First Union Springs SDA Church Women’s Ministry Department launched its End It Now Campaign, which began on Friday, August 21 and ending on Sabbath afternoon, August 22, 2015.
The scheduled events began with an assembly outside the downtown courthouse in Union Springs. This is where the ladies displayed an assortment of brochures, flyers, other handouts, pencils, wristbands and pins.
The intent was to familiarize the public with an awareness of abuse that occurs in our churches, schools, homes and the workplace; along with intervention strategies available throughout the region and the State of Alabama.
We also, gave out free bags of Nature’s Popcorn and bottled water.
On Sabbath afternoon, Pastor Mickens was the facilitator for the final portion of the End It Now Campaign.
He held an open forum on the particulars about abuse in its many forms, as well as intervention strategies offered through the One Justice Family Center in Montgomery, AL.
This facility is designed to address the total family once an incident of abuse has been reported.
Many of the attendees exchanged dialogue regarding personal or family encounters with many years of abuse; recovery and the healing process through the grace of God.
The discussion was so dynamic that the members requested more frequent meetings to address the topic of abuse.
Our goal is to invite other professional individuals in the counseling area to our church to address the topic of elder abuse in the home and health care facilities.
First Union Springs SDA Church, Pastor Michael Mickens
Minister Dorothy Jones, Women’s Ministry South Alabama State Director
Ophelia Riley, Women’s Ministry Leader
L. Pearl Johnson, Women’s Ministry Leader