Narcissism and Entitlement

(inordinate fascination with oneself)

Narcissism. 

(Inordinate fascination with oneself)

The word narcissism comes from a German psychiatrist close to 200 years ago. Over this time the flavor of the word is used primarily with negative connotations. Over the past 20 years, researchers have reported the increase of narcissism has grown by 30%. A behavior that over the years was used by the psychiatric and psychology community.

 Each day what seems to affect you most on how you think, behave, act, or opinion. How should we reach conclusions by translating the communications we are receiving verbally, through social media, in news media or in written journalism? Where do most of these influences come from and how can you trust them? When we draw conclusions, it comes from the mediums mentioned but how do we weigh the validity? Is it because they are friends, family, knowledgeable people, faith-based people, teachers, or unknowns? The discoveries on this blog are not to pass judgment but are only to present facts that are backed by research or factual proof. There will not be a focus on one entity but will be only on the day-to-day discovery that might be of interest to you. 

It is our hope you will be comfortable with the truth and use your inalienable freedom to change and contradict the untruths with the truth. A society that exists on knowledge and truth can make a future of hope, joy, love, and eternal wisdom. So, I invite you to join us on our journey of articles to make you think and hopefully gain enough knowledgeable information to reach your informed conclusions.

Societal conditions are a result of years of how we weigh the value-added result of how you spend time on new information. If there is no immediate gratification or reward, when we experience a community with a lack of interest in collaborating with the challenges in front of us creates a danger zone of entitlement.

You will be interested in how Narcissism, may cause the behavior of problems that it creates in our society today.  Narcissism has grown over the last twenty years by 30 percent. Narcissists portray themselves as vulnerable woe is me, they think they are misunderstood and a need for them to be seen as how smart I really am. They have this idea they are very special. It is a figment of their imagination. They tend to downplay the accomplishments of other people. They see these people as threats. Because of the delusional threats they put other people down. If you have a friend who has these traits, you will see a lack of empathy for those who threaten them with their accomplishments. If you have a narcissistic friend, you may feel like they are in competition with you. The narcissist will receive cues from friends that discount their behavior as harmful, but they just don’t care. You will see they continue to behave in the same manner repeatedly. They are legends in their own mind. They have a habit of not accepting accountability. It takes a professional to diagnose narcissism. But the researchers have shown that the characteristics of this trait have been snowballing in America.

Dr. Jean M. Twenge and Dr. Keith Campbell, have written a book on “The Narcissism Epidemic”, which has given us new insight into entitlements. How does narcissism affect our social lives? People can care about the common good but are extremely selfish. The cost of social narcissism in America is corporate leaders who take big risks and destroy companies, white-collar crime with a lack of integrity, spouses who are unfaithful, parents who use their children as props to make themselves look good, and you must always look better than your friends. Narcissism is like the flu where everyone around you gets the flu, and you feel good about yourself.

Does narcissism exist in our political leaders today? Just considering presidents narcissism has increased each election going back sixty years. Grandstanding on issues will get me some kudos so I will get re-elected. The media has had much to do with the opportunity to exploit narcissism. Media has become channelized, so people seek the confidence exposed to narcissistic behavior. These people usually are hypersensitive to criticism. These behaviors can be harmful when you go to work, and you want your employees to suck up to you and you want everyone to do a high five with you because of how great you are. You may get away with this but then when you expect your friends and acquaintances to do the same thing plus, your family they begin to draw the line. Most of the time we think of narcissism as something bad. Grandiose narcissists are very good at starting new relationships, they are confident and charismatic, but later they may be more likely to cheat, a little manipulative, and more likely to be controlling. These people become leaders and the tell-tale issue with these leaders is that they may be narcissistic and take big risks, do things to get attention, and may have ethical challenges that may bring them down. One area where narcissism may show up as its greatest benefit is social media. People who are narcissistic tend to have more friends on social media, they are more active, they take more selfies, and we think of social media without narcissism it would be worthless. Today you can get on your phone and film yourself and put it in front of the world.

All of this has led teachers, coaches, and mentors not to allow themselves to not be shallow in their relationships but to exist for the betterment of the common good. The goal is how to focus your reputation on how to be a good person. What have we learned on how not to allow our ego to take control of our life?

Mentors of Bethany in America a nonprofit organization has created a blueprint for putting egos aside to serve those people who operate on the side of humanity who primarily may have had low self-esteem. Men, women, and youth across the community coming from all walks of life have welcomed the challenge of communicating the personable philosophy of love, hope, joy, and faith to enjoy their lives in family, community, and relationships. These mentors have given of themselves not expecting anything in return. Their vision is the restoration of family and a positive lifestyle for their participants. Their leadership by coaching has little expectations of self-gratification. What may be a distraction to the achievements of these types of successes is the enticement of narcissism with the measures of personal gratification appearance, control, self-entitlement, and the seclusion of not recognizing the culprit of habit that is fueled by our own narcissism. It is narcissism that may be the ingredient that causes us to succeed in our lives but when it becomes the essential factor in our lives for existence it is then when it becomes harmful. Mentors don’t live a life of “it is all about me”. A narcissist has issues with empathy. To break the cycle of homelessness, poverty, absentee fathers, addiction, alcoholism, and crime, society needs to adjust their thinking to share the talents they possess by financially supporting programs that encourage people to regain their self-esteem, family unit, fatherhood, motherhood, work-ethic, integrity, and spirituality. This country started with these values and now it is time to regain this philosophy for those who have been lost in the progress of a nation. In your lifetime have you experienced those individuals who continually share their blessings and rewards of life by avoiding the trap of entitlement? When society transcends into a journey that isn’t as encumbered by the balance of justice or writing another law or creating punitive measures to change lives produces an environment of healthy change. Great teachers, mentors, and coaches are all formally committed to developing the individuals they are creating a relationship to succeed.

The culture of an aspect of not only instructing society but listening to the society and narrowing down the “why” of negative conditions and how cognizance of sensible change would create long-term success. All of us must understand that societies establish themselves over many years of economics, politics, family, education, governance, integrity, faith, jurisprudence, and learned biases. A good plan to address each of the societal ills is to formulate a sensitivity to how and why we are where we are in life and prioritize the steps of creating a better social norm for our citizens in our world. Avoid narcissistic individualism but cast a vision of humility for all of humanity.

