As part of our Grace Beyond Journey, God has been teaching our church about his heart of mercy for the vulnerable in our community: the foreigner, the widow, and the orphan. In today’s world, there are many other people who need our help and our voices, including those with special needs and those who are experiencing abuse of some kind.
One way to get involved is to join with those from other churches at the upcoming Uniting Against Abuse 2017: West Michigan Faith Community Conference to End Abuse, being held at Christ Memorial Church in Holland on Tuesday, May 2. Here’s how the organizers describe the event:
“We, as concerned people in our community, are uniting to wage peace, heal families and build hope to end abuse
“Over three hundred faith communities in Western Michigan are forming a united front to help those who suffer in silence. We are doing this by linking arms with nonprofit service providers, the corporate community, the medical professionals, academia, and law enforcement.
“We are ordinary people coming together in a nonpartisan effort to help the hurting. Michigan ranks ninth in the nation in domestic homicides, second in sex trafficking, and ninth in child abuse and neglect. This crime of abuse knows no boundaries -- it is experienced by all identities and across all cultural and faith backgrounds. Yet it is largely preventable.
“Uniting Against Abuse 2017: West Michigan Faith Community Conference to End Abuse is an event hosted by Faith Communities of Western Michigan with the purpose of raising awareness, providing education, and sharing resources to equip our community to provide the help so desperately needed by those who suffer in silence.”