I served my year there from 1984 to 1985. I had daily nightmares about the abuse there until my mid to late 30's and have them occasionally to this day. My boyfriend found this site for me so I could put some of the pain behind me, and I am so thankful to know that they were finally shut down. This place ruined me! I am so sorry that that other girls went through what I went through. I wouldn't wish that place on my worst enemies. I hope God gives them exactly what they deserve for what they did to us, since the law didn't know how to.
I also was sent to this awful, abusive place. i was so sorry for ALL GIRLS that weren't as smart & especially the shy ones. i have witnessed first hand the abuse from Mac Ford. There were a couple actual christians that i trusted & tried desperately to be in close proximity of. There was a precious very older widow. Rainer we called her rainy. There was a young woman known as Miss Diane. It was the woman who I believe really trying to help but her "hands were tied" so to speak. But she followed Fords orders with strength but was too young to realize the pain & absolute physical abuse. if you couldn't quote the chapter, verse, and so on. YOU didn't get to eat. the scars from that place were welcomed when u were trying to stay away from a child abuse molester called ur father. u had to choose between the evil u knew & the evil before you. This was better upon 1st look. The horses, piglets, won me over. i chose to stay at 1st glance, but once they checked u in, you couldn.'t check out OR call anyone you know
I was in New Bethany, Arcadia, Louisiana, self paced education and brainwashing from 89 to 94. how do I get my transcript from there now? Is there a place to get transcripts???HelP!
To any parent that reads these reviews please note that this school has been shut down since 1996 due to extreme abuse of the children who lived there I am a victim of this cult based school please take note before either sending them money or contacting them
The New Bethany homes for boys and girls opened in 1969. During its many years of operation, it was closed down by the state for abuse once in Louisiana, at the boys home Longstreet location. The director, Larry Rapier was arrested for child abuse. Immediately, Mack Ford opened another boys home in South Carolina, that was directed by Olen King. It was closed as well for abuse. Olen King was arrested for kidnapping and neglect. (for locking boys in cells, handcuffed to a pole) Olen King now runs another home in North Carolina under the name of King Family Ministries. Mack Fords daughter, Penny (Ford) king, is married to Olen Kings son. The girls home was raided countless times, Mack Ford was caught sexually abusing children, more than once. His staff members wich include the housemother, the director as well as the principle of the school, have all been accused of molesting/raping children while employed at the home. The New Bethany home for girls/boys was 'legally' changed to New Bethany Baptist church in 2001. However Mack Ford continued to run it as a childrens home until 2004. When he was finally shut down. One of the 'house mothers' Nora Carter Shepherd, has had four different homes opened, under the name of 'Faith Ranch', and had Mack Ford sending children to her until 1999. She was aware of the sexual abuse, and did everything she could to cover it up. Please see a detailed staff list at heal-online.org.
There must have been some serious kickback going on in that parish because the townsfolk of Arcadia should have stormed the place with pitchforks and torches thirty years ago and rescued the imprisoned children.
Eventually they did--shut it down, but not soon enough to prevent the untold damage that it did to God's most precious gift, our children, our future. It's an embarrassment to the good citizens of Louisiana who need to set the record straight.
New Bethany has been closed for years, and Mack Ford has a long history of abuse allegations. He is responsible for traumatizing hundreds of children who were entrusted to his care. Many are still dealing with the psychological ramifications for their stay at the homes 20 or 30 years ago.
I'm laughing at the "client served" category. Anyone donating to this organization needs to be made aware that: 1: IT'S CLOSED. 2. Any proceeds donated go to a man who has been publicly called a child abuser and pedophile. 3. If this organization is on your church's missionary list, you need to notify your pastor that the church's tithes are going to an organization that NO LONGER EXISTS! Thanks you!
This home is a vile hole that tears children apart mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and even in some cases sexually! They are mean and down right cruel! Any parent that would sent their child to this place is a fool and has been totally lied to. It is suppose to be a christian based home to guide wayward teens, well it's anything but godly! Be warned!!!!!
I am very familiar with survivors of this "school". If you google "New Bethany Home for Girls" the first three results are as follows:
1.History of Violence: Christian boarding schools and the March 10 ...
2.Survivors of New Bethany
3Survivors of New Bethany - VICTORY VILLAGE
This institution was run by a denomination, Independent Fundamentalist Baptists. The abuse that happens in these institutions is unspeakable. Google "tina anderson" for more information.
Finally to get a better picture of the larger issue I recommend this documentary, watch the whole thing, the first clip on youtube just starts to introduce the issue.
But in the end, this "school" is closed.