Betel began in Spain in the inner city barrio of San Blas, Madrid almost three decades ago when a small group of WEC International missionaries began to care for the needs of a few drug addicts and marginalized people. Today its program and communities can be found in over 100 urban areas in 24 nations: Spain, Portugal, France, England, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Czech Republic, Belgium, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Russia, Finland, Estonia, Australia, India, Nepal, Mongolia, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, South Africa, Kazakhstan and the coast of North Africa.
While each Betel community has developed its own identity and personal approach in applying the Betel program to the needs of their people, Betel worldwide embraces the same principles and shares a common ethos.
Everything in my life took a turn for the worse when I was 11 years old. My father left home, and soon after I began experimenting with alcohol and sniffing solvents. Five years later I moved on to cannabis, ecstasy and speed. I was never really addicted to any substance until the moment I took heroin. It hooked me straight away. My addiction got to the point where I couldn't even eat without a 'hit'. Eventually, there was no more high. I had to take the drug just to function. I overdosed eight times and was in and out of jail for six years. During my last stint in prison, I decided that I wanted to change but I didn't know how. I couldn't break free of my addiction....more