Gardner at Our Savior’s Church, or Live-In Slave?

Wow Lisa… I guess I never really knew any part of your story or why you left MC. I was only there for 4 months and during that time I was so wrapped in my own person hell and misery that I couldn’t really see that anyone else was going through the same thing. I was convinced that it was just me and my “discipleship leader” liked to reinforce that belief. I know just how you feel when you sat there contemplating how to escape and toying with the idea of ending it all. It may seem a bit crazy now but at the time, questioning everything you’ve been taught for the last 5 or more years is really scary. I remember fighting with myself and trying to convince myself that somehow everything my body and mind were telling me was wrong. It was demons, my own selfishness, or Satan himself. But it wasn’t any of those things. It was a simple case of manipulation. It was really hard on me when I came to that conclusion because at that point I had no idea who the hell I was or what the hell to believe in. I had been lied to and manipulated for a long time and accepted those lies as the truth and let that consume my life. The next several years became a very trying time of rediscovering who I am. It took me a long time to come to the conclusion that Jacob [Thomas] mentioned earlier. Maybe God created me exactly the way I was. But I’ve got to say I am thankful for that. I now know who I am because of what they put me through.

I don’t know if you knew this or not but Thai Guidry, TJ Guidry, Jordan Belt and I all worked at Our Savior’s Church the summer before Master’s Commission 3D started in Broussard. I didn’t realize it at the time but we were basically live-in slaves. We worked 8 hours a day for 5 days a week maintaining the 30 acres of land that the church sits on. That meant mowing the grass, edging, weed eating, blowing the leaves, maintaining the pool, cleaning the Lodge, prep work for any special services, and basically anything else they asked. Thai and I were pretty much the ones responsible for weeding and edging which is a never-ending task. As soon as you finish edging 30 acres it’s time to start over. I remember one of the pastors telling us he wanted the place to look like a golf course. We did all of this for absolutely NO PAY! We lived in the little pool house in front of the dorms, which flooded any time it rained and we were allowed $50 a week for food.

No not each… $50 in total.

When we finally asked for more money for food we had the same thing told to us. We were ungrateful for what we had and out of line for asking for me. I felt like Oliver Twist. Can I have some more sir?? That should’ve been my first sign of what was to come next.

But at the time it made sense because that’s how the church operated. No one was paid and everyone was supposed to be grateful for “serving the kingdom.” More like serving the money generating machine that is OSC with unpaid labor.

Told by Ryan Baudoin

11 thoughts on “Gardner at Our Savior’s Church, or Live-In Slave?”

  1. Ryan,

    I know that we have bumped into each other the last couple of years a few times, but until I read this I never realized how troubled we all were about what went on there, and just had’nt the maturity to realize we were being manipulated. I wanted to say how sorry I am for my part. I know that for some of that time you guys were committed to my care and guidance and instead of really leading you guys I was brainwashed myself and fed you guys the same crud that I was receiving. The truth is I had gone through the same situation as you guys the two years prior and bought into the lie as well that you and so many others believed about our position in the church. I am sorry that I was so blinded that I could not stand up for you guys then. As you have said, it has taken years to realize the manipulation we encountered. It is a horrible evil when the energy and desire of young people longing to do something for the Kingdom of God, is preyed upon and manipulated to accomplish the desires of a man. Ryan, I am sorry for my part, and hope you can forgive me. Blessings in all you do.
    Uncle Jimmy.

  2. This is absolutely disgraceful!!! It literally sickens me. Praise the LORD you got out. This is NOT what our Father has for His children.

  3. Thank you to Ryan, who was willing to tell his story, from his perspective. I am a homeowner and have paid landscapers to work on my yard, as simple as it is; paying them $100 a month for their 2 hours of labor a month, seems to me that you were working for negative pay. It’s difficult to feel good about your duties without any positive re-enforcement, I am rejoicing that Ryan moved on after just a short four months time slaving for the people of OSC. God has a plan for all of us! Thanks for the willingness to share your story.

  4. I’m grateful more and more people are coming out with their stories so we can get the truth told; frankly, I could not live with myself if I was in charge of OSC.

  5. James 5:4-6
    4 Look! The wages you failed to pay the workmen who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. 5 You have lived on earth in luxury and self- indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter.   6 You have condemned and murdered innocent men, who were not opposing you.

    I wonder how he feels about so many hurt people.

  6. I am Ryan’s Mom. When Ryan joined Our Savior’s Church and Masters Commission we thought it was a great decision. We knew he would become more spiritually fulfilled and disiplined but I never dreamed they would actually “take” my son away from me! We couldn’t talk to him very often or see him when we wanted. When we needed him home to help out during a family crisis the staff of Master’s Commission told me that they could have someone else come and help out and I could “bless” them with a donation towards their tuition! Well I was already “blessing” my son with tuition! Are you kidding me? Did they just think I was that stupid and gullable. That was the last straw! I personally went and pulled my son and all of his belongings out of that program!!! Of course that night I heard from Jacob Aranza and I gave him more than a piece of my mind. He denied knowing that any of that kind of behavior was going on. How dare you “in the name of God” do this to my son or any of these young people. This program needs to be shut down! These leaders will reap what they sow.

    1. Janie,
      My mom and dad feel VERY MUCH the same way! In fact, most of the parents I know feel similarly. I hope one day they will reap what they sow, and I’m working very hard behind the scenes to make sure that each and every leader is held responsible for what they’ve done.

  7. We too paid for our child to attend this ‘program’.

    I am STUNNED at what I am reading and feel terribly guilty at what we apparently sentenced our baby to.

    Jacob Aranza, if you are reading this, I too will devote as much time as it takes to expose the crimes against these kids that we know about, and those we don’t know about. Sir, I am a person of significant Earthly resources and am not going to rest until you and your church elder-buddies are living a life free of the trappings of sin. Like, behind bars.

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