October is National Domestic Violence Month, therefore I want to share a few resources with you to help raise awareness of this devastating issue within our culture and our churches. There are links below to four short video clips from a series called “Speechless” offered by the No More campaign folks. These are actually PSAs that will be aired during the football games this fall. They are about 30 seconds each and have a powerful message:
Here is the compelling story behind the “Speechless” video series:
“We are proud to share a new series of NO MORE domestic violence and sexual assault PSAs featuring more than a dozen celebrities who are so moved by the content of the shoot that they are left without words. Entitled “Speechless,” the newest PSA series created by the Joyful Heart Foundation for the NO MORE movement is a raw, unscripted and powerful video collection that shows the candid responses as these men and women attempt to talk about domestic violence and sexual assault. The PSAs will be seen on NBC (Dec. 10), USA Network (Dec. 12), on several Viacom brands (starting Dec. 15), and during NFL broadcasts this season.
“Speechless” was not planned. It was an unexpected byproduct when emotions ran high while shooting other scripts previously aired. The spots are stark, spare visually and use only ambient sound. “Speechless” was designed to shed light on how difficult it is to talk about these taboo, hidden and painful subjects. The spots reveal the depth to which we are all affected by these previously unspeakable issues. They urge viewers to start a conversation about domestic and sexual violence with friends and loved ones.” Source: http://nomore.org/speechless/
Here is an additional 30 second NO MORE video to consider where the celebrities are actually speaking:
I cannot urge you enough to consider the heart-felt message of the videos and perhaps to share them with others. There is not only a need to raise awareness but also a need for education about this destructive behavior in order to be better equipped to help the men and women caught in the grip of domestic abuse. God calls our faith communities to be a great source of help for our hurting and those living in fear. He is the One who heals and the One who cares so deeply for those who are afflicted and oppressed. There is also a great need for knowledgeable brothers to come along side of abusive men in the area of accountability. For real change to happen, these men need to learn how to love their wives as Christ loves the church and gave Himself up for her (Ephesians 5:25). Please refer to www.livingwatersofhope.com/ for helpful resources.
For those living in the greater Harrisburg, PA or Portland, OR areas, please know that a free faith-based class is offered for victims and survivors of domestic abuse. We also welcome any woman to the Oasis Bible Study who would like to learn more about this heart-breaking issue in order to be more effective in helping our wounded sisters and those in our local communities. Anyone interested may call Living Waters of Hope at 503-850-8225 for class details.
Thank you for your time. May God bless your day!
In His Amazing Grace,
Founder, Living Waters of Hope