Fall is a time of transitions.
A new season (the crisp cooler air and leaves changing colors) brings a variety of transition experiences: churches transition to a new ministry year, children go back to school or off to new schools, and young adults begin new jobs, new adventures! Many transitions are exciting! Some transitions are scary.
Think about a time in your life (and it could be right now) that a transition was scary for you. What did you do? Many of us rely on family and friends and our church community and we lean on God through prayer. When women and children come to us it's one of the scariest transitions in their lives. They often lack a support system like those identified here. Often they have been cut off from their support network over the years by their abuser.
They come to The Dwelling Place without hope of a future that could be bright and safe and filled with peace. Through your support and caring, we are able to offer them the assurance and experience of a hope they can't even imagine.
We show them the love of Christ and teach them who they are as a precious, loved child of God with many gifts and talents. We empower them to take one small step at a time into a new life through a process of many transitions and small steps. Along the way, there are bumps in the path, just as there are for each of us. But, the transition from a life of abuse to a new life of peace is possible.
A verse I have come to love is Isaiah 61:3 (NLV):
To those who have sorrow in Zion I will give them a crown of beauty instead of ashes. I will give them the oil of joy instead of sorrow, and a spirit of praise instead of a spirit of no hope. Then they will be called oaks that are right with God, planted by the Lord, that He may be honored.
This gives me great hope for the women and children who are with us for a relatively short period of time at a very critical season of transition for them.
I also have great hopes for the ministry of The Dwelling Place as we place our trust in the One who is able to help us through all types of transitions to move us forward with praise and to experience His joy, so that “...He may be honored."