“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36
- Studies have found that up to 94% of incarcerated women have experienced severe physical or sexual abuse in their lives. Between 66% and 75% are survivors of domestic violence.
- There are over 5,000 homeless men and women in the Charlotte area and 65-80% of this number struggles with substance addiction.
- One (1) out of every four (4) people attending church is affected by addiction. They may not be addicts themselves however the statistic includes both personal addiction or someone in their immediate sphere of influence or relational impact (parent, spouse, child, co-worker, close friend, etc.
- Write cards of encouragement to incarcerated women.
- Serve as a mentor and visit women in prison.
- Serve meals at a Charlotte Rescue Mission and encourage men and women dealing with addictions.
- Pray for that those who are incarcerated may feel the encouragement and peace that can only come from God. Pray that they will have endurance to use their time in jail or prison as much as possible for their benefit, growing in their faith and determination to make healthy choices.
- Pray for our neighbors who are in transition, who face obstacles in their lives as we all do – but often with limited financial resources or social capital. Pray for them to be steadfast in their new ways of living, and for God to continue His healing, and for them to use their stories of redemption to touch the lives of others.
- Pray that each those escaping addiction will understand and believe in their identity as being a “loved” child of God who is always present with them.
For additional information, opportunities to serve, or to join a ministry team, contact Angela Schlottman.