in the Enrollment Agreement."

HEAL Comments/Concerns

It is horribly irresponsible for custodial parents to allow their child to be transported to the facility by hired kidnappers.  It is a serious concern that children can be spirited away to a cult-like compound in Missouri, with no telephone, media (tv/newspapers/etc.), and only censored mail, by hired kidnappers.  A program that recommends this form of transport for a child is not acting in the best interest of the child or the family.

Page 3 Quotes

"Since salvation is the beginning and not the end, we seek to provide an environment that will nurture the new Christian into a daily surrender of self to the person of Christ...We expect parent(s)/guardian(s) to fully support this desire."

"An enrollment of twelve (12) months is the contractual agreement.  The contract is automatically renewed after the initial twelve (12) month period on a yearly basis...Should you voluntarily remove your child from enrollment prior to the expiration of the initial twelve (12) month contract the remaining tuition for the year will be due immediately effective the date of your child's termination of enrollment...At no point should parent(s)/guardian(s), or any other person(s), discuss enrollment time frames with the student."

"The amount of the comprehensive fee, which covers charges for tuition, room and board, food, and uniforms, is established by the Academy administration...The school year comprehensive fees for your student are $10,300.00"

HEAL Comments/Concerns

What does New Beginnings mean by "surrender of self"?  And, is the surrender to God or those who claim authority in his name at New Beginnings?  According to the disciplinary policies discussed below, children in the program are to be submissive to staff at all times and to admit they deserve the beatings they receive and to receive the beatings without emotional and physical response.  Jesus was against torturing children.  Why isn't New Beginnings?

There are many penalties involved when parents decide to unenroll their child from this 501(c)3 non-profit ministry.  These penalties include possible ex-communication from their church and great financial loss.  Great financial loss would appear to be guaranteed by the contract which automatically renews each year and if the parents fail to notify of removing the child 48 hours before the anniversary they would be required to pay for another year.  And, if the parents remove their child, based on this unconscionable and likely illegal contract given the contract's own disdain for United States courts, then the program expects them to pay for the entire contract period of a year.  Do you get to negotiate the length of the contract?  If not, then it is one-sided and arguably unjust enrichment for New Beginnings to collect from dissatisfied and/or horrified parents in the event of early withdrawal or dismissal.

It is a serious concern that the program expects family members to keep secrets from each other while demanding full disclosure to the program.  This is unethical and a suggests a cult-like and manipulative program.  It is healthy for adolescents to have a sense of control over their own lives and knowledge about what to expect.  It is unhealthy to keep them locked in a "religious" compound with no uncensored access to communicate with the outside world, no news, and no calendars.  New Beginnings does not put the needs of children and their families first.  And, encourages deception within the family.  This is a serious concern.

The term "room and board" includes meals.  There is no need to include food in addition to "room and board".  This shows a lack of higher education on the part of the individuals running this program.  This program is relatively cheap compared to other programs.  However, it is not cheap when one considers the children are receiving no transferrable academic credits and are being abused and used as free labor for the program.  We bet all companies wish they could get paid to force other people to do manual labor without compensation.  But, slavery was outlawed in the United States over a century ago.  This would suggest that New Beginnings is possibly in violation of federal laws relating to uncompensated labor and child labor. 

Page 4 Quotes

"Tuition does not include other fees or costs outlined below."

"New Beginnings is a non-profit ministry."

"A personal account must be established to pay for incidental expenses that the student might incur (i.e., haircuts, meals out during field trips, film processing, etc.)  This account should be maintained at a minimum balance of $100...Parents should send $25.00 per month to maintain this account in good standing.  Should you fail to do so, we will view this as your statement that you no longer desire to have your child enrolled at New Beginnings, and that you will enact a voluntary withdrawal of your child from the Academy.  in which case the remaining year's tuition will become due effective the date of the child's termination of enrollment.  You will be asked to make immediate arrangements to have your child returned home.  Upon failure of the parent(s)/guardian(s) to make such arrangements, the student will be placed on a bus destined for your child home area at the expense of the parent(s)/guardian(s)."

"There will be a $200.00 uniform fee."

"A $200.00 medical escrow must be established as preparation against possible medical expenses."

"Health insurance must be maintained by the parent.  Medicaid will not be considered insurance."

"In the event you accrue a delinquent account balance as set forth above, for any reason, and New Beginnings is forced to take legal action, parent(s)/guardian(s) agree to be liable for New Beginnings' attorney fees and court costs."

HEAL Comments/Concerns

New Beginnings appears to be a tax-deductible non-profit and it claims to be a ministry.  It is registered as DNZ Ministries and doing business as New Beginnings Ministries.  And, they claim to operate an "orphanage".  HEAL thought orphanages were for abandoned children or children who lost their parents in tragedy. 

The withdrawal policy is the same as the dismissal policy if a child leaves the program based on the decision of New Beginnings or the parents prior to New Beginnings' finding that the child is ready to "graduate". 

Is the uniform similar to that used at Circle of Hope?  If so, it is not worth $200.00.  Parents should inquire what the uniform looks like and how it is used.  It is possible that any proper uniform may be used to "dress up" the children for fundraising events that New Beginnings holds to raise cash for their "non-profit" that is truly only self-serving.  Regardless, if the uniform benefits New Beginnings more than the child, then it should be included in the base cost.  Of course, HEAL recommends you not enroll your child in any Roloff-style program.

Most non-profits will support individuals on Medicaid.  Why doesn't New Beginnings? 

The final quote from page four references the possibility of New Beginnings filing a lawsuit for collection purposes.  This is contradicted by their forced arbitration policy and claim that Christians do not sue other Christians in other areas discussed below.  It shows an illusory contract at best and arguably illegality and unconscionability in terms at worst.

Page 5 Quotes

"TERMINATION POLICY"

"Should there remain an unpaid balance of any moneys due New Beginnings, the student's academic transcripts will not be released until this debt has been satisfied.  At termination, the parent(s)/guardian(s) will be required to execute a Memorandum of Termination of Enrollment at New Beginnings."

"In the event New Beginnings request the termination of a student based upon the procedures outlined in the retention policy, the parent(s)/guardian(s) will be required to make immediate arrangements to have their child's enrollment terminated.  At least one (1) parent/guardian is required to make immediate arrangements to have their child off the campus at the time of withdrawal from enrollment.  Upon failure of the parent(s)/guardian(s) to make arrangements, the student will be placed on a bus destined for your child home area at the expense of the parent(s)/guardian(s).  In the event this termination prior to the expiration of the contract, the remaining tuition for that period will become due and payable effective the date of termination.  Should there remain an unpaid balance of any moneys due New Beginnings, the student's academic transcripts will not be released until this fee has been satisfied."

"Academic transcripts will only be released following a written request of such from the student's receiving school."

HEAL Comments/Concerns

It is a serious concern that whether at the parents' option or the program's option, the contract can be terminated with the full contracted amount claimed by the program.  This appears to be an unconscionable term.  And, HEAL would recommend against enrolling any child in this program. 

In addition, New Beginnings is not a recognized school in Missouri.  It is very likely that they are aware of this fact and the fact that the "credits" earned are unlikely to transfer to legitimate schools.  This is the likely reason that they use the transcripts to attempt to arguably extort families for full payment.  This is not the behavior of a compassionate, Christian ministry. 

Page 6 Quotes

"MAIL POLICY"

"All mail must be sent and received via the parent(s)/guardian(s).  All correspondence to students will be restricted to family members only, unless prior approval is given by New Beginnings staff.  All mail is read by New Beginnings staff prior to release to the student.  The student's outgoing mail will also be censored in this way.  The staff has complete discretion in determining the appropriateness of all mail."