Many great programs are making a difference in building a better life. There are current programs that are addressing and successfully making a difference in our communities. Mentors of Bethany in America is just one of the organizations that have shown great progress with people in need. (Contact https://mentorsofbethany.org) (100 Black Men of Omaha Inc., https://facebook.com/100BMO) ( Achieving Balanced Well-Being, https://thepacificinstitute.com) Please make contact with any of these programs for your community. The only change that works is by the trust people have in you. Spread the word! The best variable of positive change comes from the people who are willing to embrace their family, neighbors, citizens, and life with care.

Dr. Gary R Carlson

Email: gary@gcarlson-inc.com

https://gcarlson-inc.com

Zach

by Dr. Gary R. Carlson

When looking back on our journey in life some things make us smile, cry, be angry, motivated, depressed, and sometimes just plain happy to be alive. During the years I have expressed the value of Mentors of Bethany in America and the volunteers and staff who devote time, money, and energy to fill the gaps some of our society has missed out on in their life journey. A small group of people had the idea of originating a nonprofit organization to approach societal challenges that had been haunting communities for decades. The numbers of people with addictions, incarcerations, homelessness, alcoholism, deadbeat fathers, dysfunctional families, poverty, high school dropouts, and a lack of faith. So many of the current tactics to meet the needs of these societal diseases were by enabling other poor behaviors or implementing punitive measures on the afflicted. It was evident and apparent our approaches were not working. Budgets for welfare and imprisonment were growing each year. Recidivism for people labeled into these categories would be taken out of the roles with success but only to return after a period when facing life skills challenges. As the originator of the nonprofit and the executive director, I am stepping down to focus on mentoring high school dropouts and will be turning over the operations and board relationships to the people in charge of the future of Mentors of Bethany in America. Over the past five years, the approach and coaching techniques used by the mentors have provided some astounding success which some would call miracles. Before I continue one step further you need to know the methodology, content, and relationships do not constitute punitive measures or empty handouts that only require participants to ask for more so they become relying on material items from the stipends given by the old systems.

The programs are implemented and thriving in open-door missions, jails, street schools, neighborhoods, and partners in serving these participants. Without question, this approach has found true longevity success even with some of the most hardcore participants. Each year more and more volunteers join the ranks to be a mentor. The target focus is to continue to offer enough mentors to curb the societal ills that have been so prevalent. Secondarily, it is with the donations coming from the public to organize, support, and expand the reach of Mentors of Bethany in America to others in our society. After reading just one of many testimonies experienced by our mentors I would hope you could find the means to donate to this change agent that is less costly than the jails, welfare, and justice system requirements of social work, visiting nurses, and probation officers, and court systems. By no means are we advocating the elimination of these roles but do understand the caseloads of these people are so high that cases become paperwork on someone’s desk. Mentorship is based on relationships that are sustained through a lifetime and has payback potential from the participant’s success in the future.https//mentorsofbethany.org

What you are about to read is a story of a young man who came to our program in 2019. We will just refer to him as Zach. Zach showed up on our doorstep from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Without too much detail, Zach was a troubled young man addicted to alcohol and drugs. By his addictions, he was an angry person. The mentor program discovered immediately how much potential this person had to offer. Here was a twenty-three-year-old who by all rights probably could have been induced into crime and the criminal court system. Not only has Zach thrived, but he still is in constant touch with his mentor. This relationship will be one for a lifetime. Please read Zach’s testimony to me in an email sent recently. After reading Zach’s testimony there will be a summary of his steps to peace and freedom in his life.

Gary,

I apologize for the delay in getting back to you! I hope you had a great time in Arizona. I hope all is well with you, your family, and the rest of the men. 

A little update on how life is going: I am currently living in Jacksonville, Florida for the summer. I am doing a three-month internship with a general contractor called Archer Western. I am on a heavy civil interstate/bridge project that is right above 200 million. The company was voted 2nd best heavy civil company in a popular engineering poll in 2021. In the middle of August, I will be heading back to Phoenix to start classes back up at ASU. I’m currently sitting with a 3.95 GPA. I ended up getting a high B in an online stats class last semester, I was extremely close to getting an A… I don’t think I will ever forgive myself for that one. I have 2 years left until I graduate from ASU with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Management and Technology. I just got the news that I received two 4,000-dollar academic scholarships from ASU for my grades that I can use this year and next year. So, 4,000 each year. I am extremely grateful for that because college is not cheap as you all know! I am attending a church called “Living Word Bible Church” back in Mesa, it’s a great church! I actually really enjoy going there every Sunday. If you get the chance, look them up on YouTube. The two brothers that are the pastors have a daily bible study on YouTube that is supposed to be the number one on YouTube in the world. I am not certain where I want to go next after I graduate, it all depends on the opportunities that God presents in my way at that point in my life. All I know is that they will be great, and I will feel blessed. My family is doing well. My Dad asks every now and again if I still keep in touch with you. Other than that, life is going very well! Make sure you tell Eric I say hello and that I hope everything is well with him and his business! Also, tell all the men I say hello and that I hope all is well on their end! I can’t thank you guys enough for the mentoring and the time you’ve put into me and the rest of the men out there. I know it has helped shaped my life tremendously. I am very grateful for everything you’ve done. Nothing but love to you all! 

Zach 

It is with great pride we congratulate Zach on his journey. While Zach was in Omaha he met with the CEO of a construction company arranged by a mentor and spent some quality time with him to make his decision on construction management. Zach’s reference to Eric was a person who has become an additional mentor for him. This article could be much longer if we were to add other testimonies. Today Mentors of Bethany in America organization is serving men, women, and youth ages 14 to 18. It is with the power of our faith in God that we all profess by Luke:10 27.

Do You Hear Me Now?

How much time do people spend listening? People spend between 70 and 80% of their day engaged in some form of communication, and about 55% of their time is devoted to listening.

 Related: Cheap TV Service What’s the average speaking rate? Some people are chattier than others but on average, the typical person utters anywhere from 125 to 175 words per minute. How many words do we listen to per minute? Your ears work a little faster than your mouth. The average number of words you’re able to listen to per minute is around 450.

 How much of what we hear is absorbed? Even though your ears are capable of picking up on so many words, your brain doesn’t necessarily process all of them. Most people usually only remember about 17 to 25% of the things they listen to. 

