Since I deal with intense spiritual matters at my other blog, I wanted to keep this blog as peaceful as possible. Yet, I also don’t want to keep hidden the progress I’m making in my own spiritual journey in Christ and in how I’m reaching out to a unique circle of folks in the faith community. If there’s a mission field to be comforted it’s right smack in the middle of the broader Christian community that spans several denominations. It’s an outer community of wounded people who have a difficult time going back to their churches, or any church for that matter. The journey I took to knocking over my own sacred cows was frightening to many who were close to me at the time. They had no idea ‘where I was going’ and it caused most of them to run for the hills. I was deeply hurt and thus anger manifested and I had to get it out. I couldn’t keep anger within or I would have self destructed. Some of you might have thought I had self destructed. The bible shows us that confession is good for the soul. You have no idea how this rings true for me. Confessing what made me angry is how I found healing from spiritual abuse. It helped me to find a community of spiritual abuse victims who understood and gave me a safe GRACE place to confess. Among that community are former church members, former pastors, current pastors, and many pastor’s wives. They understood my pain.
For the last few years I have read as many books as my brain could handle, books about spiritual abuse and books that helped me grow into a healthier place for my walk with Christ. I am currently enrolled as a student at USC’s Faith Leaders Institute and am enrolled to get my Masters and Doctorate at Next Dimension Bible College in Southern California. I had held back on giving away the names of these places, because I wanted to get to know more about what their goals are to make sure I was comfortable with being associated with them, of which I am! I’m also enrolled in a Victim’s Advocacy Training through the Office of Justice Programs by way of the Office for Victims of Crime.
Through the education I have gleaned on my own, through my circle of support, many years of experience volunteering with victims of crime, and these agencies I am creating a Spiritual Abuse Advocacy Program through our ministry, Coast Recovery Services. Our website is still under construction, but our Facebook page is here. This program is going to entail A LOT of information, require an FBI background check for all participants, and birth a whole new venue for spiritual healing ministry worldwide.
We will include a resources page in case you want the education without being a participant. There’s no reason why you can’t educate yourself for free in order to minister to people on a personal level, however having a ministry like Coast Recovery Services to verify your background check and compliance with the program helps you to become more involved in your local community on a larger scale.
After all the years of chaos we endured in toxic environments, I am so pleased to have such a solid vision for what God has placed on my heart to assist other victims of Spiritual Abuse. I look forward to sharing more with you in the coming weeks.