Last updated: October 14, 2015 (6 months ago)
Listing created on: March 14, 2005
Twelve Tribes Community in Vista
(Vista, California, United States)
- Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
- Started Planning: 2002
- Start Living Together: 1972
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: Yes
- Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community.
- Website address: http://www.place2belong.org/
- Contact Name: Mevaser
- Phone: 760-295-3852
2683 Foothill Drive
Vista, California, 92084
Bring God’s kingdom on earth
There is nothing on earth quite like the Yellow Deli. It is a place where we can all work together on common ground. Every person and position is vitally necessary. What would we do without the dishwasher, or sandwich maker, or the bakers, or the drink-bar girl, or the host? It is like our human body, where every member is vitally important. This is the essence of our life together in the Community — the Body of Messiah — everyone is necessary and needed in every way. No one is overlooked or unimportant. This is where we come to know the love of God, through our brothers and sisters, as we all give all we have to love and care for one another and for those who come to visit our homes and our delis.
One of our homes is actually another little beehive of activity — this is where we home school our children. We have the most wonderful devoted teachers working together to invest in our precious children. We have a pretty thorough curriculum that we have developed over the years, which seems to challenge and stimulate our children causing them to learn and grow.
The high point of our life is our morning and evening gatherings, where we all gather in a circle and share our hearts, songs, dancing and prayers. Afterwards, we share a meal together with gladness and sincerity of heart. On Friday afternoon, we close the deli at 3pm. Then we gather at 6pm in our homes for a special Sabbath Eve celebration. This is an especially wonderful time for people to come and get to know us, as we are all home and available for fellowship. There is always lots of good sharing of hearts, a special meal, and festive dancing. We would be very honored for you to come!
Child Rearing Practice of the Twelve Tribes Communities
We train our children according to the Word of God as recorded in the Bible. Part of this training is correcting our little ones for errant behavior. Setting boundaries for our children is an integral part of building good character into them at a young age. Loving protection for children is of supreme importance to us. We do not tolerate violence or abuse, whether physical, psychological, or verbal, nor do we condone disrespectful or rebellious behavior. We believe it is the God-given right and responsibility of parents to discipline their children if they are disobedient or disrespectful to parental guidance.
God is love. He loves children and His word is clear on what it means to love your child as Proverbs 13:24 says: “Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.” Proverbs 23:13-14 makes it clear that spanking is an act of love to save your children from the destruction of their souls, and restore them to the way they should go. “Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you strike him with a rod … you will save his soul from destruction.” And Proverbs 22:6 states that if you “train up a child in the way he should go, when he is old he will not depart from it.”
The Bible does not describe the rod itself, but surely God did not intend something that would damage a child. We use a thin, reed-like rod, which stings but causes no damage or injury. We have purposefully chosen this method, inspired by God’s love, as part of our child rearing practices because His Word commands us. We see the good fruit in our children, which is recognized all over the world, even by those who don’t understand it.
Because we love our children, we discipline them only for attitudes and actions they know to be wrong, and only after the child admits to wrongdoing and is willing to receive discipline. Godly discipline is always followed by forgiveness, reconciliation, and encouragement.
For a fuller statement about our thinking about Child Discipline, please visit: http://twelvetribes.org/articles/on-child-discipline.
Publisher’s Note: FIC has a policy of not listing communities in our Directory that advocate violent practices, and there is controversy over whether the Twelve Tribes Child Discipline practice crosses that line. While we are convinced of the sincerity of their belief that their practice is not violent, we are also aware of visitors and ex-members who hold that it is. In recognition of this controversy, the Twelve Tribes leadership agreed to have this note referenced as a regular part of each community’s listing, so that users of the Directory could be more fully informed and make their own decision about this important matter.