Healing Heart Discipleship Program

(For more information on this program, go to www.lwrmyork.org or call 402-362-0127 and ask for LaVerna)

This program is offered at the Living Water Rescue Mission in York, not at the Columbus Rescue Mission in Columbus.

A Christ centered approach to healing the hearts of hurting women.


Healing Heart Discipleship is not a “treatment program”. It is a non-denominational Christian discipleship designed to heal, renew, and transform the heart. We encourage our  women to establish a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. We use the Bible, various textbooks and some videotapes/DVD’s, and all are Biblical sound.  Healing Heart Disciples are not isolated from the rest of the world while in their recovery. They do have separate living quarters within the Mission. (They have more privileges, as well as more responsibilities than other guests at the Mission). They are part of the Mission team, seeking to extend Christian hospitality and a good witness to all. All Healing Heart Disciples are required to complete lessons and memorize Scripture.  


Women in the Healing Heart Program have often been through other, shorter “treatment programs”, but have not met lasting success. Usually, these shorter programs have not been Christ-centered.  Women who are struggling with life mastering problems, many times drugs and/or alcohol; although some join just to get some direction in life. 

Disciples usually range in age from 21-60. There is room for 4 women in the program at any one time.

Healing Heart Discipleship is a year long Biblical program.  Devotions and classes are designed to give the disciples a fresh “nugget” of truth each day.

Daily Schedule


7:00 am ……………………………Breakfast

8:00 am ……………………Group Devotions

9:00 am (Mon-Tues) …… Morning Classes

10:30 …………………Prepare & serve lunch

1:00 (Fri)………………………..…Shed Duty

2:00 (Mon-Thurs)…….……………Afternoon



10:30………………………………Lights Out

Work Policy

All Healing Heart Disciples receive a work therapy assignment for which they receive no pay. Building proper work habits and learning to be part of a team is a very important part of being a disciple.  Work assignments will not only allow you to serve, but to begin establishing a good reference and good work ethic. After the Firm Foundation Phase, work outside the Mission is permitted and encouraged.  Jobs may be limited in the scheduling and the number of hours per week the disciple may work. 

No Fraternization

Association with members of the opposite sex has proven to be the downfall of many participants; therefore, personal contact with members of the opposite sex is prohibited. 


Women’s Healing Heart Discipleship at the COLUMBUS RESCUE MISSION

  HEALING HEART DISCIPLESHIP begins with a minimum of two weeks in the JUMP-START Phase.  All JUMP-START applicants  planning on becoming a Disciple must become involved in the daily life of the Mission by: 1) Accepting an assigned Mission job 2) exhibiting a positive attitude, and 3) accepting a two-week (minimum) period of being restricted to the Mission property (except Sunday church). After the JUMP-START Phase, the disciple will complete the FIRM FOUNDATION Phase (3-5 months), and the final FREEDOM Phase (3-5 months). Disciples will attend Group Devotions every afternoon before classes begin.  They will also attend evening Chapel at 7:30, and Sunday Bible School and Church.  Each disciple will be assigned a staff member for one-on-one counseling. Disciples help around the mission, cleaning their room and bathroom, cooking, helping in the donation shed, and other basic chores.  CLASSES: Disciples will participate in daily classes, including The Gift of Forgiveness, Victory over the Darkness, Peacemakers, and Addictions- A Banquet in the Grave. Bible classes include Lies Women Believe, Prayer, Loving God with all your Mind, and studies of various books of the Bible. These classes are taught by women staff of the Mission and other Christian women in the community.  Parenting classes may also be provided.  LIFE SKILLS/PRACTICAL HELPS: Disciples will receive training on money management, job interview skills, dining etiquette, and dress.  BENEFITS FOR LIFE: Four months of really digging into the Bible and learning from teachers who have studied it many years. Getting to know mentors who are spiritually mature Christian women. Building positive relationships with women in recovery. Reduce and End Debt – There is no charge – you can get your debts under control as you learn life principles and budgeting. Free Housing – All of your clothing, personal items, and meals are provided.  Free warm beds, showers, and laundry facilities. Visitation with your children/family and help from Mission staff with restoring broken relationships Getting established with a Church and Church family, which brings support for Life.   “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My load is light.”  Matthew 11: 28-30  “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.”  John 5:24  Jesus therefore was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”  John 8:31-32  For you were formerly darkness, but now you are light in the Lord: walk as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.  Ephesians 5: 8-10