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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Christianity, Counseling, Eating Disorders & Addictions, Mental Health, Religion

Mission: To be a Christ-centered community helping people find balance with food, weight and wellness.

Results: Over a million people reached since 2002 via events, articles, web resources and online support programs. Members of "Lasting Freedom" online support program show significant declines in anxiety (-18%), depression (-33%) and unhealthy eating concerns (-35%) after just eight weeks. Our twelve-week "Finding Balance with Food" curriculum and downloadable "FINDINGbalance Gathering" small group tools have been used around the world, including groups in Canada, New Zealand, Ecuador and the UK as well as the US. "Daily Vitamin" eDevotional provides truth and inspiration 5 days a week to thousands of readers. Annual "Hungry for Hope" conference has been attended by nearly a thousand people in the last seven years. New Christian Eating Disorders Collaborative Network (CEDCN) helps connect those who struggle with Christ-centered providers. And we're just getting started...

Target demographics: People find Christ-centered help for eating issues.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 73 women find freedom from eating issues through our Lasting Freedom program, and served 192 people at our annual conference. All this in addition to thousands we serve monthly through our video-on-demand site.

Geographic areas served: Anywhere someone has access to a computer.

Programs: "Lasting Freedom" - online support program featuring weekly webinar, weekly "Freedom Team" support group, and 24/7 moderated peer-support website. www.findingbalance.com - world's largest video-on-demand website for eating and body image issues, featuring 600+ free videos, articles, books and more. Christian Eating Disorders Collaborative Network - the first Christian resource and referral network for professionals working with eating disorders. http://www.cedcn.org "Daily Vitamin" - eDevo - an inspiring verse and 6 lines of text to help you find daily freedom. www.findingbalance.com/dv "Hungry for Hope" premiere Christian conference for professionals and community members impacted by eating and body image issues. http://www.findingbalance.com/hfh "More Than a Number" campaign and event to help women know their value so they can change their world. Includes a partnership with Compassion International to help shift dollars from diets to end world hunger. http://www.morethananumber.net.

Community Stories

141 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I stumbled across Finding Balance one day when I was searching for information on a physical issue I was having, and I was struck by the information I saw on their website. I was living overseas in the Middle East, and I had been struggling with disordered eating for about 4 years. I sent a message to see if participating in the program from overseas would be possible, and I was told yes. I signed up for the program and got placed in a fantastic group of ladies. I had to wake up in the middle of the night for the group chat, which was a challenge, but I did it for the entire program and I don't regret it for a moment. The Lasting Freedom program has been such a blessing, both from the weekly webinars and also from the encouragement of being in community with other women who are dealing with the same struggles. Finding a program that deals with eating disorders in a Christ-centered way was exactly what I needed, and I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to go through the program. It was truly a life-changing experience.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Findingbalance is great!! It's like having a Christian companion right in my phone every day giving me the Holy Spirit's word for the day that I need to hear.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love receiving the e devos each day to help me to focus on my recovery and strengthen my relationship with god. FINDINGbalance is so motivational to me.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

FINDINGbalance is a unique and greatly needed resource in the ED recovery community. My only hope is in Christ alone, and this ministry always points to Him first. The Daily Vitamins are so timely; both convicting and encouraging to me. The webinars, community support and events are all amazing as well. I’ve been so excited for the growth I’ve seen over the years; and all God has in store next. On a personal level, Constance has become one of the most trusted support people on my recovery journey. She’s shared so much wisdom and so many prayers with/for me; I can’t thank her (and God!) enough for the tremendously positive impact in my life.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I stumbled upon FINDINGbalance when I did a bible study by Alyssa Bethke. It has been a life changer for me. I find so much encouragement, freedom, and absolute support. I love the Instagram page and the daily vitamin devotional emails. I love the authenticity and the the grace that they represent. Can’t say enough about the nonprofit and I hope to be in one of their groups in the near future!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I will forever be indebted to this organization/ministry. FB saved my life. Jesus used this ministry to teach me what RECOVERY is, that FREEDOM from ED/body image issues IS possible, and to teach me SOOOO much about myself: physically, spiritually, emotionally etc. I’d give FB a million stars if that was an option. Thank you to all who support this community!

