Saturday, August 9, 2008

Internet Cafe Chat

What is one thing or cause that you are passionate about? (More specifically, something you feel that the Lord has burdened your heart with)
As I read this question early this morning, I knew exactly where the Lord is leading me.
I'm involved in Small Group Ministries, Children's Ministry (2 year olds--they remind me week after week how WE are to come to Jesus--as little children).
These are all good and wonderful things to be involved with. But, God has led me to work with Domestic Violence Services. Having lived this life for a long time, I know how terrifying being abused physically, emotionally and mentally can be.
I've been doing volunteer work for DVS for almost a year now. I took a tour of their facilities before I was even accepted into this program. What a wonderful place!! A fully equipped kitchen, rooms that are beautifully decorated for one person up to 7 people so that moms and children can stay together. There is a backyard with a play area for the children, a living room where one can sit and relax.
But, the best thing about this is that it is safe!! If only I had known that there was a safe place for me and my children!! I had been told so many times to call this service, but I was so afraid. I actually placed a call once and hung up before anyone even answered.
Fall training is starting in September to volunteer to help with the hotline for crises. I've been praying about this, and God is definitely leading me there. This issue weighs heavily upon me, and if I can help just one person--just one--to a more peaceful, violence-free life, I will feel that I am beginning to fulfill part of God's mission for me in my ilfe.
Education is a big answer to this problem. Also starting in the fall is a class for male abusers--men who have been ordered by the court to do this.
So, I will start my 40 hours of training in September and then go from there.
My ex-husband was from an abusive family and now he and one of his brothers are abusers. His sister is abusive to her husband.
I thank God that none of my children have shown any tendencies towards violence or abusive behavior. The cycle needs to stop!!


Aunt Kathy said...


I truly believe God has plans to use you in this ministry. You suffered so much not because God's eyes had lost sight of you but because His eyes saw how you would be helping even more of His children.

Oh and it's no freak thing that your children have been spared this curse, That is simply God's protection that has been around you and your family from day 1.

sailorcross said...

Thank you so much, Kathy!! I need a lot of encouragement in this endeavor. It's going to bring back a lot of old feelings that I've already dealt with. I need you and everyone for support.

My children--I pray every day for God to place "a hedge of protection" around each of them, to shield them. I know they don't believe, but I know that God loves them regardless and watches over them constantly. He is just waiting for the "right" moment in each of their lives to bring them to Him--just like He did with me.