Women’s ministries, known as S.T.E.P.S. (Strolling Through Each Path as Sisters), at New Jerusalem Praise and Worship Center in Douglasville, Ga., celebrated and empowered women with a morning worship program on October 13, 2018, entitled ”Chosen Imperfectly Perfect.” The stories of five of the women in Jesus’ DNA were powerfully dramatized during the worship service, followed by an EnditNow Rally at 5 p.m.
“Stop the Violence,” “No More Sex Trafficking,” “Save our Children,” and “We Won’t be Silent About Domestic Violence” were the rally cries to “END IT NOW!!! END IT NOW!!! Stop Violence Against Women and Children.” The members were the voices of the voiceless. EnditNow is a global Adventist initiative to raise awareness, and advocate for the end of violence against women and children around the world. It aims to mobilize Seventh-day Adventists around the world, and invites other community groups to join in to resolve this worldwide issue.
Members marched for those walking on eggshells trying to keep peace in their homes. They marched where God planted them, and for two miles, children, teens, adults, males, and females lifted up their voices for EnditNow. They wanted the community to know:
- In Georgia 30 percent of women between the ages of 14 and 44 have been assaulted by an intimate partner at least once.
- More than 100 Georgians are killed every year in domestic violence related homicides.
- Georgia’s domestic violence organizations responded to more than 72,000 incidents in 2017.
- About 5,000 girls are at risk of being sex trafficked in Georgia.
New Jerusalem Praise and Worship Center’s women’s ministries and Midway Community Resource Center (MCRC) partnered with the Office of the Solicitor General of Douglas County, the Office of the District Attorney of Douglas County, and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office to bring awareness to the destruction of families caused by domestic violence, and to provide information and resources for those who are affected by domestic violence.
MCRC is the Adventist Community Services (ACS) outreach of New Jerusalem Praise and Worship Center. MCRC is located in the heart of the community, and engages with residents to nurture their hope, self- value, and ability to succeed. MCRC has the opportunity to address problems like drugs, crime, and violence; and for empowerment of men and women for productive citizenship, mentoring youth, and connecting needy individuals to the community service agencies in Douglasville and Douglas County.
New Jerusalem Praise and Worship Center’s motto is “Love in Action by Helping, Serving, and Connecting!”
South Atlantic | February 2019