“While interviewing a potential candidate for our program, she explained the dynamics of her family and childhood. One of my favorite things about working at Exodus Ministries has been how this place has shifted my paradigm. I’m constantly learning the difference between sympathy and empathy.
This girl was exactly my age, but has had to live a very different life. 28 years of abuse, addiction, being taken advantage of, and she could look me in the eye and tell me, “I’m the reason I am where I am.” She had every right to blame her childhood, the abuse she’s endured, or her drug addict parents… but she didn’t.
Empathy sees someone – right where they are. Empathy sees what they’ve endured, and realizes that I could’ve been born with those same set of circumstances, in a drug town, with a father that encourages me to “go where the drugs are free”. How many of my own mistakes have I blamed someone else for? As easily as I was born into a middle-class, suburban home, with Christian parents and values… I could’ve been born into the Arian Brotherhood, where instead of Monopoly, we sat around the coffee table doing drugs. This is reality for many people, including the women who come through our program. The world can so quickly see the word “felon” and fail to recognize the immense pain, abuse, neglect, or what the enemy has stolen from them.
Today I am humbled and in awe of this place, the life I am blessed to live, and the people that I am privileged to know through Exodus Ministries. I need them so much more than they need me.”
|We are in search of businesses that believe in the work that Exodus Ministries does, and would be willing to partner with us. This could look like setting up a donation box for consumables [toilet paper, paper towels, dish soap, 13 gallon trash bags, bleach, pine sol, etc], or designating a day or month where a percentage of each sale goes to benefit the families of Exodus. We are also looking for business owners that would be willing to hire our women and give them a chance. Do you have an idea of how your business could partner with us? Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org|
September 14th is the day that North Texans get up to give and receive bonus funds to match donations! We’re grateful for generous supporters, like you, who contribute to help advance the work we do. We are also looking for individuals or businesses that would be willing to put up a matching donation to inspire others to donate to this important ministry. For the women and children that we serve, this day is important. Not because it’s North Texas Giving Day, but because it’s another day of fighting to move beyond the past and courageously push forward into hope and restoration.
We are excited about our 2017 Power Breakfast and are honored to have Mark Casson as our guest speaker. He is a husband, father, businessman, author and church leader who also happens to have spent over 15 years serving a life sentence in California’s prison system. We hope you will plan to join us this fall and be encouraged by Mr. Casson’s story of second chances and life change that is possible through Jesus Christ.