Are men or women better listeners? Research shows that men only use half their brains to listen while women engage both lobes. If you constantly feel like your partner or significant other is tuning you out, that may be why. How important are the words we say? You might be surprised to learn that your words only convey about 7% of what you’re trying to say. The other 93% is communicated through facial expressions and the tone of your voice. Is there more than one way to listen? There are four distinct listening styles that you can employ, and about 40% of people are using two or more at any given time. LISTENING AND YOUR HEALTH An extensive body of research exists concerning how the things we listen to can affect our mental, physical, and emotional state. We found that listening can correlate to better (or worse) health in several ways.

 Is listening to complaining bad for you? Listening to nagging or complaining for about 30 minutes or more can cause damage to the part of your brain that handles problem-solving skills. That’s something to keep in mind the next time you’re stuck talking to a Negative Nancy. Can listening to music make you smarter? Putting on some tunes while you study can potentially improve your grades. Studies show that listening to classical music while hitting the books has been linked to a 12% increase in math test scores. Will it reduce stress? Several studies have attempted to link listening to music to a more stress-free environment. Listening to music before surgery has been shown to lower cortisol levels and result in less anxiety compared to patients who were given drugs instead. Or help you lose weight? Researchers have shown that listening to relaxing music while eating out at a restaurant resulted in diners consuming 175 fewer calories. If you’re having trouble sticking to your diet, a side of smooth jazz with your dinner may be the answer. Does listening to music increase accident risk? When teens are behind the wheel, 98% of them are likely to commit a driving error while listening to their favorite music. That figure drops to 78% when they listen to something relaxing, like soft rock. (Source: CreditDonkey)

How many people listen to the radio? Even though the face of radio has changed, its popularity hasn’t. Approximately 92% of Americans aged 12 and older listen to the radio at least once a week. How long do adults listen for? Throughout the course of a day, adults listen to just over four hours of audio communications. 

About 52% of that is spent listening to broadcast radio and the rest is divvied between Internet radio, audiobooks, and satellite radio. What do adults listen to most? Country music is the most popular choice among adults, taking up a 14% share of the market. In second place are the news and talk radio, with a 12% slice of the audience pie. How often do teens tune in? Kids consume about 8 to 10 hours of media a day, and 2.5 of those hours are spent listening to music. How do teens access their music? The way kids listen to music varies but on average, they spend 41 minutes on their iPods or MP3 players each day. Another 64 minutes is divided between listening to a standard radio and Internet radio through their computers. What’s the most listened-to song of all time? If you’re wondering what the most listened-to song in history is, forget the Top 40. It’s Disney’s “It’s a Small World,” which has been played roughly 50 million times since its 1964 release. LISTENING AND HEARING LOSS For some people, their ability to listen is hindered by things beyond their control. When hearing loss is a factor, it can have lasting effects on how well people are able to listen and communicate in general. How many people have listening difficulties? An estimated 38 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss. That’s about 12% of the total population. What’s the number one cause of hearing trouble? While aging plays a part, exposure to loud noises is behind 15% of hearing loss in adults aged 20 to 69. Even 15 minutes of listening to loud noise each day can cause permanent hearing damage. Who is most likely to lose their hearing? 

Men are more likely than women to experience hearing loss. There’s a 25% chance of having a severe hearing deficiency by the time you reach age 65. That number jumps to 50% among the 75 and up the crowd. How many children have hearing loss? Approximately 3 million children in the U.S. have some type of hearing loss and just over a third of them are under age 3. About 5 in every 1,000 newborns will be affected. How does it impact their education? Even a mild hearing loss can cause kids to fall behind in school. Studies show that they may miss out on as much as 50% of what’s being said in the classroom. (Source: CreditDonkey)

Now that, you have read this article how much of it would you remember if you only heard it? Americans are still listening every day. So what is your choice on how to become a better listener? What would the results be with our students in the classroom if they had had listening skills improvement?

How Often are you all Ears?

June 5, 2022

How much time do people spend listening? People spend between 70 and 80% of their day engaged in some form of communication, and about 55% of their time is devoted to listening.

 Related: Cheap TV Service What’s the average speaking rate? Some people are chattier than others but on average, the typical person utters anywhere from 125 to 175 words per minute. How many words do we listen to per minute? Your ears work a little faster than your mouth. The average number of words you’re able to listen to per minute is around 450.

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 How much of what we hear is absorbed? Even though your ears are capable of picking up on so many words, your brain doesn’t necessarily process all of them. Most people usually only remember about 17 to 25% of the things they listen to.

Are men or women better listeners? Research shows that men only use half their brain to listen while women engage both lobes. If you constantly feel like your spouse or significant other is tuning you out, that may be why. How important are the words we say? You might be surprised to learn that your words only convey about 7% of what you’re trying to say. The other 93% is communicated through facial expressions and the tone of your voice. Is there more than one way to listen? There are four distinct listening styles that you can employ, and about 40% of people are using two or more at any given time. LISTENING AND YOUR HEALTH An extensive body of research exists concerning how the things we listen to can affect our mental, physical, and emotional state. What we found is that listening can correlate to better (or worse) health in several different ways.

 Is listening to complaining bad for you? Listening to nagging or complaining for 30 minutes or more can cause damage to the part of your brain that handles problem-solving skills. That’s something to keep in mind the next time you’re stuck talking to a Negative Nancy. Can listening to music make you smarter? Putting on some tunes while you study can potentially improve your grades. Studies show that listening to classical music while hitting the books has been linked to a 12% increase in math test scores. Will it reduce stress? Several studies have attempted to link listening to music to a more stress-free environment. Listening to music before surgery has been shown to lower cortisol levels and result in less anxiety compared to patients who were given drugs instead. Or help you lose weight? Researchers have shown that listening to relaxing music while eating out at a restaurant resulted in diners consuming 175 fewer calories. If you’re having trouble sticking to your diet, a side of smooth jazz with your dinner may be the answer. Does listening to music increase accident risk? When teens are behind the wheel, 98% of them are likely to commit a driving error while listening to their favorite music. That figure drops to 78% when they listen to something relaxing, like soft rock. (Source: CreditDonkey)

How many people listen to the radio? Even though the face of radio has changed, its popularity hasn’t. Approximately 92% of Americans aged 12 and older listen to the radio at least once a week. How long do adults listen for? Throughout the course of a day, adults listen to just over four hours of audio communications.