"All scriptural references, whether in letter, cards, bookmark, etc. must be from the OLD King James Bible (KJV, 1611).  All other child versions will be returned.  No newspaper articles, clippings, Internet or e-mail clippings, church bulletins or school newsletters are allowed.  Any letters containing references to the student's homecoming, i.e., "When you get home..." will not be permitted and will be returned.  Any photographs must meet the following standards:"

"Ladies must be in modest attire (i.e., no short shorts, low cut tops, etc.)."

"Men must have short hairstyles.  If the hair is long, the hair must be pulled back for the photo."

"Men must have no visible jewelry on; this includes necklaces, bracelets, ankle bracelets, and earrings."

"No T-shirts may be worn that promote rock/country/contemporary bands (including Christian), alcoholic beverage companies, or any other promotion deemed inappropriate at the sole discretion of staff at New Beginnings."

"No photos of old friends/boyfriends.  Photos should be restricted to family only."

"It should be noted that the staff of New Beginnings will be the judge on the appropriateness of all photos.  Please respect this judgment."

"TELEPHONE POLICY"

"Only parent(s)/guardian(s) may initiate a phone call.  The parent(s)/guardian(s) may call in.  The child does not call out."

"The first phone call may be received after one full month of enrollment."

"Married parents and divorced parents calling their child may have a maximum of fifteen (15) minutes per call.  Divorced parents calling separately may each have a maximum ten (10) minute phone call."

"All phone calls are timed."

"Calling hours are as follows: M, T, and TH 5:30-6:30pm.  FRI from 5:30-8:30p.m., and SAT 12:00 noon to 8:30p.m.  There will be no calls accepted on Wednesday or Sunday." [Ends on page 7]

HEAL Comments/Concerns

New Beginnings admits to violating the law in admitting they censor and read all incoming and outgoing mail in violation of the children's rights.  This is a serious concern as one admitted illegal act suggests a larger pattern of disregard for the law in regards to children's rights and welfare.  A federal court decision (Milonas and Rice, et al v. Provo Canyon School) found that censoring and reading mail in the way described by New Beginnings is a violation of the law.  This is a serious concern.  Such censoring of mail is also one of the warning signs of an abusive program available at www.heal-online.org/warn.htm.  We advise parents to review the warning signs list and use the recommended questions to evaluate programs you consider for your family.

It is a serious concern that access to the outside world is so limited.  Why can't families share church bulletins, school bulletins, and other such materials with their children?  Why does New Beginnings usurp the parents' authority?  How does disrespecting parents in this manner reinforce respect and honor for those parents? Limiting access to the outside world in this manner is symptomatic of a cult, not a church.  It is also symptomatic of a cult to keep their initiates in the dark about a possible escape, rescue, or other means of leaving their clutches.  These are serious concerns and parents should avoid programs like New Beginnings.

Later on, New Beginnings claims that they believe that the KJV 1611 version of the bible is the true word of God and that it is the only valid record of God's word.  This is insulting to Christians around the country who prefer other versions of the Bible.  And, it does not show a dedication to tolerance towards other Christians let alone tolerance for other faiths and cultures.  We recommend parents review the introduction to the KJV 1611 Bible that is available around the world and understand that while those who wrote it were definitely inspired by their faith, that it is still a work of man and those that manipulate the text, meaning of the text, etc. to gain your trust and access to your bank accounts are false prophets not to be trusted. 

Jesus reportedly had long hair.  Why can't Christians?  This seems an unreasonable standard based on cult-like adherence to conformity rather than any legitimate influence a long-haired man may have on the children.  God forbid Jesus returns and is not allowed to interact with the children because his hair is long. 

Many men wear bracelets for medical purposes.  Many men wear necklaces as a way to express their faith.  Many families give men jewelry as a token of affection.  Why can't young men wear jewelry with family or faith-based significance at New Beginnings?  Why can't children have a photo of a male family member who wears jewelry?  The likely answer is that New Beginning is a cult and not about faith as much as strict adherence and control over those who fall for their falsehoods.  This is a concern. 

It is a concern that New Beginnings even dictates what family members can wear in photos they send to their child.  This is over-reaching and shows a far too controlling and disrespectful approach to families and individual family members.  A family member can't even be wearing a shirt celebrating Christian music.  Do you see how absurd that sounds?  Why would you give New Beginnings such control over you and your family?

The phone restrictions are also a serious concern.  Physical abuse is a reported common occurrence at programs like New Beginnings.  And, it is disturbing that children have no access to write or phone when they have been harmed in the care of New Beginnings.  Rules like this at programs like New Beginnings create an atmosphere where abuse is common and regularly covered up.  No parent should enroll their child in New Beginnings or any similar program.

It is also a serious concern that a child may not have phone contact with family for at least a month.  A communication black-out period is common in cults and used to breakdown the initiate so that the cult has control and obedience prior to first contact with the outside world.  Please see www.heal-online.org/warn.htm for more information.

Page 7 Quotes

"VISIT POLICY"

"No one may initiate a visit other than the parent(s)/guardian(s).  The first visit may be made after six full months of enrollment, and subsequent visits may be set at six-month intervals.  It may be longer than six months between visits, but never less than six months between visits.  No student will be allowed to return to your child's home state within the first twelve months.  If your child has been enrolled for less than twelve months, he or she is required to spend their first Christmas as a student on campus.  A minimum two (2) week advance notice must be given to New Beginnings prior to your visit.  The dates of all visits should be closely planned and coordinated with the Superintendent.  All visits are subject to the approval of the Academy administration."

"The administration retains the right to cancel or cut short a visit due to a student's negative behavior.  At no point should parent(s)/guardian(s) or any other person(s) discuss upcoming visits with the student."

"FIRST SIX MONTH VISIT"

"3 days - Friday 9:00am through Sunday 9Pm.  The student and parent(s)/guardian(s) must attend Sunday church services on campus with their child."

"HOME VISIT"

"Only after on year and at the discretion of New Beginnings staff."

"THE FOLLOWING ARE APPLICABLE TO ALL VISITS"

"The student must attend church service during your visit."

"The student should maintain all standards that are in place at New Beginnings (clothing, music, TV, phone calls, etc.)."

HEAL Comments/Concerns

It is a serious concern that New Beginnings keeps parents and children separated for at least six months at a time.  This is not supportive of individual family members or the family's needs for contact with each other.  Barring visits and setting visits without having a set visitation schedule that allows for parents to visit on at least a weekly basis show that New Beginnings is a cult and not a school nor a legitimate ministry.  New Beginnings bars contact for 6-months because the evidence of abuse would be too obvious in regards to someone who is "new" to the program.  By barring access and direct contact between parents and their children, New Beginnings protects itself from investigation and prosecution.  This is a serious concern and another reason why New Beginnings should be avoided.

Again, New Beginnings demands absolute confession to their "leadership" while demanding family members keep secrets from each other and that is something abusers do, not representatives of God.

It is a serious concern that children are not allowed to go home for Christmas like children at any legitimate boarding school.  This is another symptom of a cult and another big red flag that suggests parents avoid New Beginnings like the plague.  It is also a serious concern that New Beginnings claims authority over the entire family regarding the "appropriateness" of a home visit.  Shouldn't such scheduling be in the hands of the family/parents? 

Don't let false prophets turn you away from Christ's love and compassion to live in fear and hate.  That is New Beginnings' mission and it is ungodly.

