Yulee church helps people get Set Free
Jul 22, 2014
By NICOLE KALIL
Florida Baptist Witness
YULEE (FBW)—Like a lot of people, Mark Yeatman has seen how drug abuse can destroy lives. Unlike most people, however, he has dedicated his life to doing something about it.
Last December, Yeatman came to Florida from Wyoming with his wife and two children and planted a Set Free church in Yulee. Set Free by the Sea in Yulee is part of the Northeast Florida Baptist Association.
|Set Free by the Sea Associate Pastor Mark Souter (left) and Pastor Mark Yeatman are amazed by what God is doing in Yulee. FBW photo by Nicole Kalil|
Just six months later, Yeatman can see the blessings that the Lord is pouring into the ministry and the families that are being positively impacted.
Set Free is an intense discipleship ministry for people whose lives have been hijacked by addiction. Through an intensive schedule of Bible study and Scripture memorization, participants step out of their lives for at least 90 days to listen to the Lord and see what He wants them to do.
“We are a New Testament church who takes people in,” Yeatman explains.
The residents at Set Free by the Sea in Yulee are currently in Phase 1 of their recovery. At this phase, they have committed to stay at “The Ranch,” as it’s called, for 90 days, leaving behind family, friends, cell phones and computers. This is an enforced removal from their lives in order to clear their heads and really hear God.
|The Set Free discipleship program includes Bible study, prayer time and worship services on Wednesdays and Sundays. FBW photo by Nicole Kalil|
Residents are required to sign off on a list of rules that says that they agree to stay clean and participate in all functions, which include daily Bible studies with homework, intense Scripture memorization, housework and prayer time, with worship services on Wednesdays and Sundays.
Residents are provided a comfortable and safe place to sleep and three meals a day at no charge. The highly structured schedule leaves no room for doubt that the men will get the chance to encounter the Living God through His Word.
After two weeks at The Ranch, residents are allowed to invite family and friends to join them for worship. At that point, Yeatman says, he starts to see the potential for lives to change exponentially. The men who are coming to Set Free have no hope and nowhere else to turn. In many cases, they don’t know about God, Jesus, the Bible or prayer. Once they are introduced, they want to share Him with their loved ones.
Yeatman and Set Free’s associate pastor, pastor, Mark Souter, are amazed at what God is doing in Yulee. Community leaders, including Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper, are supportive of the work Set Free is doing and the positive impact it can have in Yulee. He sees it as an opportunity for people to get their lives back on track.
Yeatman says there are more people here than they can help, and more are coming every day. They average more than 65 people at their weekly worship services and are looking for land and facilities to accommodate the growth.
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