About 52% of that is spent listening to broadcast radio and the rest is divvied up between Internet radio, audiobooks, and satellite radio. What do adults listen to most? Country music is the most popular choice among adults, taking up a 14% share of the market. In second place is news and talk radio, with a 12% slice of the audience pie. How often do teens tune in? Kids consume about 8 to 10 hours of media a day, and 2.5 of those hours are spent listening to music. How do teens access their music? The way kids listen to music varies but on average, they spend 41 minutes on their iPods or MP3 players each day. Another 64 minutes is divided between listening to a standard radio and Internet radio through their computers. What’s the most listened to song of all time? If you’re wondering what the most listened to song in history is, forget the Top 40. It’s Disney’s “It’s a Small World,” which has been played roughly 50 million times since its 1964 release. LISTENING AND HEARING LOSS For some people, their ability to listen is hindered by things beyond their control. When hearing loss is a factor, it can have lasting effects on how well people are able to listen and communicate in general. How many people have listening difficulties? An estimated 38 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss. That’s about 12% of the total population. What’s the number one cause of hearing trouble? While aging plays a part, exposure to loud noises is behind 15% of hearing loss in adults aged 20 to 69. Even 15 minutes of listening to loud noise each day can cause permanent hearing damage. Who is most likely to lose their hearing?

Men are more likely than women to experience hearing loss. There’s a 25% chance of having a severe hearing deficiency by the time you reach age 65. That number jumps to 50% among the 75 and up crowd. How many children have hearing loss? Approximately 3 million children in the U.S. have some type of hearing loss and just over a third of them are under age 3. About 5 in every 1,000 newborns will be affected. How does it impact their education? Even a mild hearing loss can cause kids to fall behind in school. Studies show that they may miss out on as much as 50% of what’s being said in the classroom. (Source: CreditDonkey)

Now with that you have read this article how much of it would you remember if you only heard it? Americans are still listening every day. So what is your choice on how to become a better listener. What would the results be with our students in the classroom if they had had listening skills improvement?

Why Should We Look at Changing Our Business Model for Career Schools

Historically schools and colleges have moved on with a scale of very little change. Society changes, economy changes, politics changes, and now we have experienced technology change. Looking at anyone of these attributes we can see these changes are so great they don’t even to appear to be the same company they were years ago. When something works well then why do we change? When looking at American companies from when they started how do they look today. Below is a list of companies who have a long history of existence. What has been their secret or grand plan to remain viable and healthy.

  1. IBM 1911, scales and punchcard machines and later large mainframes (today: business intelligence, software, hardware)
  2. Xerox 1906, photographic paper (today toner, ink, software, printers, copy machines)
  3. Nokia 1865, paper mills, rubber works and cables (today phones and games)
  4. Monsanto 1901, Saccharin (today roundup, genetically engineered seed)
  5. GE 1892, Light bulb (today gas engines, hybrid locomotives, HD CT scanners, sound devices, chemical sensors)
  6. Fortune Brands 1969, who were previously know as American Brands, Tobacco (today hardware, home furnishings, golf clubs, cabinets)
  7. Du Pont 1802,Gun powder ( today adhesives, insecticides, fire extinguishers, weatherization systems)
  8. Corning 1851, glass, (today optical fiber, cell phone covers, telescopic mirrors, television screens)
  9. Apple 1976, personal computer kit, (today ipad, ipod, online music, iphones)
  10. 3M 1902, Sandpaper (today scotch tape, duct tape, post it notes, cleaning products)

Why would we look to these companies when talking about schools and colleges? Success stories like these are the blueprint to remaining a vibrant and purposeful organization to the society they serve. Their side track they took in the services had to remain relevant. Leadership even when distracted by negative influences are still on track with doing what they do best.

There are lessons to be learned from the leadership of these companies. As anyone can see they ventured into new territory and became successful by not allowing any negative influences forget what they did best. Each re-engineered company never allowed one source of income to be the life line of their mission. Career schools before selling their heart and soul to government control were successful in providing the graduates with certificates, diplomas and later associate degrees to an ever growing need for early entry employees with skills. Some of these schools boasted how companies had hired entire program graduates from their schools. The career school environment was healthy and respected. As each year went by and schools became more dependent on government funding the destiny of any school was being subjected to rules and regulations with rule makers in Washington D.C. The prospect of states determined the fate of their schools was quickly vanishing. The legacy of government today has built a brazen path that has placed schools into being a political football. Placing students, teachers and parents into the vicious contemptuous rhetoric of supporting schools by tearing them down. It is easy to be a critic when the only solution is to eliminate the education body you are so vehemently against. American history has shown the ills of taking anything we don’t like, trust or targeted by annihilation results in later remorse.

Our societal survivors never lost faith in what they believed were principles of high integrity of what they were and symbolized. This is why I contend our school leadership should look at what brought them to the added value they once were so proud in providing. While escaping the fear we should turn this around into pride and show the communities we serve, that we can still stand tall.

Gary R Carlson

Consultant

Drugs & Alcohol

A story of a temptation, peer pressure, depression, celebration, love, deceit, mistrust, anger, hate, decisions, health, family, brain abuse and recovery.

While looking at each of these attributes it must not be forgotten what this does to everyone that is in touch with each of these afflictions.

Excessive alcohol use leads to 95,000 deaths each year and 37 million Americans binge drink at least once a week. (National Drug and Alcohol Facts, March 22-28 2021)

Time to Relax

Once upon a time a family who had been successful financially planned a wonderful trip to a resort in Talum, Mexico. January 2022, was the outbreak of the new COVID. (Omicron) Some of the family members who had looked forward to joining the family were afflicted with Omicron, one family member died from the COVID virus and another was bed stricken from a sports vehicle accident. What seemed to be a great idea one year ago was falling apart. Even with the downfalls the remainder family members boarded their flights, passed the COVID check points and headed off for Talum. Five days of relaxation and fun. Even with the rocks in the road the destination trip was going on even with the obstacles confronting them. This article is with a title of Drugs and Alcohol, so what does this have to do with the title?

One of the travelers who was twenty-four years old and a recent college graduate with a degree in finance was with his family. Because of the recent disruption in crime and drugs in Talum the family agreed to stay on the resort and not go to town. The plan was in place and they all would be safe on the resort for five days and nights.

It almost sounds like a fairy tale. All intentions were wholesome and pleasant. Little did anyone no one of them would not live up to the safety precautions the family had agreed upon. The young man at age twenty-four had been abusing alcohol and marijuana for who knows how long.

