A Year of Challenges and Blessings
2020 has been a year of incredible challenges, without a doubt. But it has also been a year of great provision and blessing from God. Like many ministries and businesses affected by COVID-19, we had to pivot in the way we serve our community by overcoming some major obstacles on our path as social distancing requirements limited our capacity to raise funds for our programs designed to protect children and heal survivors of sexual abuse.
Sexual Abuse Doesn't Go Away During a Pandemic
Tragically, some people become even more vulnerable to abuse while staying at home. I’ve shared before the heartbreaking statistic that a child is sexually abused in America every nine minutes. I suspect that number will be even greater with so many children staying home during this time.
God is A Way Maker
This year dealt us the double blow of having to meet new and increasing demand as our resources shrunk. The pandemic forced us to cancel our main fundraiser, which took a big bite out of our critical operating funds. In addition to losing the income generated by our fundraiser, we also saw a dramatic drop-off in monthly giving. However, despite these losses, God provided the means through several incredible donors and churches who financially lifted the burden and helped us stay diligent and on task to complete all our 2020 projects.
The Need For Our Programs Remains High.
This includes our free workshops for adults who want to learn more about how to protect the children they love; our healing support groups guiding survivors through the restoration and healing process; our survivor-led online program and podcast; and our many educational resources designed to help people of all ages understand the problems associated with sexual abuse and human trafficking.
Our Impact in 2020
To meet the needs of this year, our team remained flexible and resilient. We continued to press on in our work to fight the silent epidemic of sexual abuse by still offering our necessary programs that help protect future generations from sexual abuse through education and outreach and help survivors heal..
WALKED THROUGH HEALING