No ‘rest’ in restoration? Let's explore that...
At ZOE, there is an active team of people whose mission and purpose it is to see child trafficking survivors come to full healing and wellness. This core group of ‘restorers’ includes parents, staff, tutors, mentors, school teachers, social workers, counsellors, music teachers, older siblings and friends. It is their relentless love and acceptance that helps children begin a journey of reclaiming what was lost, and starting a new life; not just repaired, but recreated!
As a Christian organisation we believe that God's heart is for restoration. And we like to focus on the biblical meaning of the word ‘restoration’ which is to “receive back more than has been lost to the point where the final state is greater than the original condition.”
At ZOE we see this first-hand - lives genuinely improved beyond measure.
Unlike the regular dictionary meaning of "restoration" which is to return something back to its original condition, the biblical definition of the word has greater connotations that go above and beyond the typical everyday usage. Repeatedly throughout the Bible, God blesses people for their faith and hardships by making up for their losses and giving them more than they previously had before. (reference.com)
This month in Australia, we are focusing on Restoration … without rest! What does that mean?
Don’t worry, our staff and fieldworkers will still get to sleep at night and take their day off, but we will not stop fighting. We continue to be positioned with a willingness to do things that are hard. We will not rest from championing for families ... for healing... for rescued lives. Restoration takes effort. It takes never giving up when it’s difficult. Never letting go when there’s resistance. It takes persistence and passion for something, even in the face of challenges. Why?
Why will we never rest from ‘restoration’? Because it matters!
Every smile, every tear, every victory, every struggle – for each and every precious life we see transformed – is important. It means everything to them.
How can you help?
This month, as tax time approaches, we ask that you would consider taking a stand for RESTORATION. We’d love for you to partner with us as we continue to help child survivors receive healing and new life within a loving family and community.
Will you say #norest with us this June?