by Neil Schori
Editor's note: Neil Schori has made a committment to assist victims of abuse through his church with the hope that other pastors will see this important service and offer it in their churches as well. Thank you Neil!
I have some huge dreams for 2012. I hope you do, too. I believe the best way to make dreams come true is by sharing them. So here is one of mine...I want church leaders to step-up and realize the seriousness of domestic violence in their own congregations. When one issue impacts the lives of 25% of a church congregation, serious attention must be given! One easy way to understand how small actions can make a huge difference is to realize that 5 families can change the world for 1.3 million women each year subjected to abuse by the men that are supposed to care for them the most.
My vision is to find 5 families in each church in the nation to be safe houses for victims of abuse. This would be safe, temporary housing for victims of domestic violence. I also want to do widespread education of church leaders about the issue of domestic violence and to train church leaders how to use a tool (found on documenttheabuse.com) that will revolutionize the way we assist victims of abuse. But the truth is…in order to do these things, we need financial assistance.
There are costs to the generous families that open their doors to victims and their children. And we need help to pay for the costs of educating church leaders all over the country. There are many needs that will arise and they always cost something.
We know that you may never be in a position to open your home to a victim…but maybe you have the money to give. If you would like to give to this incredible dream, you may safely and securely donate here on our church Paypal account: http://napervillechristian.
org/resources (then click on 'online giving’).
Thank you so much for your generosity! Your gift WILL rescue victims of domestic violence and it will educate the next generation of people who will positively change our culture.
Neil Schori serves as lead pastor of Naperville Christian Church, and is a remarkable advocate for those in abusive relationships.