Page 8 Quotes

"GENERAL VISIT INFORMATION"

"Any supplies, gifts, letters, etc., must be checked with New Beginnings staff before you give it to your child."

"New Beginnings is not responsible for any damaged, lost or stolen property, or harm/injury that might occur to any of your family in attendance, or your child, while on our campus."

"A possible visit schedule for your child would be as follows: After completion of 6 month; after completion of 12 months (unless graduating) and every 6 months thereafter."

"PARENTAL SUPPORT"

"Please do not ask for us to alter, waive, or compromise any New Beginnings policies to make them meet with your satisfaction or approval.  If at any time a parent/guardian becomes unwilling to give full support to all New Beginnings policies, as determined by New Beginnings administration, we will view your actions as a statement that you no longer desire to have your child enrolled at New Beginnings, and that you are enacting a voluntary removal of your child from the Academy, in which case the remaining tuition will become due effective the date of your child's termination of enrollment."

"By nature, young people rebel against controls that suppress their carnal desires.  Unchecked by discipline, these desires will lead to a life of heartache and negative consequences."

"New Beginnings uses a system of demerits to record each student's infraction of rules.  Only adult New Beginnings staff members may assign demerits.  Each infraction will cause the student to accumulate the corresponding demerits.  Once a certain number of demerits are accumulated, the student will receive the specified discipline."  [This sentence ends on page 9]

HEAL Comments/Concerns

Why are gifts from parents, including basic supplies, run through New Beginnings staff for approval?  If a parent desires their child to have something, what right does New Beginnings have to deny the parent the authority in this situation?  This is a concern and another example of how New Beginnings over-reaches when it comes to control over their "clients". 

New Beginnings claims to teach responsibility and obedience.  However, New Beginnings fails to obey the law and fails to show any responsibility regarding the welfare of children and families while at New Beginnings.  The fact that New Beginnings fails to lead by example in taking responsibility for their own wrongs is enough to show that this program is a scam and not a legitimate Christian ministry.

It is a serious concern that New Beginnings also denies contact between family members for at least 6 months at a time and often longer.  This is a sign of a cult and not a legitimate ministry, school, or service provide.  It is also a sign of an abusive program.  See www.heal-online.org/warn.htm for additional warning signs and questions you should ask any program you consider for your family.  We advise families avoid New Beginnings.   

New Beginnings admits that their "contract" is an adherence contract and that there is not mutuality in the agreement and terms.  This is a concern and based on the other requirements in this contract, suggest both an illegal and unconscionable agreement. 

Why is New Beginnings focused on suppressing sexual urges?  This is contrary to science and nature and often results in life-long difficulty relating to the opposite sex.  Many survivors of Roloff-style homes have reported that the extreme rules of never making eye contact with the opposite sex and never smiling at the opposite sex has made finding a relationship and sustaining a relationship in adulthood nearly impossible.  New Beginnings destroys the children they claim to serve and this is not acceptable.  Please do not place your child in New Beginnings and rescue them if they are there now.

Are other children put in staff positions over newer arrivals to the program?  How many non-adult "staff" currently "work" for New Beginnings?  And, are they paid at least minimum wage for their service?  A program that places children in authority of other children is a cult and not a ministry nor treatment facility. 

Page 9 Quotes

"If the student has more than ten (10) demerits in a week then he or she is placed on discipline for the following week.  This discipline includes:"

"Loss of desserts and seconds during meals"

"Loss of all extra-curricular activities including but not limited to field trips, basketball, volleyball, tennis racquetball, baseball, Ping-Pong, football, and swimming."

"Various forms of physical training which include but are not limited to the following: jumping jacks, push-ups, sit-ups, squats, hops, leg lifts, crawls, running, carrying cinder blocks, or all of the above."

"Standing with your child nose touching the end of your child bed for a time period of 1 hour with a 10-minute sit-down break each hour.  This is excluding any regularly scheduled activities and school time."

"When all other forms of discipline have not produced the desired change in behavior and attitude, corporal discipline (swats) may be administered.  A maximum of five (5) consecutive correctly received swats upon the buttocks may be administered.  Correctly received swats are those in which the student exhibits a submissive attitude, as determined by the administrator of the corporal discipline.  This submissive attitude must be exhibited throughout the discipline session.  A maximum of fifteen (15) swats of any kind, whether correctly received or incorrectly received, may be administered in a twenty-four period."

"A flat paddle is used to administer the corporal discipline."

"There are several instances that would warrant immediate corporal discipline (as outline above).  They are as follows: physical fights, talk of running away, running away, or any attempt thereof, direct disobedience to be defined as student's refusal to follow a directive given by any adult staff member of New Beginnings; defiant and disrespectful attitude and actions as determined by New Beginnings staff, and the third offense for cheating in school." [ends on page 10]

HEAL Comments/Concerns

Some survivors of Roloff-style homes have reported that children on "discipline" receive two slices of bread and a slice of cheese for meals while on that "status".  Bread and cheese do not constitute a well-balanced meal.  And, it is important for parents to understand that a "disciplinary" change in diet is likely not as described in the materials. 

How often do the children get to play for recreation/extra-curricular activity?  Survivors of many programs in this industry have reported that the recreational activities described in the materials were very rare or non-existent.  For instance, Provo Canyon School had a Donkey Kong arcade game and a television on the Orientation unit in the 1980s.  But, the only thing children in that program were allowed to do with the game is clean it.  And, the only television was one very bad movie per week if not on investment.  So, while New Beginnings may have a Ping-Pong table, tennis racquets and basketballs on the premises, it does not mean that the children are ever allowed use of them other than to clean or accept "paddling" punishments.

Many Roloff-survivors have reported that physical training was exhausting and that they were forced to continue these activities to the point of passing out.  Parents shouldn't place their children in New Beginnings.  Children have died in behavior modification programs due to dehydration and other causes related to being over-worked without proper sustenance and nutrition.  Children have growing bodies and extensive exercise and poor diet can lead to life-long illness.  This is a serious concern.

The "bed" punishment is definitely a punishment.  This is also true of the "paddling" discussed below.  Only sadists who enjoy inflicting pain and do not respect children in their care engage in such activities.  New Beginnings is an extremely oppressive environment that controls the families whom they claim to serve while depleting their resources.  New Beginnings also engages in open disregard for the law, hypocrisy, and deception.  As discussed above, New Beginnings encourages family members to keep secrets from each other and commit lies of omission between family members.  This is what the King James Version of the Bible says about the Oppressor: "He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor." (Psalm 72:4)  If you oppress your brethren, you serve Satan.  You serve the Oppressor.  New Beginnings does not serve God, only their own self interest and the interest of their Master to break the faith of young children through oppression and abuse.  There is nothing more ungodly than harming children and turning them away from God by convincing them they are hated by God unless they serve the men at New Beginnings.

Using a wooden paddle is considered physical abuse in most states.  Hitting a child hard enough to leave a mark or bruises is considered abuse and using an instrument like a paddle increases the likelihood of such injuries.  Spanking teenagers and demanding submission to being physically touched is a means of grooming them for other "services".  And, this is a serious concern given the number of reports of abuse at Roloff-style programs.

If rolling your eyes and failing to desire to be hit are punishable offenses and punishable by physical abuse, then self-expression is strictly forbidden at this program.  And, if God created your child, do you think he wants your child to be the child he created or the one the Oppressor would turn him into?  Think about it.

Page 10 Quotes

"The New Beginnings discipline policy has the goal of giving each student the maximum opportunity of exercising self-discipline.  By the time corporal discipline is administered, the student will have to acknowledge two things:"

"That the student's attitude and actions warranted corporal discipline much sooner than it was actually administered; and"

"That every opportunity was presented to the student to avoid corporal discipline."

