Monday, January 11, 2010

Mommy Fight For Us!

This is the last time we will be writing about the Battered Mothers Custody Conference after the conference is over. In the future, The Dorcas Network will be promoting the conference throughout the year. How does this align with the “Strictly Christian” approach to Domestic Violence and Christian response? In answer to that we refer you to Proverbs 24:10-12 jav: If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small. If you neglect to deliver them that are drawn to their deaths, and those that are ready to be slain; If you say, Behold, we knew it not; does not he that knows the heart consider it? And he that holds your soul in his power, does not he know it? And shall he not hold you accountable?

Women are dying from domestic violence. Children, handed over to abusers in the name of "justice" are dying—and not just a few. Those who do not die or suffer permanent physical injuries carry internal scars that will affect them for the rest of their lives. This is our business! He who searches the hearts tells us clearly that it is our business. It is also part of the way that we, as Christians, respond compassionately, effectively, and Biblically to the sin and crime of domestic violence. It is part of the way we obey the command of Christ to be light and salt in our world.

The conference addresses the issues of domestic violence and protective parents (whether the protective parents are mothers or fathers). Do not believe for a moment that there are not many battered mothers and protective parents among the ranks of professing Christians. Our churches are full of them.

We should attend this conference in order to educate ourselves. We should finance the trip for financially overburdened protective parents who would otherwise be unable to attend a conference that puts practical tools in the hands of those going through the very expensive, completely exhausting, legal nightmare of trying to protect their children.

You’ll pray for them? That’s a good thing, a very wonderful thing, now make the next step and put hands, feet, and wings to your prayers, add physical time, effort, and money to them. Hear the cry of a 2010 conference attendee’s daughters, who begged, “Mommy, fight for us. Do something every day to try to get us back and don’t ever stop.”

The Battered Mothers Custody Conference is held every January in Albany, New York. Plan on attending next year’s conference and, if you can, help send a protective parent as well.