Updated: Nov 7
This time last year we had just finished officially launching RECLAIMED at Watermark’s Act to Impact Sunday. And now, a full year later we’re blown away by all that God has done in and through this ministry. Confident in the strategic direction the Lord had asked us to go, we moved forward. Now as we take a look back over the last year, we want to invite you to join us in praising Him for all that we saw happen.
SMALL GROUP KICKOFFS
This past year saw the launch of our first small group studies with 5 different groups going through the curriculum we had developed. The study gave them the chance to learn facts about trafficking, the root causes behind it, and ways individuals were uniquely created to fight it. We enjoyed watching each participant grow in their understanding of the issue and in their heart for those impacted by trafficking. Participants went on to serve with our ministry partners as well as continue with their existing areas of service armed with a new perspective on how to combat trafficking in their context. We’ve also been excited to see other churches and non-profits take interest in utilizing our study materials in their locations. We look forward to seeing it multiply across the city later this year.
MAKING A SPLASH
In August of last year some of our content made big waves in social media, online, and in person. As the Exxxotica Porn Convention came to town, RECLAIMED worked to inform and empower the church in Dallas to make an educated argument for why a porn convention had no place in our city. We were overwhelmed as tens of thousands saw our content and had the chance to share within their networks why porn is harmful. We also partnered with Unashamed and the Porch to host a night of prayer outside the convention center during one of the nights of the conference. As the fate of the convention is currently being debated, we look forward to continuing to reach our city in relevant and winsome ways.
Perhaps our favorite parts of this year where the opportunities we had to roll up our sleeves and get our hands dirty…both with the hard work of relationships as well as physically serving some of our ministry partners. From serving 250 meals with New Friends New Life, to partnering with IJM at their annual fundraising dinner, to low-key movie nights with the women of Restored Hope, even to fostering ongoing one on one relationships with women entrusted to our care, we saw God show up time and time again. Trafficked women walk through a number of difficult situations in the recovery and restoration process and we have counted it a privilege to be a part of that journey with them.
So what’s in store for year two? If we have a vote, it’d be for even more of the above. Will you join us?
The RECLAIMED Team
Reclaimed exists to empower and mobilize God’s Church to REDEFINE a hyper-sexualized culture, RESTORE men and women victimized by the sex industry, and to REACH a world hurt by the abuse of sex all through the power of Jesus Christ. Sign up for our next study at reclaimed431.org/events and our newsletter at reclaimed431.org/subscribe.