"At no time should the parent(s)/guardian(s) discuss any differences or conflicts they might have with New Beginnings with their child."

"At no time should the parent(s)/guardian(s) convey information to their child and then require your child to keep this information from New Beginnings."

"New Beginnings, or any of its staff, are not responsible for any harm or injury occurring to your child during your child's stay at New Beginnings."

"The parent(s)/guardian(s) agree(s) to execute the Limited Power of Attorney.  Said document is incorporated into this contract by reference as if set forth fully herein."

HEAL Comments/Concerns

Here is the Merriam-Webster definition of "Discipline":

Definition of DISCIPLINE

2
obsolete : instruction
3
: a field of study
4
: training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties or moral character
5
a : control gained by enforcing obedience or order b : orderly or prescribed conduct or pattern of behavior c : self-control
6
: a rule or system of rules governing conduct or activity

Parents need to understand that when New Beginnings claims to use "discipline", they are not claiming to teach by example nor to provide compassionate, patient, and Christian leadership.  Jesus had many disciples, he never beat them nor forced them to conform.  He welcomed them and encouraged everyone to welcome strangers and treat them with care and dignity as we would wish to be treated.  The "Golden Rule" has been attributed to Jesus of Nazareth: "Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them" (Matthew 7:12, see also Luke 6:31). The common English phrasing is "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you". A similar form appeared in a Catholic catechism around 1567 (certainly in the reprint of 1583).[44] (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Golden_Rule)

 

So, if a child is already Christian, New Beginnings has nothing to offer.  And, if a child is not already Christian, New Beginnings does not approach this "stranger to faith" as they would wish to be approached.  Any honest person would recognize that people respond to faith when they see it most perfectly expressed.  Jesus is a perfect expression of the faith God's work inspires.  And, he lead by example through compassion, humility, patience, and love for all.  New Beginnings preaches hate and self-hate, that is what the Oppressor teaches.  And, it serves no one but those who would wish evil to reign. 

It is wrong to force a child to bear false witness in claiming they deserve to be beaten when they know they do not and that it is unjust.  Forcing children to bear false witness and/or provide false confessions is common at IFB/Roloff-related programs.  And, this is ungodly.  If you are looking for a false prophet, you have found plenty at New Beginnings.

New Beginnings requires families to keep secrets from each other while confiding everything to New Beginnings.  This is the action of a cult that seeks to destroy and separate families.  Please do not fall for their lies.

New Beginnings abuses children and "absolves" itself of any responsibility by disclaiming responsibility for any harm the can, do, and will cause.  This is unconscionable and no one should sign an agreement with these servants of the Oppressor.

Parents should never sign away their guardianship to a school or program.  This often gives too much authority to the school or program and places children in harm's way.

Page 11 Quotes

"Neither New Beginnings, its employees, nor its agents will be responsible for any student's lost, stolen, or damaged personal property."

"All bags and boxes will be inspected upon entering and leaving."

HEAL Comments/Concerns

It is a serious concern that there is no inventory list that parents and/or children need to sign to ensure that items are not stolen.  It is an additional concern that staff are allowed to privately "inspect" all items for approval and use any "inappropriate"/"contraband" items for their own purposes.  Theft is a common occurrence at programs like New Beginnings.  And, usually the program and/or their staff are the culprits. 

Page 12 Quotes

"NOTE TO PARENTS: A COUPLE OF GOOD SOURCES TO SHOP FOR MODEST APPAREL ARE WAL-MART & J.C. PENNEY"

"Please mark all items with a permanent marker to avoid confusion."

"Bedding and towels will be group laundered and considered donated items."

"PROHIBITIONS"

"The following items WILL NOT be allowed at New Beginnings:"

"Books"

"Videos"

"Magazines/catalogues"

"Posters/wall hangings/calendars"

"Video or board games"

"Newspaper articles, clippings, Internet or e-mail clippings, church bulletins/newsletters"

"Anything containing Scriptural references from any source other than the King James Bible."

"NO ALL BLACK CLOTHING ALLOWED"

"With any respect to any clause, controversies or disputes, parent(s)/guardian(s), students, and New Beginnings staff irrevocably submit themselves to the jurisdiction of the state courts of Missouri, and the Federal District Court of Missouri.  All parties hereby waive all questions of personal jurisdictions for the purpose of carrying out this provision."

"All parties agree that venue for any proceeding relating to or arising out of this agreement shall be Jasper County, Missouri provided, however, that New Beginnings may bring any action for collection of past due funds in any state or Federal Court that has jurisdiction.  All parties agree that the parties' agreement regarding applicable state law and forum provide each of the parties with mutual benefit of uniform interpretation of this agreement and any dispute arising out of this agreement or the parties' relationship created by this agreement.  Each of the parties acknowledges the receipt and sufficiency of mutual consideration for such benefit."

HEAL Comments/Concerns

We included where they recommend to shop for a good reason.  Wal-Mart sells a number of tunics, sleeveless shirts, and other items "New Beginnings" considers "inappropriate".  Wal-Mart also sells t-shirts to teens that claim to have a "tattoo" print.  (source: http://www.walmart.com/browse/Juniors/All-Tops/_/N-8vlgZ1yzminl?_refineresult=true&catNavId=133201&fromPageCatId=133201&ic=48_0&path=0%3A5438&ref=414196+4292469489&tab_value=17702_All, July 1st, 2011)  One of the t-shirts says "I 'Heart' Bad Boys".  And, there is a shirt with Marilyn Monroe with the quote, "Diamonds are a girls best friend".  Another shirt simply says, "Hot Chick".  These are all available at Wal-Mart.  HEAL does not endorse Wal-Mart for a number of reasons.  Our point here is that they claim you can find appropriate clothing at Wal-Mart and Penney's, but, you can find "contraband" clothing as well.  Beyond this, as discussed previously, message shirts with Christian bands or messages on them are not allowed at this so-called ministry.  How absurd is that?  Do you see the difference between the New Beginnings cult and legitimate ministries yet?  We hope so.

If the families mark their child's belongings, then discovering what belongs to whom should not be too difficult in the event of dispute.  Legitimate hospitals, treatment centers, and even prisons inventory an inmate's belongings to resolve any disputes over ownership.  New Beginnings is obviously poorly run as they can't even do a basic inventory of the belongings of their very limited number of charges in order to avoid property disputes.  Avoiding taking basic precautions the lack of which lead to disagreement and confusion isn't very Christian.

Families have sent family quilts to their loved ones in programs and institutions to allow their child/family member a piece of home while away.  Why are the girls not allowed their own bedding when that is the family's wish?  Is providing linens and bedding optional or is it required and then the program just decides they have new bedding for themselves/their staff while the children sleep on makeshift beds like at Circle of Hope?  Unbelievably cruel, disrespectful, and unethical.  New Beginnings does not share Christ's love on earth, they share the Oppressor's desire for destruction.  And, Christians should avoid false prophets like those found at New Beginnings.

It is a serious concern that books, calendars, newspapers, church bulletins from home, and other items are not allowed at New Beginnings.  Cults deprive "initiates" from access to media and a calendar so that their "initiates" break with reality and experience absolute despair and hopelessness.  Any program that denies approved reading materials (including church bulletins from home) and calendars is a cult.  Do not send your child.  To see more warning signs and questions you should ask, visit www.heal-online.org/warn.htm.

