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07 June 2010 — Peter Grant — Blog

At the end of May I had the opportunity to go back to my previous church, All Nations, in Clapham Park, London, to talk about Restored.  The church is multi-cultural with a majority of Africans from several different nations.  The church has strong links with the DR Congo and they have been praying over a long period for the situation there.  There were about forty people at the monthly prayer meeting. The pastor asked how many knew someone who had suffered domestic violence, and perhaps half the people put up their hands.  I spoke about the journey that I had been on, the extent of violence worldwide, and our vision for Restored.  When I sat down, two women spoke about their own extreme experiences of violence in the past, including being imprisoned and raped, and how God had helped them to put their lives back together.    Another woman then spoke out to say that she too had been subject to violence.  We broke down into groups to pray, men and women separately.  As I prayed in a small group with men from Jamaica, Nigeria and Brazil I was encouraged again to believe that we can see a movement of Christian men willing to stand up on these issues.   Then the men prayed for the women, and the women prayed for the men, both of which were very affirming, moving and powerful.  I was given a prophecy that the subject of violence against women had been neglected in the church, like the bar of a pole vault competition that was set at a very low level.  The promise is that, through Restored, God will raise the bar, and the profile of VAW in the church.  A very powerful evening.