Every Story Begins Somewhere, by Kristen Nelson, Director of Programs

Director of Programs, Kristen Nelson

Director of Programs, Kristen Nelson

"Every story begins somewhere." This is what we learn more and more each day as we journey with our women and children.

As women begin to feel safe, we discover that the history of fear is often longer than any of us had known. The legacy of abuse, studies have found, can live in our muscle tissue and our DNA. It not only passes on through behaviors, but through deep-seated histories.

The women in our healing program begin to unpack this history as they find a safe Dwelling Place. They often discover that they are remembering adverse childhood events that have been buried for years. They often feel old feelings and begin to name old fears that have been living in the recesses of their memory.

The power of God, however, is the ongoing biblical promise that claims healing for all of life’s pain. This is a promise of restoration: that no matter how difficult or frightening our stories may be, we have a God that promises to restore our lives to sanity and hope.

We have the opportunity to see hope ‘alive and well’ as babies arrive, and some babies are literally born into our program.

As infants grow within our community and become toddlers we are both surprised and overjoyed to see that they show no signs of trauma. These little ones that learn to walk in our midst remind us that, no matter how unlikely this movement may seem, God does create us all to stand on our feet and move forward.

Every story begins somewhere. For these little ones, their story begins here, with us. For their mothers, a story of healing is being written.

“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” 1 Peter 5:10 (ESV)