A Scenario of Precautions

Each night when family members called it a night and returned to their rooms the 24-year-old would leave the resort and go to the local bars and by weed on the street. For the sake of personalizing this story we will call the 24-year-old Ben. Ben did a great job of concealing his habits and was always back in the morning when the family gathered together. Family reflecting back on these days did have some feelings of Ben’s attitude of I am an adult and I can do what I want and didn’t really mingle in the day with family members.

Packing for the Trip Home

Preparation to Travel Home

Saturday night and last night. Everyone needs to pack and get ready to leave in the morning. All are accounted for and reported they are ready.

Morning comes and the rides are there to pick everyone up to go to the airport. Ok, lets count heads to make sure everyone is here. After the count they are missing one. Where is Ben? Quick trip up to his room and they find all his bags packed and ready to go but no Ben. Panick begins to set in for everyone. Where could he be. Everyone but two family members go to the airport to catch their flight home.

Search Party Begins

The search party becomes an aunt and uncle. They rent a car and start combing the beaches and showing locals his picture. Ben was seen out in front of a 7/11 store. The search goes all day and into the night. His credit card was attempted to be used but was declined. Phone calls came back to home in the U.S. to tell everyone they have not found him. Ben’s parents have now chartered a flight to Mexico. Just before they leave the U.S. he is found. Ben is in a Mexican jail. It was such a relief for the family to find him alive. Now, comes the negotiation by his uncle with the Mexican authorities to get him out of jail and on to home. Ben’s uncle negotiates a 250-dollar fine and they get him out. Ben seems not remorseful or finds it pretty funny. He doesn’t understand why they just didn’t leave him and he could have got out on his own. Everyone is going to spend another night in Mexico and leave on the chartered flight the next morning.

The Trip Home

How Lucke Can Ben be?

On the way home Ben drinks and vapes on the jet. Still no remorse or Thank Yous’ to aunt, uncle or mom and dad. Ben drinks his way home while Dad is exhausted and Mom is relieved. Ben’s aunt and uncle are furious because of his inappropriate behavior.

Up to 40,000 feet and 450 mph heading to home airport. No flight changes just one plane and destination to home.

After Arriving Home

Ben is taken to his parents’ house and is told he will stay there. After observing his erratic behavior Ben was entered into a hospital on the mental health floor.

Ben needs help and so does Mom and Dad

Ben doesn’t know why he is there. His plans are to get out the next day. His family knows he has some mental health issues. The test continues for a week. Ben is having trouble sleeping and shows deep seeded anger at times. His parents are looking for answers to do the right thing with Ben. Many parents go through this quandary about mental health issues that exist with a child, young man or woman. If you have ever looked for help in this situation you will find yourself often lost. After one week Ben was released and told he will have four days a week of therapy as an outpatient. During this time Ben has confrontations with his mom, dad, aunt and uncle. His behavior is becoming so erratic that other family members don’t want to engage with Ben until he gets help. His parents are reaching out to those who have experience in their lives like Ben’s. The picture they have received is clear that most of these people seem to bottom out before they begin to improve. This situation has great risk in that some of these people like Ben may make a mistake that would harm themselves or others. It may happen they may end up in a psychiatric ward or incarcerated. It is essential when they hit bottom that they find people who care enough and will show them love, faith, hope, grace and peace in their life to begin to fill the gaps of life. Finding the appropriate program will stop the spiraling into a crash and burn scenario to a successful outcome.

Do I Need to Hit Rock Bottom?

A program of building blocks to create a new life experience will provide a new birth in facing life challenges. A comprehensive program looks and the sequence of events which would include the essential key development characteristics of decency. The approach provides the necessity to understand the triune of mental, physical and soft skill balance to provide the foundation of potential improved mental health.

1- Manhood Realities
-2- Create and Cultivate
-3- Manhood Definition
-4- King/Warrior
-5- Lover/Friend
-6- Seasons

Many young men and women since the baby boom era have grown up without some of the common best practices of mental health growth exercises proclaimed by living with a family that subscribed to life skills of truth and intimacy. Family cognizance gives anyone of us while maturing in life lessons where others in later generations may have missed.

-1- Looking Back
-2- Dad
-3- Mom
-4- Healing
-5- All-Alone
-6- Heart

Addiction is such a strong influence that it overcomes any good advice by the ones who love them. It is interesting to see parents, friends and fellow workers seem to ask themselves if they were part of the problem. At my vantage point it seems as if it could be predictable but in many cases it becomes a complete surprise. While working with the addiction problem for the last eight years our program has seen from sever and mild conditions. Our MOBIA mentors have experienced miracles with some very difficult issues. It is not hard to see the methods and material content they are using has been successful. The answer is in the process of filling in the gaps that has existed in these peoples lives. I would encourage any of you to visit the website and hear it from the people who have been in the program. https://mentorsofbethany.org

Read the testimonies from people from all walks of life. Men and women have benefited from a system that develops rather than maintains.

For the story of Ben is yet to come. Ben has had the luxury of having finances that have given him the ability to run from his problems and travel around the United States. There is one they for sure is that everything runs out and when times get tough is usually when they seek out the answer. Do you know the answer?

Author: Gary R Carlson

Executive Director for “Mentors of Bethany in America”

Racism, Equity, prejudice, hypocrisy, covetous and worry

prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against a person or people on the basis of their membership in a particular racial or ethnic group, typically one that is a minority or marginalized.

After a day of reflecting on our country and my being part of it for the past seventy-five years I decided to reflect on what is the obvious. My life as a white American who has lead a dedicated life to education of citizens from age five on into higher education. My personal primary and secondary education included the years of the 1950’s and 60’s. This was an era of propaganda, Cold War, Vietnam War, nuclear war potential, music revolution, drug abuse, demonstrations, segregation, civil rights, racism and and the prelude to family unity changing as we knew it with new dysfunctions.

Even with all the fear factors the United States appeared to have great promise for improving the status of life for everyone. During the early years of a baby boomer’s life into the teenage years parents were focused on their children having a better life than what their parents experienced. Work ethic, education and spiritual faith were considered essential to succeed. This family message for success was the same no matter of status, race, religion, or culture. The approach to achieve this goals may not be the same but opportunity was there for young men and women to grasp. The prize was available but it meant different things to different people and how we attained it was different.

