“God will take good care of you, just do as I say, don’t do what I do.”
Mack Ford’s Big Lie changed, depending on the audience at the church where the trip-girls were performing to raise donations for New Bethany. Ford always said (and swore under oath) that he did not accept government funding and did not charge for services New Bethany provided.
Mack Ford turned to the girl whose parents died, or an orphan from the state, and told the church congregation, “Look deep into their eyes; see the child we saved; the child no one wanted until New Bethany picked up this child from a life of sin, giving them a proper home with love, respect, and religion.”
At other churches, he would tell the congregation that we were a bunch of ingrates, rebels, drug addicts, prostitutes, and living in Juvenile Detention, when saved by New Bethany from a life of drugs and the streets. I assumed there must be someone in our midst who did these awful things, but everyone looked like me. I had never been in trouble; I was escaping a violent home in a city that terrified me.
This is not an isolated case, guardians had agreements with Mack Ford to donate their homes or property, made anonymous donations for years on end, signed over Social Security checks to New Bethany, and made monthly payments. New Bethany took in kids from Texas, California, Washington, and Louisiana social services. Are we to believe these states did not provide financial support for children in the foster care and juvenile justice system, who were sent to live at New Bethany?
Mack W. Ford’s primary argument, in all reported and discovered child abuse accounts, was his right to freedoms. Mack Ford had the freedom to molest, lie, steal, commit fraud, beat unmercifully, trafficked, and raped children in his care. To this day, regardless what the local yokels know, they do not want to investigate. When told of physical evidence, Bienville Parish Sheriff’s Office was not interested. Mack W. Ford wanted the outside world to see him as a loving, doting, and strict fatherly figure that was missing in the lives of students at New Bethany. Mack Ford’s Big Lie has yet to receive attention by the Internal Revenue Service, Fraud Division of law enforcement, or any other organization intended to prevent people from abusing and trafficking children for money and sex.
Receiving payment for providing services typically includes payment to legitimate staff. The problems include the fact New Bethany Girls Home did not exist in 2001 [although proof exists it did not close until after 2004]; Mack Ford repeatedly swears that he does not receive payment for services rendered; he donated one hundred thousand dollars to an unknown charity. Mack Ford’s gift was in the ability to use religion to hide his pedophile behavior. He was very convincing in churches and developed a truly horrific house of horrors.