History of F.A.R.T.S.
So this is where we are going to explain the history of our ministry name, Wind Haven, A/K/A F.A.R.T.S. One early morning, Pastor Steph while awake from insomnia, received a message from God. It was for the purpose of the name of the ministry God had called us to start. This is where he gave Pastor Steph this title: Family Abuse Recovery & Transition Services. Which of course creates the acronym “F.A.R.T.S.”
If you know Pastor Steph and I, you understand why this is normal for us. We thrive on satire, humor, irony, sarcasm, toilet humor, etc. We are not normal by any definition. But God know this, because he created us this way. And I now see that he wants us to use this “gift” he’s given us for our mission.
When Pastor Steph first delivered this message to me about our name, my professional brain over-rode my satire brain. So I started thinking about how to make FARTS more professional. The British word used for fart, is Wind. And I knew that our ministry was to be a safe-place, or haven, for abused persons. Thus “Wind Haven Ministry” as the official name was born. It is also why our logo includes a smiley-face cloud…
Embracing God’s Message to Pastor Steph
So God has shown me that it is time to embrace the original message of F.A.R.T.S. that he gave to Pastor Steph, and embrace the satire sense of humor God blessed both of us with, and simply roll with it.
Thus F.A.R.T.S. News was born to bring you humorous and ironic Biblical News. Developed through many hysterical but deeply scriptural FaceTime conversations while Pastor Steph was still living in Texas; our Bible studies and reflections together – deep exploration of the Bible and original languages – F.A.R.T.S. uses sarcasm, irony, satire, etc, that is used within the Bible, to bring the truth of the Bible out in a unique but accurate light.
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Some of the F.A.R.T.S. news content may contain profanity or swear words.
When the Bible refers to “cursing” they are speaking of “a solemn utterance intended to invoke a supernatural power to inflict harm or punishment on someone or something” or “a cause of harm or misery.”
This content is not to suggest that you should or shouldn’t swear… Choice of language is between the person and God. We do not constantly swear, and we especially do not swear at people… it’s about knowing the proper time, location, event, audience, and use of the verbiage.
Many times, the Bible uses satire, sarcasm, and language that would have been considered “socially shocking” or “unacceptable” during that time period or to the culture. Therefore, in certain cases the use of swearing or profanity mirrors the content or context of the original text.
If another person’s choice of language is offensive to you, I recommend you study deeply into the biblical topic of offense. John Bevere wrote a great book on “living free from the deadly trap of offense” titled “Bait of Satan.”