Client Served

Rating: 5

FINDINGbalance is a lifechanging resource and I highly recommend it for anyone walking through the journey of an eating disorder. Each week the webinars through the Lasting Freedom program speak to just what I need to hear. They address the hard topics such as tackling complex emotions or what to do when you find yourself in the “body comparison trap.” The webinars are memorable and relatable as each speaker has shared most of the same eating disorder struggles. Group times help you realize that you aren’t alone in your struggles, and you discover that each member has so much wisdom. The activities after each lesson help to solidify the teaching points from the webinar with fun and engaging activities – all this with Jesus Christ as the foundation. The transformation and clarity of mind that is experienced as you progress through the modules is amazing. I would definitely recommend this program! I am not the same person I was at the beginning of Module One and I have FINDINGbalance, my group members, and most importantly God to thank for this!

Client Served

Rating: 5

FINDINGbalance is an amazing ministry that has changed countless lives of those seeking the Lord for health and healing of their bodies, mind, and spirit. I came to FINDINGbalance about 2 years ago desperately desiring a “healthy body” (read “lose weight”). Through their online support program called Lasting Freedom, I learned new ways of looking at food, exercise and myself, but more importantly, the Lord used this program to gently instruct me on the underlying heart issues that were driving my unhealthy thoughts and behaviors.

Through the program I’ve learned so many things:
• How to receive peace and acceptance and love;
• The importance of feeling my feelings AND developing healthy coping mechanisms;
• The power in using my voice, and inviting others into my struggle;
• How to forgive those who have hurt me;
• How to release shame and receive grace;
• How to dispel lies from Satan; and
• The importance of trust and daily/hourly surrender to Jehovah-Rapha, “The God Who Heals”

For me one of the key components that enabled my recovery from body image issues and disordered eating was COMMUNITY. Each week our small group (from across the world) met to discuss webinar content and to encourage and pray for each other. Our community experience was also supported by an online chat room where, during the week, we could post questions, praises, prayer requests and look to each other for accountability as we took our “Next Right Step” for the week.

We live in a fallen world…each of us has hurts and sorrows and wounds…AND God is good. He uses everything for our good and His glory (Romans 8:28 – 30). He is writing a beautiful redemption story in each of our lives. If you are looking for freedom from the bondage of body image issues and disordered eating, I would highly recommend this Biblically-sound, Christ-focused approach to finding balance with food, weight, and wellness.

Client Served

Rating: 5

FINDINGbalance has been a huge blessing to me-- I am SO thankful to the Lord for bringing this amazing resource into my life! I look forward so much to weekly meetings with my coaches and the other ladies in my group. I find SO much strength, understanding and support here-- more than I have found anywhere else. It has been such a safe place to share and be open, to find encouragement and practical recovery steps, and connect with others who are walking this same path. It is so hard to find Christ-centered support and help, so this is a true gem! Through the FINDINGbalance website, I was also able to find and connect with an incredible Christian dietitian who is helping me so much in my recovery journey. I am so grateful to all the incredible people who have poured their hearts and lives into providing such an incredible resource!

~Amanda H.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I am very thankful to have found Finding Balance. A year ago, When I determined that my disordered eating was becoming a negative spiral downward again, I found a lot of free resources and helpful information just by searching on the website. I was also encouraged by the many people who shared freedom stories. I was drawn to this resource specifically because it did address the problem from a holistic perspective including my Christian faith as part of the healing process. The Christ centered approach was different from other resources that I had tried.

I have been involved in the Lasting Freedom program for the past year, and have seen significant growth with my insight regarding disordered eating thoughts and behaviors. I have also learned to apply my faith more aggressively to target the root of the disorder.

