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Month: November 2015

Domestic Violence and the Church Workshop

  
On Saturday 21st November 2015  I attended a workshop to discuss domestic violence and the church. It was a very thought provoking day organised by Marcia Dixon and the Pentecostal Credit Union.

We had speakers from the church, agencies and survivors. They all shared from their unique perspectives. After the meeting we agreed that these types of workshops need to happen on a regular basis so we can formulate strategies for the faith community.

I was really encouraged by the fact that domestic violence is coming out of the closet and into the light. Most churches are made up of women and an issue that affects them affects the church they attend and ultimately the vision of the church. What would happen if women stopped going to church for a month? Think about it for a moment. They are the corner stone of the church volunteer workforce and programmes.

Let’s start a conversation in our churches which will lead to the healing of hurting families. Sweeping these issues under the carpet only makes it worse and in the long run hurt the church and its spiritual endeavours. Lets prayerfully make our churches a safe house  for hurting families by raising awareness through posters, messages, awareness days and advocacy.

It is time to break the silence.

Lending the Gift of my voice – Guest Contributor to WomenwithGifts.com

  

A couple of weeks ago I was asked to contribute a blog post to women with Gifts. It is a great website which raises awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault.

It also showcases the gifts and talents of many women. It was truly an honour to write for them. God is truly blessing the works of their hands in many ways.

Please take a moment to read my article and also look at the great work they are doing. They are currently doing a drive to purchase coats for women and children fleeing domestic violence situations. If you canplease  make a contribution to this great cause.

The link to my article is below. 

http://womenwithgifts.com/2015/11/05/lending-the-gift-of-my-voice-advocate-for-domestic-violence/

KBS Domestic Violence Awareness Faith Conference.

   

 
I had the privilidge of attending  this conference on Saturday and It was so impacting. It was great to see women and men for the church and other faiths share their stories.
In our communities we tend to hide what is going on because of the shame associated with it and we go to church each week and worship God who sees our pain and scars from the abuse suffered.
Over the past week I have met and spoken with people who are determined to bring this out from under the carpet. It is time to heal from the shame. It’s time to come out of the darkness and into the light. Jesus came and took our shame and has provided a garment of praise and joy for us to wear.
Exposing the pain and wounds of domestic violence is a journey of healing not just as individuals but as a community of believers. I listened to stories of christian women who suffered silently for years in their church with no support from those shepherding them. A representative from a male DV organisation shared stories about men who suffer in silence. 
So many people sit in church and pretend and then go home to a living hell. My encouragement to you is to get the help that you need. It is not going to be easy but take it one step at a time.
This conference showed me that church communities have a responsibility to administer healing to this hidden issue by firstly creating forums and raising awareness from their platforms and pulpits. 
Over the last week I realised that the The Holy Spirit is at work by using people to bring this hidden abuse out and into the open. 

Please visit Kim’s Website at  www.Kimbacchus.com

Please also visit my Domestic Violence Awareness page at the top of my blog for church resources and other information.

Worship with Me – God I look to you by Dorothy Bedford.

Come and worship with me

Sam Sarpong – His Passing

I was really saddened  by the passing of Sam Sarpong who died aged 40 on Tuesday 27th October 2015. He apparently took his own life by jumping off a bridge in California.

Sam was a supermodel, actor and host for MTV.

It reminded me of the importance of seeking help when life gets too much or when anyone is unable to cope with their life.  Lets take a moment in our prayer time to pray for those who may not be coping well  and that they seek the help they need.

Prayer – Father God I lift up Sam’s family to you. I pray that you will bring comfort to them like only you can do and help them through this difficult time. In Jesus name. Amen

  Sam with his sister, June Sarpong. MBE

Domestic Violence Advocate ~ Jenny Allen’s Voice

   

I have had such a great response to my posts this month that I just wanted to share why I decided to start raising awareness.

I have worked in the field of education for over twenty years and seen many cases of domestic violence and its affect on the children who attended the schools I worked in.

I have also had the opportunity to assist these women escape from there abusers by just being there for them and encouraging them.  

Raising awareness is one of my new missions in life. 

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