Even with these encouragements of opportunity there was inequity of treatment in schools, legislation, war, housing, employment, religion, and many hardships primarily fell upon minorities of all the under represented. The picture above is from 1968 but could very well be 2021. Over fifty years of some of the most miraculous accomplishments anyone could imagine except for humanity of life improvements in acceptance, equity, love, hope, and the value of the human life. It is obvious we have touted ourselves on all the conveniences that have been created with almost miracle proportions over the last fifty years. When it comes to humanity to improve how we live our lives together has been approached from a passive awareness. As I look at the disruptions of today there are only two kinds of people who would deny any of what I have said. They are the disengaged and the dishonest.

The question is placed in front of us all when I have had the fortune or misfortune to see the ignoring of what really is the solution to the problem we all are confronted to solve. History is a good example of how our attempts over the years I have been alive did not work. Take another look at the picture. Society passed this hot potato offf to politicians who did the only thing they know how to do and that is to draft a bill. This then becomes a law or regulation. From our laws we began the onslaught of only making the canyon of disparity and hatred growing larger. The unaffected regarding the legislation continue as always and those who have suffered from life’s inheritances continue within the corrals of life.

The result of our laws, regulations, covetous leaders, and hypocritical leaders has produced more prisons, more poverty, addictions, more absentee fathers, welfare cost increases, entitlement expectations, hatred, prejudice, and family unity dysfunctions. Intentionally or not we as citizens have created a life of accepting prejudice and inequality even though we are not morally supportive of the condition. I could be assured the answer does not lie in laws and regulations. From the time of slavery and immigration in this country we have experienced the outgrowth of acceptance of inequality, segregation, and justice malfeasance. Like any issue the resolution comes from knowing the problem and educating a mindset that over time will resolve the issue. There are certainly the gaps that promote the issues but the gaps need to be closed and the education in our schools at a young age with comprehension of what is right and wrong. There is no harm in individuality but there is harm in entitlement. The individuality in our lives makes for a strong country but entitlement is the wrong form of motivation.

Media feeds upon the racist format. As a white person media portrays a black human being as a victim or criminal. Some of the journalism in media is the greatest form of racists communication by creating stereotypes depicting their optimal view of how to sensationalize the characters. Media has had a part in forming opinions in politics, race relations, religions, gender, education, violence, riots, or all potential influences on citizens who are affected by media productions. Media today can be created and produced off anyones smart phone and scripted with the sensationalism of skewing opinions of the public.

Until our consuming public knows the real truth through history and the challenges for the future we will never change our plight in life. Babies are not born with the sociological or psychological bias but learn them as they grow up.

To make progress with this challenge of society it is time to understand the solution comes from birth through life. Both motherhood and fatherhood have a great deal to do with all aspects of the future. Praise individuality and despise entitlement.

If we can just begin to be part of the skill development of our generations growing up we can change the world. Logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the the needs of the few.

As Dr. Laura Jana has presented to us in her newest book “The Toddler Brain” and the skills of”

Me

We

Why

Will

Wiggle

Wobble

What if

our newest generation will solve the humanity problems for us.

My final message is to all of us who have experienced this plight over the years should recognize the people we have looked to for answers have been part of the problem.

Let the healing begin with our newest generations.

GOVERNANCE-GOVERNMENT-CONSTITUTION-BILL OF RIGHTS

Most of you reading this article have one thing in common. No matter what age you are, race, religion or economic status we have equality to be a citizen of the United States. If I asked you what is your definition of citizenship what would be your answer? When I started school in 1951, civics was part of the curriculum to give us the perspective of where citizenship accountability would be encouraged in our society. In countries where citizenship is not recognized you become a serf, slave or subject. Citizenship as created by our forefathers represented the accountability for citizens to be responsible for aspects of political, social, and cultural life styles. There intention was not to return to rule they had fled from such as theocracy, kings, autocrats and oligarchy. The United States was a new experiment in government where citizens became a major influence on the jurisdictions on civilization that granted certain freedoms and rights without any undue overly burdensome expectations dictated by a government that would exclude the rights of the citizens. Throughout the past seventy years citizenship has become in jeopardy in America.

Bettsy Ross Flag

Let’s start this journey of looking at governance and the intentions of our first forefathers as they created the foundation of the new nation and its protections for the people. Even with our diversity of representation with separate ideals and biases it was clear the new nation was not to be anything like any other country had ever seen before. Leadership was focused on the rights of the citizens and a national government role that would have explicit and restricted responsibilities. Planning by these leaders was by accepting the responsibility to protect the security of the nation and working towards domestic tranquility. A goal was always communicated to preserve safety. Founders at this time felt very strongly as they foresaw a very limited government interference with the daily lives of citizens. The founders never felt the need to create bureaucracy of departments of commerce, education, housing and urban development.

Minimal government meant the domestic economy was funded by state and local levels. The forefathers even included the safe guards of interstate commerce so individual states would not interfere with commerce.

55 Men Four Months

Men during this time well understood the possibility of how governments could grow, This is why they started to work on the “Bill of Rights” which gave the Constitution an additional layer of protections. Each of these protections were to have a government endeared to protecting individual rights. The Bill of Rights was a protection where a government could never grow so big to ignore the rights of the individual and economic liberties of American citizens.

The following quotes come from the “Institute for Policy Innovation” which comes from their adapted study of American government.

  1. There are now more Americans employed by government than by the entire manufacturing sector in America.
  2. In the past 25 years the federal government has spent $2.5 trillion on welfare and aid to cities. This enough money to purchase all of the assets of the fortune 500 companies plus all of the farmland in the United States.
  3. In 1987 U.S. farmers received more money in government subsidies than they did in selling their crops in the marketplace. In short, farmers now produce for the government , not for U.S. consumers.
  4. In three states today-California, Maine, and New York – almost half of all middle-income family wages are captured by government through income, payroll, property and sales taxes and other levies.

The question I am sure you may be asking is why aren’t our tax payers rising up against this report card. The answer is the slow but intentional growth of government over the last fifty to one-hundred years has been a slow growth where people are exposed to acceptance because this is the way government is going to be.

A growing country would expect growing finances in the federal budget. But even when considering adjusting for the growth in population and inflation the federal expenditures have mushroomed. Federal budgets have become fixed cost that only grow but do not decrease. Growth and proportional budget should equal.

Middle class Americans have been the class of citizen that has encumbered the cost of federal government. This was not as burdensome until now with a shrinking middle class in America. A federal government that is growing at record highs has caused a backlash to Americans through taxation.

