Bolivar Church Plans for ‘Recovery Farm’ to Help Addicts


BOLIVAR, Mo. — A church in Bolivar is coming up with a new idea to help drug addicts and alcoholics on their way to recovery.

Sling n Stones Ministries is planning to build a “recovery farm,” a place where addicts can go to recover.

For safety reasons, KOLR10 won’t be showing any footage of the farm itself.

Recovery farm is a year-long program, and for the first month, you won’t be able to use your phone at all or contact your friends or family members in any way.

“They’ll have to quit smoking, they won’t be able to talk to their parents, anything like that, girlfriends boyfriends, they would just be totally taken out of society,” Tom Johnson, pastor at Sling N Stones Ministries, said. 

Johnson believes there’s a real need for this kind of farm in his community.

“There’s no in-patient type of pace right now in Polk County right now, and there’s a very bad problem, and so the theory of doing a farm, it’s just the way God has spoke to me of how to do it and all that stuff, showed me different things and different things happened, just felt like the farm thing, getting people back into nature,” Tom Johnson said.

He says it’s important for people who need help to be in touch with the outdoors.

“Jesus often spoke about planting, trimming, trees, soil,” Tom Johnson said.

Tom Johnson’s wife and board member Cindy Johnson explains why they started this program in the first place.

“God put it upon my heart to just go out and help the needy,” Cindy Johnson said. “When I first stepped foot into Sling N Stones Ministries, I felt that that is exactly where Jesus would be. Amongst the prostitutes, tax collectors, homeless, those that are just very very lost. We just have a heart to help people.”

Cindy says the goal is to show people their love.

“A lot of people who are in addiction don’t have and didn’t come from a family of love,” Cindy Johnson said. “And so whenever they first meet us at Sling N Stones, that’s the first thing we want to do, is show them the love of Jesus.”

To be a part of this program, it will cost you $400 up front and another $300 a month after that, which will cover parts of the living cost.

And Tom Johnson has the final say who can attend.

“Part of the process of picking who will come, I have very good discernment so I can talk to someone for five or ten minutes and know whether or not they’re truly wanting help, because there’s a lot of people who just want to get off the court system,” Tom Johnson said.

The recovery farm is expected to open the beginning of 2019.

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