The last two quotes reference New Beginnings' "right" to file suit for collection of a debt in any jurisdiction and places limits on where families can file suit.  This is an unequal and arguably unconscionable term.  It also contradicts the stated policy that all disputes (except those regarding the money "owed" to New Beginnings) must be handled in-house by New Beginnings' ministry members who will provide "arbitration services".  This is discussed below.  We mention it here because we want you to make note of it and to see the contradiction when you read about the next page in the review.  This is an illusory contract at best and is nothing more than a money-making cult that serves only the cult-leader's interests.

Page 13 Quotes

"Parent(s)/guardian(s) of the student agree(s) to bring any claim or controversy arising out of or relating to this agreement or the relationship created by this agreement within one year that the cause of action accrues.  If parent(s)/guardian(s) of the student does not bring any such claim, controversy, or dispute within such one-year period, said parent(s)/guardian(s) of the student shall be deemed to have waived such claim, controversy, or dispute."

"Except as expressly provided to the contrary herein, each portion, section, part, term, and provision of this agreement shall be considered severable; and if for any reason, any portion, section, part, term or provision is determined to be invalid and contrary to, or in conflict with any existing or future law or regulation by a court or agency having valid jurisdiction, this shall not impair the operation of, or have any other effect upon, the other portions, sections, parts, terms, provisions of this agreement that may remain otherwise intelligible, and the latter shall continue to be given full force and effect and bind the parties..."

"Believing that lawsuits are prohibited by Scripture (I Corinthians 6:1-8), all parents, grandparents, guardians, students, teachers, staff, board members, volunteers, or anyone else involved in dispute agrees to submit to binding arbitration any matters which cannot otherwise be resolved, and expressly waive any and all rights in law and equity to bringing any civil disagreement before any court of law, except that judgment upon the reward rendered by the arbitrator may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof."

"The parties must, prior to the selection of arbitrators, agree to the scope of the matters to be considered by the arbitrators.  In doing so, the parties must conduct themselves with the utmost courtesy as befits believers in Jesus Christ.  Failure to do so shall be considered a proper matter for church discipline."

"The parties as Christians, believing that lawsuits are prohibited by Scripture, and having agreed to submit disputes to binding arbitration, and to waive any legal right to take the dispute to a court of law, will refer and submit any and all disputes, differences, and controversies whatsoever within the agreed scope of arbitration to a panel of three arbitrators, to be selected as follows:" [continues on page 14 below]

HEAL Comments/Concerns

New Beginnings admits to restricting a child's access to the outside world.  New Beginnings illegally censors and monitors all mail (incoming and outgoing).  New Beginnings does not allow the children access to the telephone.  And, New Beginnings creates a culture of intimidation and fear that will silence children who may need help.  New Beginnings also disallows in-person contact between family members for a minimum of 6-months from date of enrollment.  And, controls when those visits can occur in order to make sure injuries are not as noticeable when families visit.  This puts the children in harm's way and allows New Beginnings to explore their most sadistic fantasies with other people's children without any oversight or any means for the children to report abuse.  Certainly, this puts a strain on effective investigation and documentation of abuses and safeguards New Beginnings, not the children in their care.  And, with a "one-year" from date of incident or claim is waived term in this "contract", it allows New Beginnings to get away with abuse.  This is a serious concern and no family should entrust the care of their child to New Beginnings. 

Most frauds include the severability term as a trick on the poor people duped into signing it in the first place.  Don't be fooled.  Consult with an attorney and let a court decide whether or not the contract is enforceable.  Based on our review, we believe it is an illusory, and therefore void/voidable, "contract".  Do not allow cults to bully you into silence.  Let the truth set you free.

New Beginnings believes lawsuits are un-Christian unless they are the one's filing the lawsuit to collect a supposed debt to their "ministry".  Certainly, such a policy is hypocritical on its face.  And, a close look at this review and the "contract" reveals the hypocrisy and abuse of Christians being manipulated by others who exploit their faith for financial gain.  One is reminded of the passage of Jesus chasing the money-changers out of the temple.  Don't worship in a money/snake-pit like New Beginnings.

 

We will develop the discussion of the "arbitration" policies in the review of page 14 below.

Page 14 Quotes

"All arbitrators must be born-again Christians of good reputation in the community and who affirm New Beginnings' statement of faith in its entirety."

"Each party shall submit a list of three proposed arbitrators to the other part, and the other party shall choose one of the three proposed arbitrators to serve on the panel"

"No arbitrators may be an attorney."

"Formal rules of evidence shall not apply."

"The arbitrators may in their absolute discretion, receive and consider any evidence they deem relevant to the dispute, whether written or oral, without regard to any form rules of evidence."

"The parties and their respective witnesses must, when required by the arbitrators, attend and submit to examination and cross-examination under oath as to all or any of the matters referred to in the proceedings, and to produce and deposit with the arbitrators all or any evidence in their possession or under their control concerning such matters."

"If a party defaults in any respect referred to in Paragraph 4.2 above, the arbitrators may proceed with the arbitration in their discretion as if no such evidence were in existence, insofar as it may be favorable to the party in default."

HEAL Comments/Concerns

Since New Beginnings appears to be deceptive, oppressive, and otherwise corrupt, entrusting their "community" to provide fair and honest arbitrators would be futile and unwise.  New Beginnings sets it up so that disputes are handled in-house to avoid investigation and likely prosecution.  These conditions solely benefit New Beginnings while putting trusting families at risk.  This is a serious concern.

New Beginnings wants their own cult-members to be their sole "judges" in any dispute.  This is not just and does not provide impartiality no matter who makes the selections.  If the choices for arbitrators are limited to cult-members, it is a "kangaroo court" at best and no family should invest time and effort into resolving disputes with New Beginnings given the limitations on their rights attempted and/or enforced by New Beginnings.  Families who have been harmed by New Beginnings should contact an attorney.

New Beginnings does not want someone familiar with the law in charge of the arbitration proceedings.  However, as most people agree, the laws of the United States developed out of the Magna Carta and Manifest Destiny ideals of the European enlightenment.  European law developed over time and was very influenced by Judeo-Christian morals.  United States law follows the same traditions.  And, it is unclear why New Beginnings would be afraid of allowing an attorney so-trained to decide in disputes.  The obvious proposed reason is that New Beginnings is aware that it is breaking the law and that it fears being exposed and prosecuted.  It certainly doesn't inspire faith and trust in New Beginnings.

Formal rules of evidence should apply in any dispute.  There is a serious conflict of interest in the manner in which these arbitrations are handled and this is another term we find unconscionable. 

The entire arbitration process is laughable.  And, families are advised to seek legal help.  Do not subject yourself and your family to further abuse and humiliation at the hands of New Beginnings.

Page 15 Quotes

"All presentations shall be controlled by the arbitrators.  Any disputes regarding procedure shall be decided solely by the arbitrators."

"The arbitrators have full power to order mutual releases to be executed by the parties, and either of the parties failing such orders shall have the effect of a release, and may by duly acknowledged as such."

"It is preferred that the arbitrators reach a unanimous decision, but if a unanimous decision cannot be obtained, a majority decision will be accepted."

"There is no appeal from the decision of the arbitrators."

"The decision of the arbitrators is to be kept confidential by all parties for a period of one year."

"Should any party commence legal proceedings against another party with respect to the agreed scope of the dispute or the binding decision of the arbitrators, with the exception of an action to enforce the decision of the arbitrators, that party shall pay to the other party all expenses of said proceedings, including reasonable attorney's fees."

