May 2018 Newsletter
A Word From Our Director ~ Pastor Andrew Pistone
The majority of our guests at the Door of Hope Mission have experienced some form of abuse; and the effects of that abuse can linger for years. Many people try to numb their pain with alcohol and drugs, which results in a confusing and difficult life of addiction.
At the Mission, we point people to the Word of God, which offers peace in the middle of all our confusion. Those who feel hopeless can find direction and comfort. They can find freedom from their addictions, and they can live a life that glorifies God.
Also, we know that victims of abuse, who are followers of Christ, can do something that seems unfair and unnatural. They can forgive their abusers - like Rachael Denhollander has done.
From Christianity Today – Interview by Morgan Lee – January, 2018:
“Sixteen years after Larry Nassar first sexually abused her - Rachael Denhollander decided to publicly reveal that she had been one of the many victims of the USA gymnastics team doctor. She was the first one to make public allegations about the doctor who had been a respected faculty member at Michigan State University. The former gymnast was 15 years old when she says Nassar began abusing her.
“On January 29, 2018 she was the last of more than 150 victims – all women, and almost entirely former gymnasts – to share her impact statement in court, with Nassar, who was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison. The following is a small portion of her statement that Larry Nassar heard in court on that day.
'Should you ever reach the point of truly facing what you have done, the guilt will be crushing. And, that is what makes the gospel of Christ so sweet; because it extends grace and hope and mercy where none should be found. And it will be there for you. I pray you experience the soul-crushing weight of guilt so you may someday experience true repentance and true forgiveness from God, which you need far more than forgiveness from me – though I extend that to you as well.’
“When she was asked what it meant to her to forgive Larry Nassar, she said, 'It means that I trust in God's justice and I release bitterness and anger and a desire for personal vengeance.' “
We can trust God to provide justice - rather than taking revenge ourselves. Romans 12:19 says, “Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, 'Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, says the Lord.' “ NAS
The things that hurt us may have long-lasting consequences, but forgiveness can provide freedom from bitterness and from continual anger toward the offender.
Forgiveness can be difficult - especially when the person who hurt us doesn't ask for forgiveness - or show any sign of remorse; but, forgiving others is an act of obedience to God, and it is – ultimately – for our good.
After all, Christ has offered forgiveness to US – for ALL of our sins, when we have done nothing to deserve it.
I wonder where you are when it comes to this type of pain – whether physical, sexual, or mental. Have you dealt with it, or - are you trying to carry the burden all by yourself - without asking God for His guidance? He wants to release you from the heaviness of your situation and give you a glorious life of freedom…and you will be able to rejoice in Him for His healing power.
May the Lord be with you,
Prayer request for May 2018
Please be praying for our guests as they work to free themselves from the addictions they are dealing with; and for our staff as we work with them to help them break free through the POWER of JESUS CHRIST.
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