The support of the groups and coaches have been so helpful in journey. I learn so much from the program content, and other members. I am encouraged to keep working at things since I am not alone in this fight. I also have been impressed with the many high caliber professionals who are involved in the program and providing content.

I would highly recommend Finding Balance and Lasting Freedom to anyone seeking out this type of resource. It is a great adjunct to individual therapy for those needing more intensive counseling.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a member of Finding Balance for a year now and have found this community to be more helpful than anything else I have done for myself in recovery. The Christ-centered approach has meant so much, as well as having others who join me in their faith on the path toward healing and recovery. All of the webinars and presenters are so knowledgeable and experienced in the field of eating disorders, and the group facilitators are compassionate and inspiring. I have learned so much that I can practically apply to my life and recovery every day. I highly recommend this program to anyone struggling with an eating disorder, or disordered eating and body image issues.

Rebekah

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findingbalance 08/05/2019

Thank you for such a kind review, Rebekah. It's our pleasure to serve you. :)

Margaret80

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have struggled with my eating disorder for years. Finding Balance is a professionally and also peer led Program. This Program has taught me so very much and thru their Lasting Freedom support I am finding freedom from my addictive overeating. I could never put into words all that I have learned in this program. At 73 years of age I am finally finding the "freedom" I have been searching for so long in my life. Unfortunately, routine therapy was not helping my problem eating but Finding Balance is led by those who have "walked the walk" and understand the struggle! They also taught me that I do not ever have to walk this journey alone. I can and DO ask God into this struggle with me and He is helping me on a daily basis.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Working with the Finding Balance Program and participating in their on line program "Lasting Freedom" is bringing so much Hope into my life! This program has challenged me to work at changing my own attitude about so much in my life. I am learning that God is right here with me all the time. I am learning to ask God's help and realize that I am not on this journey all by myself. The facilitators of this program are just so very honest and patient. They nudge you just when you need a "nudge" and they share their own struggles in such a genuine way.
I am making positive forward progress. This progress might be deemed slow by some but I am learning that "slow" is real progress. I was experiencing so much shame in my life over my compulsive overeating. I just did not think I could ask God to help me first because I felt like such a failure. Finding Balance has taught me to try each and every day to put God first in my life.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After privately struggling with the chaos and bondage of body image issues and disordered eating for much of my life, God led me to the FINDINGbalance ministry through a web search. I have been tremendously blessed, positively challenged, and faithfully encouraged by this ministry and their online support program called "Lasting Freedom". During each cycle of the "Lasting Freedom" program, our group members (from all over the country!) meet weekly to discuss key takeaways from guest webinars, and we pray for one another in very specific ways. I've also been deeply encouraged by my group facilitator's feedback and reflections on my personal S.M.A.R.T. goals set for each cycle. As part of the "Lasting Freedom" program, there is even an online board to post prayer requests and praises so our community is able to instantly support one another.

Through the FINDINGbalance Christian Treatment Finder, I was also connected to a Christian coach who I continue to meet with via Zoom video conferencing. This distance coaching and Godly counseling has supported me tremendously in my recovery journey.

