John, your absence takes up more room in the place than your presence. We miss you, but I am so excited to hear what God does with you up there.Â I’m expecting to hear miracle after miracle stories from you!Â You are loving your wife as Christ loved the church, and you’re giving yourself up for her.Â For Jesus, His dying to Himself was His transforming moment.Â He was never to go back to the cross, again.
God had far better for Him on the other side of the grave.
Boy I miss you and Eileen but you are never out of my heart or mind. I was thinking of you yesterday. Something triggered a memory of you saying “I love you” when I first started in your Bethel group. At that time, I thought “how crazy, he doesn’t even know me”. Remember, I was a little resistant at first? Ha Ha! Understatement of the century! So, fast forward about 16 years; I am in my kitchen and I hear you say that to me! It warmed my heart and made me smile because I know you loved me with the heart of Christ. It makes me weepy ” in a good way.
Then today, Dave sends me the picture you sent to him of the Last Supper!!
We saw that when we went to Italy for the F1 race. It gave me goose bumps! I have grown so much since we met in 1996. I am still a mess some days but no matter what the situation or how I feel, I am not in despair because I know I will be lovingly “put back together” through Jesus. You are one of his warriors and I love you and thank you for loving me and supporting me in many times of distress and times of joy.
Give Eileen a big hug and a kiss for me. She is also one of Christ’s loving earth angels!
Not sure where to start. I often refer to you as the man ˜who saved my life™ “ in many ways, you have. You taught me how to act, and not react. To breathe a bit and realize that it™s a ˜process, not an event™ “ words that I have shared with so many others when in times of need.
I remember our first conversation when you said, œAre you going to let me love you because right now you can™t love yourself and I was taken aback to say the least. In the end, I understood more about that statement than I could have ever in that moment recognized. You taught me that it™s o.k. to let others in when you are stuck inside of yourself so that they can help pull you out. In the end, you taught me that I was a lot stronger than I realized. At times I was defiant and needed my own path but that was the hurricane inside of me and I still kept the ground rules as my bearing. I still do.
Thank you for being there for me at 4AM, 7AM, 3PM. 10PM “ all hours to save me from myself and to remind me of who I was. I have this life now, this amazing life and I truly believe that you helped me to build the framework. Because of you I can rest at ease and not be reactionary to that which I can™t control.
All my love and gratitude to you my beloved friend and mentor.
” Tarah Cammett, Sr. Manager, Marketing
To say thank you hardly seems adequate enough for what you did for Tim and indirectly for our family this weekend. When he came home last evening I saw a man who was humbled, tender and loving and was actually able to express to me what he experienced during his weekend. Nicholas and Meredith have expressed that they feel like they have their daddy back and have also said that he sounds and looks happy. They also said that he must have gotten rid of the “million pounds of rocks in his backpack” as well. That’s their term for emotional baggage. I totally agree. Tim did say that he knows that he still has a long journey with more work to do with you and has said he wants to do another weekend as well. I thank God for bringing you into our life to work a miracle that I wasn’t so sure would ever happen. I am looking forward to our appointment on Friday. Take care.
I lived most of my life never trusting others nor myself and was always afraid of taking risks for fear of losing œeverything, what ever that meant.
I have more now than I have ever had, I have trust of self and have no fear of œrisking and for the first time in my sixty years of life, I have a very strong belief in myself, and I have learned about unconditional love and that was a very spiritual gift your weekend retreats and your weekly group have taught me the skills that I need.
Again I thank you from the depths of my heart for teaching me that nothing is impossible and that if I just keep on doing it right nothing is impossible, my life is proof of that.
You have a very special gift for helping people to tap into their inner selves.
” Judie Deegan, Corporate Vice President
I originally met John 9 years ago as my therapist in individual and couple counseling. John has changed my life in so many wonderful ways that I am forever grateful. A true blessing in disguise. Since those days of hard work, we have become great friends ” a friendship that I will cherish forever. I feel so blessed to be touched by such an angel.
In other words ” œJohn is God™s work in motion.
” Cindy Elliman, Medical Researcher
I owe my life to the love and support I received from both John and Eileen. They were there for me when my own family could not or would not be there for me. I am referring to a very deep dark depression that seemed to go on for much to long. They have helped me to heal from and live with unsolved problems. They have helped to teach me about spirituality, a spirituality I could not have learned about in a organized religion. The Group Weekends are a wonderful healing, helping the participant to let go of past hurts and painful situations. I have been on numerous weekends and just love all the bonding that goes on between people you may or may not know.
” Dee Twardy, Social Services Worker
John has helped me take control and make positive changes in my life. Today I consider John one of my closest friends.
” Nick Treschitta, IBM Executive
I have attended four New Beginning weekends to date. They have proved to be the second biggest factor in my recovery to a sound mind, body and spirit.
The single biggest factor is John Foristall who has facilitated each of the weekends that I have attended. John’s discovery for healing, and gift that he passes on, is that of love. His methods incorporate all that modern day intellect has to offer in terms of counseling, and therapy techniques, in addition to nurturing the heart and soul with a healthy dose of love. I have witnessed many miracles on the weekends that I have participated in, and recommend them to all who think they are confused or is hurting. Thank you for the gift of true recovery John!
” Ken Lavoie
This past weekend was one of the most powerful experiences in my life.
The amend was a surprise ” not a shock. I don’t even know what it was, who said what or any of that which prompted it. I had made several amends to my dad while he was still alive, but none had the effect that this one did.
The trip home was wonderful. Very relaxing – a lot of time to think and reflect on the weekend.
When I got home, I made an amend to Pam. I told her that I realized I had done the same thing with her that I had done with my dad. I have allowed my dissatisfaction over situations to become anger, which has occasionally turned to resentment and then, like with my dad, blocks out the memory of the good things she does.
Things are much improved. We are feeling more connected. We used to be extremely close.
What I love about John is that giving love is a driving principle for him. He works at doing it and not forgetting to do it. Sometimes he overwhelms me, but I think that’s good. It gets my attention and sets a great example. John is not afraid of running out of what he gives.