"No party is to unreasonably delay or otherwise prevent or impede the arbitration proceedings.  No party will involve the news media in the dispute in any way.  No party shall publicize the dispute in any way to anyone not a party to the proceedings, except as permitted by the arbitrators, and except that a party may disclose proceedings of this arbitration to his or your child spouse, legal counsel, accountants, insurance carrier, and as otherwise required by law."

"Each party shall pay his or our child own costs and expenses related to presenting the party's case to the arbitrators.  The costs of the arbitration, including any fees for the arbitrators, are to be shared equally by both parties."

HEAL Comments/Concerns

The arbitrators are chosen from the New Beginnings "community".  The arbitrators have control over what is and is not considered evidence.  And, the entire set up is corrupt.  It is a serious conflict of interest and does not provide equal protection as is provided under US law.  This is a serious concern.

It is a serious concern and shows corruption that parties disagreeing with the arbitrators' findings are lead to believe there is no recourse.  If you have been harmed by New Beginnings, we advise you consult with an attorney and that you do not subject yourself to the New Beginnings' "arbitration" system.  Let the law work for you.

New Beginnings' priority is money.  New Beginnings stands to lose money and face possible prosecution if the truth gets out about their practices.  So, New Beginnings does not want the media involved or the courts.  New Beginnings wants to avoid a public record of the wrongs they commit against families.  And, it is up to families to safeguard their children by being informed and not entering into bargains with hypocrites, deceivers, and oppressors.  Given the illusory nature of the contract, it is doubtful any reputable court of valid jurisdiction would find in favor of New Beginnings.  And, families should not let the language of this twisted contract scare them into silence. 

Page 16 Quotes

"These Procedures for Arbitration may be revised or amended by a majority vote of the New Beginnings' Board of Trustees."

"Applicants are admitted only on the express condition that they remain enrolled in the Academy until the end of the written agreement unless suspended or allowed to withdraw because of sustained illness.  If the student is suspended or expelled from the Academy, parents shall immediately make transportation arrangements."

"The parent or guardian agrees that in the event that the student leaves the Ministry because of voluntary withdrawal on parent's or guardian's part during the written above term or any subsequent academic session, no part of the fee for the school year shall be refunded or remitted and any unpaid balance on account of such fee for the school year shall become due and payable to the Academy as liquidated damage."

HEAL Comments/Concerns

New Beginnings claims above (page 5) that if New Beginnings decides to terminate the contract that the parents must enact a voluntary withdrawal.  New Beginnings claims it can expel a child and then force parents to sign a false statement that they withdrew their child voluntarily to give New Beginnings "evidence" that the child was voluntarily removed as opposed to expelled therefore supporting any claims for additional "tuition and fees".  It is a scam.  Don't fall for it.  The language is so contradictory and illusory that the arbitrators (with no law degrees) will not understand the underlying principles of ethics and law that should determine the outcome of any legitimate dispute.  And, it is a serious concern that any term in the contract can be revised or amended by New Beginnings at any time without further consultation and agreement with all parties to which any changes will be applied. 

The written agreement automatically renews at the end of 12 months.  How do you stop the auto-renewal?  The "contract" is filled with circular reasoning and it is intentionally confusing and oppressive to those that are coerced or unduly influenced into adhering to it.  It is a serious concern that New Beginnings cares so little about the children with whom they are trusted that they will put an unaccompanied and arguably troubled child on a bus to his/her home town.  This is unsafe.  Any legitimate childcare agency that believes a child has been abandoned would contact the authorities and report the abandonment.  This would be the correct thing to do for the safety of the child.  You do not put children who are afraid on a bus where strangers and predators can await with no resources to call home or get additional help.  It is wholly irresponsible and not a Christian thing to do in the least.

New Beginnings cares only about the money.  The primary points of the contract are: get money; refuse any responsibility towards children/families up to and including any harm caused by New Beginnings that results in the death of any family member or child enrolled in the program; deal with all complaints in-house and decide the outcome in-house based on what is best for the "ministry"; and New Beginnings has all the power and the families have none.  This is an illusory, unconscionable, and arguably illegal contract that no family should sign.

Application

Pages 1-2 Quotes

"Place of Birth"

"Student's Social Security Number"

"Name or father"

"Monthly Income"

"SSN"

"Birthplace"

Name of mother"

"Monthly Income"

"SSN"

"Birthplace"

"Bank Reference"

"Has child ever lied to you?"

HEAL Comments/Concerns

Why does a "ministry" require the social security numbers of children enrolled?  Most schools do not and are legally not allowed to require the social security number of individuals enrolled.  This includes public schools and universities.  How does New Beginnings use this information? 

Why does New Beginnings require the social security numbers, places of birth, income, and banking information of those who wish to be involved in their ministry?  This is sensitive information that can be misused or sold for misuse (i.e. identity theft, fraud).  Given the other issues discussed regarding New Beginnings, we recommend families do not share their personal financial or identifying information with New Beginnings.

New Beginnings has lied to you.  It is not a school and the credits are not transferrable to legitimate schools and colleges.  This is a serious concern.  And, children often model themselves after their parents.  So, if a child is prone to lie it is likely because they have watched adults do it for years.  How often do parents fail to answer questions posed by other adults honestly while their children stand-by?  How often do parents tell a friend at lunch that they do not care for their meal, while they tell the server that everything is fine?  Such dishonest acts confuse children and do not create a bright-line rule regarding the importance of honesty.  The courtesy of "white lies" in social situations translates to dishonesty being acceptable for personal gain, appearances, or personal benefit in our society.  And, many parents warn children "don't let me catch you doing [blank]".  This reinforces bad behavior and includes a warning to keep wrongdoing hidden.  This is a sentiment perpetuated by abusers who wish to remain uncaught in regards to their wrongs.  And, it shows an underlying hypocrisy in regards to the morals and ethics imparted to children of those who put their outward appearance above their moral and ethical standards of action. 

Pages 3-5 Quotes

"As a parent I agree to abide by all of the rules of New Beginnings, including the rules concerning corporal discipline and agree to support New Beginnings with my prayers."

"Educational Philosophy: New Beginnings is a boarding school with dual missions."

"To provide an environment of Biblical, Christian faith that nurtures Christian values and respect for authority, Christian womanhood, a Biblical self-image, and desire for a lifetime spent in Christian service."

"The King James Version of the Bible shall be the official and only English-language translation used by New Beginning."

"We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men-the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment."

HEAL Comments/Concerns

Parents are the authorities in their families and households.  New Beginnings oversteps any perceived authority by demanding strict adherence from the parents and the children and control over the families they claim to serve.  New Beginnings operates as a cult, not a center for spiritual development and growth.  And, this is a serious concern.

New Beginnings is not a school and is not accredited nor licensed as a school (boarding or not) in Missouri.  This is absolute false advertising and further exemplifies the deception used by New Beginnings in their materials.

What does New Beginnings mean by "Christian service"?  When slavery was legal, many slaveholders used the bible to convince their servants and slaves that the bible supported their enslavement.  However, Christ and Moses were liberators.  Christ and Moses questioned authority and fought the oppressors with God's support and help.  Just because the Oppressor thinks it is "cute" to fool Christians by perverting their faith for his gain, doesn't mean Christians should fall for it.  Please avoid New Beginnings and rescue your children if they are their now.  Jesus said, "40And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.   41Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: 42For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:

43I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.  44Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?  45Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.  46And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal." (KJV, Matthew 25:40-46)  Jesus' message is quite clear.  We are to treat each other with the same service, love, compassion, and help that we would provide to Christ if among us today.  This is not how New Beginnings uses the bible.  It uses the bible to place some men above others and as a tool to steal and oppress.  It is the worst of ungodly behavior in that it is done in God's name.  No one should subject themselves or their families to these false prophets.