When you recall back to the beginning of the federal government purpose by our forefathers and the position we are currently experiencing has visibly shown us how much we have veered off the track. As the old puppet on Sesame Street “Kermit the Frog” use to say it isn’t easy being green. We can now say it isn’t easy being a citizen. At least by what our forefathers felt our citizens should be.

Many decisions are made without citizen influence. If we just follow the money we can see where the issues are in existence far from citizens to a federal government Wherever agencies at lower levels have made the attempts to represent their constituencies the were ignored for the bigger federal picture.

There needs to be a constituted effort to reduce the size of government. The federal government is spiraling out of control. A nation of bureaucracy, a nation without state authority, a nation dependent on federal agenda’s, federally controlled schools with curriculum and instruction, Is there a flavor of forefathers sill alive for the protection of citizenship? It is obvious as we capitalize on our own special interest for the federal government to rescue us the citizen the forefather definition is being lost.

The Power Has been assumed with no authority.

The United States of America was created with an idea of protecting individual rights and a federal government to ensure national security. Over time the big brother dilemma has produced a money trail of entitlement that has coerced local and state governments into servitude to the federal government. What has been ignored is the actual duty of federal government by assuming authority and dictates to states that were never intended by the originators of the Constitution.

It doesn’t really matter if you are a liberal or conservative. Your opinion should be valued and there is enough space to be heard. The system was carefully construed to include your opinion but through greed, entitlement, prejudice, jealousy, politics vs. statesmen, and the love of humanity being at a low priority we have lost sight of how to work within the boundaries of governance which was made for the people and not politicians. Why would any legislation or bill be looked at with political eyes or bi-partisan when our Constitutions relates to” By the people and for the people?” Ask yourself, what is citizenship and how does it work for you and your family.

Definition: the state of being vested with the rights, privileges, and duties of a citizen.

Is voting importance to get re-elected or for letting citizens vote their ideals?

Don’t let citizenship in America die. Keep it for all people qualifying as a citizen to be represented by people who understands a democracy. Citizenship without civic awareness promotes confusion. When considering your role in the community and how does it compare to the size of the federal government? If we consider the ramifications of a monopoly of a corporation and how the purpose is the protection of free enterprise and the encouragement of competition is clearly a proclaimed philosophy. Ask yourself, “Are your rights being heard at the voting box or are you just voting for a political candidate?

Don’t lose faith in being a citizen. It is our job to become more vigilant to the leadership that we elect and our country’s economics. Have we ever experienced a government from year to year having a balanced budget or even a reduced budget. If this continues consider what taxes will be for our future generations!

How Mentors for People in Need Works

Author: Gary R Carlson, was the originator of the non-profit known as Mentors of Bethany In America. During the past five years the services provided by this organization has seen miracles in life changes for the people who have been part of the MOBIA programs. The mentors have been skillful in filling the lifeskill gaps many of their participants have missed out on in life. The following is a list of programs and what it takes to be a mentor.

Mentors of Bethany In America

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WELCOME

It is a pleasure to invite you into the fellowship of mentors serving people in need of coaching. Throughout the years Mentors of Bethany in America has designed a faith-based approach to support the individuals our mentors are coaching. It is a necessity our programs have the components to recognize the audiences they serve. The ability to allow the Holy Spirit and wisdom from you will provide you with the methods necessary to achieve great achievements with our people in need of support. This manual will give you the necessary sensitivity to use appropriated methods of communications, through visual, tactical, auditory learning styles. MOBIA is continually available and willing to provide support for the best experiences for our mentors and their coachable moments. Each new mentor will be assigned a mentor partner to help orient you to your role as a MOBIA Mentor.

HISTORY

The story of mentorship has a long history of men initially lending a helpful support to people in need. Through a time beginning early in the 21st century a few men began lending support to men in the Douglas County Jail and later the Omaha Open-Door Mission. These small groups had the foresight to see the need for the need to grow these services to other venues in the Omaha, Nebraska community. 2014, there was a concerted effort to now grow the services of mentorship with coaching in other sites and organizations. In the next three years the men of Bethany became now the “Mentors of Bethany in America”, offering planned curriculum and mentor coaches to other people in need which included men, women, and youth. Support systems were enjoined with current organizations and individual services for participants seeking to improve their lives from poverty, incarceration, addiction, absentee fathers’, dysfunctional families, and depression.

More people reported feeling stressed, sad, angry, and worried in 2020 than at any point in Gallup’s global tracking. You might expect that during the worst pandemic in more than a century.

But you can’t blame it on the pandemic alone. While 2020 set a record for negative emotions, the trend started almost 10 years ago.  

JON CLIFTON

Global Managing Partner, Gallup

Experiencing such a high number of people in need of coaching and mentoring it became inevitable to now create an organization to serve the people reaching out and looking for help. MOBIA had experienced a success with people on a smaller scale with their curriculum and practices that made the upscale transition even more possible. May 2018, MOBIA became an approved nonprofit organization with their own by-laws, board of directors, mission statement, and history of success serving and supporting the people in need. During the next years mentors have been deployed to seven sites across the Omaha, Nebraska area. Curriculum has been adopted for both in person and online formats. A complete virtual library has been developed and online courses made available to mentors and their participants. It is MOBIA’s commitment to continually review and revise approaches to improve services for the people that are served. During the years that have transpired with our participants our faith-based programs have experienced what we consider miracles in life restorations.

MENTOR QUALIFICATIONS

MOBIA places a great deal of value on the life experiences each mentor has experienced. The organization is proud of all our mentors who have come to us from the professional, blue collar, skilled, labor ranks and parent experiences. It has been evident that the experienced of both success and failure are necessary to better understand what the participants may be experience. During the journey of the MOBIA program existence they now have past participants who are now mentors. The program offers coaching from experienced mentors with curriculum and coaching methods created by professionals. New mentors will have the option to join any of the seven sites to serve people looking for their coaching services. Projections provided the program with the need to continue to recruit additional mentors. When you contact us with questions to become a mentor, please bring a friend. MOBIA needs men, women, and all ages of people to become a life saving mentor. The rewards of becoming a mentor exist in all our hearts. Just take the time to talk to one of the mentors currently experiencing servant leadership.

