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I went to a funeral this week for a 33 year old woman. I saw pictures of her as a cute little toddler, a young girl, and as a new mom, and now lying dead in a coffin.

She was a woman I had met about 2 years ago. A woman who had suffered so much since she was a young girl. Those who were to love and cherish her broke her the most.

She was a precious woman we gave love and support to.

Its not fair the horrid things she has suffered. Its not fair she was not able to break free of the many chains that held her down. Its not fair we could not love her enough. Its not fair she was not fully able to be the mom her kids needed her to be. Its not fair her kids do not have their mommy anymore.

Life is not fair- ever. Why do we expect it? Why do we even strive for it?

Let’s get some perspective on numbers. @41,000 seats in Miller Park and there are @80,000 seats in Packer stadium.

In the united states for last year

@607,000 cancer deaths (That’s filling the packer stadium 7.5 times)

@876,000 abortions  (almost 11 times)

@434,000 rapes/sexual assaults (5.4 times) -Every 73 seconds an American is sexually assualted

@791,000 incl 50,042 by opioids (pain relievers) (almost 10 times)

@300,000 victims of sexual trafficking (almost 4 times)

@16,214 murders

There are lost jobs, mental illness, lost businesses, divorce, disabilities, …

Take a look at other countries around the world and you will find life MUCH more unfair. Their living conditions, More murders, more rapes, genocides….

EVEN with all those horrible numbers above…. WE in America have it pretty good compared to a majority of the world. I see us Americans as mostly striving to stay in our bubbles of control or safety. We are afraid of losing our comforts, suffering any of the issues I have just laid out. BUT we cannot escape ...

Life is not fair.

If you are looking for the concept of fairness in the Bible- it will be a long search. Its all real life- unfair. We are often powerless to change many of our circumstances –let alone someone elses. We cannot change others behaviors, or undo moments of harm done to us. I believe our best recourse is to ask God to change us and help us through it. What we do with our life, our choices, is more important than what happens to us. Sound familiar? Those come back stories, those overcoming stories… We can too.

SO enough of the horror and sadness. I want to challenge you. I challenge you to break free from your bubble. Do not settle for surviving, maintaining, striving for fairness.

Do you know why we like our bubbles? Its human nature.

It’s a thing called-

Loss aversion refers to people's tendency to prefer avoiding losses to acquiring equivalent gains: it is better to not lose $5 than to find $5

We fear pain from loss more than we desire pleasure from gain.

The aversive response reflects the critical role of negative emotions (anxiety and fear) to losses in other words, loss aversion is an expression of fear. 

DO NOT LET fear over rule your future.

Did any of those horrid issues I brought up- stir you up or make you feel angry, distraught? Maybe you could consider doing something about it.

I was led to start RRC, because I wanted more out of life. I didn’t want to just survive anymore. I am not a rescuer. I am not a savior. I am a woman that was willing to be a bit more uncomfortable to make a difference in others lives.

If you want to see how you can make a difference too- please email me!

I want to tell you one more thing one more BIG thing that is unfair in this world. It is unfair that our creator, the one true God, sent His son to suffer brutally and die – so that we could know Him personally, experience His grace and mercies, to have abundant life through all the challenges in this world and eventually live in complete freedom and restoration with him- when he allows us into heaven.

You say why is this unfair? Its unfair because he knows our hearts, our secrets, all our failings, and yet loves us. He welcomes us in our filth. He is patient and faithful as we begin to walk out our restoration. I know this because he gave us His Bible to learn from and I know from personal experience.

Again- if you want to learn more about Him or Redeem and Restore Center- email me and we will talk!

admin@redeemandrestore.org


  • Chaplain Krista Hull

Together we are Better

We’ve all seen plants that push their way through cracks in a cement sidewalk with a desire to survive. People are a lot like plants—some are able to survive harsh circumstances while others thrive because they receive the right amount of love, nutrients, and attention in the proper environment. God’s desire for each of us is the latter. God purposefully created man and woman in His image for His purposes—to bear fruit (Genesis 1:27, Ephesians 2:10, Galatians 5:22-26, Colossians 1:10). For many of us we had/have the love and support to help us navigate through difficult times. Sadly, many do not. Women who have survived after being enslaved in sexual exploitation from sex trafficking require additional support to begin to thrive.


REDEEM AND RESTORE’S MISSION STATEMENT IS: Together we love, restore, and support women recovering from sex trafficking and exploitation.

