The Average Daily Betel Schedule
Every morning begins with a half-hour group “devotional” talk followed by encouragement from an experienced Betel resident or staff member. After the first 2 weeks, during which every new person stays on site adjusting to his surroundings and routine, residents are assigned to a work team from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Work teams include flyer distribution, guest house maintenance, gardening or guest house duties (food preparation and room cleaning & tidying).
After evening meal (6:00 p.m.) and cleanup, evenings may consist of a quiet reading hour, discussion groups, recreation or gym*, depending on the weeknight. On weekends is when residents receive their monthly family visit and weekly telephone calls. Following Sunday morning church service, the afternoon and evening are generally spent letter writing, playing sport and on other leisure pursuits. Saturday and Sunday evening rest hours are followed by a rented movie.
*NB “Our gym policy: while we actively encourage residents to live healthy lifestyles, long experience has alerted us to the negative impact of too much focus on body image. Residents too easily substitute one addiction for another and inasmuch as physical exercise is important we don’t allow the use of gym equipment for body-building purposes. Our gym equipment is specifically designed for cardiovascular exercises only. Push-ups, squats and sit-ups and other bodybuilding-specific activities are not allowed until a person has completed the program.”