 

TEAM LEADERS

Approved programs for MOBIA include team leaders who are the program specialist who are the spokesperson for the program outcomes and review. The role requires the leader to provide direction for program curriculum and methodology under compliance with the MOBIA organization. Team Leaders are the key people to keep a count for attendance and case manager for mentors to discuss individual participants to support them in their journey of redemption and revitalization. Team leaders will hold program meetings with their mentors and make suggestions and recommendations to the Program Advisory Committee. Materials both hard copy and online should be utilized from the approved MOBIA library of materials. Team Leaders will provide complete reports to the Program Advisory Committee of program strengths, weaknesses, attendance averages, mentor recommendations and support needs for individual participants.

PROGRAM ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Active programs will have a mentor designated as the lead person. The lead person will maintain membership to the program advisory committee to coordinate and oversee all activities within the program they are assigned too. Each lead will represent their program. They will attend all program advisory committee meetings. When new programs are implemented, a lead will be assigned to the program. Program lead people will be the main two-way communicator with the organizations where MOBIA is operating.

APPROVED PROGRAMS

DOUGLAS COUNTY JAIL (PROGRAM SERVICE TEN YEARS)

MOBIA mentors provide the authentic manhood program for men who have been assigned to them by the Douglas County supervision. All materials and copies of resources need to be approved by the county jail authority. Mentors serve on a regular cycle by meeting on Monday evenings at the Douglas County Jail. Some to the inmates may be transferred to the Open-Door Mission for further support and coaching. In those cases, the men are easily entered into the ongoing authentic manhood program at the Open-Door Mission. Meeting times may very but are usually scheduled at the same time each week. All meetings are on Monday evenings. Ages of inmates are from nineteen to sixties. Services are provided for forty to fifty men each week.

OPEN DOOR MISSION (PROGRAM SERVICE EIGHT YEARS)

MOBIA mentors are part of the assigned curriculum program prescribed by the overall Open Door Mission program for men at the Garland Thompson Center. Mentors meet regularly with men who are in residence at the Open-Door Mission. Theses are residents who are experiencing homelessness, transfer from Douglas County Jail, treatment for addiction or alcoholism, dysfunctional family problems, poverty, and depression. Mentor coaches work with four to five men each week in both large groups and small group sessions. Coaches have a format of coaching methodology, hardcopy curriculum, and online library with access for both mentor and participants. Curriculum is provided from the Men’s 33 Series which provides six volumes with thirty-six sessions. Volumes are designed for men to engage in ongoing conversations with mentors resulting from written material and videos. Resources are provided by the MOBIA virtual library of media. MOBIA program is part of the requirements of the Open-Door Curriculum for graduation. The curriculum covers men and their design, a man and his story, a man and his traps, a man and his work, a man and his marriage and a man and his fatherhood. Meetings are on Monday evenings, 7 PM until 8:30 PM at the Garland Thompson Center. Program mentors serve twenty to thirty men each week.

LYDIA HOUSE (PROGRAM SERVICE TWO YEARS)

MOBIA provides support to the program for women at the Lydia House. Our MOBIA women mentors coach the women in residence in the Lydia House. MOBIA mentors meet regularly with the women who are homeless, living in poverty, have experienced absentee fathers, addiction, alcoholism, family dysfunction and domestic abuse. The women mentors provide curriculum drawn from the service of “RightNowMedia” with both hardcopy and online materials. Program times are scheduled on Monday evenings from 7 PM until 8:30 PM. Mentors continue their ongoing services by follow up with participants throughout the week. Women mentors meet in small groups and large. The attendance to their program is fifteen to twenty women each week. Mentors are providing coaching in marriage, employment, motherhood, nutrition, childcare, addiction, alcoholism, domestic abuse, and financial budgeting.

OMAHA STREET SCHOOL (PROGRAM SERVICE SEVEN YEARS)

Mentors from MOBIA coach young men ages 14 to 18 enrolled at the Omaha Street School. The Omaha Street School is an alternative high school for both males and females. Attendance is from students who have been excluded from their public schools due to behavior or an incident that expelled them from their neighborhood school. Students at the Omaha Street School are given the opportunity to receive a second chance at redeeming themselves by attending a school with specialized instruction with smaller teacher-student ratios. MOBIA mentor coaches provide a program focused on fatherhood and is called the “Father Hub”. MOBIA mentors provide a written curriculum designated to offer scope and sequence of events in their lives now and in the future. Mentors meet weekly on Fridays which includes lunch with the young men and an hour of instruction. Curriculum is developed to combat inappropriate behaviors, gang membership, and development of goal setting, employment, career exploration, filling fatherhood gaps, and understanding how to make mature appropriate decisions. Mentors take part in the day-to-day school academic success of the students and attend extra-curricula activities. MOBIA partners with the Omaha Street School and the 180 organization for coaching activities.

LOCKER ROOM PROGRAM (FIVE YEARS)

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Mentor coaches for the Locker Room program provide services to both local neighborhood men who are in search of improving their lives in fatherhood, marriage, career, and faith. Men who have graduated from the Open-Door Mission Program become candidates for more advanced support coaching upon graduation. Mentor coaching provides ongoing support with decision making, career support, and family function positive practices. The Locker Room program meets on Thursday at 7 PM at the Sandler Training Center at 107th and Q street. Programs are a continuation and review of the Authentic Manhood program. Coaching at this level requires a more hands on requirements of follow/up for each week’s successes and challenges. The Open-Door Mission transport graduates in their apartment living program to continue in the mentor support systems.

180 HOUSE PROGRAM (ONE YEAR)

Mentor coaches provide coaching to recovering alcoholics in residence at the 180 House in Millard, Nebraska. The mentoring takes place by sponsoring these men and in a roundtable session each week onsite. The table discussions are on Wednesday evenings from 7 PM going to 9 PM. MOBIA is in partnership with the Love Church organization by providing mentor coaches and curriculum from the Men’s 33 Series. Mentors work closely with the coordinator of the program at Love Church.

CHURCH SUPPORT AND DEVELOPMENT (ONE YEAR)

MOBIA has reached out to churches who have been experiencing operation difficulties. Churches receiving these services have received coaching on development, Sunday services, organization, and mission development. Mentors have instituted new programs in Bible Studies, Men and Women small groups. MOBIA Mentors has provided hardcopy and online curriculum support to the churches. MOBIA’s goal is to revive the church to a self-sufficient faith-based organization.

If you have interest in helping your community and those in need please contact MOBIA at: email: gary.carlson@mentorsofbethany.org

God Bless Mentors of Bethany In America

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