“My freedom was so close, or so I thought.”
There are few things that scar the soul and destroy the self worth of a young girl than sexual abuse. She is first violated by the abuse and is then violated by a society that condones it. Everywhere she turns she sees sex glamorized on TV, at the movies, and in magazines. She wonders why she feels the way she does. She feels alone. She has no idea of the Biblical view of sex and how wonderful it is supposed to be.
We are on the brink of a great opportunity. As the ministry of Restoration Place becomes a reality, we have the chance to change all of that - one girl at a time. I feel privileged to be a part of this and I hope you do too. I think it only fitting that we should begin with a prayer of dedication and I invite you to join me.
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you and praise you for this chance to be involved in Restoration Place. I pray that you will go before us and make a way. You are the great provider and we are trusting you to provide all that we need. I pray that you will clear our path and strengthen and protect all who are seeking to serve you. I pray even now for the girls that you will send us in the future and that you will be preparing each of us in the meantime to show them your love. In Jesus’ name, Amen
Karen, Board Secretary
Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves. Matthew 10:16
Andrea N., Monica G., Amy R, Melanie V., Angell B., Savanna B., Amanda P., Carrie T., and Brian T. (not pictured - Karen B. and Michele C.)
Amy Rouleau, Executive Director of Restoration Place
MEET THE TEAM!
Meet the fabulous Restoration Place Team!! Complete with a teacher, social workers, pastor’s wives, administrators, personal trainer, and lots of mommies, this team is the best! Together, they work on budgeting, fundraising, and educating the public. Their passion and love for children is evident whenever the team is gathered. Pictured here, at a recent board meeting, the details of our coming annual event was finalized. Nothing but the best from this team!
P.O. BOX 37
SWARTZ CREEK, MI 48473
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
P.O. BOX 37
SWARTZ CREEK, MI 48473
It is the vision of Restoration Place to bring the love and hope of Christ to individuals, families and communities, in Michigan, by educating on human trafficking, and providing spiritual guidance and aftercare services for victims of sex trafficking; helping victims become victors.
Restoration Place will bring the love of God’s healing power to those who have been tragically impacted by Human Trafficking. Our call to service is based on Christian values, to be upheld with the highest of ethical standards. We will use love, patience, grace, forgiveness and wisdom to guide even our most simplest of decisions. We will keep the love of Christ and the love He has for all His people at the forefront of our business operations, always keeping in mind that our goal is to restore the hope that has been lost.
How did I break free? God put it in me, this insane need to push back. I knew that her pain was my only chance to break away. That night, she endured the pain that I could not. I didn’t consciously choose it for her, or for me to be left unharmed, but I used what happened that night to make my escape. I told. I reached out to a school counselor and even though it was under “hypothetical” conditions, the counselor knew what to do. My freedom was so close, or so I thought. Two weeks after that night, I received a phone call from child protective services; my father was in jail. In the moment, I knew I could wait on people to come get me or I could run. I packed my bag but couldn’t walk out the door. I had just pried open Pandora’s box, there was no closing it now. What could I do? Run? Stay? Die? I decided to put my hope in the ones who had failed me a dozen times before; child protective services never protected me. But here I was, willing to stay and hope for freedom from the hell that entrenched my fourteen years. My freedom eventually came but for so many, it never will.
Fast forward twenty-seven years and here is what God’s sweet freedom has done for me. I have two amazing children; friends who never cease to love me, even at my worst; an education that I was told I would never be smart enough to earn; and, directing an organization that will change the lives of young girls who are just like me. Freedom never comes easy, but with help, it is within reach. Are you free? If the answer is yes, then ask yourself how much you’re willing to give to help someone else gain their freedom, dignity, and self-worth? Each day brings new challenges but with Restoration Place, the hope that was lost, for me, is here to stay. ***
If you are not free or being sexually abused
please call 1-888-3737-888 or contact RAINN at 1-800-656-4673