The fresh buttery smell of bread wafting through the air is surely a pleasantry you have experienced if you have entered a mall in the past several years. If you follow your nose, more than likely you will end up standing in front of the world’s biggest mall-based pretzel franchises in the U.S. (with locations in 15 countries) — Auntie Anne’s Pretzel.
On Thursday, October 6-7th, Sandy Cove Ministries presents Girls Night Out and Day Off. It will be a time of relaxation, faith, fun, food, and fellowshipping with other Christian women. Anne Beiler, founder of Auntie Anne’s will be the guest speaker at Sandy Cove on Thursday Night. The entrepreneur and public speaker will share her story, which is documented in her book Twist of Faith. Beiler says, “If you knew my life and understood where I came from, you would agree that Auntie Anne’s, Inc. is a modern day business miracle.” Not only does Beiler’s story include how her business got started, it also documents the tragedy of losing her 18-month old daughter in an accident, sexual abuse, marital problems due to the death of her child, and her 23-year struggle with depression. There is an ultimate victory that occurs with confession, forgiveness and realizing God’s plan for her life.
After the Lord blessed the Beilers to rebuild their marriage and family after the loss of their daughter, Jonas Beiler had a desire to help other families. In fact, Auntie Anne’s was purposed to realize Jonas Beiler’s dream to build a free Christian family counseling center in their community. Fast forward through the rigors of owning and operating their first Auntie Anne’s pretzel stand in Downington, PA 1987 to founding the Family Information Center (FIC) in 1992 to acquiring 650 feet of land and changing the name to the Family Resource and Counseling Center (FRCC) in 2001. With God’s favor the Beilers were running a phenomenally successful and vital international franchise, but they chose to turn in the keys to Auntie Anne’s in 2005 to more wholly fulfill the work God placed in their hearts to do concerning restoring the family.
In 2008, Beilers went on to open The Family Center in their hometown of Gap, PA. With locations in Lancaster and Gap, (FRCC and its partner The Family Center) the Beilers dream has been fulfilled and the centers are reaching even more people in their community. The centers now include: a more expansive counseling center with day care and elder care facilities, a pregnancy and care services center, library, church, gymnasium, and cafe.
Anne Beiler continues to be a very sought out speaker and encourages other women to share their stories to begin the process of healing as well.