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Heaven's Family Magazine
March 2015 Issue

Victims of Sexual Violence Fund

Special Issue: 2014 Fund Directors' Report

Carole Collins, Victims of Sexual Violence Ministry

A life changed in war-torn DR Congo, through vocational skills training, medical assistance, and Christian care

Over the past few decades, armies of men have been fighting in East Africa’s wars, taking millions of lives and displacing millions more. Rape has now also become a weapon of war. Many victims find themselves infected with AIDS or pregnant, carrying offspring of the “enemy.” Married victims are cast off by their husbands. Unmarried victims are marked and spurned for life. All find themselves rejected by their families and local communities, casualties of war. The brutality has become so epidemic that Eastern Congo has been labeled the “rape capital of the world” by a U.N. Special Representative.

In 2014, Heaven’s Family continued a work, begun two years earlier, serving the victims in the war zone surrounding Goma, DR Congo’s capital. By partnering with the Women of Wellness (WoW) Center, we helped care for 45 women and their children on a daily basis last year, providing nutritional food (often the only meal they have for the day), medical care, biblical trauma counseling, and literacy and vocational training.

Beyond meeting the monthly needs of the WoW Center, Heaven’s Family’s Victims of Sexual Violence Fund provided over 20 sewing machines, a serger, and an embroidery machine, all of which are being used by the WoW women to create artistic, marketable goods. We also provided shoes for the women and their children, as well as a rugged (but used) vehicle, indispensable to the center’s work.

2014 also marked the beginning of our partnership with Cindi’s Hope, a Kenyan ministry that rescues sexually-abused children from the slums of Nairobi and provides them with shelter, food, as well as Christian nurture and education. We’ve helped renovate and furnish dorm rooms, rebuild a kitchen, buy two new cook stoves, plus provide tuition, books and uniforms for three of the rescued girls. In all, the Victims of Sexual Violence Fund received $30,690 and disbursed $40,702.

Thank you to all who loved wounded women and abused children with your generous contributions.

Help meet the needs and provide healing for victims of sexual violence

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Heaven's Family's Compassion Club

Jesus so clearly described His true followers in Matthew 25:31-46. They are “sheep,” whose love for Him is revealed by their sacrifices for the “least of these.” The “sheep” are contrasted with the “goats,” who may even call Him “Lord,” but who don’t really love Him, as revealed by their lack of compassion for those within whom He lives.

Jesus’ true sheep are born again and transformed by the Holy Spirit. They want to serve Jesus every moment of their lives. They are filled with His love. They’re not “Sunday Christians.”

Heaven’s Family’s Compassion Club is a wonderful means for Christ’s followers to demonstrate their love for Jesus every day through the very means He taught—by serving the “least of these.”

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