In our culture and society, body image issues and eating disorders are often very difficult to talk about with others. It's humbling to journey through these intimate fears and questions though in a safe Christian community, and there is much freedom in bringing darkness into light! The FINDINGbalance ministry is helping me grow more courage to eat intuitively and respect/nurture/enjoy the body God created me in, while deepening my faith, trust, and walk with Christ. I truly believe that no matter what our story or struggles, God will use our brokenness for His glory. I am eternally grateful for this ministry and for the people that are making it available and possible.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Finding Balance is truly an amazing ministry with not only the potential to change lives but to save lives! The driving forces behind Finding Balance have not only inspired me, but have also restored hope within me that was nearly gone. To all of you who make Finding Balance what it is, thank you so much for your passion and dedication!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm forever grateful for the webinars, community and opportunity of recovery from years of struggles with food and body image. Finding balance has changed many lives, mine included. They keep the forum for sharing safe and information faith-filled.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I found Finding Balance almost 4 years ago, I knew it was where I needed to be. I remember wanting some kind of support that wasn't as intensive as therapy, but more than just positive platitudes about recovering from an eating disorder. The number one item of importance for me was that this program was Christian based. That, to me, was and is, the key to a successful recovery. My problems with disordered eating and body image were deep. For me, the realization that there is a spiritual battle going on behind the scenes was very real. My desire was and is that I am able to live my full, God given potential in life. I can say, that with new and faith-building skills learned throughout this program, I am living in freedom. For me, freedom means that those thoughts, pattern, and external circumstances that would've led me onto a path of disordered eating and thinking, are now processed and dealt with in a way that doesn't require those old ways. I am grateful to this program and am honored to now be in the position of using my experience to come alongside those who struggle. I do believe, as Paul says in Romans 8:28: "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

FINDINGbalance is an amazing program that not a lot of people know about and should. The volunteers and staff provide web-based support that is Christ centered for those struggling with food and body issues. As if that wasn't enough, they have other resources, programs and even a conference (hungry for hope) that is an amazing well of information, healing and hope! The information and support that is provided by this program is at the level of any professional treatment program, university level or professional organization with one difference, you can sense God's presence and feel Him at work. I am a proud supporter of this non-profit and feel that it is on the front lines of the future of therapy, and in line with all God is doing in these time to reach all who want help. Constance and her staff work tirelessly to produce content in each webinar that is more than effective to help heal those with food and body struggles. I CAN NOT wait to see the growth and future of this program.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a clinician that works with eating disorders I can honestly say that we are blessed to have finding balance as a resource. The volunteers are amazing at helping and putting together meaningful experiences where those that suffer from eating issues can have space to heal. God uses this non profit to heal the hearts of many. We are blessed too have this resource, that.can be used all over the world,

Client Served

Rating: 5

FINDINGbalance is truly one of the most influential organizations in my life. It is an amazing blessing to be in Christ-centered community with other women seeking truth and balance with eating issues and wellness; all with the common goal of knowing Christ as our Savior. It is truly unique! Also, if you are a professional who works with eating disorders, this is an amazing resource. I am a Registered Dietitian who not only benefits from the professional resources provided, but I also benefit personally as a Lasting Freedom member. I am in a group of like-minded women all over the country (and in some groups, all over the world!) who meet weekly via Zoom meetings to pray for and encourage each other in these areas. Each week we are emailed webinars where we hear from Christian dietitians, counselors, teachers, and other speakers speaking on nutrition- related topics, and discuss these webinars in group. The curriculum that Lasting Freedom provides is based on Scripture and research-evidenced, nutritionally sound information, and guides women through the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of a living a life free FROM bondage to eating issues and free TO glorify and enjoy Christ forever.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I will forever be grateful to Finding Balance and the role this non profit played in helping me to find freedom from my eating disorder. I learned and found support in a community of people seeking God's truth and healing on the road of recovery. Many years later I am now living a life free from my struggles with food and my body as a mom, wife, and friend. I am free to follow God's plan for my life and have been so incredibly blessed as He has led me to serve with Lasting Freedom to help bring hope to others and support and encourage them on their own journey to freedom.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Finding Balance has been such a big part of my Eating Disorder recovery journey. I joined their Lasting Freedom support group approximately 2 years ago when I was really struggling. It was the first time I had been able to share my struggle with others who were also recovering from Eating Disorders in a Christ centred environment. Through Finding Balance I was able to find a great dietician and an inpatient treatment facility which I went to when I was ready to really fight for my recovery. Volunteers from Finding Balance wrote to me while I was in treatment to encourage me and remind me that I was not alone, and when I came home they got me set up in their Lasting Freedom support group again. Finding Balance has been an invaluable resource to me. I don’t know where I would be today if I hadn’t found them!