Safe Place Ministries provides biblically based training, truth and support to those impacted by abuse. Christ was not afraid to enter into the most challenging brokenness and with that confidence, neither are we.

From the Director

Summer ends with varied feelings. There’s anticipation of new schedules and groups starting. There’s a bit of fatigue, partly because of the heat and partly because of the many activities packed into summer. Finally, since time is running out, there can be a sense of regret. Did we rest (or play) enough this summer? Did we get a vacation? Did we make the most of it?

If you can sympathize with the blossoms in your yard because you’re both shriveled and spent—I wish I had the perfect vacation for you. However, I recently discussed “ideal vacations” with several others. There were definite similarities, but no two identical vacation dreams.

God made each of us unique. We’re uniquely depleted and revived, as well. Depending on your current situation, you may need physical, emotional, or spiritual rest. Likewise, you may find your personal rest in solitude or community, in the absence of a schedule, or filled with adventure.

I do know that God tells the weary and heavy-laden to come to Him (Matthew 11:28), so my thought is that He doesn’t intend us to remain in that state. However, he doesn’t say how He will give us rest. 

If you are feeling brittle, I pray you find personal rest in a way that is as unique as you. 


Unconditional Love & Freedom to Choose Fellowship

God’s love is unconditional. This means, no matter where we have been or what we have done—His arms are open wide to us. The fact that His love is also eternal, it existed before us and will continue forever, proves there are not any conditions for us to receive His love. It was there before we did anything (good or bad).

His love, however, wouldn’t be real if He didn’t care what we did. A picture of this is like parenting a toddler who wants to play on a busy street. In her perception, you are not loving because you do not let her play there—but prohibiting her is the most loving thing you can do.

God’s presence never leaves us, but we do not remain in intimate fellowship if we chose not to. He gives us the choice and will not force us to come to Him. He is like the father of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32) who loves his son the entire time he’s gone, but neither forces him to stay at home nor chases and drags him back. The father doesn’t go after him at all until the son first decides to return. Of course, then he runs to his son while the boy is still a long way off.

We can extend that love to each other in the same way by loving someone even though we are not currently in intimate fellowship with them. In fact, the best way to love someone wisely is to realize they are not our problem—they are God’s problem. We cannot fix or save anyone. Sometimes that means a form of detachment so that God can reorder attachment, ours and theirs.

Because God’s love is unconditional, He gives us freedom to choose true fellowship.

A Few Ways to Support Us
  • Pray for us.
  • Talk about us. The connection of community is still the best way to find support and nothing compares to sincere word of mouth. Please share about Safe Place Ministries with leaders, neighbors or over coffee with a friend. 
  • Take a class or host a class with your group.

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We are always looking for ways to assist and bless clients and their families. Some ways you can help is by providing gift cards for haircuts, fuel, oil changes or a quick dinner such as Subway or Pizza. You would be amazed what a blessing it is for clients to be able to treat their kids to a quick dinner and time at the park while they are experiencing times of crisis!
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