“Today there are an estimated 11 million souls who are enslaved, their bodies being used for someone else’s profit. This number does not include those who have been raped, molested, coerced, compelled and forced into unwanted acts of sex.”
THE MORE AWARE YOU BECOME OF A PROBLEM, THE MORE YOU SEE IT EVERYWHERE. WHETHER IT IS ORPHAN CRISIS, FOSTER CARE, SEX TRAFFICKING, POVERTY AND OTHER FORMS OF OPPRESSION, BECOMING MORE IN-TUNE TO THE INJUSTICE OF THE WORLD MAGNIFIES IT IN OUR HEARTS AND MINDS. THIS CAN BE COMPLETELY DISHEARTENING AND WE CAN BE TEMPTED TO JUST IGNORE IT, STAY INSULAR, AND CARE ONLY ABOUT OUR LIVES, BECAUSE, AFTER ALL, ISN’T THERE ENOUGH TROUBLE JUST GETTING THROUGH A DAY AND WHAT COULD I POSSIBLY DO TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE? OR, WE CAN CONTINUE TO LEARN AND PRAY AND LISTEN TO SEE WHERE GOD MAY HAVE US DO SOMETHING, WHETHER SPREADING THE WORD, GIVING FINANCIALLY, JOINING OTHERS IN THEIR MINISTRY OR ACTUALLY STEPPING UP TO DO SOMETHING NEW TO END INJUSTICE AND HEAL THE BROKENHEARTED WHO HAVE GIVEN UP ON HOPE.
The Asher Home, in central Pennsylvania, is the first of The Lov Foundation’s safe homes in the United States. It is the fruition of a vision born in the heart of Nicol Epple, Founder of The Lov Foundation. It is open and ready to accept women who have been victims of sexual violence.
A couple of weeks ago I was able to see The Asher Home and marvel at the work being done there. LOV has been busy renovating to get it ready to house women. When I went for the workday two weekends ago we spent Friday night praying throughout every room in the facility. We broke into two groups and prayed together for the house itself and for the women it will serve.
We prayed for and thanked God for the work He will be doing in the hearts of the women who will come to The Asher Home, that they will be blessed (that is the meaning of Asher) that they will be healed, that they will be freed from bondage, that God will give a beautiful headdress instead of the ashes of mourning and heartache.
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.
The Spirit of the Lord was present and we all could feel His pleasure in what would be done in those walls. No part of the house was left unprayed for. Even the furnace room, the heart of the house, which works to keep the residents warm, was prayed over. Nicol prayed the fire of the Holy Spirit would place His healing fire in the women and a passion for God.
But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is
the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And
we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are
being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to
another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
-2 Corinthians 3:16-18
WILL YOU JOIN US IN PRAYING FOR FREEDOM IN THE HEARTS, MINDS AND BODIES OF THE WOMEN WHO WILL BE SERVED AT THE ASHER HOUSE?
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Martha and her daughter, Anna, were part of our LOV group at our first trip to Costa Rica.