HEAL has already addressed the issues with how New Beginnings manipulates biblical text for personal gain.  And, we discussed the issues with the false claims made by New Beginnings above in the discussion of page 6.  Please see above for more information.

New Beginnings focuses on damnation and not salvation.  It focuses on fear and hate of the thought of being damned as opposed to the love and warmth of being welcomed in heaven.  It uses fear and hate to control as opposed to acceptance, fairness, compassion, and love to liberate.  New Beginnings is not representative of God or any good you can imagine.  They represent the worst of humanity and ought not be allowed to continue harming families and children through their blasphemy.

Page 6 Quotes

"We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain after death in conscious punishment and torment until the second resurrection, when with soul and body reunited, they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment an shall be case into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment and torment."

"We believe that God created the universe in six literal, 24-hour periods.  We reject evolution, the Gap Theory, the Day-Age Theory, and Theistic Evolution as unscriptural theories of origin."

"We believe that God has commanded that no intimate physical activity be engaged in outside of marriage between a man and a woman.  We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinful perversions of God's original intent for a physical relationship between a husband and wife."

"We believe that God hates divorce and intends marriage to last until one of the spouses dies.  Although divorced and remarried persons or divorced persons may hold positions of service in a church and be greatly used of God for Christian service, they may not be considered for the offices of pastor, elder, or deacon of a church."

"Abortion is murder.  We reject any teaching that abortions of pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control, or the mental well being of the mother are acceptable."

HEAL Concerns/Comments

New Beginnings uses fear and manipulates scripture to pervert its meaning and oppress others.  Anyone who preaches fear is not representing God.  "God is love." (KJV, 1 John 4:8)  "Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails." (KJV, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8)  If God is love and therefore kind, humble, good, devoted to the truth, and the source and sustainer of faith in all things good, then love should be the lesson imparted to all.  God's love is selfless, enduring, everlasting, and welcoming.  New Beginnings excludes even Christian music from their cult and attempts to control families who come to them for help while depleting those families of their resources.  They are wholly and evidently not followers of God nor God's representatives.  And, families should avoid New Beginnings.

New Beginnings sits in judgment of others and assumes to know God's mind through their perverse and malevolent interpretation of mixed bible passages.  The bottom line is that New Beginnings is a cult and uses extreme measures of shame, fear, and hate to control their initiates and captives.  No family should subject themselves to New Beginnings.

HEAL does not believe in racism or intolerance in any form.  And, we believe supporting such ideas and placing oneself as better than another is oppositional to the purposes adopted by true people of faith. 

The abortion issue is controversial and we understand both sides.  However, cults like New Beginnings enslave women and use children for their own sadistic pleasures.  They are not representative of God or God's capacity for mercy and forgiveness.  By condemning the living, New Beginnings condemns itself. 

Page 7 Quotes

"We believe that Christians are prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits against other Christians or the church to resolve personal disputes.  We believe the church possesses all the resources necessary to resolve personal disputes between members."

"To provide a college preparatory academic program that services the student of high academic ability through an accelerated progression of college-level courses, and the student of modest abilities, through a flexible curriculum, that allows the time for mastery of fundamental concepts and skills."

"All objectives and programs are subordinated to and supportive of the dual goals of the school, developing to the fullest potential in each student Christian principles and academic scholarship."

HEAL Comments/Concerns

New Beginnings is hypocrisy at its worst.  It reserves the "right" to sue their victims for money while claiming they don't believe that Christians should sue each other in civil lawsuits and that such lawsuits are prohibited by scripture.  They do not obey their own rules.  And, therefore are not leading by example nor representative of God.

New Beginnings is not a legitimate and accredited school.  And, their inference that they are a legitimate boarding school amount to bearing false witness/deception. 

New Beginnings does not teach proper Christian values nor does it provide legitimate academic services.  Please do not fall for this scam!

Release Forms

Page 2 Quotes

"CONSENT FOR TREATMENT OF MINOR CHILD"

"This authorization shall remain in effect until the termination of my child's enrollment at New Beginnings."

"I understand that authorization for treatment also includes responsibility for paying fees related to services provided with the consent of the above listed institution acting on my behalf."

"ATTENTION MEDICAL PROVIDER: New Beginnings or its agents are NOT responsible for any fees incurred by the above named student."

HEAL Comments/Concerns

New Beginnings refuses any liability for any harm they cause children and their families.  This is not Christian and does not show integrity or personal/professional responsibility on the part of New Beginnings.  This is a serious concern. 

New Beginnings should be held responsible for all injuries and harm they cause and an honest, decent, Christian ministry would not absolve itself from responsibility when having caused harm. 

Pages 4-6 Quotes

"MEDICAL HISTORY"

"(To be completed by parent - required of everyone)"

"Have you ever sought psychiatric or psychological counseling for this child?"

"TO BE COMPLETED BY A PHYSICIAN"

"Does this person seem to be physically capable of being enrolled in school?"

HEAL Comments/Concerns

New Beginnings is not a licensed medical nor licensed mental health services provider.  New Beginnings has no training nor expertise in the fields of medicine and mental health.  How would providing this information benefit New Beginnings?  And, how will they use it to shame and/or exploit your child and your family?

New Beginnings does not provide in the "medical form" a complete description of the types of activities/labor to which children will be put while enrolled and solely asks if the child is physically capable of being enrolled in school.  This does not provide an informed basis on which the physician can comment and therefore is useless as a determinative tool in evaluating the capacity of a child to handle the demands of New Beginnings.  This is a serious concern and shows a "ministry" that is bent on making money and not serving God or people of faith.

Page 7 Quotes

"Limited Power of Attorney"

"KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENT, that I/we ______________, do make, constitute, and appoint any authorized official of New Beginnings as my/our true and lawful Attorney, for the limited purpose herein stated in in my/our name(s), place and stead, as my/our act and deed to do the following:"

"To incur any debts deemed necessary by my/our Attorney-In-Fact for the medical care of my/our child, __________, and to execute all documents deemed necessary by the provider of those medical services with full authorization to admit my/our child, ____________, to any hospital examination or treatment."

"GIVING AND GRANTING unto my/our Attorney-In-Fact power and authority to do and perform all and every act in the exercise of my/our parental rights concerning my/our child, ____________, which I/we might or could do in my/our own person if actually present."

"And I/we hereby declare that any act or thing lawfully done by my/our said Attorney-In-Fact shall be binding on me/us, my/our heirs, legal and personal representatives, provided the same shall have been done pursuant to the Power of Attorney, and shall have been done prior to revocation of this instrument."

"I/we understand that the termination of my/our child's enrollment at New Beginnings shall constitute the revocation of this instrument effective on that date."

HEAL Comments/Concerns

Parents should never sign over their parental rights to New Beginnings and should never agree to any language that allows New Beginnings unlimited authority over the child.  Parents should safeguard and protect their children from New Beginnings and should not encourage the conflict of interest that the terms of the Limited Power of Attorney exhibit.  Please consult with an attorney for more information and a legal opinion regarding this form.

Pages 8-9 Quotes

"CONSENT OF PARENT OR GUARDIAN"

"I/we agree that I/we will hold harmless and not bring suit against New Beginnings or its agents or employees for any injury, harm or other dangers, whether caused by its agents, employees, or by third parties.  Nor will any action be brought for the acts of the child named."

"This consent authorizes the use of pictures or other audio or visual in which my/our child may appear or any other media in which said child may appear."

