The following is a reflection from a 2014 Project Rescue Summer intern.
I entered into a peaceful home, with an anticipation to meet the very women that have been in my thoughts and prayers. The bond was instant as if greeting old friends; laughter echoed through the room, the smell of delicious food filled the air. The women of the home laid out beautiful pieces of jewelry they made with pride and we all spoke of our favorite pieces. As we ended lunch with a prayer there was a tenderness that filled the room, tear-stained cheeks shifted the atmosphere, and there was an unspeakable calmness and joy. It was in that moment that we fully understood our purpose. This summer was one of community, and restoration through the formation of friendships. Each day I spent my time with survivors, strong women who appreciate life, who are grateful, and well aware of what they’ve overcome and continue to maintain hope of what’s to come.
Isaiah 52:2 – “Rise from the dust, O Jerusalem. Sit in a place of honor. Remove the chains of slavery from your neck, O captive daughter of Zion.”