As I have mentioned previously, I started a ministry at my church for sexual abuse survivors. (SOSA) There is a support group which meets weekly during the winter and I also meet with survivors individually.
I have been meeting with a lady since September. She has struggled greatly, but has been relieved to speak with someone who can understand. Another lady came to our group and thought she was crazy until she sat down and spoke with us. Another lady has struggled with cutting, several with suicide, and another has said it is like a sisterhood.
Who would have ever thought in a million years that my abuse would be used to help others? That instead of feeling broken and unloved, I feel more love, peace and my heart is overflowing with a new passion. I cannot imagine anything better coming out of my tragic childhood… except for one thing, knowing people who I have helped are now helping others.
This week I had someone I help send me this song and told me that it reminded her of me. Wow! What a compliment! I can’t believe I am actually making that big of a difference. But I do know it is only possible through God. And I thank Him every day that I’m alive and take a breathe.
As I read different facebook posts this week from survivors, I repeatedly heard a similar complaint. “Why isn’t the church doing any thing to help people [survivors]?” Well folks that is a big question. But I have a bigger one. Why aren’t you doing any thing? We make up the church… the people. We can do something. You can help. Start positive support groups in your area. I say positive because we want healed people not hurt people. You can be the change! Yes, you! So get out there and start changing the world and help mend the brokenhearted. You can do it.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jer 29:11