The Power of Sharing Your Story With Others
"When I first visited Southeast Asia in June 2014, I was invited to share my story with girls confined to the youth detention center here. Many of them had been trafficked or abused. I had never shared my personal history publicly, and struggled with the idea of "coming clean". The night before the event one of the leaders came and asked me for a transcript of my testimony explaining that she needed to see the hard words (difficult to translate). I thought "HARD WORDS"? Hard words like growing up in alcoholism? Hard words like childhood sexual abuse, promiscuity, unwanted pregnancy, a rape in collage, a difficult marriage, betrayal, divorce, Depression, Suicidal thoughts? I don't know if I can say them out loud."My friend urged me,"You have to tell the truth H. Because" she insisted, "these girls believe that everyone from America is rich and therefore has a happy life. Further, they have no concept of forgiveness, of grace, of redemption........You are living proof of a Living Hope."So I said those words out loud for the first time in 2014 in Southeast Asia. Today I can say those words out loud because they no longer define me. I am not defined by what has been done by me, nor by what has been done to me. I am defined by what has been done for me on the cross.H currently serves in the mission field in Southeast Asia working with child victims of pornography and trafficking. She is one of the missionaries that ECR supports in Southeast Asia.