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