"This consent authorizes the release of school information pertaining to said child to New Beginnings staff for its private use and evaluation."

"This consent authorizes the release of any information regarding said child to any of the New Beginnings staff as well as any outside individual with whom New Beginnings staff recommends consultation."

"I/we agree not to remove my/our child prior to the expiration of the written agreement, I/we understand that my/our child must remain enrolled for at least one full year.  In case of early withdrawal, the initial twelve (12) month period, the remaining tuition for that period will become due and payable effective the date of my/our child's termination.  In the event that my/our child should run from the premises any tuition and/or entrance fees will not be refunded nor will the remaining tuition for the 12 month contractual agreement become due and payable."

"I/we assume responsibility for the total cost of any medical, dental, or emergency needs that may arise during my child's enrollment at New Beginnings."

"I/we grant my/our child permission to travel to various New Beginnings functions during his/her enrollment.  I/we understand these activities may take my/our child to other states as well as Canada or Mexico."

"In addition, I/we agree to not hold New Beginnings liable for any accidents or injuries that occur while on the road or at any of these functions."

"I/we am/are hereby enrolling my/our child into New Beginnings, and I/we recognize that the aforementioned ministry is no more than a private boarding academy for children, and I/we have chosen this as the proper academic and social environment for my/our child."

"I have read and agree to abide by all of the above.  I have also read, understand, and give my consent to have my child governed by all policies, rules, and regulations of New Beginnings, and to have corporal discipline administered to my child in accordance with those rules."

HEAL Comments/Concerns

It is a serious concern that any injury or harm, (including those resulting in death--see page 10 review below) caused by New Beginnings' failures to provide proper childcare and educational services, is disclaimed by New Beginnings and that New Beginnings demands to be released, acquitted, and forever discharged for any crime or civil (tort) violation they commit. (see page 10 quotes)

New Beginnings inspires suicidal thoughts.  And, disclaims their actions that may result in the death of children.  However, they would not claim any such harm they commit a crime against man or God.  But, it is and they are not representative of true people of faith.

So many New Beginnings' policies are illegal and violate the rights of children.  The censoring and monitoring of mail is one example.  The use of the child's photo, video, voice, or other media representation for self-promotion is unethical and violates the child's right to privacy.  It is disturbing that New Beginnings encourages parents to violate the rights of their children. 

New Beginnings is not qualified to evaluate the academic records provided by legitimate schools and it does not provide transferrable/accredit school credit.  The language regarding the need to evaluate academic records is a ruse to fool parents into thinking that New Beginnings is legitimate.  It is not.  Please do not subject your child to New Beginnings.

New Beginnings does not respect the privacy or confidentiality of information regarding individuals in their church and therefore should not be trusted with the private/sensitive information of families.

It is a serious concern that the overall payment policy in the event of early withdrawal is to collect all "contract monies due".  It is a serious concern that in the event New Beginnings chooses to terminate a child's enrollment that they force the parents to sign a voluntary early withdrawal form (discussed above) and then use that form to "prove" that the withdrawal was on the parent's end and thereby as a point to collect all "contract monies due".  And, that the only way to avoid paying for the remainder of the bogus tuition, according to the contract terms, is to have the child run away and thereby put directly in harm's way.  New Beginnings does not put the welfare of children first and therefore should not be allowed near children.

New Beginnings should accept responsibility for any medical expenses that are the result of New Beginnings' policies and actions.  It is unethical, immoral, and unconscionable for New Beginnings to charge people for the costs of its own wrongs. 

Parents should never give open permission to any group or cult to take their children on out-of-state, let alone, out-of-country trips.  These are fundraising trips and HEAL has received reports of inappropriate room-sharing (male/female) and other issues.  Please do not sign a blanket permission slip for travel with any group or cult.  Each trip should be explained in regards to purpose, value, and cost to the families as well as receive individual permission slips for those trips.  Parents should always be informed in advance of any planned trips including the destination, accommodations, and any other relevant information (communities/churches/etc. that will be involved). 

It remains a serious concern that New Beginnings does not take any responsibility for any harm that may come to children in their care, including harm caused while traveling. 

New Beginnings is not an accredited school nor educational service provider.  Parents should not trust New Beginnings.

Parents should not agree to New Beginnings' policies that violate the law and place children in harm's way.  And, as shown, New Beginnings' policies do just that.

Page 10

"CONSENT AND RELEASE FORM FOR CHURCH/SCHOOL ACTIVITY"

"I/we the undersigned parent(s)/guardian(s), hereby consent to my/our child, ____________________, who is________years of age to participate in the activities connected with New Beginnings.  I understand these activities will include, but not be limited to the following: horseback riding, swimming, boating, canoeing, fishing, tubing, and other water related sports, football, soccer, basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, golf, weight lifting, bowling, go-carting, and any other competitive sport, also including work experience in and around New Beginnings."

"I do, for myself and for my/our child, heirs and assigns, hereby irrevocably and unconditionally release, acquit, and forever discharge New Beginnings and its agents, employees, and volunteers from any and all liability, actions causes of actions, claims, expenses, obligations, and damages of any nature whatsoever, which I now have or which may arise in the future, in connection with my child's participation in the described activity or any other associated activities including, but not limited to, any injury to my child or property, even injury resulting in death."

"I expressly agree that this release, waiver, and indemnity agreement is intended to be broad and inclusive as permitted by the state of Missouri and that if any portion hereof is held invalid it is agreed that the balance shall, notwithstanding, continue in full legal force and effect.  This release contains the entire agreement between the parties hereto."

HEAL Comments/Concerns

How often, if ever, do children get to have non-work-related recreational activities?  New Beginnings includes a list of fun activities to fool families into thinking it is a standard release form for participation in sports or normal activities.  However, parents should note that they include work experience in that list.  And, this "work experience" is uncompensated and coerced labor performed by children in the program/cult.  This is dehumanizing and not a practice that honors human rights and human dignity.  Parents should not enroll children in New Beginnings.   

It is a serious concern that New Beginnings, knowing that its practices are abusive and likely to result in serious mental and physical injury, demands parents indemnify them against the risks of such injuries (including death).  This is unconscionable.  A program that would hold those who have an abortion accountable for it should certainly accept full responsibility for any harm and death it may cause to children. 

No child should be entrusted to the care of New Beginnings.

Page 13 Quotes

"I/We, the undersigned parent(s)/guardian(s) of my/our minor child, ___________________, agree with the New Beginnings policy that at any such time that my/our child shall have his/her enrollment terminated, for any reason; I/we shall relinquish all rights to any personal property which he/she may have left behind, and agree that New Beginnings may dispose of the property left behind at its discretion."

HEAL Comments/Concerns

The terms of page 13 would be reasonable, if and only if, the child/family were given full access to their property and allowed to pack it themselves.  Since New Beginnings assumes the right to pack for children and to keep whatever they want and consider it a "donation", they permit themselves and their staff to steal from children and families.  This is unacceptable and violates another of the ten commandments.  New Beginnings is no place for children nor people of faith.

HEAL advises against placement of any child in New Beginnings and recommends parents remove any children currently enrolled in this program.

 

(Kathryn Joyce's commentary on New Beginnings, New Bethany, and Hephzibah House begins approx. 19 minutes in and lasts until 57 minutes into the audio.)

External Link: http://anunsilencedvoice.com/2011/10/30/new-beginings-religious-brainwashing-facility/
Article: In God's Name: Abuse at Religious Group Homes in Florida (Tampa Bay Times, October 27th, 2012)

 

 Last Updated: October 27th, 2012

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