Note that the first word in the Mission Statement is ‘Together’.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 says this: “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.”


Just as there are many types of plants that serve a variety of purposes, so too are human beings—created uniquely—no two are alike. Each of us can play a part in helping to ignite hope and growth in women who have survived sexual exploitation. This can be done in a variety of ways: through prayers, funding, time, and talent.


REDEEM AND RESTORE’S VISION IS:

We will provide recovery resources and services in a restorative care home where women can heal, discover their identities, and fulfill their God-given purpose.

The optimal way is in a restorative care home, much like a greenhouse to plants, where the environment is fertile and the conditions can be controlled to allow a safe place to heal and grow.


So please prayerfully consider helping in some way. You can find more information about donating, volunteering, community awareness training, prayer requests, etc. on the website: www.redeemandrestore.org.


We are better together. Together we can support women recovering from sexual exploitation and grow hope!


By Laura Kestly

Change can be good and sometimes change is not so good. 

Even if change is a good thing it can still give you

  • anxiety

  • stress

  • sleeplessness

  • headaches

  • stomachaches

Why? If a change is good for you, why would you suffer?

Well- because the unknown is scary .

For example, I just sold my house. It was a good sale to good people, and now I need to find a house in a very limited time. Its kind of exciting right but the unknown (where is the house- where will be live- will it be what we want) - that’s stressful!

I know I will still have a bed to sleep in no matter what we choose. I’ll have somewhere to go- even if its in an apartment temporally.

But

Even a good change that I really want brings anxiety and stress. So- even if it’s a good thing, it still has an element of being scary-

Could this be why it so hard for people- like YOU and ME- to make good changes?


The Logic- we accept the change or outcome is what we want. YET- our feelings make us question that logic. IS it really good for us? Or do we really need the change? Ambivalence can be a safer feeling to choose.

If the steps were certain, every bit of the process was certain- change would be so much easier. When it’s new to you…. those feelings…make us question.


So think about that. When was the last time you decided you needed to make a change about something –

  • eating

  • habits.

  • social media

  • TV

Were you successful the first try? Or did it take multiple tries to make the change? 


Now consider a very big important change. How much harder that must be.

Like ending a relationship- many of you have probably experienced that in some form.

For most of us these changes take a lot more than will power - we need support, we need encouragement, we need the right information, we need the tools to be successful at making those changes or that change. 

So now to blow your mind a little here.....

When I talk about the women that we have the privilege to walk alongside who have been broken in all 5 areas of being a human:

  1. physically

  2. emotionally

  3. psychologically

  4. relationally

  5. spiritually

That is overwhelming- just thinking in general- those five areas where changes and new patterns, new actions, new steps that have to be made!

over and over and over to make a new patterns

Yes, all to be to make positive- good -hopeful- beautiful changes.

I’m just talking about making basic positive steps in every one of these areas.


Are you overwhelmed yet? BUT WAIT…

MANY of these amazing women DO MAKE these changes.

With the tools, the support, the environment that empowers them to do the really hard things.


If you do not know- at Redeem and Restore Center, we have the privilege of walking alongside women who are restoring their lives after escaping sex trafficking & exploitation.


These women often inspire & encourage me by their determination and strength.

One of these remarkable survivors explains it like this:

“ When you are close to real change; it’s the most scariest, most beautiful, most awkward place to be.”

Change is hard for everyone. The more things need changing, the more support is needed to be successful.

Very simply- this is the reason for Redeem and Restore Center. Simple, Logical reasons for very complex struggles. The women are human. Like YOU. Like ME. They struggle, they hurt, and the pain is probably more than we can fully comprehend-

BUT we can understand ours & thiers of human needs. \


Can YOU see them as a human life that is still valuable?

Can YOU begin to see how hard it is for the women to change?

Our mission is to love restore and support them in everyway that is needed.

Physical

Emotional

Psychological

Relational

Spiritual

TOGETHER each doing what each of us can do- using our time, talent & treasure- we are able to be that support and offer options and tools to make many HARD changes. ALL for their freedom and restoration!


-Chaplain Krista Hull

ABOUT US >

Through our love & support we are igniting hope for those who have been enslaved in sexual exploitation. Also to the community through awareness education. Once the home is fully operational, victims will be able to leave Redeem and Restore Center and be more than survivors- they will be over-comers!

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Pewaukee WI 53072

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