A recent assignment asked our residents to create a comic strip depicting how they will overcome the enemy with God's sovereign power. We continue to be amazed at their level of creativity. Here are 2 of the comic strips they created.
The women we serve at Refuge have experienced levels of trauma that most of us can only imagine. Most of our residents suffer from PTSD and experience flashbacks that mentally take them back to their trauma. In these moments, they are actually reliving the traumatic experience. When this happens, nature can be very grounding to bring them back to their present reality. During one of these difficult moments one of our residents recently went into the backyard to process. Making these little crosses out of twigs and a long, thin piece of grass helped to bring her back to the here and now and remember that she was in a safe place.
These crosses are a symbol of the freedom our residents are now experiencing at Refuge:
Free from the control of another human being
Free from physical abuse
Free from emotional abuse
Free to make their own decisions
Free to pursue their dreams
Our residents are also learning the truth of Jesus Christ and the freedom of the cross. They are beginning to experience true healing and freedom as they come to know the great love our Father has lavished on us. As they come to know Jesus as their own personal Lord and Savior, they will not just be physically free, but spiritually set free.
For you and I, celebrating the 4th of July often means picnics, barbecues, parades and fireworks. We hang out our American flags and proclaim that we live in the “The Land of the Free” where we are free do come and go as we please and to make decisions as we like.
Unfortunately not everyone is free. It is estimated that there are 27 million slaves in the world and right here, in our Chicago area, an estimated 16,000 – 25,000 women and girls are trafficked and exploited each and every year.
Your support and encouragement of Refuge for Women to date has helped us establish a home where trafficked and exploited women can begin to experience freedom.
- Freedom to sleep in a safe place
- Freedom to be called by their own name rather than one given them by a pimp
- Freedom from physical violence
- Freedom from emotional abuse and manipulation and control
- Freedom from being forced to have sex with others who view them as objects to purchase
- Freedom to pursue their own dreams
- Freedom to eat when hungry
- Freedom to make their own decisions
- Freedom to learn to trust, to heal and start over
- Freedom to believe that God and others love them
Please consider taking the next step and help us maintain this Refuge home so that women can continue to step into freedom. It costs $25,000/month to pay our 24/7 staff, support our program activities and classes, sustain our trauma informed counseling, provide needed medical care, keep our house and van operational. Please join our army of monthly donors in any amount during the month of July and your name will be entered into a drawing to win one of these wonderful prizes:
- 2 Tickets to Comedy Sportz PLUS a 6-week comedy improv class for one (a $275 value!)
- $75 Amazon Gift Card
- Movie Tickets for 2
- Devotional books by Beth Moore and Lee Strobel
- A Refuge For Women T-shirt
Click here to help maintain this Refuge home so that women can continue to step into freedom.